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    For the second time in three days,  the Bulloch Academy baseball team lost a heartbreaker.
    “Our guys better get used to these type of close games,” Gator coach Daryl Evans said after his squad lost 6-5 to David Emanuel Academy Thursday. “We aren’t going to score 20 runs on people. We are going to have to scratch and claw and fight to win.”
    Down 6-4 in the fourth, Bulloch pushed a single run across in the fifth to cut the Eagle lead to one. Win Lee singled to right, advanced on a DEA error and went to third on a wild pitch by starter and winner Brandon Blount. Jordan Walker singled to left to plate the BA freshman. Walker went 2-for-3 with two RBIs.
    After Gator reliever Clay Anderson retired the side in the sixth, Bulloch had a good chance in the bottom of the inning. Taylor Burke led off with a single against DEA reliever Jordan Wiley. With two outs, both Lee and Matthew Sapp waited out walks to load the bases. But this time, Walker couldn’t deliver.
    In the seventh, Scott Hendley had a blast to deep left-center field which sent Gator fans to their feet but DEA’s Derek Linsey made a diving grab for the out.
    DEA (2-1) took a 1-0 lead in the first when Joseph Sparks took BA starter Walker Blitch deep on a 1-0 pitch for a solo home run. Sparks was 2-for-4 with an RBI.
    The Gators (1-2) retaliated with three runs in bottom of the inning, scoring three runs on four walks and two DEA errors. BA starter and loser Walker Blitch, Matthew DeLoach, Walker and Anderson waited out Blount.
    DEA knotted the score in the second, scoring two runs on four hits as Blount doubled and Sparks, Wiley and Darin Coursey had singles.
    Bulloch took a 4-3 lead in the third when Lee walked, advanced on a fielder’s choice and scored on Walker’s second hit of the night.
    But the Eagles went up 6-4 in the fourth as Linsey, Wiley and Joseph Powell all doubled. Wiley went 2-for-4 on the night.
    Bulloch continues its homestand Monday, hosting a 2 p.m. doubleheader with Curtis Baptist.
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