Indian Baseball Eliminated in State Quarterfinals

The Stephens County Indian baseball season comes to a close in the state quarterfinals.

Crisp County swept the Indians out of the playoffs in Tuesday’s quarterfinal round in Cordele, winning two games to none.

In Game One, the Indians led 4-0 heading to the bottom of the fifth, but Crisp County scored 8 unanswered runs and held on for an 8-7 win.

After falling behind 8-4, the Indians plated three runs in the top of the seventh, but made the final out of the first game with the tying run at third base.

Ryan Cleveland had a two-run home run for the Indians in Game One, while Austin Lord, Davis McCall, and Austin Lord each added RBIs for Stephens County.

Meanwhile, the Indians jumped out to a 4-1 lead after one inning in the second game, but Crisp County used a four-run third inning to take the lead for good and win Game Two 12-5.

Austin Lord had a two-run single in the first inning of Game Two, while Ryan Cleveland and Easton Davis also knocked in runs in the opening inning. However, Crisp County scored three in the second inning to tie the game and then got back-to-back-to-back RBI hits from Chris McGinnis, Taylor Walls, and Bradley Hough to plate four runs in the third and take a lead the Cougars would not relinquish.

Max Thomas plated the fifth Indians’ run with an RBI double in the bottom of the third inning.

Stephens County finishes the year 22-7.

Meanwhile, Crisp County moves to 28-4 on the year and will advance to the state semi-finals to face Marist, who swept South Effingham in another quarterfinal match-up Tuesday.