Tallulah Falls earned a double-header split on Friday night at home against #1 Elbert County, losing the first game 9-1 before erasing a 6-run deficit and winning 11-8 in the finale.
Game one saw the Indians lead 1-0 until the fourth, when the visiting Blue Devils scored 3 runs. Elbert then scored 3 in the fifth and 3 in the sixth to nail down the 9-1 win.
TFS garnered 8 hits in the loss, led by Chase Pollock and Ashton Roache with 2 hits apiece. Roache scored the lone run in the second on a fielder’s choice error. Rohajae Pinder took the loss after going 5 innings and allowing 2 earned runs while striking out 4. Andrew Skvarka pitched the final 2 frames.
In the second game, Tallulah Falls quickly fell down 6-0 as Elbert took advantage of an error and several walks against Pollock. However, TFS battled all the way back. In the second, RBI singles by Devante Brown and Zaiden Cox cut into the deficit to 6-2. A costly error moments later brought it to 6-4.
In the third, Cox brought home a pair on another clutch hit to tie the game. Frankey Moree singled in Cox in the next at-bat for the go-ahead run. In the fourth, Danny Grant stole third and scampered home on a throwing error. Caden Walker then singled in Roache. The 2-run frame made it a 9-6 TFS lead.
Elbert surged back with a 2-run double in the fifth to make it a 9-8 ballgame. Tallulah got the runs back on a 2-run homer to center by Frankey Moree in the bottom half to pad the lead back to 11-8. The homerun was Moree’s third of the season and fifth of his career.
Moree continued to play the role of hero by shutting down Elbert in the final inning with a strikeout and a pair of groundouts. Moree went the final 3.1 innings, striking out 4 while giving up 2 earned runs on 3 hits and no walks. Pollock took the win after going 3.2 with 3 earned runs (6 total) with 2 strikeouts.
Moree had 2 hits and 3 RBI and Cox went 3-for-3 with 3 RBI and 3 runs scored. Walker had a 2-hit game with 2 runs and an RBI.
The win over #1 Elbert County marks the first Tallulah Falls win over a top-ranked opponent in school history. The Indians ended a 4-game losing streak with the win, and are now 4-6 overall and 1-2 in region play.