Bulldogs Sweep Indians in Doubleheader

The Hart County Bulldogs, ranked #1 in the state in class AAA by some publications, swept the Stephens County Indians 5-3 and 10-0 in a doubleheader Friday night in Hartwell.

The Indians stood toe to toe with the Bulldogs in game one. After Hart County jumped out to a 2-0 lead after 2 innings, the Indians came back with two to tie it in the 3rd when Ben Stowe singled home Mason Roberts and Carson Worley. Stowe added another RBI knocking in Worley in the 5th inning to give the Indians a 3-2 lead.

The Indians maintained the lead until the bottom of the 6th when the Bulldogs Will Dean hit a solo home run to tie the game, and Trey Horton and Tanner Ayers had RBI singles.

Clemson bound Casey Tallent got the win on the mound going 6 innings and allowing 3 runs on 7 hits while striking out 11.

Garrett Pless, in his first start of the season, pitched outstanding for the Indians allowing 3 runs on 5 hits in five innings of work. Ayden Garmon took the tough loss in relief.

Worley, Stowe, and Roberts each had two hits to lead the Indians offense.

In game 2, it was all Hart County with Dean allowing a leadoff hit to Worley, but shutting down the Indians the rest of the way striking out 8 and allowing just the one hit in the five inning 10-0 victory.

Hart County scored a run in the 2nd inning, 6 runs in the 3rd, one in the 4th, and two in the 5th inning.

Patrick Murray took the loss for the Indians working 2 1/3 innings. Cruz Mullinix and Ian Rumsey also pitched for the Indians.

Hart County improves to 20-5 on the season and 10-2 in Region-8 play. Stephens County falls to 2-10 in the Region and 8-16 overall.

With Monroe Area’s sweep of East Jackson, the Indians will now have to sweep all three games upcoming with the Purple Hurricanes.

Game one is Tuesday at Monroe Area with airtime set for 5:30 P.M. on WNEG.