The Stephens County Indian baseball team picks up another win in Carnesville.
Stephens County used strong relief pitching and timely hitting to defeat Franklin County 6-1 in the second game of a three-game series between the two teams.
In his first pitching appearance of the year, Dustin McCall pitched four hitless innings in relief of starter Josh Slate and Ryan Cleveland struck out the side in the seventh to pick up the save.
Cleveland also did damage offensively, hitting an opposite-field solo home run in the second inning. The blast is Cleveland’s third of the year. The senior first baseman has homered in each of the last three games.
Meanwhile, Davis McCall had three hits and two runs scored for the Indians, while Max Thomas added a two-run double for Stephens County.
Franklin County could only muster two hits, both by starting pitcher Jesse Thomas, who took the loss for Franklin County on the mound, pitching six innings and allowing four runs, while striking out nine and walking none.
The Lions scored their only run in the second, when Red Montgomery reached on a passed ball strikeout and scored on a Thomas single. The Lions had the bases loaded in the second with just one out, but Slate got two outs to get out of the jam for the Indians.
Stephens County is now 3-1 on the season, while Franklin County falls to 3-6.
The Indians will look for the sweep of the series Saturday when the two teams meet up at the Reservation in Toccoa in an afternoon clash.
First pitch Saturday is set for 3 p.m. with airtime set for 2:45 p.m. on AM 630 WNEG and wnegradio.com.