Stephens Co. Baseball Season Comes to an End
The 2017 baseball season came to an end on the road at Lagrange in the Quarterfinal round of the AAAA State playoffs last night.
In game one, the Grangers Ben Anderson (a Furman signee) limited the Stephens County offense to 5 hits over 6 and 2 out of 3 innings to lead Lagrange to a 6-2 win.
Anderson led off the bottom of the first with a single and scored the game’s first run on a ground ball out. The Grangers added three more runs in the third inning on four consecutive hits of Indians starter Dawson Sorrells.
The Grangers added one in the 5th, and one in the 6th and took a 6-0 lead to the 7th. Stephens County got on the scoreboard in the 7th when Dylan Huff walked, Lagrange’s Anderson was replaced on the mound by Jacob Vinson, Zach Boyd singled and was replaced on the bases by Ben Hobbs, Kole Rogers singled home Huff, and Kooper Briley singled home Hobbs before Vinson got the final out.
In game two, a pitching duel between Stephens County Davis Swenson and Lagrange’s John Morgan was broken open late and Lagrange took a 5-0 victory to clinch the series and advance to the State Semifinals.
Morgan limited the Indians to six hits over 6 1/3 innings and Vinson got the final five outs. Dawson Dean had three hits to lead the Indians offense.
Stephens County Head Coach Greg McCall said this Indian team made a great run.
“I’m proud of each and every one and there’s a lot to build on with this team,” said McCall. “They deserve this Elite Eight appearance.”
This was the final game for Indians Seniors Kooper Briley, Cole Morgan, and Dylan Huff. McCall said these seniors played big roles in the program.
The Indians finish the season with a record of 21-17 and provided much excitement for fans and the community on their Elite Eight run.