Headline photo: GSW baseball players Josh Sanders (left) and Stephen Eldridge (right) present a check to Sumter County Parks & Recreation Executive Director Tim Estes. Money raised at the annual GSW Blue/White Car Wash is donated to the SCPR Little League scholarship program.
AMERICUS – The Georgia Southwestern baseball program, led by coach Bryan McLain, had an eventful fall season. The Hurricanes participated in practices, scrimmages, car washes, and fulfilled philanthropic desires.
GSW held its 10th Annual Fall Classic Blue-White Baseball Series at Hurricane Stadium in late October at the traditional culmination of fall practice. The losing team hosting a car wash.
After the Blue and White teams held their player drafts in October, the team rivalry series in full effect was on October 29th-30th.
In the first game, the White team made all their points in the bottom of the third inning. Runs were made by Devyn Newberry, Corey Benson, and Matt Suggs. The Blue teams' Dylan Griffin and Gabe Selochan made runs, and Jarrod Taylor hit a double to tie things up. Because of the tie, to avoid extra innings, the winner was based off of the number of total bases for each team. The Blue team was declared the winner with seven bases compared to White team's six. Blue team's pitcher Myles Gay was credited with the win, allowing only one hit. Mitch Holloway was given the loss for the White team.
In the second game, the White team made all three runs in the third inning, again. This time Andrew Claxton, Will Redding, and Evan Alderman were scoring. Newberry hit a double and Taylor hit a triple. Over the course of seven innings, White team pitchers, Lance Shelton, Suggs, and Zach Smith made sure the Blue team unable to recover. Shelton is credited with the win, striking out two players and only allowing three hits. Blue team's Justin Barnes was credited with the loss.
The third game was held as a tie breaker with only five innings. The White team's Benson made the winning run in the second inning. Doubles were hit by Benson and Nick Fonseca. Pitcher Smith was credited with the last win and Blue team's Zac Wittmus took the loss.
Benson (White team) was declared MVP with 2 runs, 2 bases, 3 RBI, and was 2/2 with runners in scoring position.
Over the past four years, all proceeds of the car wash have been donated to the recreation department. The Baseball team made a donation this week to Sumter County Parks and Recreation Little League Baseball Scholarship Program to assist local families with this spring's youth baseball registration fees. Hurricane players Stephen Eldridge and Josh Sanders presented parks and recreation director, Tim Estes, with this year's check from GSW baseball.