SHS baseball season comes to a close
by Whitley Clifton | April 26, 2019 4:55 pm
by TROUP BRINSON
The Swainsboro Tigers completed their baseball season, taking one of three games from Toombs County in the final series of the 2019 baseball campaign. The Tigers finished a disappointing 8-22 (3-15 in region), far below expectations for what many felt would be a playoff team. The Tigers lost an astounding 14 games this season by 3 runs or less, including nine 1-run games.
Swainsboro picked up their only win of the Toombs County series as freshman Kaleb Edenfield toed the rubber. Swainsboro scored single runs in the first three innings to take a 3-0 lead. Edenfield ran into trouble in the fifth inning, not all of his own making as consecutive errors by his middle infield put the first two runners on. When the dust settled, Toombs County had tied the game at 3 and Nathan Copeland was in the game to put out the fire.
Swainsboro bounced right back after two walks and an error loaded the bases for Tyler Brinson, who had already knocked in 2 runs on the game with a single and groundout. Brinson delivered again with a line drive single to left, clearing the bases after the left fielder allowed the hit to get past him to the fence. The teams traded runs in the sixth inning to make it 8-5 and the Bulldogs loaded the bases in the seventh inning to make things tense, but Copeland induced a groundout to end the threat and clinch the victory.
Swainsboro dropped Game 2 despite leading 4-0 after five innings, losing 6-5. The Tigers also let a 4-1 lead slip away in the season finale, losing 9-5 to put a cap on the season. The Tigers will lose four players from this senior class as RJ Phillips, DJ Jackson, Davis Lamb, and Gannon Thompson played their final games on Tiger Field.