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Crisp blown out in GISA Class A Final Four series by Bethlehem

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

BETHLEHEM — Imagine your worst nightmare-game.

Then take a look at what happened to Crisp Academy on Friday.

It might be worse.

The Wildcats, who were making their fourth straight Final Four appearance, were sent home quickly by Bethlehem on Friday during the first round of the GISA Class A Final Four, losing Game 1, 10-5, then getting crushed in Game 2, 25-2.

That second contest lasted just four innings.

“Had we played good defense, I believe we would have at least taken that first game. But we went up there and did what we said we couldn’t do: play poorly,” Crisp coach John Penney said. “Making 15 errors in two games, you can’t do that against a championship-caliber opponent.

“Their boys can hit, and we just got spanked.”

The Wildcats, who were looking to reach their third straight state title series, were handed the same slice of humble pie served to them a year ago when it was Crisp that swept Bethlehem out of the playoffs in the very same spot.

Crisp fell behind, 5-0, in the opener, then tied it 5-5 before Bethlehem scored five unanswered to win. Crisp’s one big shot in the arm came during its lone rally when Corey Stewart blasted a three-run homer to tie up the game.

As for Game 2? Well, that will be one Wildcats fans won’t want to talk about for awhile.

Chandler Larkins, one of Crisp’s seniors playing in his final game, provided the only offense with a solo shot in the fourth and final inning.

Crisp ends its season 14-7 overall.


Cordele Dispatch sports editor Harvey Simpson contributed to this report