Central, SC – Southern Wesleyan took the double header victory to win the series versus the Toccoa Falls Screaming Eagles. The Warriors took game one in a 4-1 final and game two in a 7-4 final.
Southern Wesleyan posted five hits in the victory. Izzy Martinez with two hits during the afternoon. Two Warriors walked, Noah Fritz posted a stolen base and Quinton Bent had sacrifice fly. Martinez led the team with two RBIs. Tyler Rio started the game and went 6.1 innings while striking out two and only allowing one run. Josh Core came in to pitch in relief and struck out two to get his first save of the season.
The Warriors recorded 14 hits in game two, with Quinton Bent leading the team with four hits on the afternoon. Five Warriors followed with two hits apiece in the victory. Bent homered and doubled during the game. Julio Justo led the team with two doubles, and Trey Matthews, Devin and Steven Perez also doubled during the game. John Garrett led the team with two of the four walks, Izzy Martinez posted a sacrifice bunt and Jesse Getford had a sacrifice fly. TJ McEvilly started game two and went five innings while striking out three. Tyler Parry, Vinny Adams and Roth Mathews came in to pitch in relief.
Final Game One: Southern Wesleyan 4, Toccoa Falls 1
Final Game Two: Southern Wesleyan 7, Toccoa Falls 4
Records: Southern Wesleyan (17-28) Toccoa Falls (21-17)
How It Happened
The Toccoa Falls Screaming Eagles took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning. Southern Wesleyan countered in the bottom of the third. Steven Perez led off with a single through the left side and then advanced to third on a single to left field by freshman Noah Fritz. Fritz went on to steal second and put both runners in scoring position. An error by the first baseman on a dropped third strike allowed John Garrett to reach first to load up the bases. With the bases full of Warriors, Izzy Martinez singled into right field to bring both Fritz and Perez in and put Southern Wesleyan on top 2-1. Quinton Bent fouled out, but Garrett was able to come in on the play. With one on and one out, Julio Justo singled through the left side to advance Martinez to second and then a walk to Jesse Getford loaded the bases. A passed ball allowed Martinez to score and gave the Warriors a 4-1 lead and win the game.
Southern Wesleyan broke out early in game two. John Garrett walked and then advanced to second on a ground out by Izzy Martinez. With one on, Quinton Bent hit his 10th home run of the season over the left field wall to put the Warriors on top 2-0.
The Warriors lengthened their lead in the bottom of the third inning. Quinton Bent led off with a double and then came in to score on a double by Julio Justo. Trey Matthews singled to advance Justo to third base. With runners at the corners, Jesse Getford hit a sacrifice fly to left field that allowed both to advance to give the Warriors a 4-1 run advantage. Devin Patrick walked. With two on, Steven Perez singled to bring Matthews, but was thrown out stretching to second to end the inning with Southern Wesleyan up 5-1.
Toccoa Falls fought back in the top of the sixth inning to score two runs and make the score 5-3. The Warriors took a three run lead in the bottom of the seventh. Trey Matthews led off the inning with a double to right field. Matthews came in to score on a double to left field by outfielder Steven Perez to give Southern Wesleyan a 6-3 lead.
In the bottom of the eighth, John Garrett reached first on a walk and then advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Izzy Martinez. With Garrett at second, Quinton Bent singled to allow Garrett to come across home plate to push the Warriors up to a 7-3 lead. Southern Wesleyan won the game in a 7-4 final score.
Southern Wesleyan will conclude their 2018 season on the road. They will take on the Young Harris Mountain Lions on April 17. The Warriors will then travel to Emmanuel on April 20-21 to wrap up the regular season.