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April 14, 2012

Open Bible beats Georgia Christian, 13-3

VALDOSTA — The Open Bible Warriors recorded 12 hits and routed Georgia Christian 13-3 on Friday at Warrior Field.

With the victory, the Warriors improved to 9-5 on the season and 7-1 at their home field.

“They have gotten better as the season went on,” Open Bible head coach John Joye said. “They’re gaining some confidence. They’re playing with more confidence. When they get to the field, they expect to win now. They questioned themselves early in the year, and now they’re displaying a lot more confidence.”

Warriors starting pitcher Dillon Carter struck out three batters, gave up one run and managed to limit the Generals to only three hits.

Open Bible took the lead in the bottom of the second inning. After an error put Nathan Infante in scoring position, his brother Matthew drove him in with an RBI single to give the Warriors a 1-0 lead.

Generals starting pitcher Walter Davis soon found himself in a jam when the Warriors loaded the bases, thanks in part to a couple of walks. Then Carter extended the Warriors’ lead to 3-0 with a two-run double. The next batter was shortstop John William Worsley, who knocked in a run with a single. Open Bible scored another run on a single up the middle, which gave the Warriors a 6-0 lead.

Georgia Christian scored a couple of runs in the top of the fourth inning. C.J. Lynch walked, then stole second and third base. Then he got in a rundown between third and home, but found a way to cross home plate safely and score his team’s first run. Davis, the next batter up, recorded an RBI single with his second hit of the day, bringing home Dillon Greene and cutting the Warriors’ lead to 6-2.

In the bottom half of the fourth, Open Bible’s Nathan Infante scored on a wild pick-off throw, making it 7-2.

In the top half of the fifth inning, Georgia Christian’s Woo Jang scored the Generals’ third run on a sacrifice bunt.

But the Warriors scored six times in the bottom of the fifth inning, and put the game away. Chase Ibarra and Matthew Infante both had RBI singles in the inning. The sixth run of the inning gave Open Bible a 13-3 lead, and ended the game due to the mercy rule.

“The guys are doing what they’ve been asked to do. It’s not just confidence in themselves, it is confidence in the team and one another,” Joye said.

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