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v *ReOorter MARY PERSONS BULLDOGS 8 StateFarm 281 Trft College Drive Forsyth, GA 31029 478-992-9945 Hours: Monday - Friday, 9 am - 5",30 pm WE HAVE IT COVERED IF ITS PLAYED HOME CALENDAR WflX Si y, lull. 3 THURSDAY, APRIL 4 APRIL $ DAY, 6 JNDAY, APRIL 7 MONI Y, AI IL 8 4:30 p.m. C-Team Baseball (vs. Clifton Ridge} 5:55 p.m. Varsity Baseball (vs. Perry) /UES0AY, AmL 9 5:30 p.m. Varsity Girls Soccer (vs. Mount de Sales) k- 5'.55 p.m. Varsity Boys Soccer (vs. Mount de Sales) By Rid'm The Mary Persons baseball team completed its best week in years on Monday, sweeping reign- ing Region 2-AAAA champion West Laurens in a memorable home doubleheader to put the Bulldogs alone in first place. In one of the longest games in MP baseball history, the Bulldogs, 18-5 overall (7-1 in Re- gion 2-AAAA) took a Game 1 classic 10-8 in 11 innings on a Trippe Moore walk-off, two-run homer to leftfield offofRaiders' reliever A.J. Mathis that put the Dogs' faithful in a frenzy. ]-he Bulldogs then annihilated West Laurens in Game 2, scoring nine first-inning runs thanks to an uncharacteristic five Raiders' errors and then adding eight more rims in the third inning for a 17-2 three-inning, mercy-rule victory. In a marathon Game i that lasted more than three-and-a-half hours, the Bulldogs rallied four different times from deficits to force extra in- nings. West Laurens got on the scoreboard in the top of the first, scoring on an RBI single by Brody Slaughter off of MP starter Moore. The Bulldogs then answered back with a run in the bottom of the second against West Laurens leffy ace Tyler Franks on a sacrifice fly to leftfield by Conner Watson. With the game knotted at 1, the Raiders ap- peared poised to break it open in the top of the third when Franks hit an opposite field single to leftfield to plate another run following back-to- back Moore walks. The next batter, Slaughter, I then blasted a three-run homer to right-center after Moore hung an 0-2 breaking ball to give West Laurens a commanding 5-1 advantage. But the Bulldogs would respond with a two-out, RBI single to center by Alex Kite in the bottom ofthe third to narrow their deficit to 5-2. The Bulldogs would then add two more runs in bot- tom of the third when Moore doubled into the left-centerfield gap to plate one run, followed by an RBI single by Jeramiah Andrews to make it 5-4. MP then tied the game for the second time in the bottom of the fourth when Camden Claxton singled up the middle on an 0-2 count with two outs to plate Xavier Soule and square the game at 5-alt. Moore, who settled down after a rocky start, then stranded runners at second and third with an inning-ending strikeout of Paul Kellam in the top of the fifth. Still tied 5-5, the Bulldogs loaded the bases on a trio of walks in the bottom of the fifth, chasing an erratic Franks. However, the Raiders' top reliever, Bradley Wilson, put out the fire in one pitch by forcing Eric Snow to fly out to foul ground in rightfield to strand the bases loaded. With seldom-used reliever Thomas W'fllingham on in reliefin the top ofthe sixth, the Raiders took their third lead of the game on a two-out, two-run homer to right-center by Franks after MP'S defenders allowed what should have been the third out to drop in foul ground earlier in the at-bat. But the resilient Bulldogs would remarkably tie the contest a third time in the bottom of the sixth as West Laurens shortstop Colton Scott mishandled a toss from second baseman KeUam on a would-be double play ball, enabling Claxton to score. Xavier Soule then drew a bases-loaded walk from Wilson to tie the game at 7-7. In the top of the seventh, West Laurens took yet another lead on a high chopper offthe bat of Parker Woods that just eluded MP third base- man Andrews' glove, plating the go-ahead rim. But once again, the Bulldogs had the answer, as Nate Howard lined a double down the rightfield line, scoring Snow. MP thought it had won the game as Kite also came around to score, but the umpires ruled Howard's hit a ground-nile double after it got tangled up in the fence near the visi- tors' bullpen. With Willingham pitching six innings of relief, the game stayed tied at 8-8 for the next three- and-a-half innings. Then, in the bottom of the 11 th, Kite drew what appeared to be a meaning- less two-out walk from Raiders' lefty Mathis, the quarterback on the Raiders' football team. However, Kite's quality at-bat brought arguably the Dogs' most feared hitter, Moore, to the plate. On the first pitch he saw from Mathis, the junior slugger roped a line-drive blast over the lefffield fence to enable the Dogs to secure their most important walk-offhome win against the Raiders since Spencer Welch ended a 9-8 classic with a three-run blast in 2012. Moore said of his homer: "It was a fastball up, and that's what I like, so I took it for a ride I guess." The Georgia Tech-commit said as he was See MP BASEBALL Page 2B lers kill 19-11o. turkey Eleven-year-old Evan Rogers of Forsyth killed this gobbler on March 16 dur- ing the Special Opportunity for Youth and Mo- bility-Impaired hunters weekend. The turkey had a lO-inch beard and weighed 19 pounds. Rogers was accompa- nied by his papa, Terry Edge. (Photo/Terry Edge) Three H named All-Region Mary Persons boys basketball players (lett to right) Desmond Williams, Dre Zellner and Maurice Shannon were named to the All-Region 2-AAAA squad. Williams and Shannon were named to the First Team while Zellner was named Honorable Mention. They were honored at last month's annual postseason banquet. (Photo/Richard Dumas)