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Sports Recap 3/31 – 4/6
Written by
JustinKey

The Eagles baseball team played the toughest portion of their schedule during the week of March 31. The Eagles (20 – 12) played a total of four games against Georgia College  (NCAA Division II), Covenant College (NCAA Division III) and Emmanuel College (NAIA). TFC captured just one of the four games, but had chances to win in each of the contests.

To open the week, TFC hosted nearby rivals Emmanuel College Lions (18 – 14) in an  out of conference match up on Tuesday, April 2. The top ranked Eagles (NCCAA Div. II) took an early lead over #5 Emmanuel (NCCAA Div. I/NAIA), but fell 3 – 4 in 10 innings to the Lions.

TFC’s starting pitcher Zach Breeden was unfortunate to be given a no-decision with 5 innings, 7 hits, no walks, three strikeouts, and one earned run. Micah Ellington relieved Breeden in the 6th inning and took the loss despite 5 innings, 5 hits allowed, one walk, one strikeout, three runs, and one earned run. Offensively, Corey Warner was 3 – 5 with a run batted in. Josh Ward had two hits in four at-bats, a walk, three stolen bases, and a run scored. Jordan Couillard had a RBI and scored a run for the Eagles, and Josh Hill was 1 – 4 with a run batted in.

The following day TFC traveled to Georgia College (22 – 9) on April 3. The Eagles stayed within a run for most of the game against the NCAA Division II school, but were overcome in the end, 5 – 1.

Justin Key pitched well for the Eagles but took the loss. Key allowed 9 hits in 7.2 innings, 5 runs allowed, three earned, two walks, and four strikeouts. Offensively, Key was 2 – 4 at the plate with a run scored. Zack Warner was 2 – 4 with a stolen base and the Eagles lone RBI. On the night, the Eagles left 10 runners on base compared to the Bobcats 6 left of base.

To cap off the week, Covenant College (22 – 6) visited Toccoa for a doubleheader on April 6. The Eagles took game one 6 – 3 but dropped game two 2 – 4 to their NCAA Division III opponent.

Eagles starting pitcher Dylan Charles threw 6 innings, allowed 7 hits, three earned runs, two walks, and three strikeouts in the win. Charles’ win was his nation-leading 6th win of the season. Jacob Martin pitched a scoreless 7th inning for his second save of the year. Garrett Kriston took the loss for Covenant.

As part of a five run third inning, designated hitter Zach Warner hit a two run home run for the Eagles, his first of the season. TFC’s Justin Key scored twice and stole a base. Also scoring for the Eagles were Ronnie Stewart, Corey Warner, and AJ Mussler. Mussler and Adam Reynolds each had two RBI’s.

In game two, starting pitcher Zach Breeden took the loss for the Eagles, but pitched well in four innings, allowed two hits, three runs, one earned run, no walks, and three strikeouts. Reliever Micah Ellington threw three innings with two hits allowed, one earned run, and a walk. Covenant’s Keith Rice earned the win and reliever Sterling Witt pitched a scoreless 7th inning for the save.

At the plate, TFC’s Ronnie Stewart was 2 – 4 with a double and a RBI. Adam Reynolds was 1 – 3 with a run scored.  Key finished 1 -3 with a home run, his second of the season.

The Eagles will host Georgia Gwinnett College Tuesday at 3:00 before hosting rivals Clearwater Christian College for a three game weekend series. Friday’s game with Clearwater will begin at 3:00, and Saturday’s doubleheader will start at 1:00.