Warner Robins needed one clutch hit. In particular the one that would have enabled Cameron Burks to reach home from third, tie the ballgame and give the Demons a chance to win it in extra innings.
A ground out negated that opportunity and Warner Robins fell to Peach County 6-5 Wednesday on the road.
The Demons out-hit their host 7-5. (The latter also committed six errors.) They got out front in the ballgame with a run in the third. That came via an RBI single – clutch with two outs – from Jeremiah Havens (1-4 with two RBIs) that brought in Andrew McGee, who had walked to start the inning.
The bad news to that was the fact the Trojans answered with two in the bottom half of the inning and then added three more to that.
Warner Robins began its comeback in the fifth with a pair of runs. Andrew McGee was hit by a pitch. (McGee also took the loss: three innings, three hits, five runs, six strikeouts and two walks.) Reece Page reached on an error that also enabled McGee to get to third. Burks’ groundout got him home and another fielder’s choice got Page in.
The Demons pushed across their fourth run when Chris Hobes and Xavier McIntyre singled back-to-back to start off the sixth, and then Hobes scored on McGee’s single; McIntyre was thrown out at the plate.
Peach County did add what turned out to be a very important insurance run in the bottom half of that inning, and then Page was hit by a pitch and Burks reached on an error to start the aforementioned seventh for Warner Robins.
Elsewhere, Houston County lost in about as worse a way as possible. With the game tied at 5 heading into the bottom of the ninth at Starr’s Mill, the first batter singled. The next two reached on an error to load the bases, and the next was hit by a pitch to end the game, 6-5, in favor of the Panthers.
The Bears, despite being out-hit 10-6 – got off to a well-enough start. They led 3-1 after one and 4-2 after two. They added one more in the fourth but Starr’s Mill answered with one in the bottom half of the inning and then tied it in the bottom of the fifth.
Both went quietly over the course of the next three innings – one single for each and a pair of three-up, three-downs – before the host won it.
Jacob Profit and Cameron Jones each helped lead Houston County’s effort on offense. Profit was 2-3 with two runs scored and Jones 2-3 with two walks, two RBIs and one run scored.
Finally, Perry held off a Crisp County rally at home to win 7-6. The Panthers scored two in the bottom of the first. The Cougars cut it to 2-1 with a run in the top of the second and then tied it with one in the third.
Perry then made it 7-2 with three in the bottom half of the inning and one in the bottom of the fourth.
After Crisp County had pushed four across in the sixth, the Panthers got the go-ahead run back in he bottom half of the inning. That came via Tristan Freis’ one-out single – he advanced to second on a fielder’s choice – and Andrew Newhouse’s single.
The Cougars out-hit Perry 9-5 while the two committed nine errors among them – five for Crisp and four for the Panthers.