STALLIONS vs Wallace Dothan 2/26/14 Score: W 9-1
Game three at Stallion Field was a nail biter in the late innings. The Stallions were within striking distance of the visiting Pirates with runners on first and third, down two ,when the Pirates closer proceeded to strike out Stallions clean-up hitter Jay Green and A.J. Benefield consecutively to end the Stallions’ hopes of salvaging game three of the series. The Stallions offense was more productive plating six in the contest but allowed eight in an effort started by Conner Alford on the hill. He allowed six runs in five innings of work.
STALLIONS VS CVCC GAME 1: 2/15/14
The Stallions fell victim to the Chatahoochee Valley Community College Pirates in game one of the doubleheader Saturday at Howard Lake Field in Phenix City, AL. The Pirates got off to a hot start scoring four runs on five hits in the first inning against Stallions starting pitcher Turner Edwards and never looked back. The Stallions managed to manufacture a run in the third inning capitalizing on defensive mistakes by the opposing Pirates. Edwards was chased from the game in the bottom half of that inning after a two run home run, leaving the Stallions a 7-1 deficit. The Pirates starting pitcher kept the Stallions hitless until a fifth inning single by Jacob Baxter. The Stallions would only manage two more hits the remainder of the contest scoring two more runs, leaving the final score at 9-3. Damion Fondren replaced the starter Edwards and finished the game with a quality outing allowing only two runs in four innings of work.
STALLIONS VS CVCC GAME 2: 2/15/14
In game two, the Pirates got off to another quick start against Stallions starting pitcher Garrett Brown. The first inning saw the Pirates score three runs on four hits and one error by the Stallions defensively. The Stallions right fielder Ricky Carpenter reached base in the top of the second via a walk by the Pirates starting pitcher. He moved to second on a wild pitch, and to third on a ground ball out by Will Bagwell. With two outs, and the need to create some offense, Coach Morgan sent Carpenter to steal home successfully to put the Stallions on the board. That’s all the offense the Stallions would muster for the game, while the Pirates bested the ABAC bullpen for seven more runs, for a final score of 10-1.
The ABAC Baseball Team split a double header Thursday with Wallace CC of Dothan winning the first game 10-8 and losing the second game 11-3. On a rainy cold night there was a lot of offense to go around on both sides.
ABAC 10-Wallace CC 8
ABAC Jumped out to a big lead early scoring 2 in the first 3 in the second and 4 in the third inning. This was highlighted by some sloppy defense and some timely hitting by the Stallions. The big blow was Christian Miller’s second homerun of the season in the first. After taking a 9-1 advantage into the top of the fifth, the Stallions would have to hang on for the victory. Wallace scored seven runs in the top of the fifth inning to close the gap to 9-8. The Stallions would add another run in the bottom of the sixth to secure the win. Jacob Baxter led the charge offensively for the Stallions going 3-4 at the plate and Cole Bruce and Taylor Camp each had two hits apiece. Conner Alford got his first win of the season on the bump going 4 innings while giving up two runs, one earned, and striking out four. Eric Lee earned his first collegiate save.
Wallace 11-ABAC 3
Wallace scored single runs in the second and third to take an early 2-0 advantage. ABAC answered back in the bottom of the third scoring two times to notch the score at 2-2. Another big inning for Wallace in the 4th as they scored 9 runs to take an 11-2 lead. The Stallions would add another run late but it was too little too late as Wallace took the game 11-3. Christian Miller kept his hot hitting going with a two hit performance as did Cole Bruce. Robert Nelson took the loss for the Stallions.
ABAC will be back in action on Saturday the 15th against Chattahoochee Valley CC in Phoenix City, AL. With a double header. They will be back home on Sunday the 16th against CVCC (rescheduled game from Feb. 11).
Game one in Palatka was a wild one as the Vikings took a 2-0 advantage, scoring two quick runs off of freshman starter Turner Edwards. The stallions answered back in the top of the third when Christian Miller hit a monster home run over the centerfield fence. This gave the stallions the lead briefly before the Vikings answered back in the bottom of the third with a single run. The Vikings pitching shut out the Stallions bats for the rest of the game as their offense added three runs in the fifth and one in the sixth to take the game 7-3.
Game two on Saturday was another wild one. The Stallions were facing Brunswick CC from North Carolina. Starter Garrett Brown cruised through the first three innings before giving up a two run home run in the fourth and a single run in the fifth before the stallions answered back with one in the bottom half of the frame. Desperately needing a spark plug….Jo Jo Harrison was called on to pinch hit. Hit lined a 1-1 fastball into the left field corner for a leadoff double. This got the Stallions going as they scored two in the frame to notch the score at 3. In the top of the tenth, Brunswick loaded the bases with no outs before Eric Lee came into the game and induced two weak fly balls and a strike out to end the inning. In the bottom of the tenth, Christian Miller reached base on a walk and moved over to second base on a ball that got by the catcher. The stage was set for Trevor Moncrief who delivered the game winning two out RBI single to give the Stallions their first win of the year.
This was also the first win as a head coach for Coach Robert Morgan who said that it was a complete team effort. The guys played hard and got it done. Morgan used every available position player that he had on the bench as well as three pitcher. 18 players in total were used in the win. The Stallions are back in action this weekend as they take on Wallace CC of Dothan in a noon start at Stallion field.
ABAC Baseball Opens Season
Friday, the Stallions kicked off the 2014 Baseball season with two close losses at home against a formidable opponent in St. Johns River State College from Palatka Florida. In game one, sophomore right handed pitcher Conner Alford pitched three and two thirds innings of scoreless baseball as the Stallions took a 1-0 lead into the top of the seventh. The Vikings scored three runs in the top of the 7th to take the lead and the win 3-1.
In game two of the double header, the Vikings pitching dominated the stallions holding them to just three hits. SJR was able to hold on to the 3-0 lead for the victory. RHP Matt Shurley gave up three runs early but was able to settle down and hold the Vikings to the three runs.
Tifton Righthander on Mound for Stallions Today
TIFTON—Tifton righthander Matt Shurley will get the start on the mound today as the Golden Stallions of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College open their 2014 baseball season with a 2 p.m. doubleheader at Stallion Field against St. Johns River State College.
Shurley, a former standout for the Blue Devils of Tift County High School, will pitch the second game of the twin-bill. Righthander Conner Alford from Macon will get the nod on the hill for the first game.
Named as the Region 1-AAAAA Player of the Year when he played for the Blue Devils of TCHS in 2004, Shurley was named to the All-Region team and won the varsity pitching award at TCHS in 2002, 2003, and 2004.
Today’s games mark the debut of ABAC Coach Robert Morgan. One of the top shortstops in NCAA Division II history when he played for Valdosta State University, Morgan was hired in July to replace Jeff Kilgore, who became the head coach at Emmanuel College.
For his heroics on the field for VSU in 2004-05, Morgan was named the NCAA Division II All-America team, was selected as the Gulf South Conference East Division Player of the Year, and was picked as the best shortstop in the 40-year history of VSU baseball. He was named to the Athletics Hall of Fame at VSU in 2013.
Prior to his VSU career, Morgan played for ABAC rival South Georgia College, where he was named the Most Valuable Player for the Tigers in 2002 and 2003.