The Stephens County Indian baseball team drops its final scheduled non-region game of the 2013 season.
Gilmer County used a four-run sixth inning to break open a 2-2 game and win 6-2 over the Indians in Ellijay on Friday.
The big hit in the bottom of the sixth came from the bat of Bobcat designated hitter Nathan Bradley, who hit a three-run home run off of Indian reliever Dustin McCall to turn a 3-2 Gilmer lead into a 6-2 lead. Gilmer County had taken the lead earlier in the inning when Sawyer Thompson singled to bring home Colt Henderson, who had doubled.
Stephens County actually had jumped out on top in the game, scoring first in the top of the fifth inning when Max Thomas walked and later scored on an Easton Davis fielder’s choice to make it 1-0.
Gilmer answered right back in the bottom of the fifth, with Thompson and Bradley hitting back-to-back doubles, followed two batters later by a Chad Watkins single to give the Bobcats a 2-1 lead.
Stephens County tied it at two in the top of the sixth when Mason Long singled and scored on a Ryan Cleveland sacrifice fly, prior to Gilmer scoring four in the bottom half of the sixth.
Bobcat starter Shane Dale picked up the win, throwing a complete game. Indian starter Kain Dyer-Hewitt pitched five innings and left with a no-decision, allowing two runs on four hits. McCall took the loss in relief for the Indians and Josh Slate finished the final 1/3 of an inning.
The Indians fell to 5-2 with the loss, while Gilmer moved to 8-2.
Stephens County opens Region 8-AAAA play on Monday in Dahlonega against Lumpkin County. First pitch is set for 5:55 p.m. with airtime on AM 630 WNEG and wnegradio.com set for 5:45 p.m.