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BPC Beats Middle GA

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The Brewton-Parker College Barons baseball team took on the #1 ranked Grizzlies of Georgia Gwinnett on Tuesday and then hosted Middle Georgia for an SSAC series.

BPC vs. Gwinnett

The Brewton-Parker baseball program hosted No. 1 Georgia Gwinnett on Tuesday for a single nineinning contest in Mount Vernon. The Barons (6-15) dropped a hard-fought battle against the top-ranked Grizzlies (18-3) with a 4-3 loss. Both teams connected on singles in the opening inning, but neither could produce anything beyond a hit to open the game. In the second inning, the Barons were able to put runners on base with a walk, a single, and a wild pitch but were unable to take advantage of the scoring opportunity, leaving all three runners on base. Brewton-Parker decided to swap pitchers to open the third inning. Ty Cook started on the mound but was taken off to make way for Trey Jones. Cook gave up just one hit and struck out two batters in the two innings pitched.

After swapping out pitchers, the Barons recovered three-straight groundouts from the Grizzlies to retire the side. Brewton-Parker opened the bottom of the third with two strikeouts, but Zach Wilson connected for a single through the left side. Eduardo Castillo was walked with Wilson advancing to second, but BPC was unable to score either of the two.

The Grizzlies crossed the dish first for a solo score in the top of the fourth. GGC opened with a triple and managed to score on the same play. Georgia Gwinnett was nearly home for additional scores in the fifth inning with two hits, but Brewton-Parker held on to keep all three runners on base. BPC opened the sixth inning by hitting the leadoff batter, but the runner was picked off at first after reaching the bag. The Grizzlies were able to take a 2-0 lead from a solo shot over the right-center field wall. GGC left two runners on afterward. The seventh inning resulted in no production for either team other than a pitching change for both sides. In the bottom of the eighth, Brewton-Parker connected on four hits and produced three runs to take a 3-2 lead. Matt Collins reached on a single to left field with Wilson reaching on a walk. The Barons produced the three runs off a homer from Drew De-Masi. Just after, Malik Germany and Jackson Smith both notched singles, but the Barons’ offensive efforts were shut down.

Georgia Gwinnett utilized a two-RBI single late in the top of the ninth to recapture the lead, moving the score to 4-2. Jordan Rahn recorded a hit, but that was all the Barons could produce as they fell in heartbreaking fashion.

Brewton-Parker narrowly outhit Georgia Gwinnett 9-8 with DeMasi leading the Barons with two hits and the three RBIs from his homer in the eighth inning. Jackson Smith notched 10 putouts followed by DeMasi with seven and Germany with three assists.

From the mound, Cook pitched for the first two innings with Jones following with four innings pitched. Jones struck out three batters while walking two. In addition, he gave up six hits and two runs. Chandler Koener closed out the afternoon on the mound, pitching for the final three innings. He gave up a pair of runs on just one hit while walking two and striking out a pair of batters.

BPC vs. Mid GA

The Brewton-Parker baseball program closed out the three-game home series against No. 12 Middle Georgia on Saturday.

The Barons (8-16, 2-1 SSAC) downed the Knights (15-6-1, 4-2 SSAC) with a pair of wins to seal the series over the in-state rivals during a blistering cold March day in Mount Vernon.

Game 1

All the action essentially occurred in the opening inning as Middle Georgia opened with a solo score to lead 1-0. The Knight connected for two hits and benefitted from a miscue from the Barons but left two runners on.

Brewton-Parker answered with two runs and two hits in the bottom of the inning to lead capture the lead. Taz Worrell notched a leadoff single before Tony Rudolph produced an RBI double to score Worrell. Rudolph crossed the dish with a ground out from Zach Wilson.

Not a lot happened for the remainder of the game as the Barons were able to secure the first game of the two-game slate, 2-1. Middle Georgia produced six hits while Brewton- Parker recorded four. Rudolph led the Barons with a pair of hits and an RBI. One hit for Rudolph was a triple while the other was a double. Drew De-Masi recorded 10 putouts with Malik Germany assisting five.

Chandler Koerner opened the game, pitching for three innings. He allowed four hits and a run while striking out one batter. Austin Visocchi pitched for the final four innings. He allowed just two hits while striking out two batters.

Game 2

Middle Georgia opened game two with a pair of runs to lead early in the first inning. The Knights connected for three hits. Brewton-Parker answered swiftly with four runs on just one hit and an error from the Knights. BPC was in position to score additional runs as they left three runners on base at the innings’ end.

Brewton-Parker added three runs with no hits but took advantage of another error from Middle Georgia to help score. After two innings, BPC held a 7-2 lead over the Knights. The Knights pieced together four hits and scored a pair of runs to knock the deficit down to 7-4. The Barons also gave up an error in the inning. BPC was fortunate enough to get out of the third inning as Middle Georgia left three runners on base.

In the fourth inning, Brewton-Parker extended the deficit further with a run from Matt Collins. The Knights found some trouble on the mound after loading the bases from walking batters, which gave the Barons an open door to score, leading 8-4. Both the fifth and sixth innings were held scoreless for both teams. Middle Georgia applied some pressure to the Barons in the seventh inning by scoring a pair of runs to knock the deficit down to just two runs. Fortunately, Brewton- Parker scored a run in the bottom of the eighth to create some cushion for the lead. BPC connected on two hits and took advantage of a Middle Georgia miscue. The Knights were in position to add runs in the ninth inning, but the Barons held tough down the stretch to secure the series win. Middle Georgia led 9-6 in hits with Worrell leading the Barons with three hits while DeMasi led with two RBIs. Collins, Wilson, and Caleb Gepfer all scored two runs apiece. Eduardo Castillo recorded 11 putouts with Collins assisting four. From the mound, Matt Hager started and pitched for three innings. He allowed seven hits four runs and struck out four batters. Mackenzie McDowell closed out the final six innings of play. He gave up just two runs and two hits. McDowell struck out seven batters as well. The Barons move to 8-16 on the season and will travel to Stillman (Ala.) next weekend to continue SSAC action.

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