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Gator bats break loose
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Freshman Walker Blitch picked up his first win as Bulloch Academy’s starting pitcher Monday and went 2-for-3 with two RBIs. - photo by RAHH HUTCHESON/staff
    Bulloch Academy took batting practice Monday afternoon but it wasn’t Gator head coach Daryl Evans who pitched — it was Robert Toombs’ Trey Wingate, Joseph Holmes and Matt Parker.
    The Gators pounded the Crusader pitchers for 13 hits and used seven free passes as Bulloch run-ruled Robert Toombs Christian Academy 15-0 in three innings in a non-region contest.
    “It was a good game for us to get back into our rhythm coming off the weekend,” said Bulloch Academy assistant coach Chad Huffman.
    Senior Ethan Lovett led Bulloch, going 3-for-3 with three RBIs. Sophomore Matthew Sapp was 2-for-2 with one RBI, freshman Walker Blitch was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and senior Jordan Walker was 2-for-3 with one RBI in the hit-a-thon.
    Thirteen Bulloch Academy batters came to the plate in the bottom of the first inning as the Gators (7-3) scored seven runs on five hits.
    Wingate, who was getting his first start on the hill for the Crusaders (4-7), was shaky as he walked four of seven batters and lasted just 1/3 of an inning. Holmes came on in relief and gave up three hits before getting the next two outs.
    In the inning, Sapp, Drew Cheshire, Win Lee, Eli Strickland and Michael DeLoach all waited out walks. Walker, Blitch, Lovett, Sapp and Taylor Burke had singles.
    Blitch started on the mound for Bulloch and got his first win of the season, giving up just three hits and issuing no walks.
    Parker came on for RTCA in the second inning, throwing harder and with more control, but still the Gators touched him for five runs on five hits.
I    n the inning, Strickland, Blitch, Lovett and Sapp all had singles, DeLoach doubled and Lee drew a walk as BA took a 12-0 lead.
    After the Gator defense once again shut down the RTCA bats, Bulloch nailed the coffin shut in the bottom of the third.
    Lee doubled, Lovett and Matt Simons singled, Sapp walked and two RTCA errors accounted for three runs, at which time the umpires invoked the mercy rule.
    Bulloch travels to Waynesboro today for a 4 p.m. date with Region 2-AA foe Edmund Burke Academy.
    “We’ve heard they are real young but are well coached,” said Huffman. “It’s a big game for us.”