Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

LEESBURG -- After suffering two heartbreaking region losses earlier this month, Lee County was bound to start pulling out the close ones.

For the second time in a week, the Trojans did just that by edging Bainbridge, 6-5, on Tuesday, handing the Bearcats their first Region 1S-AAAA loss.

"It's a great confidence booster," said Lee's Chase Griffin, who went 1-for-3 with two-RBI double during a four-run third inning. "We're starting to play with a little more passion."

Lee County led, 5-3, in the sixth before Bainbridge rallied for two runs to tie the game and would have gone ahead if not for a picture perfect throw from the Trojans' right fielder.

Bainbridge's Drew Kelley singled with the bases loaded, scoring Steven Bench to knot the game up at 5-5, but Ryan Wade was gunned down at the plate trying to score the go-ahead run from second.

Trojans right fielder Mark Fowler, whose small frame disguises his cannon arm, came up throwing and hit catcher Jake Moye with a bullet to keep the score tied.

"I finally got the chance," Fowler said. "I've been waiting on it. I was kind of hoping he would (try to score from second)."

In the bottom of the sixth, the Trojans (9-4, 4-3 Region 1-AAAA) got a single from Chase Patrick, who later moved over to third on Matthew Suggs' sacrifice bunt. Patrick then scored the go-ahead run on an errant pitch by Marty Anderson.

Anderson threw six strong innings, allowing just seven hits, but was doomed by three Bearcats errors. Bainbridge (8-5, 4-3 Region 1-AAAA) led, 3-0, before the Trojans put four on the board in the third. Suggs had a RBI single in the inning before Griffin blasted a double to score two more.

After losing late-inning region games to Hardaway and Jones County, Lee County beat Lowndes County by one run a week ago and then rallied again Tuesday to improve to 2-1 in 1S-AAAA, now tied with Bainbridge and Thomas County Central.

"They were disappointed in coming up short (earlier in the season)," Trojans coach Rob Williams said. "(The Lowndes win) kind of got us going."

Lee County has now won three games in a row, committing just one error in the past two games after struggling with miscues early on.

Trojans senior Justin McCalvin pitched in his first game Tuesday since severely cutting his hand in the offseason, which forced him to miss the first month of the season. McCalvin threw 59 pitches in 3 1/3 innings, allowing three runs on five hits.

"It was his first time facing a batter because he didn't get any intrasquad time," Williams said. "He's not pleased with his performance, but it wasn't bad. The velocity is not there just yet like it will be."

Phillip Anderson picked up the win, his fifth of the season, by going 1 2/3 innings in relief, while allowing just one hit. Bainbridge's Kelly, Tyler Hutchins and Dee Friday each had two hits for the Bearcats.

Lee County plays host to Harris County Friday at 6 p.m. Bainbridge hosts Jones County Friday at 5:30 p.m.