Americus Times-Recorder, Americus, Georgia

Local Sports

April 11, 2012

Marion County overcomes a seven run deficit to take down AA Manchester High

MANCHESTER — The Marion County Eagles traveled to Manchester on Monday evening to try and knock off the AA Manchester Blue Devils. Despite falling behind the Blue Devils 11-4, the Eagles mounted a furious comeback to take the lead in the last inning, and they held off the Blue Devils’ offensive attack in the bottom half of the last inning to earn a 13-12 victory.

The Eagles took an early lead as they scored three runs in the top of the first inning. Brandon Dumas plated Dustin Eckert with an RBI, and Taylor Barrett brought home Dumas and Dylan Price. Although the Eagles would take the early 3-0 lead, Manchester would answer in the bottom half of the first inning with three runs of their own.

Manchester would then add three more runs in the third inning, and a run in the fourth inning to jump out to  7-3 lead. A McClellan solo home run would make the score 7-4, but the Blue Devils would add four more runs in the fifth inning to stretch their lead to 11-4.

At this point, it would have been easy for the Eagles to lay down and give the Blue Devils the game. It appeared that the game was over with the Blue Devils up seven runs with only two innings left to play.

The Eagles were not quitting though, and they mounted a furious comeback in their half of the sixth inning. Brandon Connor led off the inning with a double to give the Eagles a runner in scoring position. Following a Dustin Eckert walk, Ryan Howell hit a single which scored Connor. McClellan then brought home Eckert with a double, and gave the Eagles two more runners in scoring position.

After a walk to Price loaded the bases, Barrett scorched a single and brought home two more Eagles in Howell and McClellan. Austin Mitchell then came to the plate and brought home two more runs on a single to make the score 11-10 with one inning left to play.

Eckert, now on the mound, retired the three Manchester hitters in order to send the Eagles to the plate in the seventh and final inning trailing by one run.

In the top half of the seventh, the Eagles would score three runs to take the lead from the Blue Devils. Ryan Howell led off the inning with a single, and Jake McTaggart reached base by way of an error. McClellan then came to the plate an continued his huge night by doubling to score two more runs. Dillon Lane capped off the Eagles’ scoring by doubling in McClellan.

The Eagles had a 13-11 lead going into the bottom half of the last inning. Howell would come on in the save opportunity for Marion, and despite giving up one run, he would slam the door on the Blue Devils’ hopes and seal the 13-12 win for the Eagles.

Dustin Eckert earned the win for the Eagles on the mound, going two innings and giving up no runs and only one hit. He also struck out two and did not surrender a walk. Howell got the save for the Eagles by pitching the seventh inning.

“This was a huge comeback for the young Eagles,” said Marion County head coach Luke Jernigan. “They continue to get better with more experience under their belt. I am so proud of the fight of these young mean,” he added.

The Eagles will return home at 5 p.m. on Friday, April 13 to take on the Chattahoochee County Panthers in a key region game. The Eagles dropped their first match-up with the Panthers in Cusseta, so they will be looking for revenge.

Text Only
Local Sports
  • Matt Corbin.jpg Schley County’s Corbin signs to play football at Point University

    Matt Corbin, a multi-sport standout at Schley County High School, recently signed with Point University in West Point, Ga. to continue his football career at the college level. The 2013 All-Region 4-A first teamer and Americus Times-Recorder All-Area selection plans to help the Skyhawks football team out in multiple positions, just as he did for the Wildcats.

    July 24, 2014 3 Photos

  • Russ_Emili CTGC.jpg Russ signs with GSW women's basketball

    Georgia Southwestern State University head women's basketball coach Kelly Britsky has announced the addition of Emili Russ to the Lady Hurricane squad for the 2014-15 season.
    Russ signed with the Lady 'Canes after playing last season for Central Georgia Technical College in Macon. She will join the program in the fall with two years of eligibility remaining.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Souhtland XC State Champs web.jpg Three Southland coaches receive Coach of the Year honors

    Last year Southland Academy’s athletic program soared to new heights. Two state championships, several region championships, and many trips deep into the state playoffs marked a banner year for several Raider teams. Recently, three of Southland’s coaches were recognized by the GISA for their hard work and dedication to lead their programs to the state title.

    July 18, 2014 2 Photos

  • Americus Travelers finish in top 3 at USSSA World Series

    The Americus Travelers 14U Baseball Club, after a stellar season on the baseball diamond, again peaked at the right time; finishing as the number three team at the USSSA Global Sports Baseball World Series in Orange Beach, Ala. last week. Coach Tim Estes’ squad entered the event with a record of 23–9 -1 on the season, and there were 35 teams from eight states competing for the title of World Series Champion.

    July 18, 2014

  • SAR football help flags.jpg Raiders lend a hand at Andersonville NHS

    The Avenue of Flags flies in Andersonville National Historic Site five times per year during days of special significance. Following the end of the Independence Day holiday, the Southland Academy football team took a break from their summer workouts to help take down the 200+ flags on Monday, July 7.

    July 11, 2014 2 Photos

  • Frey_Conyers_Balleur-7-14.jpg SGTC names new athletic director and assistant basketball coaches

    South Georgia Technical College Lady Jets head basketball coach James Frey has been named Athletic Director for the college effective July 1, 2014, announced South Georgia Technical College President Sparky Reeves. Frey will continue to serve as the Lady Jets head basketball coach, as well as work as a Recreation and Leisure Management instructor. Reeves also announced that Kezia Conyers and Chris Ballauer have been hired as full-time instructors and assistant basketball coaches for the Lady Jets and Jets.

    July 3, 2014 1 Photo

  • 8U Champs.jpg Recreation all-star teams perform well in district tournaments, two qualify for state

    The Sumter County Parks and Recreation Department (SCPRD) has one of the strongest youth baseball programs in the state, and they will have a chance to prove it in the upcoming Georgia Recreation and Park Association (GRPA) state tournaments beginning on July 9.

    July 3, 2014 2 Photos

  • SCPRD Softball allstars.jpg SCPRD sees great success in first year of youth softball league

    The Sumter County Parks and Recreation Department (SCPRD) hosted a youth softball division for the first time this year, and according to SCPRD executive director Tim Estes, it was a roaring success.

    July 3, 2014 1 Photo

  • Josh Willis Sholarship receip 14.jpg Eight Panthers awarded Josh Willis Memorial Scholarships

    Last Friday, eight Americus-Sumter senior student athletes received scholarships in honor for former Americus-Sumter and University of Georgia standout football player Josh Willis. The memorial scholarships will help each of the student-athletes achieve their dream of attending college to further their education.

    July 3, 2014 1 Photo

  • Snow SOCC picture.jpg Georgia Southwestern’s Snow pegged as profession's next generation through NSCAA 30 Under 30 Program

    Georgia Southwestern head women's soccer coach Samantha Snow is one of only 15 female soccer coaches in the country selected by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) to participate in the organization's 30 Under 30 program.

    June 26, 2014 1 Photo

House Ads
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Weather Radar