Valdosta Daily Times

Local Sports

April 10, 2013

Open Bible scores 3 in 6th, beats Appling

VALDOSTA — Open Bible scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth, and defeated Appling Christian 4-1 on Tuesday.

It was a big region victory for the Warrior baseball team. Open Bible (13-1) is now tied for first in its region with Appling Christian.

“A good day,” Open Bible head coach John Joye said. “It was a big win. It ties us for the region.

“It was a battle. It was back and forth. The pitching on both sides was real good (and) our defense was good. ... The boys battled for five innings, and then they finished in the sixth and the seventh.”

The game was tied 1-1 with two outs and nobody on base in the bottom of the sixth. That’s when the Warriors came alive on offense. Cleanup hitter Nathan Infante lined a single into right field. Caleb Bowden followed with a single to center, and Infante went to third. Matthew Infante, one of the Warriors’ leading hitters, was coming to the plate, but the Eagles had no intention of giving him  a chance to beat them. So they intentionally walked him, which loaded the bases.

At that point, Joye went to his bench and sent up Will Krivachek to pinch hit. Krivachek worked a full count, then Bryce Livingston’s 3-2 pitch was high for ball four, and Nathan Infante jogged home to give the Warriors a 2-1 lead.

“Matthew’s probably batting .500 for the year, so they do the right thing walking him. We pinch hit (Will), who’s a first-year player, but he’s a free swinger (who) usually puts the ball in play. (Will had) a great at-bat, got to a full count and took the walk,” Joye said.

Then the Warriors caught a big break. After a pitch to Luke Hannon, Matthew Infante got too far off of second base, and Appling catcher Andrew Phillips tried to get him out by throwing to second. But instead, Phillips’ throw went into center field. Bowden ran home, and Matthew Infante came home right behind him. That gave Open Bible a 4-1 lead heading into the top of the seventh.

In the seventh, Open Bible starter John William Worsley hit the leadoff batter with a pitch. At that point, Joye brought in Nathan Infante to pitch, and the senior left-hander closed the door. He got the first two batters to pop up, then retired the final hitter on a fly ball to center fielder Marlon Barrera.

For most of the game, it was a pitcher’s duel between Worsley and Livingston. Worsley held Appling to one run and three hits in six-plus innings, and struck out two. The top five hitters in the Eagles’ lineup were a combined 1 for 12, and that one hit was a bunt single.

“Really good pitching by John William. Great job by him,” Joye said. “John William is a great competitor. He loves the game. (He) went and did the job on the mound.”

Livingston allowed four runs, two earned, and seven hits in six innings, and struck out six.

Appling Christian took the early lead with a run in the top of the first. Daniel Beasley walked to start the game. Livingston laid down a bunt and beat the throw to first. The two runners moved up on a wild pitch. Then Rex Cox hit a long fly ball that was caught a few feet from the left field fence. Beasley tagged up, and ran home to give the Eagles a 1-0 lead.

Open Bible tied the score with a run in the bottom of the fourth. With one out, Worsley lined a single to right and moved to third when Nathan Infante followed with another single to right. Then Livingston uncorked a wild pitch, and Worsley took off for home. He slid across the plate ahead of the tag, tying the score at 1-1.

The score remained 1-1 until the bottom of the sixth, when Open Bible scored three runs and took a lead it wouldn’t relinquish.

Nathan Infante was the only player on either team to record more than one hit, going 2 for 3. He also picked up the save on the mound.

Open Bible will host People's Baptist on Friday at 4 p.m.

1
Text Only
Local Sports
  • Blazers to play three games on GSC-TV

    Valdosta State will play three televised games this fall, the Gulf South Conference announced Wednesday as it released its GSC-TV schedule.

    July 31, 2014

  • 2014 World Championships 216 (640x427).jpg Best of the Best

    The students of Performance Martial Arts Academy continue to rack up accolades and after a weekend in Little Rock, Ark., those accolades include the title of world champion.
    Mark Webb and Madison Swain both earned world championships at the American Taekwondo Association's Taekwondo World Championships a few weeks ago. Four other Performance Martial Arts students also competed in the event.

    July 31, 2014 2 Photos

  • Berrien practice 1a.jpg Moving forward

    July 30, 2014 2 Photos

  • Falcons_Ryan.jpg Ryan takes teaching role for Falcons offense

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Bridgestone_Tiger.jpg Woods faces 2 big weeks that shape rest of season

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0728-Lowndes practice4.jpg Vikings working out with padded practice, scrimmage on the horizon

    The look was familiar Monday at Martin Stadium.
    The Lowndes High football team’s conditioning practice was essentially a duplicate of the workouts the Vikings have completed throughout the summer.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Thomasville_Ryals.jpg South Georgia special for high school coaches

    Phillip Johnson remembers when he had a “Wizard of Oz” moment.
    The North Carolina native moved to Georgia when he was 26 and Johnson, now Lanier County’s second-year head coach, recalls a 7-on-7 tournament leading to the realization that he wasn’t in Kansas — or in his case, North Carolina — anymore.
     

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Nolin settling in as new VSU soccer coach

    Meet Rebecca Nolin, VSU's new soccer coach.

    July 28, 2014

  • Induction Crowd: Honorees were genuine, down to earth

    More than 48,000 people gathered under the scorching sun at The Clark Sports Center for the 75th National Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Sunday, including one woman who carpooled to the event with more than 40 other people.

    July 28, 2014

  • Braves trio all business at inductions

    The Braves seemed almost businesslike in their approach -- something you might expect from a trio that won so consistently.
    Managers Joe Torre and Tony La Russa also remained calm and collected throughout their addresses.
    Frank Thomas took care of the emotional side, his voice breaking and his eyes moist during a heartfelt speech Sunday at the Clark Sports Center.
     

    July 28, 2014

Blazers Blog
More