FLOWERY BRANCH — Chestatee scored three runs in the third inning to break a tie and then held off a late Cherokee Bluff rally to take a 5-2 win Monday at Bears Field.
Benson Miller tossed four innings scattering three hits and allowed just one run while striking out seven to earn the win. Clay Tyas pitched the final three innings yielding just one run on one hit and fanning five, though he did have to work around six walks.
It was the first win of the season for the War Eagles (1-2) as Miller and Tyas held down a Bears (4-1) offense that came in averaging over 12 runs a game.
Chandler Shope took the loss for Cherokee Bluff allowing four runs on four hits and striking out four. Tyler Zawacki pitched the final two innings fanning two batters.
Chestatee led 1-0 after the first but the Bears answered with a run in the second. The War Eagles plated three in the third and added a run in the sixth.
Cherokee Bluff scored one in the seventh and had runners on base but could not complete the comeback.
Hunter Fouche had two hits for Chestatee. Caleb Carter and Phillip Lemay each had a hit and an RBI and Miller also had an RBI for the War Eagles. Chestatee did most of its damage on the bases stealing nine bags for the game.
Bryce England had two hits and Ben Jenkins had two RBI for Cherokee Bluff. Jackson Kemp and Zawacki each had a hit for the Bears.
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Eli Wenger hit a 3-run homer in the top of the sixth to rally the Indians’ past the Red Elephants at Ivey-Watson.
Stephens County (2-0) jumped on Gainesville starter Eudy Medina quickly with four runs in the first inning. Ethan Payne took over the second and gave up three more. But Gainesville (1-3) chipped away as Payne settled down to go five innings, though he gave up 10 hits while striking out six.
The Red Elephants scored single runs in the second and third and two in the fourth to pull within 7-4. Harris Bell’s 2-RBI single in the fifth capped a four-run frame as Gainesville took an 8-7 lead. But they couldn’t hold it.
Stephens County’s Carson pitched the final 2 2/3 innings striking out three and allowing no hits or runs to get the win in relief.
Jahleel Rivas-Dicks had two hits and an RBI for Gainesville. Cody Brewer had a hit and RBI and Medina and Valentine each had one hit and Victor Vega had an RBI for the Red Elephants.
The home run was the only hit for Wenger. Cole Snyder had four of the Indians’ 13 hits.