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MP sweeps Wesleyan to reach first Final Four in program history

The Mary Persons Bulldogs hosted the Wesleyan Wolves in a doubleheader in the GHSA Baseball Playoffs Elite Eight and the result was a Bulldogs’ sweep 3-2 and 14-7 to advance to their first Final Four in school history. Game One opened with the Wolves hitting a solo jack in the top of the first to grab an early 1-0 lead. Wiley Smith would get the Black, Gold, and White on the board in the last of the second with an rbi single to drive in Lake Evans to tie the game at 1.

The host would take the lead in the last of the third when Ryan Causey hit a solo jack to make the score 2-1 MP which would be the score through three innings of play. In the first of the fourth, Wesleyan tied the game at two a piece with an rbi single and later in the last of the fifth, Tristan Hunt would successfully steal home after Brady Christman got caught in between the bases but successfully made it to second base and the score would read 3-2 in favor of the Bulldogs.

The Black, Gold, and White’s defense would come up clutch as they would tag a runner out at home plate in the sixth and again in the seventh to end game one and give the host a 3-2 win and a 1-0 series lead. Ryan Causey and Wiley Smith were responsible for both of the Bulldogs’ rbis. MP’s SP Cole Carr went six innings and he surrendered two earned runs on six hits, walking none, and striking out one in the process.

Tristan Hunt came in and relieved Carr in the seventh and he surrendered no runs on three hits, walking none, and striking out none in one inning while Wesleyan’s SP pitched a complete game, surrendering three earned runs on eight hits, walking one, and striking out two in the process.

Game Two would be a much different ball game as the offense for both teams would be the focal point as the Wolves were the designated home team in this game and MP got the scoring started rather quickly in the top half of inning one as Brady Christman hit a solo jack to give the designated visitors a 1-0 lead early in the contest and they later plated another run in the first of the second when Tristan Hunt hit an rbi double to drive in Caden Taylor to make the score 2-0.

In the last of the second, Wesleyan plated three runs that were scored via an rbi single and another rbi single and during that play, another run scored on an error to give the Wolves a 3-2 lead and this would be the score through 4 1/2 innings of play. In the last of the fifth, the designated host hit a two out two run jack to extend their lead to 5-2 which would be the score heading into inning six and this is where MP would absolutely turn Game Two on it’s head.

It started when Jake Gore hit an rbi double to drive in Cole Carr to make the score 5-3 Wesleyan. Jake Gore would score on a passed ball to cut the gap down to 5-4 and Caden Taylor would hit an rbi single to drive in Nic Arnold to tie the game at five a piece. Brady Christman would hit a go-ahead rbi single to drive in Tristan Hunt to give the Bulldogs a 6-5 lead.

Ian Lewis would be walked to carousel the bases and drive in Tristan Hunt to make the score 7-5 and Cole Carr would follow suit on the bases rounding walk to drive in Brady Christman to make the score 8-5 in favor of the Black, Gold, and White. Jake Gore would hit a sac fly to drive in Lake Evans to make the score 9-5 in favor of the designated visitors and Nic Arnold would hit an rbi single to drive in Ian Lewis to make the score 10-5 MP.

Cole Carr would score on an error to plate run 11 and Wiley Smith would hit an rbi single to drive in Nic Arnold to push the score to 12-5 MP and that would end the top of the sixth where the Bulldogs plated a whopping 10 runs and the Wolves would plate two runs in the last of the sixth via an error to cut the score down to 12-7.

In the top half of the seventh, Jake Gore would hit a two rbi single to drive in Drew Mixon and Brady Christman to make the score 14-7 MP and the Black, Gold, and White would shut down the Wolves to win Game Two 14-7 to sweep the series 2-0 and advance to the Final Four for the first time ever. The pitching was iffy at best for both teams but MP did a better job than Wesleyan.

Jake Gore led the Bulldogs in rbis in Game Two with four followed by Brady Christman with two and Tristan Hunt, Ian Lewis, Cole Carr, Nic Arnold, Wiley Smith, and Caden Taylor with one a piece. Wesleyan had two players with two rbis and two players with one rbi. The Bulldogs improve to 23-12 overall and will travel to Savannah to take on the Calvary Day Cavaliers in the Final Four scheduled for this upcoming Friday.

Wesleyan wraps up it’s 2024 season at 18-15 overall.

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