Pharr a key contributor to success for Georgia
by Emily Horos
ehoros@cherokeetribune.com
June 08, 2014 04:01 AM | 1602 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
With Cherokee’s Austin Pharr contributing, Junior Team Georgia started strong at the Junior Sunbelt Classic by winning its first two games in McAlester, Okla.

Georgia beat Canada 9-1 in six innings in a rain-delayed opener Friday, then added a 9-3 win over Missouri on Saturday.

In the win over Missouri, Pharr had just one hit, but made it count.

The rising senior connected for a pinch-hit solo home run in the top of the fifth inning, which put Georgia up 8-3.

Georgia opened the game with two runs in the top of the first, but Missouri added runs in the first and second innings to tie the game at 2-all entering the top of the third.

Georgia took the lead for good in the top of the third when it scored four runs behind a double by Gainesville’s Luke Maddox, singles by Pope’s Braden Zarbnisky and Evans’ Kyle Anderson and an error.

Missouri scored another run in the bottom of the third, but it turned out to be its last. Georgia went on to add runs in three of the final four innings for the 9-3 victory.

Zarbnisky led the Georgia offense by reaching base four times, scoring three runs and driving in another. The first four batters in the Georgia lineup — Maddox, Zarbnisky, Pike County’s Tristan English and Marist’s Patrick Sullivan — each had two hits.

Dunwoody’s Kevin Smith got the win for Georgia, despite giving up three runs over four innings. He struck out five, walked one and allowed only five hits.

Lambert’s J.D. Dutka entered in the fifth and held Missouri hitless over three innings. He walked one, struck out there and did not allow any earned runs.

In the tournament-opener, Canada struck first with a run in the top of second inning, but Georgia answered with two runs in the bottom of the inning and added to its lead with four runs in the fourth.

Georgia ended the game via the mercy rule with three runs in the sixth.

Jamie Nelson led Georgia with three RBIs on two hits. He homered in the second inning and doubled in the fourth.

English was 3-for-4 with an RBI and a double, while Westminster’s Connor Stutts was 2-for-3 with a run scored and a walk. Maddox hit an RBI triple in the fourth.

Lee County’s Nick Bush held Canada at bay with a solid performance on the mound. He struck out eight over five innings, allowing no earned runs on three hits and four walks.

Jefferson’s Jake Franklin worked the final inning, walking one and striking out three.

Team Georgia was also scheduled to play Tennessee on Friday, but rain forced that game to be postponed until today, which was to be an off-day.
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