Grangers sweep doubleheader
By KEVIN ECKLEBERRY
The LaGrange Grangers swept a road doubleheader from Spalding County on Thursday, taking the two games by scores of 4-3 and 6-0.
In the first game, the Grangers pushed a run across in the top of the eighth to take the lead, and Charles Crawford threw a scoreless bottom of the eighth to preserve the lead.
In the second game, Walton Lanier threw six shutout innings before Landon Tucker finished things off with a scoreless seventh.
In the opener, Spalding County scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to tie it and force extra innings.
The Grangers reclaimed the lead in the top of the eighth.
Matthew Morgan led off with a single, and Mason Green reached on a bunt hit to put men on first and second.
With two outs, Cole Crawford stepped to the plate and drove the ball into the outfield for a base hit, and Green scored the go-ahead run.
Charles Crawford threw a perfect bottom of the seventh to earn the save in relief of Jake Cardwell.
Cardwell was dominant during his seven innings on the mound, holding Spalding County to three hits while striking out eight, and all three of the runs he allowed were unearned.
The Grangers took the lead in the third inning.
Sam Yates was hit by a pitch leading off, and he later scored on an RBI single by Charles Crawford.
It was a 1-1 game when the Grangers used the long ball to take the lead in the top of the seventh.
Yates reached on a one-out single, and two batters later, Will Alford drove the ball over the center-field fence for a two-run home run.
In game two, Lanier was untouchable.
In six innings, Lanier only gave up two hits, and he had nine strikeouts.
Tucker took over in the seventh inning, and he worked around a hit to preserve the shutout.
The Grangers took the lead with two runs in the top of the second.
Tucker had an RBI single, and Alford drove in a run when he walked with the bases loaded.
LaGrange broke it open with four runs in the third inning.
Mason Green led off with a walk, and two batters later Will Flowers launched the ball over the outfield fence for a two-run home run.
Logan Karcher walked, and stole second and third before scoring on a passed ball to give the Grangers a 5-0 lead.
Charles Crawford capped the four-run rally with an RBI single.
Flowers had two of the Grangers’ seven hits.