Georgetown College was down to its final gasp as Tyler Fisher faced an 0-2
count with two outs in the top of the ninth and the Tigers trailing St.
But Fisher delivered a three-run, 375-foot shot over the left-center field
fence to stave off elimination in the Mid-South Conference baseball
tournament, 7-6. GC opened the double-elimination tournament with a 7-2 loss
to Rio Grande.
The Tigers are back in action 7:30 p.m. Friday against the loser of the Rio
GC struggled offensively most of the day. Pete Thackston provided the only
run production in the first 16 innings. The first baseman had a two-run
homerun in the sixth inning of each game.
But finally in the top of the eighth against the Patriots, the Tigers seemed
to be finding a rhythm. The first five Tigers reached safely and trimmed the
deficit to 6-3 when Fisher singled in a run.
Thackston was the fifth to the plate and loaded the bases when he was hit by
a pitch. Dylan Grandon struck out, but a single by Cameron Allen made it 6-4
with the bases loaded and only one out. Tyler Back pinch hit what appeared
to be a sacrifice fly that scored Fisher. However after an appeal by the
Patriots to third base, the home plate umpire called Fisher out for leaving
the base too early.
Chase Ballinger returned to the hill for the Tigers in what was solid relief
pitching. He allowed just one hit with one strikeout and one walk in 2 and
2/3 innings for the win. He worked a quick bottom of the eighth and GC's
offense got back to work.
T.C. Oneal struck out to start the inning, but back-to-back singles by
Tanner Baldwin and Mike Steinke kept the Tiger hopes alive. Chris Wood
struck out to set the stage for Fisher.
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