The TFC Eagles hosted four baseball games over the week of April 7th. Georgia Gwinnett College visited TFC on April 9th and region rivals Clearwater Christian College capped the week with a three game series at TFC. The Eagles topped Georgia Gwinnett 19 – 7 and took two of three games from Clearwater Christian, 13 – 1, 1 – 0, and 3 – 5.
TFC baseball hosted Georgia Gwinnett (25 – 17) on April 9th for the final game of a three game, non-conference season series. The Eagles topped the visiting Grizzlies 19 – 7 in a late inning offensive explosion and won the season series two games to one.
The Eagles pounded out 23 hits with each starter getting at least one hit. Josh Hill lead the Eagles with four hits in 6 plate appearances, four runs, three runs batted in, a double, and his second home run of the season. Justin Key went 3 – 4 with four runs, three RBI’s, a stolen base, a double, and his third home run of the season. Josh Ward was 2 – 6 with a double, two runs scored and two RBI’s. Corey Warner, Jordan Couillard, and Ronnie Stewart each had three hits for the Eagles. Georgia Gwinnett’s Robbie Payne led the Grizzlies with 3 – 5, two runs, two RBI’s, a double, and a home run.
After Brenton Ruark started the game for the Eagles, Jacob Martin enter in relief and threw four and a third innings and allowed 9 hits, four runs, and three walks. Jackson Warnock earned his first win for the Eagles. Warnock pitched the last three and a third innings and allowed three hits, two walks, three strikeouts, and no runs allowed.
TFC hosted Clearwater Christian College on April 11 – 12 in a three game series. TFC won two of the three games, 13 – 1 and 1 – 0 and dropped a game, 3 – 5.
In the first game of the series, Eagles starting pitcher Dylan Charles earned his seventh win of the season with five innings of work, allowing just three hits and an earned run. Charles walked six and struck out four. McMichael finished with two innings, no hits, no runs, one walk, and one strike out. Clearwater starting pitcher Will Kirby and reliever Taylor Hill combined to allow 13 hits, 12 runs, 10 earned runs, and two strikeouts in four innings of work.
At the plate, TFC totaled 17 hits led by Josh Ward’s 3 – 5 performance. Ward drove in two runs, stole a base, and scored a run as well. Adam Reynolds, Justin Key, Zach Warner, Ronnie Stewart, Corey Warner and Josh Hill each had two hits for the Eagles. Reynolds and Hill had two RBI’s each and Stewart added three runs batted in. Zach Warner, Key, and Reynolds each scored two runs in the win.
The TFC and Clearwater Christian series was completed on April 12. The visiting Cougars (10 – 30) took game one 3 – 5 but Toccoa Falls (23 – 13) answered in game two of the doubleheader, 1 – 0. The five game season series between the region rivals finished in Toccoa’s favor four games to one.
Clearwater’s Jake Reidy powered the Cougars to victory in game one with two home runs to deep left. Reidy finished 3 – 3 with two runs scored and all five of CCC’s runs batted in. The fireworks provided by Reidy were too much for TFC to overcome as the Eagles left 10 runners on base in the loss. AJ Mussler and Ronnie Stewart each had two hits for the Eagles. Stewart finished 2 – 4 with a run and an RBI. Also scoring for TFC were Jordan Couillard and Josh Hill. Corey Warner and Zack Warner drove in a run each.
Zach Breedan took the loss for the Eagles. Breedan threw four innings and allowed five hits, five runs, four earned, two walks, and two strike outs. Micah Ellington pitched three innings of relief with one hit, no runs, two walks, and two strikeouts. Wade Irwin allowed 8 hits, four walks, three runs, two earned, and three strikeouts in a complete game for the Cougars.
TFC’s Justin Key and Clearwater’s Stephen Martin squared off in a pitcher’s dual in the second game of the doubleheader. Both pitchers silenced the offenses without allowing a run through the first 5 innings of the game. Each team had runners on base throughout the game, but the score remained deadlocked at 0 – 0 until TFC’s Zack Warner took Martin’s first pitch of the sixth inning to straight away center for his second home run of the season. Key finished the Cougars in the 7th inning for the complete game, 1 – 0 win.
Justin Key pitched 7 innings, allowed 5 hits, no runs, three walks, and 6 strikeouts in the shutout. Martin took the loss and pitched 6 innings, allowed 5 hits, one walk, four strikeouts, and an earned run.
The Eagles will return to action on Wednesday as they host NCAA Division III Piedmont College’s JV squad for a double header starting at 2:00. TFC will conclude their regular season with a three game series at home with Hiwassee College on April 19 – 20. Friday’s game will begin at 3:00 and Saturday’s double header is slated to begin at 1:00.
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