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May 4, 2014

Valdosta rallies past Newnan to advance


Down to their final out with nobody on, the Valdosta Wildcats somehow found a way Saturday. Valdosta rallied from the one-run deficit to edge host Newnan 6-5 in the decisive third game of the Class AAAAAA first-round playoff series. The Wildcats will now host McEachern in the second round, with a doubleheader Wednesday and the third game, if necessary, Thursday.
“It was over, it was over,” VHS coach Bart Shuman said. “No doubt. It was two outs and it looked bad.”
To get there, though, the Wildcats needed late-game heroics and Brennan Goodson started that. With two outs in the seventh, the VHS catcher singled up the middle and Craig Barry followed with a single to left. Then Seth Shuman drilled a triple off the wall in center to put the Wildcats on top.
But the Wildcats still weren't out of the woods. With two outs and nobody on against VHS reliever Dayton Hall, Newnan loaded the bases before Hall, a freshman, induced the game-ending groundout. Hall threw three innings in relief of John Eager, who allowed just one earned run in his four frames.
“It's just another comeback win for these kids,” Shuman said. “It's incredible.”
Senior standout Daniel Tefft, who has signed with Mercer, had a two-run home run for the Wildcats in the third inning.

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