Georgetown takes second game in playoffs

  • Friday, July 11, 2014

Joseph Nooft/For South Strand News Justin Colgrove eyes the Goose Creek runner at first as he prepares to strike out the final batter in the ninth inning.

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In the second game of the playoffs, Post 114 beat Goose Creek Post 166 with a score of 5-4.

Georgetown leapt to an early two-run lead in the first when Seth Wall cracked a double to bring in Justin Colgrove. Wall scored on an RBI by Ryan Holcombe.

In the fourth, Holcombe came in to score on a sacrifice fly from Jordan Cantley. Then, in the fifth, Lucas Freeman smacked a double, stole third, and then stole home on a wild pitch.

Meanwhile, pitcher Cody Thompson held Post 166 scoreless for six innings. Things were going very well for Georgetown.

However, some cracks began to show. Despite maintaining a six-inning shutout, Thompson had thrown over 120 pitches by the top of the seventh.

Goose Creek scored its first with two men still on second and third, and the decision was made to bring in a new pitcher, who walked the next three batters, bringing Post 116 to within one run.

Colgrove then came in to pitch, and was able to keep them from tying the game that inning.

Post 166 then tied it up in the eighth. After Wall gunned down an attempted steal at second, and a ground out, the one runner that had managed to get to third was able to score on a bad throw to first.

In the bottom of the eighth, and two outs, things were not looking well for Georgetown.

But they had a man on third, and that was enough for Kevin Kies to rope in an RBI single to regain the lead.

Colgrove, whose pitching had continued to get better since his arrival on the mound, found a lethal groove in the top of the ninth, and all Goose Creek could do was stand and watch as strike after strike came across the plate.

The first two batters decided they would just go window shopping and were sent shrugging back to the dugout, but the third batter thought he had a chance, and Colgrove dashed that hope with a fastball and a cool evening breeze from the batter’s missed swing.

The only word to describe their performance in the last two innings is clutch. Welcome to playoff baseball.

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