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'Moore' effort boosts Deerfield

Photo by Scott Chancey

Photo by Scott Chancey

ALBANY -- Deerfield-Windsor probably didn't expect to be down by five runs in the third inning of its season opener.

But that's where the Knights were, trailing 7-2 against hard-hitting Terrell Academy in a nonclassification GISA matchup featuring two of the top teams from Class A and AAA last season.

The Knights, a final four team a season ago, rallied for five runs to tie the game in the bottom of the third and then won it, 8-7, on Davis Moore's go-ahead RBI single in the sixth.

"It shows that we can fight," Moore said of the six-run comeback. "We're not going to quit when we get down by five runs."

Moore bounced a seeing-eye single right past second base, scoring starting pitcher Chris Moates for the game winner. Banks Kinslow, who came on in relief and threw 1 2/3 innings of scoreless baseball, closed out the Eagles in the seventh to start Deerfield (1-0) off with a win.

"It looked rocky there for a little while, but give credit to Terrell," DWS coach Rod Murray said.

"They put the ball in play on some pretty good pitches. Our kids got up off the deck and tied it. It was fun the watch."

Terrell Academy (1-2), which reached the GISA Class A title game before losing last season, jumped out to a 4-2 lead in the second thanks to a well-timed suicide squeeze by Adam O'Hearn and then the Eagles manufactured three more runs off Moates, a junior transfer from Lee County starting his first game at Deerfield.

The big blow came in the third when catcher Brian Ambrose (2-for-3) blasted a three-run homer to right center, giving the Eagles a comfortable 7-2 advantage.

"We knew we didn't have the game in our hands," Terrell head coach Ashley Walker said. "It's way too early. We've just got to get to the point when we can finish a team off. We're not quite there yet, but we will be soon."

The Knights stormed back in the bottom half of the third with back-to-back two-run hits with two outs by the bottom of the order. Gil Gillespie had the first and then Michael Laslie followed with the second.

"They're doing some damage," Murray said of the eight and nine hitters. "If that keeps up, we'll be really excited."

Moates gave up all seven Eagles' runs on six hits. Terrell's Colby Blackburn went 3 1/3 innings, allowing seven runs on six hits as well.

"(Blackburn) didn't pitch much for us last year and he comes in here and I throw him to the wolves at Deerfield," Walker said. "I thought he did a wonderful job."

Moore led DWS at the plate with a 2-for-4 day and two RBI, including the go-ahead hit. Matt Moree was 2-for-3 with two runs scored. Moates, Gillespie and Laslie all had two RBI.

Matt Brown went 2-for-4 with a run scored for Terrell, while Cole Phillips and Cole Byrd added RBI.

The Eagles' Lance Shernisky suffered a cut under his eye after a pitch deflected off his bat and struck him in the face. Walker said Shernisky would be OK and may play in the next game Friday at Brookwood.

DWS travels to play Tiftarea today at 6:30 p.m.