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Warriors pull out sloppy win

Warriors pull out sloppy win

Warriors pull out sloppy win

            BROOKLET – It wasn’t pretty, but Tattnall County will take it.

            The Battle Creek Warriors got a tough road win Saturday afternoon in Brooklet, outlasting Southeast Bulloch by a score of 14-7 in a game that featured 22 walks, eight wild pitches and four errors.

            “It was just one of those ballgames,” said SEB coach Brandon Peterson. “Both teams struggled a lot with getting the ball over the plate, and pitchers for both sides had to deal with a lot of base runners all day. Tattnall just did a little better job of it.”

            Control issues plagued SEB starter Jared Page in the first inning and allowed Tattnall to jump out to an early lead.

            After retiring the leadoff batter, Page hit Tyler Martin (1-for-2, RBI) with a pitch, and Martin advanced to second on a wild pitch. Andrew Waters (2-for-2, 2 RBIs, 3 BB) roped a single into left to score Martin, then was able to steal second and worked his way around to score on another pair of wild pitches from Page.

            “(Jared) just put a few too many men on base,” said Peterson. “It’s tough to pitch when you’ve got so many guys on the base paths. Any mistake that you make can end up hurting you a lot more.”

            As quickly as Tattnall grabbed the lead, Warriors’ starter Chaz Kicklighter gave it right back.

            Two walks and an error loaded the bases with Yellow Jackets in the bottom of the first. With two outs, Taylor Burroughs drew an RBI walk and Blake Fulmer was hit by a pitch to drive in Page and retie the score, all without the benefit of an SEB hit.

            Tattnall finally got the bats going and took control in the top of the third.

            Domonick Stoutmire led off with a walk, stole second, and was then driven in by another RBI single from Waters.

            An attempted pickoff throw from Page sailed wide of first, allowing Waters to move all the way to third, and Evan Smith punched a grounder through the right side of the infield to drive Waters home.

            Smith was caught stealing for the inning’s second out, but Wesley Durrence was hit by a pitch and Kevin Flowers (2-for-4, 3 RBIs) doubled to left center to bring in Durrence and give the Warriors a 5-2 advantage.

            Two walks and another Warrior run via wild pitch chased Jared Page from the game in favor of his brother, Eli in the fourth inning.

            Tattnall continued to rally as Tyler Mouton came through with an RBI single and Flowers delivered a two-run single en route to a five-run outburst that gave the Warriors a 10-2 lead.

            “I’m proud of the job that Eli did for us today,” said Peterson. “It was a rough spot to be in, but he battled. He got us some big outs and kept (Tattnall) from extending the lead too much. That was all that we could ask him to do.”

            SEB stayed alive in the bottom of the fourth, taking advantage of a two-out error by Waters that allowed two runs to score. Black Fulmer with an RBI single to draw the Jackets within 10-5.

            The Jackets added two more runs in the fifth on an RBI ground by Tucker Bettis and a run-scoring single by Jared Page, but Stoutmire slammed the door in relief and a four-run rally in the top of the seventh gave Tattnall all of the insurance it would need.

            “I was very proud of our guys for hanging in there and battling back,” said Peterson. “After a while, we started to get some hits and manufacture some runs. It wasn’t quite enough to get the win, but we kept fighting, and that’s what I really like to see from our guys.”

            SEB gets back to region play Tuesday as the Jackets travel to Sylvania for a showdown with Screven County.


            Mike Anthony can be reached at (912) 489-9404.

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