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BPC Baseball In SSAC Tourney

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Brewton-Parker College baseball traveled to Columbus, Ga. Last week to take part in the 2022 Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) Baseball Tournament at Historic Golden Park. They opened the tournament with a win against No. 5-seeded Middle Georgia. Up next was the top seeded Faulkner University, which defeated the Barons to send them into the losers' bracket. BPC defeated Middle Georgia in a thriller in the next round, but lost out to Faulkner to end their tournament.

vs. Middle Georgia

The Barons (21-28) downed the Knights (29-18-1) with a 4-1 victory as the Barons utilized two home runs to surpass Middle Georgia.

After a scoreless three innings to open the game, Brewton-Parker found its first hit and the first score of the contest with a solo-shot effort from Zachary Wilson that bounced off the scoreboard in left field.

Middle Georgia answered with a run of their own in the fifth inning, producing just one hit and utilizing two errors from the Barons. The Knights left two runners on base to close out the top half of the inning.

Brewton-Parker responded with an RBI triple from Taz Worrell to score Mackenzie Mc-Dowell, regaining the lead by one run. After a scoreless sixth inning, Worrell and Ethan Frasca produced base hits for the Barons with Matt Collins receiving an intentional walk to load the bases. Unfortunately, all three runners were left on base as the inning ended. During the bottom of the eighth, BPC notched two hits and a pair of runs to jump out to a 4-1 lead. Jordan Rahn led off with a double down the left-field line while Jackson Smith followed with a two-run homer to left-center field, scoring Rahn in the process. The Barons managed to hold on to the lead, allowing just two hits in the ninth before shutting the door on the Knights for the three-run victory to open the tournament at Historic Golden Park.

Both teams produced an even six hits apiece with Worrell leading the Barons with two hits while Smith led with two RBIs. As for base running, BPC left a total of nine runners on while Middle Georgia left 12.

Defensively, Smith produced eight putouts followed by Eduardo Castillo and Worrell with five each. Ty Cook recorded the start for BPC and earned the win, tossing eight innings. He gave up five hits and just one run while striking out seven batters and walking five. Austin Visocchi pitched one inning of relief and earned the save to close out the game, allowing just one hit. vs. Faulkner

Brewton-Parker baseball continued SSAC Tournament play with a contest against topseeded Faulkner to close out day two in Columbus, Ga. The Barons (21-29) struggled to produce offense against the Eagles (33-14) in the 6-0 loss. Faulkner produced a hit in each of the first four innings of play while leaving runners in scoring position for the opening three innings. Fortunately for the Barons, Faulkner was unable to cross the dish as BPC managed to battle defensively.

Trey Jones started on the bump for Brewton-Parker and pitched for six innings. While on the mound, Jones tossed seven strikeouts and walked four batters while allowing five hits and two earned runs. Unfortunately, the Eagles managed to post two runs on the scoreboard off a tworun homer to capture the lead in the sixth inning which retired Jones’ time on the hill. The Barons managed to finally produce a hit in the bottom of the seventh inning as Jordan Rahn connected for a single to left field. BPC left two runners on base as Faulkner’s lead remained unscathed.

During the eighth, Taz Worrell singled to left field for the Barons’ second hit of the night but was unable to advance beyond first after getting put out on a 6-4-3 double play. Faulkner was able to jump out to a 6-0 lead in the ninth inning after producing three hits which included a grand slam. Brewton-Parker managed to notch just one base hit from Eduardo Castillo, but that was all the Barons could put together. Matt Hager finished out the night, pitching for the final three innings. He gave up four earned runs on three hits. In addition, he struck out six batters and walked three. Faulkner connected for eight hits while Brewton- Parker could only produce three. Worrell, Castillo, and Rahn all produced a hit. Castillo recorded 14 putouts defensively. BPC left a total of six runners on base while the Eagles left nine. July Sosa earned the win for Faulkner, pitching a complete game and striking out eight Barons in the process. vs. Middle Georgia

Brewton-Parker baseball continued SSAC Tournament play with a rematch against No. 5 seed Middle Georgia in an elimination game on Friday night in Columbus, Ga. The Barons (22-29) battled for all nine innings to knock out the Knights (30-19-1) with a 10-9 thriller. Brewton-Parker produced just one hit from Matt Collins to open the game but left a runner on base as Eduardo Castillo reached on a fielder’s choice. Middle Georgia utilized a two-run homer on Austin Visocchi to lead 2-0 in the bottom half of the opening inning.

The Barons left a pair of runners on in the second inning as Jordan Rahn reached on an error and Jackson Smith connected for a single. BPC held the Knights back after giving up an error to keep the deficit at just two runs. Middle Georgia’s lead was extinguished as the Barons found a pair of runs in the third inning. After two walked batters, BPC scored the pair off an MGA error to level the game. The Knights reclaimed the lead in the bottom of the inning with just one run and one hit while taking advantage of another BPC miscue to lead 3-2.

Brewton-Parker answered with three runs in the fourth inning with four hits from the bats of Malik Germany, Mackenzie McDowell, Taz Worrell, and Collins. McDowell, Worrell, and Collins all recorded RBIs as well. After giving up two hits and walking a batter, Visocchi’s time on the mound ended in the fourth inning. He pitched for three innings, allowing four earned runs on five hits while striking out two batters and walking two. Chandler Koerner replaced Visocchi on the bump and went on to pitch for four innings. The Knights closed out the fourth inning with two runs scored to tie the ballgame at 5-5.

The fifth inning closed with scoreless efforts before the Barons connected for two hits to score the go-ahead run. Worrell led the inning off with a double before Castillo notched an RBI single to bring home Worrell. Middle Georgia utilized four hits and one BPC error to score four runs in the seventh inning, jolting to a 9-6 lead. Brewton-Parker responded with three runs during the top frame of the eighth inning to pull back to a level score. Brewton-Parker was able to plate four runs in the final two innings, utilizing a wild pitch, basesloaded walk, and a sacrifice fly to bring three runs home in the eighth followed by an error in the ninth inning for the winning score. McDowell replaced Koerner after four innings’ worth of action. Koerner gave up four hits and three earned runs while striking out five batters and walking two. McDowell closed out the final two innings of play, recording three strikeouts, two walks, and two hits.

Both teams produced 11 hits and three errors on the night. Worrell led the Barons, going 3-for-6 with one RBI while also scoring three runs. Germany went 2-for-4 followed by Collins at 2-for-5 with an RBI. Both Zachary Wilson and Castillo led BPC with two RBIs each. Caleb Gepfer, Ethan Frasca, and Worrell all notched a stolen base with Frasca, Germany, and McDowell recording a pair of runs each. Defensively, Castillo led with 11 putouts followed by Smith with eight. Both teams left a total of 11 runners on base. vs. Faulkner

Brewton-Parker baseball continued SSAC Tournament play in Columbus, Ga. with a rematch against top-seeded seed Faulkner (Ala.) on Saturday. The Barons (22-30) fell short against the Eagles (34-14) in a 9-3 contest at Historic Golden Park. The Barons opened the game with hits from Matt Collins and Eduard Castillo, but the pair were left on base at the close of the top half of the opening frame. Faulkner jumped out to an early three-run lead with three hits which included a two-RBI homer.

BPC notched two hits from Jordan Rahn and Malik Germany in the second inning, but the Barons struggled to bring runs home yet again by leaving both runners on base. Faulkner utilized three hits and an error from the Barons to jump out to a commanding 6-0 lead in the bottom of Ty Cook recorded the start on the mound, pitching for just 1.1 innings. Trey Jones came into the game and remained on the bump for 6.2 innings. Cook allowed four hits and four earned runs while striking out one batter along with walking three. The Eagles scored another run during the bottom of the fourth inning, using a double and a single to plate a run for the 7-0 lead. Quick work was done in the fifth inning before Faulkner recorded another run in the sixth inning for the eight-run lead over the Barons. Brewton-Parker began seeing some runs finally cross the plate in the seventh inning as the Barons totaled hits from Zachary Wilson, Mackenzie McDowell, and Collins to aid in knocking the deficit down to five runs. Faulkner scored one final run in the eighth before eventually sealing the 9-3 victory.

The Barons found two runners on base in the ninth as Ethan Frsaca walked followed by Collins’ single up the middle.

Jones pitched 6.2 innings and struck out eight batters while allowing seven hits and four earned runs. Faulkner recorded 11 hits while Brewton-Parker recorded 10. Defensively, Jackson Smith notched nine putouts. BPC was credited for three errors for the afternoon. Collins batted 4-of-5 to lead the Barons with Wilson batting 2-for-5 on the day while also recording two RBIs. The Barons left a total of 12 runners on base throughout the game.

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