Bulloch Academy scored five runs with two outs in the fifth to upset John Milledge Academy 5-4 in GISA Region 4-AAA action Friday at Gator Alley.
Down 4-0 in the bottom of the inning, the Gators (2-6 overall and 1-3 in region play) found themselves with two outs and sophomore Lanier Olliff at first after three batters.
Then, things began to go the Gators’ way and turned desolation into jubilation.
Senior Hobby Mills and junior Smith Reeves drew walks from JMA starter Cody Miller to load the bases. All runners took off when junior Joshua Bishop dribbled a slow roller toward third. Trojan third baseman Peyton Massey fielded the ball cleanly but didn’t have a play as Olliff scored.
Junior Lee Waters bounced the ball to third. Massey misplayed it and then threw high to first, drawing Trent Thiel off the bag. Mills and Reeves raced home to cut the lead to 4-3 while Waters was safe.
Sophomore Brian Harrison blasted a hot shot down the first-base line just inside the bag. Both Bishop and Waters, who stole second two pitches earlier, dashed across the plate for the 5-4 advantage.
In the sixth, Mills, who had come in to pitch one inning earlier, gave up a one-out hit to the Trojans (8-6, 3-1). But BA second baseman Olliff and first baseman Will Marsh made good defensive plays to retire the side.
Bulloch went down quietly in the sixth and it was time for the Gators to build a wall around their lead in the seventh.
Mills got Chad Charping to fly out to Reeves at deep short and then struck out Cody Miller. Hunter Harding bounced out to short to end the inning and give Bulloch a much-needed victory.
John Milledge touched BA starter Bishop for one run on two hits in the second inning. In the third, the Trojans pushed across three more runs on three hits and a Gator error for the 4-0 lead.
Bulloch is on Spring Break next week and returns to action the following week, hosting Robert Toombs on April 14.