Lumpkin County Takes Game One Against Pickens County in Huge 7AAA Matchup

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The Lumpkin County Indians hosted the Pickens County Dragons for the first game of a huge three-game series between the two top teams in Region 7AAA. Pickens looked to be the favorite in the matchup as they had only lost one regional game and were undefeated on the road, not to mention they were on a fifteen-game winning streak. However, the game was all Lumpkin as their bats came out hot in the first inning to give them a commanding 3-0 lead. Pickens bats could not get going in the game as they only amassed two hits in the game against Indians starter, Harper Davenport. The Indians would win the contest, shutting out the Dragons 4-0. 

Pitcher Connor Shouse led off in the top of the first for the Dragons, popping out to Indian shortstop Alejandro Narvaez for the first out. The next batter, Trace Ledbetter hit a single to straightaway center bringing Trey Payne to the plate who grounded into a 6-4-3 double play to end the top of the first. Pitcher Davenport led off the inning for the Indians and hit a deep flyball over the centerfielder’s head for a stand-up lead-off double. Narvaez came to the plate and attempted to bunt to move Davenport to third, but to no avail on the first two attempts. Nevertheless, Narvaez hit a sharp line ball to right field for an RBI triple to make the score 1-0. Cooper Scott kept the line moving in the next at-bat with an RBI single making the score 2-0. The Dragons would get the first out of the inning in the next at-bat by Peyton Wood, who hit into a fielders choice to shortstop. Adian Rogers stepped to the plate with one out and a runner on third. Shouse threw a wild pitch that would allow Scott to score from third to extend the lead to 3-0. Shouse would settle in and get Rogers and Hayden Gilbert out in order to end the inning. 

DH Harlan Will led off the top of the second for the Dragons and hit a hard ball to short where Narvaez slipped and could not make the play for an error. Davenport would get his first strikeout of the game against Dawson Holland to bring up Cam Jenkins with one out. Jenkins hit into a 6-4-3 inning-ending double play. Dakota Bennet led off the bottom of the second for the Indians and struck out, the third Indian in a row to be struck out by Shouse. DH Mason Hester got the Indian’s offense going again with a soft single to right field to bring up catcher Tyler Boggs. Hester stole second to get into scoring position for Boggs who would then draw a walk to set up first and second with Davenport at the plate. Hester would be thrown out at third trying to advance on a wild pitch for the second out. Shouse would then strike out Davenport after an 8 pitch battle to end the inning. 

Aj Rice led off the top of the third for Pickens and hit a lead-off single to left to bring up Evan Giddens. Giddens hit a fly-ball to center for the first out of the inning. Colby Brooks would bunt in the next at-bat, getting thrown out at first and Rice would attempt to go to third on the play but would be thrown out for another inning-ending double play. Narvaez led off the bottom of the third for Lumpkin and would strike out to begin the inning. Shouse looked to be locked in the third as he struck out Scott for the second out and his sixth strikeout of the game. Peyton Wood would reach on an E4, bringing up Rogers to the plate. Rogers extended the Indian’s lead with an RBI single to left to make the score 4-0. Rogers would be thrown out at third to end the inning on a stolen base attempt, sending the game into the fourth inning. 

Shouse led off the fourth inning, and swung on the first pitch, hitting a groundball to short for the first out. Davenport would pick up his second strikeout of the game against Ledbetter for the second out. Payne hit a nubber to Davenport in the next at-bat, who fired to first for the final out of the frame. Gilbert led off the bottom of the fourth against Shouse and would strike out to begin the frame. Bennet then came to the plate and grounded out to short for the second out. Hester came to the plate and took a ball off his shin to get on base for Boggs. However, Shouse would strike out Boggs to end the inning. 

Will came to the plate for the Dragons against Davenport who was on the mound for his fifth inning of work. Will hit a line drive to third and would be thrown out on a nice play by Hayden Gilbert. Holland would come to the plate and leg out an infield single. The next batter, Jenkins would strike out, Davenport’s third K of the day. Davenport would pick up another K in the inning against Rice to end the frame. The Dragons elected to go to their bullpen in the bottom of the fifth, turning to lefty Tee Knight. Knight would be met with the top of the Indian’s lineup, starting with Davenport. Knight would strike out Davenport looking to bring up Narvaez. Narvaez would foul out to first for the second out. Scott would run out a groundball hit to second and beat the throw after the ball was bobbled. Scott stole second during Wood’s at-bat, who would draw a walk to bring up Rogers with two on and two out. Rogers hit a fly-ball to center for the final out, ending the Indian threat. 

Davenport came back to the bump for the sixth inning and gave up a lead-off single to Giddens. Brooks then hit a soft liner to second that was caught by Rogers who fired to first to get the double-play. Shouse kept the inning alive in the next at-bat with a bloop hit to shallow right field. Davenport would get out of the inning thanks to a flyball out hit by Ledbetter. The Indians came back to the plate in the bottom of the sixth, looking to add on an insurance run. The Dragons went back to the pen and brought out righty Cason Cannon to face Gilbert. Gilbert lined a single to center to start the frame. Cannon would settle in, and strike out Bennet in the next at-bat. Cannon would then get Hester out on a fielder’s choice for the second out and then catcher Jenkins would throw out Gilbert on a stolen base attempt for the final out of the inning. 

Davenport came back to the mound in the seventh inning, looking for the complete game shutout. Payne was at the plate to start the frame and would draw a walk. Tyler Payne would pinch hit for Will in the next at-bat who would ground into a 6-4-3 double play, giving Pickens one more out to work with. Davenport would end the game in the next at-bat, striking Holland looking to secure the complete game shutout and beat the Dragons by a final score of 4-0. 

The Lumpkin County Indians are now 19-5 on the season and 10-3 in the region with their victory over the Pickens County Dragons. The Dragons still hold a commanding lead in the region with a 14-2 record. The crown for the division is still up for grabs with Pickens, Wesleyan, and Lumpkin all in contention for the division. The Indians will travel to Jasper on Thursday to face the Dragons for game two of the three-game series, first pitch is set for 5:55 PM. 

                                                                     Region 7AAA Standings 

TEAM      OVR        RGN

                                                                     Pickens      22-4         14-2

                                                                     Lumpkin   19-5          10-3

                                                                     Wesleyan   13-7         10-3

                                                                     Dawson      13-11         8-7

                                                                     White          9-14          4-9

                                                                     West Hall    6-17          2-11

                                                                      Gilmer        6-17           0-13

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