Americus Times-Recorder, Americus, Georgia

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March 24, 2012

Marion County baseball team loses two tough games on the road

AMERICUS — The Marion County Eagles faced a pair of tough opponents on the road this week, and they came up just short in each game. The Eagles would get some strong pitching efforts in both of their games, but a lack of offensive power would hamper the Eagles in the losses.

On Tuesday, the Eagles travelled to nearby Butler to take on the Taylor County High School Vikings. Ryan Howell started the game on the mound for the Eagles in what started as a pitcher’s dual. Howell threw three great innings for the Eagles, giving up only one run on five hits with one strikeout.

Howell gave way to Dylan Price, who has been Marion County’s most efficient pitcher on the young season. Price gave up two runs in as many innings to the Vikings, but also recorded two strikeouts and only allowed three hits. Price was replaced by Dylan McClellan who pitched the final inning for the Eagles. McClellan had an excellent inning, giving up only one hit while striking out one and not surrendering a run to the Vikings.

Unfortunately for the Eagles, the three runs that Taylor County scored would be enough to earn the Vikings a 3-1 victory. The leading hitters for the Eagles were Brandon Dumas, Taylor Barrett, Dylan Price, and C.J. Dudley, who all tallied one hit a piece. Dumas drove in the sole run for the Eagles.

On Thursday the Eagles would travel to Columbus to take on the Shaw High School Raiders and this time it would take a last inning hit by the opposing team to down the Eagles.

McClellan would take the mound for the Eagles in the match-up with AAA Shaw. McClellan would have a very strong game for the Eagles, as he threw the complete seven inning game. McClellan would give up only two runs through the seven innings on six scattered hits, while walking one and striking out three.

Dumas, McClellan, Price, and Jake McTaggert would all have a hit for the Eagles, but they were only able to score one run in the 2-1 loss. The Raiders scored the winning run on a walk off hit in the bottom of the seventh inning with two outs.

The Eagles will return to action at 5 p.m. next friday at home to host the visiting Hawkinsville Red Devils.

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