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April 15-- The J. R. Middle School Chiefs baseball team ended their regular season with a big come from behind walk-off win against Swainsboro at home on Friday, April 12. The Chiefs ended the season with a 14 – 4 record. Their district playoffs will start next week at home on Thursday, April 19 with an opponent yet to be determined.

Swainsboro scored 5 runs in the first two innings before Walker Moncus came on in relief to get the last out of the second inning. Moncus went on to pitch four more innings allowing one more run to score and Sloan Fountain came on to pitch the seventh inning also allowing one run making the score 7-2 in favor of Swainsboro going into the bottom of the seventh.

Carson Ricks led off the bottom of the seventh reaching first on an error. Dawson Lumley followed with a single to left putting runners on first and second with no outs. The next batter struck out but Kaleb Bennett followed with a double to left center plating one run and putting runners on second and third. A wild pitch allowed Lumley to score and Bennett to move to third base where he scored on a ground out by Tucker McDonald.   With two outs and nobody on base it looked bleak for the Chiefs still down 7-5. Walker Moncus was then hit by a pitch and Hagen Brantley followed with a single to left putting runners on first and second with Cason Banks at the plate. Banks got down 0-2 on the count but pulled an RBI single into right on the next pitch making the score 7-6. On the throw to the plate Brantley and Banks were able to move up to third and second bringing Sloan Fountain to the plate. Fountain hit the third pitch he saw into right center plating both runs for the walk-off win. Along with getting the walk-off hit Fountain also picked up the win in relief. The Chiefs offense was led by Lumley 2-2, a walk, 3 runs scored and Bennett 2-4, 2 RBI’s and a run scored. Fountain and McDonald each contributed 2 RBI’s as well.

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