DAHLONEGA, GA – Junior outfielder Terrell proved to be the spark North Georgia needed in the bottom of the 12th inning on Friday evening, lining a one-out single down the left field line to plate the winning run in a 10-9 victory over Flagler College at Bob Stein Stadium in non-conference action.
North Georgia extends their winning streak to a season-long seven games, improving to 31-16 overall on the year, while Flagler has now dropped five of their last six and fall to 20-27 on the season.
Both pitcher's cruised through the first three innings, but the Flagler offense got on the board as Kyle Foti led off the fourth inning and belted his fifth home run of the year down the left field line to give the visiting Saints a 1-0 lead. FC added to their lead later in the frame when Charlie Stewart lined a two-out double to right center to send a pair of runs racing home and giving Flagler a 3-0 advantage.
North Georgia put together a rally of their own in the bottom of the fourth inning, using four two-out hits to send six runs to the plate and jump out to a 6-3 lead. Brad Hall started the rally with a bases loaded single to right field and Jordan Erisman followed with walk to bring home another run and pull the Saints to within a run. Derek Hooper then connected on a two-run double to left center, and Troy Snitker capped the inning with an infield RBI single to give North Georgia a six-run inning and a 6-3 advantage.
Holding a three-run lead heading to the fifth inning, the home Saints continued to add to their lead with a two-run double off the bat of Brad Hall, sending Kenny Bellavance and Chad Sage racing to plate and giving North Georgia a five-run lead at 8-3.
Flagler would not go away however, putting together a rally in the sixth inning with three runs on as many hits and the benefit of an error to cut the lead to just a pair. After a fly to right field scored the first run of the inning, Nate Fudala singled home a run, and Forti walked with the bases loaded to plate Devon Hellett and make it 8-6.
After North Georgia scored a single run in the seventh inning on a sacrifice fly, Flagler came right back put together a rally of their own in the eighth frame, scoring three runs and knotting the score at 9-9. Travis Coverston provided the big blow, a two-run double down the left field line to cap the three-run inning.
The battle of the Saints rolled into the bottom of the 12th inning where Alan Fredriksson and Erisman notched back-to-back singles, and after a sacrifice fly and an intentional walk loaded, Terrell Jones lined a single down the left field line to send the winning run trotting home and give North Georgia a 10-9 walk off victory.
Alex Simmons (5-2) was the sixth pitcher of the night to take the mound for North Georgia and he picked up the win in 2.1 innings of work. The senior did not allow a hit and fanned four batters. Max Rusch (7-3) suffered the loss, lasting 4.1 innings and giving up four hits and one run, while striking out seven.
The battle of the Saints continues on Saturday evening, as Flagler and North Georgia will take the field in game two of the series at 5:00 p.m. at Bob Stein Stadium.