CENTRAL – Toccoa Falls turned the tide on the Warriors on Saturday, sweeping SWU 5-3 (10 innings) and 7-5 after the Warriors won game one of the series 10-0 on Friday night.
The Warriors fall back to 3-3 on the season while the Eagles improved to 4-2 on the season. SWU continues their 14-game home stand with a three-game set with Emmanuel beginning on Friday. It will be the SSAC opener for both teams.
The Warriors tied the game in the seventh as Michael Hyman doubled in Matt Arant, who was running for Luke Hostettler after Hostettler walked to lead off the inning. Hyman’s double tied the game at 3-3 after the Eagles had taken the lead in the sixth on a sacrifice fly.
The game stayed that way until the top of the 10th when a two-out walk started the rally for Toccoa Falls. After a single put runners on the corners, a wild pitch from Kalin Smith brought home the first run of the inning. A single by Justin Key gave the Eagles an insurance run. The Warriors went down in order in the bottom of the inning.
Hyman collected two hits in the game as did Daniel Williams. Both players also scored a run. Stephen Wyatt collected a pair of RBI, driving in both runs on a third-inning single to left-center. The Warriors had seven hits in the game and the Eagles collected nine. Justin Key was the only player to record two hits for the Eagles.
Daniel Chappell (0-1) took the loss after being charged with both runs in the 10th inning. Brady McMichael picked up the win after two innings of no-hit ball and Zach Murdock earned the save by getting the final two outs.
The Warriors jumped out to an early lead, scoring twice in the bottom of the first inning. Stephen Wyatt brought home the first run with a single to center. Joe Henderson brought home Wyatt with a double down the left field line.
That was about all the offense the Warriors could muster as the Eagles built a five run lead. Toccoa Falls got a run in the second, three in the third, one in the fourth and two in the fifth. Tim O’Callaghan (0-2) took the loss after just 3.2 innings of work, giving up five earned runs.
Julio Lara and Tyler Bice each had a pair of hits for the Warriors. SWU scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth to get to within two at 7-5. Michael Hyman started the rally with a two-out single and Bice followed with a hit of his own. Then the walks started. Four straight walks from two TFC pitchers brought in all three runs of the inning for the Warriors.