TIFTON -- The Worth County Rams (3-2) dropped a pair of highly competitive games Saturday in the Double Diamond Classic high school baseball tournament in Tifton.
In the first game against First Presbyterian, Worth lost, 8-4, as the Rams' offense started slowly. The Vikings jumped out to an early 4-2 lead against Rams starting pitcher Corey Odom that grew to 8-2 through the 6th inning. Rams center fielder Marlin Hall's single in the fourth inning accounted for Rams' first two runs. In the top of the 7th, the Rams closed the gap to 8-4, led by RBI from Brandon Weaver and Corey Odom. Eli Reddell pitched in relief of Odom.
Rams senior Will Peacock went 2-for-3 in the game.
In the second game against the Howard Huskies, the Rams lost an exciting heartbreaker, 10-9, that went 8 innings. The Rams took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on an RBI by Weaver after a Peacock triple. The Rams were trailing 4-2 in the 6th inning when their offense got rolling. Marlin Hall, Reddell, Austin Newton, Ryan Hickox, Peacock and Brandon Weaver had consecutive RBI hits to give the Rams an 8-7 lead and erase a 7-2 deficit. The Huskies tied the game 8-8 in the bottom of the 7th. The Rams took the lead again 9-8 in the top of the 8th, manufacturing a run led by an Reddell single, Chance Mitchell sacrifice bunt and RBI by Hickox. But the Huskies answered with two runs of their own in the bottom of the 8th to win the game. Hall led the Rams offense, going 3-for-4. Peacock started on the mound and Brett Sauls pitched relief for the Rams.
Rams head coach Will Smith, after the game, said that the Rams' starting pitchers were working on pitch counts and honing their mechanics to get ready for region play. He was pleased with the way the offense responded after trailing early in both games.
"We are a young team with only one senior (Peacock) but we are the defending region champs and look forward to defending our title in 2011," Smith said. "My quick analysis of these two games tells me that our pitchers need to throw more strikes and our hitters need to show more discipline at the plate and work the pitch count. Again, I'm very proud of my team and their resilient play. We have a very young but very good team."