Valdosta Daily Times

Local Sports

February 7, 2013

Valdosta State baseball falls 6-4 to Flagler

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. — Flagler took advantage of wildness by the Valdosta State bullpen to defeat the Blazers 6-4 in non-conference baseball action at Drysdale Field Wednesday evening.

With the win, Flagler improved to 3-2 while Valdosta State fell to 2-2.

Flagler got single runs in both the first and second innings to open the scoring. In the first, Joe Post reached on a one-out single and stole second before scoring as Brett Moreland singled him home. Meanwhile, Chace Mitchell doubled to open the second and advanced to second on a one-out balk before Justin McKenna hit a sacrifice fly to make the score 2-0.

Valdosta State evened the game in the top of the fourth inning with a pair of two-out runs. Bryant Hayman was hit by a pitch with one out in the frame before Jake Fields singled for the first VSU hit of the game. Hayman was thrown out at third on a double steal attempt for the second out, but Michael Gouge singled to left to score Fields. Gouge moved to second on the throw home on the play and scored as Nick Rodda singled to even the game at 2-2.

Hayman gave Valdosta State the lead in the sixth inning as he directed a one-out pitch over the left-center field fence for his first home run of the season.

The Saints evened the game at 3-3 in the bottom of the seventh on a wild pitch. With one out, pinch-hitter Andrew Brodbeck doubled to right and advanced to third on a wild pitch. After pinch-hitter Nick Kranick drew a walk, Jake Jacob struck out swinging, but a wild pitch on strike three allowed Brodbeck to score the tying run.

Flagler regained the lead in the bottom of the eighth inning as it took advantage of four walks by VSU pitchers. Jake Hanson reached on a one-out free pass before Shaun Starnes singled. Mitchell followed with the second walk before Zach John relieved Dom DeMasi and walked Brodbeck to force in Hanson. After a strikeout, pinch-hitter Jay Laurienzo walked to score Starnes while a wild pitch plated Brodbeck for a 6-3 Flagler lead.

The Blazers closed out the scoring in the top of the ninth as Gouge led off with a single before scoring on a two-out single by Dan Hoover.

Hayman, Fields and Gouge had two hits each to lead Valdosta State offensively. VSU starter Josh Mann gave up four hits and two runs in 4.2 innings while DeMasi four runs on two hits and four walks in an inning to fall to 0-1.

Seven different Saints collected a hit while Jake Brandenberger improved to 1-0 as he gave up only one hit in 2.0 innings.

Valdosta State returns to action Saturday, February 9 at 2:00 p.m. when it opens a three-game non-conference series against Paine. The two teams will play a doubleheader on Saturday followed by a single game on Sunday.

Text Only
Local Sports
  • 150723-Lowndes_Brooks5.jpg Winding Down

    In its final 7-on-7 test of the summer, Randy McPherson was pleased with how the Lowndes football team looked Wednesday morning.
    Brooks County coach Maurice Freeman, on the other hand, was worried about the kind of hole the Trojans would have dug for themselves at Martin Stadium against the Vikings and Lafayette (Fla.) had it been a real game.

    July 24, 2014 3 Photos

  • Grable signs with Tampa Bay

    Another former Valdosta State football player joined the ranks of the National Football League when linebacker Jeremy Grable signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Wednesday morning.

    July 23, 2014

  • MaryAlice.jpg Just Keep Running

    Forrest Gump once said, "I used to run to get to where I was going, but I never thought it would take me anywhere." In the case of 18 year-old Mary Alice Smoot, anywhere is Tampa, Fla.
    After four years of unparalleled success running cross-country at Valwood, Smoot will continue running competitively next season at the University of Tampa.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • 10U ELITE World Series Champs.jpg DKSA Elite win USSSA Global World Series

    DKSA ELITE just continues to win, the 10U team’s latest victory came in the USSSA Global World Series held in Destin, Fla. July 8-12.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Lowndes_McPherson.jpg Milestones on tap for upcoming season

    Some milestones are destined to occur, like when Georgia Christian hosts David Emanuel on Aug. 22 in the Generals’ first varsity football game since the late 1960s.
    Others will have to wait and see what continues to take shape come Friday when teams can begin fall practice, and especially Aug. 1 when teams can suit up in pads for the first time, such as can Valdosta win its record 24th state title, or can Lowndes capture its fourth state championship under Randy McPherson, or can Valwood and coach Ashley Henderson play in its third straight GISA state championship game?
    As we start to find out the answers to those questions in just a few short weeks — the regular season is just 31 days away — there should be a few more milestones for area coaches to mark 2014 right along with the Generals getting back on the gridiron.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • ACC_Jimbo.jpg Back on top

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • ACC_Petrino.jpg Petrino returns to Louisville for first ACC season

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Braves_Marlins JUpton.jpg Jones lifts Marlins past Braves in 10

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Ant Smith.JPG Anthony Smith ready for new test in college

    Smith was a three-year starter as a Wildcat and quickly worked his way up as a leader on both the defense and the team as a whole.

    July 21, 2014 3 Photos

  • Wildcats participate in national 7-on-7 tournament

    The Valdosta High Wildcats have been working extremely hard this summer to prepare for the football season. Summer workouts and a plethora of 7-on-7 tournaments and competitions have kept the Wildcats busy.

    July 20, 2014

Blazers Blog