Franklin Springs, Ga. - Emmanuel Baseball took on the Truett McConnell Bears on Tuesday night in what would turn out to be an offensive showdown. The two teams combined to score 26 runs on 27 hits in the contest, and the game featured four lead changes all before the sixth inning. After a six run inning for the Lions offensively in the fifth, Emmanuel Baseball would cruise to a 17-9 win.
How It Happened
The game didn't get off to the best start for the Lions as starting pitcher Zach Wells, who made his first ever career start for Emmanuel, would walk Truett McConnell leadoff hitter Bishop to begin the game. After a stolen base, Bishop scored on the next batter on a hard hit single to centerfield by Carden. Carden would also score later in the inning after a botched attempt to throw Carden out at third base on a steal attempt ended up in left field. The Lions were then able to hold the damage there, but Emmanuel would find themselves in an early 2-0 deficit.
After a scoreless frame in the top half of the second, the Lions were able to tie the game by scoring two runs in the bottom half of the inning, despite not producing a single hit. The inning started with four free passes for the Lions, including three walks and a hit by pitch. The Lions were able to plate their first run after Dallas Richards walked with bases loaded. The next batter, Chaise Parker, grounded into a fielder's choice which would plate the second and final run in the inning for the Lions.
The Bears would answer right back, however, after Carden hit a towering two-run homerun to left centerfield, giving Truett McConnell a temporary 4-2 lead. The Lions would quickly answer as well by producing three runs in the third. Once again, the Lions were able to get the leadoff on after Brock Baughcum was hit by a pitch to start the inning. Eric Pape and Hanon Price then produced back to back singles, and Baughcum came around to score. Then after a Jacob Teston walk, Pape scored on a Brandon Taylor sac fly to centerfield. Hanon Price also scored later in the inning on a passed ball.
After a quiet fourth inning, the scoring for both teams would get going again in the fifth. The Bears added three runs without producing a single hit in the top of the fifth. Similar to the Lions inning in the second, the fifth inning for the Bears started out with two walks and a hit by pitch. All three runs would come around to score. The Lions were able to answer right back, however, by producing six runs in the fifth inning. After four straight singles and a walk by Josh Viveros, junior Dallas Richards hit a high line drive to deep left that cleared the wall for a grand slam. The Bears found themselves with bases loaded and one out in the top sixth, but were only able to plate one run in the frame.
After being held scoreless in the sixth, the Lions offense was right back to work in the seventh. After two quick outs to start the inning, the LIons produced seven consecutive hits, including doubles by Chaise Parker and Hanon Price. The LIons produced five runs in the inning.
Once again, the Bears had a chance to strike big in the eighth, but their momentum was killed after Austin Copeland came on to pitch and immediately was able to produce a double play ground ball to end the inning. The Lions would plate one more in the bottom eighth on doubles by Brandon Taylor and Chaise Parker. Austin Copeland closed out the ninth inning.
Dallas Richards went 2-4 with 5 RBI, including a grand slam.
Austin Copeland pitched an inning and two thirds, allowing no runs, no hits, and no walks.
The Lions will now get ready to take on Toccoa Falls on Thursday. The game will be played at Toccoa Falls at 3:00 p.m.
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