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Tigers win in extra innings, Excel shutout by Fellowship

It took an extra inning, but the Adairsville Tigers pulled out a back-and-forth battle Thursday night at home over the Coahulla Creek Colts, 6-5.

Hunter Hice drove in the game-winning run in the bottom of the eighth with a double to cap a 4-for-5 night to rally the Tigers.

Adairsville took leads of 1-0 in the first inning and 3-1 after five innings before the Colts scored three in the top of the sixth to take a 4-3 lead.

The Tigers responded with a tying run in the bottom of the six, but Coahulla Creek regained a 5-4 lead in the top of the seventh.

Adairsville tied the game in the bottom of the seventh, kept the Colts (6-5, 1-1 6-AAA) off the board in the eighth, and scored the game winner in the bottom of the inning.

Orry Carter (2.2 IP, 1R, 0ER, 2H, 3BB, 2K) picked up the pitching victory in relief for the Tigers. Noah O’Kelley (5.1 IP, 4R, 2ER, 1H, 5BB, 5K) started on the bump for Adairsville.

Hunter Hice had four hits and a pair of RBI for the Tigers. Landon Howren, Hayden Morrow, and Cole Hewatt had the other Adairsville hits. Kyler Pelfrey and Carter both drove in a run.

Adairsville (5-4 overall, 2-1 in Region 6-AAA) plays at Sonoraville Friday and will entertain Ringgold Tuesday (March 22). Both games are key region matchups for the Tigers.



Excel Christian Academy was blanked Thursday night by visiting Fellowship Christian, 14-0, in five innings. The Paladins took advantage of ten hits and ten Eagles’ errors for the mercy, run-rule victory.

“The errors continue to plague us,” Excel coach Mike Cuomo pointed out. “We are just making too many physical and mental mistakes.”

Fellowship (6-5) scored six runs over the first three innings of play, but it was an eight-run fourth that buried the Eagles.

Christian Carpenter tossed a complete game, four hit shutout for the Paladins. He allowed no walks and struck out two.

Jordan Wilkie, Trace Still, Marco Haro, and Darius Thrower had the ECA hits. Wilkie’s hit was a double.

Joseph Cuomo (3.2 IP, 14R, 1ER, 10H, 1BB, 1K) suffered the pitching loss. Wilkie (1.1 IP, 0R, 1H, 1BB, 2K) also took the mound for the Eagles.

“We’ll go back to the drawing board and do what we need to do to get our guys motivated and ready to play,” Cuomo concluded.

Excel Christian (1-8), has three home games next week. King’s Ridge Christian (Mon, Mar 21, 5:30pm), Pinecrest Academy (Tue, Mar 22, 5:30pm), and Mt. Pisgah Christian (Thr, Mar 24, 5:30pm) at LakePoint in Emerson.

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