TIFTON -- The Lee County baseball team fell to 4-1 after Tuesday's first loss of the season against Tift County, 9-8, in eight innings.
Lee County fell behind early, 5-0, then rallied back to make it 5-2 in the second inning and eventually grab a 7-5 lead in the fifth behind the bats of Chase Griffin, Jordan Duggan, Jess Posey, Phillip Anderson and Mark Fowler.
With one out, Matthews Suggs --- who was the losing pitcher in the game, getting roughed up for 11 hits and eight runs ---- was walked to put a man on first. Duggan then reached on an error and Taylor Jordan --- who was brought in to run for Suggs --- made it all the way to third. After a Lee County strike out, Griffin singled, then Posey singled, Anderson doubled and Fowler capped off the five-run rally with a single to drive in two more runs.
Tift tied it at 7-7 with two of its own in the bottom of the fifth, and Lee County took a lead in the sixth, 8-7, only to give it up in the bottom of the seventh when Tift tied at 8-8.
Lee County failed to produce any offense in the top of the first extra frame, but then Griffin -- who came on in relief of Suggs in the seventh ---- walked in the winning run in the bottom of the eighth with the bases loaded to seal the win for Tift.
Griffin, despite the tough eighth inning, had a masterful day from the plate, leading the team in hitting by going 4-for-5 with 2 RBI. Posey, meanwhile, was 2-for-2 and Fowler finished 2-for-4.
Lee County coach Rob Williams said the mood after the game was somber, but hoped the loss helped his kids understand they should be proud they were able to battle back after being down.
"I think that says a lot. A lot of teams coulda folded the tent, but we fought back," Williams said. "I told the guys it's not very often someone goes 35-0 or 36-0. That's just baseball. They understand and know we need to go back and get ready for Colquitt (today)."
MONROE BASEBALL 25, ALBANY 0 (3 INNINGS):
Demontrez Jones struck out seven batters and collected a hit, while Justin Mims (1-for-2, 2B, 3 RBI), Alvin Butler (1-for-2, 2 2Bs, RBI) and Davonte Batten (2-for-2, RBI) all contributed in MHS' (5-0) win.
Albany's Josh Nolin and Calvin Bennett recorded the Indians' only hits.
DWS BASEBALL 14, TIFTAREA 4:
Chistopher Moates hit a two-run homer, doubled, singled and drove in four runs to help pace Deerfield Windsor to a 14-4 win Tuesday over Tiftarea .
Banks Kinslow also had a big day at the plate, going 3 for 4 with a double and an RBI, and Matt Moree and Michael Laslie had RBI singles for the Knights, who improved to 2-0.
Rhett Cooper was the benefactor of all that run support and picked up his first win of the season (1-0), going 3 1/3 innings. He gave up just one hit and no earned runs while striking out four.