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BPC Takes 2-3 From Toppers

Courtesy of BPC

Brewton-Parker College baseball opened its weekend series against Blue Mountain (Miss.) on Friday afternoon to continue SSAC action. BPC picked up a pair of wins on Friday in the double header. They concluded the series on Saturday with BPC falling in the final game to the Toppers.

Game 1

Bre w t o n – Pa r k e r struck first with two runs in the bottom of the third inning after producing three hits and utilizing an error from the Toppers. Taz Worrell connected for a leadoff single, following up with a stolen base and advancing to third on an error. Tony Rudolph walked prior to Matt Collins, notching an RBI single to left field to bring in Worrell. Collins eventually scored on a sacrifice fly from Malik Germany to give BPC the 2-0 lead.

Blue Mountain equalized in the top of the sixth inning with a pair of runs of their own. The Toppers connected for two hits and left a runner on base to close out the inning. The scheduled seven-inning game was forced to extra innings as the seventh inning resulted in a scoreless affair. The Toppers managed to get two runners on base with a walk and a base hit but could not break the 2-2 draw. Brewton-Parker then took advantage of a leadoff walk and a double from Eduardo Castillo to move two runners in scoring position. After two strikeouts, the Barons managed to score a walk-off run off a passed ball from the Toppers’ catcher. Jackson Smith was struck out swinging, but the catcher gave up a passed ball on the third strike which Smith managed to reach base and bring home Zachary Wilson for the gamewinning run. The Toppers totaled seven hits while the Barons recorded six. Both Collins and Castillo led with a pair of hits each while Collins and Germany tallied an RBI apiece. Smith led with nine putouts while Rudolph assisted three. Ty Cook started on the mound, pitching for six innings. He allowed six hits and two earned runs, while striking out six batters in the process. Matt Hager pitched for the final two innings, allowing one hit while striking out two batters and walking a pair.

Game 2

Ethan Frasca opened the scoring for Brewton-Parker by knocking out a two-run homer to give BPC an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning. Both teams struggled to produce a hit in both the third and fourth innings. In the fifth inning, the Toppers left a runner on base after connecting for a single, but the Barons produced two hits and scored two runs to move to a 4-0 lead. Jacob Mantooth led with a double and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Mantooth was then brought home alongside Mackenzie McDowell as Worrell produced a two- RBI triple. Wilson added one more run to the Barons’ tally, scoring on a wild pitch to lead 5-0. Blue Mountain was able to add one run in the seventh after connecting for a single and utilizing a miscue from BPC. The Toppers were in a position to score additional runs, leaving three runners on base to close out the game, 5-1. Game two was moved to a seveninning matchup due to the extended first game.

BPC tallied four hits while BMC totaled three with Mantooth leading the Barons with two hits. Worrell and Frasca led Brewton-Parker with two RBIs each. Defensively, Wilson recorded seven putouts while Mantooth assisted three. Austin Visocchi pitched all seven innings for BPC, allowing three hits and just one run. In addition, he struck out three batters and walked two.

Game 3

Bre w t o n – Pa r k e r wrapped up its weekend series against Blue Mountain (Miss.) on Saturday afternoon. The Barons (16-21, 10-5 SSAC) dropped the final game of the series against the Toppers (21-19, 5-10 SSAC), 6-3, but still won the series with the pair of wins on Friday. Blue Mountain connected for two hits in the top of the second but left the pair of runners on base to remain scoreless through two innings. Brewton-Parker had three batters walked in the bottom half of the second inning but could not produce a base hit to bring a run home, leaving all three runners on.

The Toppers struck first in the third inning with three hits to take a 1-0 lead. BMC utilized a leadoff double and two singles to bring home the lone run. Blue Mountain moved to a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning, notching two base hits for another run.

Bre w t o n – Pa r k e r managed to finally connect for two hits in the bottom of the fourth inning. Eduardo Castillo and Malik Germany both notched base hits, but the two base runners were left on to close out the inning.

After a scoreless fifth inning, the Toppers added two additional runs in the top of the sixth. BMC took advantage of a BPC error and two hits to bring home a pair of scores for the 4-0 lead. Brewton-Parker recorded a double from Castillo followed by an RBI single from Germany to move the deficit to just three runs behind Blue Mountain.

Mackenzie McDowell doubled in the seventh but was left on base prior to Blue Mountain’s two singles in the top of the eighth. The Toppers left both runners on to close out the inning.

In the top of the ninth, Blue Mountain added two runs to the tally to apply more pressure onto the Barons. BMC produced two hits and took advantage of a miscue from BPC to score two runs for the 6-1 lead.

Jacob Mantooth singled in the ninth inning but that was the only hit BPC could produce. However, the Barons utilized two walked batters to help score two runs. Unfortunately, that’s all that Brewton-Parker could muster, dropping the game 6-3.

The Toppers totaled 13 hits while the Barons tallied six. Castillo and Germany led with two hits each while Taz Worrell notched two RBIs. Caleb Gepfer, Mantooth, and McDowell all scored for the Barons.

Zachary Wilson led with 10 putouts with Tony Rudolph assisting five. On the mound, Chandler Koerner started and threw for 5.1 innings. He gave up eight hits and two earned runs while striking out two batters. Trey Jones closed out the final 3.2 innings, allowing five hits and two earned runs as well. He struck out five batters and walked four.

Brewton-Parker is scheduled to return to play on April 14 for a road series at William Carey (Miss.).

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