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Cougars use seventh inning comeback to top Hawkinsville

Staff Reports

Crisp County High School’s baseball team made it three wins in a row with a seventh inning comeback victory on the road against the Hawkinsville High Red Devils on Monday evening by a final score of 6-5.

The Cougars scored two runs in the first inning and had the lead for most of the game until Hawkinsville scored four runs in the bottom of the fifth to go in front 5-4. From there Crisp County battled back with two runs in the top of the seventh to defeat the Red Devils by the 6-5 score line.

Connor Richmond hit a one-out double in the top of the first inning and he then scored on a Bailey Barfield RBI-double with two outs. Jackson Napier later hit an RBI single in the inning that scored Crisp County courtesy runner Alex Kelley to complete the Cougars’ first inning scoring.

Crisp maintained the 2-0 lead up until Hawkinsville put one run on the board during the bottom of the third, but the Cougars later extended their lead with a pair of fifth inning runs.

Dallas Pheil led off the top half of the fifth with a base hit to right and Toby Striling moved him up to second base with a sacrifice bunt. Jack Carter hit a fly ball later in the frame that led to a Hawkinsville error, allowing Pheil to score the first run of the inning. Barfield added the other Crisp County fifth inning run on an RBI hit in the subsequent at-bat, and the Cougars were ahead 4-1 entering the bottom half of the inning.

Hawkinsville scored four runs in the bottom of the fifth on four hits and two Cougar errors to grab a 5-4 lead going into the sixth inning.

Two Cougar runs in the top of the seventh saw them retake the lead and hang on for the win.

Stripling led off the top of the seventh with a walk, Richmond followed with a single, and Carter then drew a walk to load the bases for Crisp. Barfield then picked up his third RBI of the game on a single in the next at-bat that scored Stripling, and Napier subsequently drew a bases loaded walk to give the Cougars the late lead.

Crisp pitcher Noah Walters got three quick outs, including two strikeouts, in the bottom of the seventh to finish the game off for the Cougar win.

Barfield got the start on the mound for Crisp, and he pitched four and two thirds innings, allowing four unearned runs on four hits while striking out three Red Devil batters. Stripling and Jordan Grinnell combined for an inning and a third in relief and allowed just one unearned run before Walters came in and finished the contest off for the save.

Cougar batting lineup leaders: Barfield- three hits and three RBIs; Napier- two hits, one walk, and two RBIs; Richmond- two hits and two runs scored; Stripling- three walks and one run scored; Pheil- one hit and one run; Grinnell- one walk and one run; Carter and Walters- one walk apiece.

The Cougars ran their record to 5-2 on the season with the win over Hawkinsville.

Crisp County’s next game is tomorrow at Schley County starting at 6 p.m. Following that, the Cougars will play a home game on Friday night against Perry High School starting at 6.