Indians Win First Regional Matchup of the Season Against White County 3/7 – Lumpkin/23

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The Lumpkin County Indians Defeat the White County Warriors at Home in their First Regional Matchup of the Season 

 

The 6-1  Lumpkin County Indians hosted the 4-4 White County Warriors at Arrowhead Field for Tuesday’s first 7AAA regional matchup. The Indians bested the Warriors by a final score of 8-6, despite a late comeback attempt in the 7th by the Warriors. 

Alejandro Narvaez was on the mound for the Indians to start the game, and gave his team a solid start with three strikeouts and only one allowed on base. On the other side, Shelton Ramey was on the hill for the Warriors. While Ramey did allow a single and a stolen base to Peyton Wood in the frame, he was able to get out of the inning unscathed, picking up a strikeout to Cooper Scott to end the first. 

Narvaez continued his dominant start in the second, striking out two Warriors in a row. The Warrior bats started to get going with their first hit by Landen Roberts who reached on an infield single. The pitch hit Mason Gee in the next at-bat, putting Ramey at the plate with an RBI chance. Ramey hit a deep fly ball to center that nearly left the park, scoring two and getting to second for a 2 RBI double. Narvaez struck out the next batter to end the frame, the Warriors lead 2-0 going into the bottom half of the inning. Adian Rogers was at the plate to begin the frame and got the Indian’s offense going by reaching on an infield single. Rogers would find himself at third after stealing a base and then getting moved over by Hayden Gilbert on a fielder’s choice to second. During Dakota Bennet’s at-bat, Ramey would throw a wild pitch to allow Rogers to score from third, making the score 2-1. Bennett kept the line moving with a hustle-triple to left field followed by a sacrifice fly by Tyler Boggs to tie the game at 2 a piece. Ramey ran into more trouble after an E4 allowed Mason Hester to reach and Harper Davenport hit a line drive single to set up first and third with Narvaez at the plate. Ramey got out of the jam by getting Narvaez to foul out to end the inning. 

Narvaez went back to work in the third getting the first two Warriors out on balls in play. Narvaez did give up a two-out single to Ryan Fowler but struck out the next batter to end the threat. Peyton Wood led off the inning for the Indians, grounding out to first for the first out of the inning. Scott would be hit in the next at-bat and then thrown out at second on a fielder’s choice by Rogers. Gilbert came up with a two-out single to left followed by a single to center by Bennett to give the Indians a 3-2 lead. Gilbert would later score on a passed ball to extend the Indian’s lead to 4-2. Ramey would eventually shut the door on a groundout by Hester to end the inning. 

Mark Daniels came to the plate to begin the fourth and laid a perfect bunt down the third base line to reach for the infield single. Narvaez responded with a strikeout to Roberts, but Mason Gee would hit a single to right, setting up 1st and 2nd with one out. With Ramey at the plate, Daniels and Gee attempted and succeeded in a double steal to get two in scoring position with only one out. Narvaez would get out of the jam by striking out Ramey and Kyler Mayo to end the Warrior threat. The top of the lineup came to bat for the Indians, with Davenport grounding out to begin the frame. Narvaez would reach on an infield single in the next at-bat, but Ramey would retire the next two Indians to send the game to the 5th inning. 

Narvaez came on for his 5th inning of work and was met with a single off the bat of Nate Bray. Narvaez was able to adjust and get the next three batters out in a row while picking up two strikeouts. Ramey returned to the Warriors’ mound and had trouble controlling his pitches, hitting Rogers and Gilbert, forcing coach Jim Waits to go to his bullpen. Joseph Bowels came on to pitch for the Warriors and struck out Bennet to begin his outing. The next batter, Boggs, would draw a walk to load the bases for the Indians. Hester would be hit in the next at-bat bringing in a run to make the score 5-2. Davenport came to the plate and drew a walk to add another run making the score 6-2. With Narvaez coming to the plate, the Warriors turned to Adam Nix to stop the bleeding. Narvaez laid down a bunt to bring in a run making the score 7-2. The Indians would tack on one more thanks to an E5 allowing Wood to reach and a run to score giving the Indians an 8-2 lead. Nix would strike out the next batter to put the frame to an end where the Indians scored 4 runs without recording a hit. 

Scott came on to pitch for the Indians to begin the 6th inning and was met with back-to-back singles by Daniels and Roberts. Gee would pop out to shorty in the next at-bat followed by a fielder’s choice by Ramey to give the Indians two outs. Mayo was able to bring two runs in on a 2-run single to center to make the score 8-4 with two outs in the frame. The next batter, Bray reached on an infield single setting up an RBI single to right by Alex Freeman to make the score 8-5. Fowler would then pop out to second to end the frame. Nix came back to pitch in the bottom of the 6th and allowed a leadoff single to Rogers. Gilbert would pop out to short in the next at-bat bringing Bennet to the plate. The Warriors would get out of the inning on a 3-4-3 double play, giving their bats one more shot in the 7th inning. 

 

Wood came on to close the game for the Indians and was met with a patient Devin Norton who battled for a leadoff walk. Wood would record his first out on a flyball to right by Daniels. Roberts brought Norton home in his at-bat with an RBI single to center making the score 8-6. Gee would be hit in the next at-bat forcing coach Ryan Zaideman to go to Boggs in relief. Boggs walked Ramey to begin his outing, loading the bases with Mayo at the plate and only one out. Mayo fouled out to first in his at-bat giving the Warriors one last chance with Bray at the plate. Bray would ground out to second to end the game and secure the win for the Indians. 

 

The Indians are now 7-1 on the season and 1-0 in regional play while the Warriors are now 4-5 and 0-1 in regional play. The two teams will not have to wait long as the Indians travel to Cleveland on Wednesday to face the Warriors at home, first pitch is set for 5:55 PM.

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