DASHER — Georgia Christian’s baseball team came out on the short end of a slugfest Thursday afternoon, losing 16-13 to Terrell Academy at Alumni Field.

The Generals had no shortage of offense. Usually, scoring 13 runs is enough to win a ballgame. But on Thursday, it was not enough to overcome a slew of errors and some big hits from Terrell.

The stage was set for a slugfest in the first inning, when Terrell put four runs on the board, only to have Georgia Christian come back with four in the bottom of the inning.

Terrell took advantage of four GCS errors and a pair of hits to take a 4-0 lead. The Generals responded in the bottom of the first. The first five Georgia Christian batters — Austin Plyler, Peyton Sorrell, Dustin Jeffords, Derek Broome and Ben Nelson — singled. Those hits and an Adam Guthrie RBI groundout tied the score.

Terrell retook the lead with three runs in the top of the third, when consecutive errors allowed three Eagles to cross the plate. Georgia Christian responded by putting two men on with two outs, then Nathan Renfro drilled a double to deep center, bringing Adam Guthrie and Michael Martin across the plate. Terrell came right back with another unearned run in the fourth, making it 8-6.

Georgia Christian responded with a four-run bottom of the fourth, and took its only lead of the game, 10-8. Plyler started the inning with a double, and came home on Jeffords’ RBI single. Two batters later, Nelson crushed a two-run triple to the fence in left center, and Jeffords and pinch runner Josh Demmons came around to score, putting the Generals in the lead. Then Nelson scored on Guthrie’s ground out.

But just as quickly as Georgia Christian got the lead, Terrell took it back with a three-run fifth. Two singles and an error loaded the bases, then Corey Faust ripped a two-run double to left. Later, an error scored Faust, and made it 11-10 Eagles. Terrell would not give the lead up again.

Terrell tacked on a run in the sixth, and four more in the seventh, to all but put the game away, 16-10.

Georgia Christian refused to go down without a fight, scoring three runs in the bottom of the seventh. The inning began with a Plyler double, a Sorrell single, and an intentional walk to Jeffords. Two batters later, Nelson singled to right center, bringing home Plyler and Sorrell. Guthrie followed with a line drive off the third baseman’s glove, scoring Jeffords to make it 16-13. But that was as close as the Generals would get.

At the plate for Georgia Christian, Plyler was 4-for-5 with three runs, Nelson was 3-for-5 with a run and four RBIs, Sorrell was 3-for-5 with two runs, Jeffords was 2-for-3 with three runs and two RBIs, Guthrie was 2-for-5 with three RBIs, and Renfro also had two RBIs. Terrell’s big hitters were Eric Carlson, who was 3-for-5 with two runs and two RBIs, Faust, who was 3-for-5 with three runs and three RBIs, and Keith Morris, who was 3-for-6 with two RBIs.

Georgia Christian got a scare in the fourth, when senior third baseman Derek Broome was hit in the eye with a pitch. He laid on the ground for three or four minutes while being attended to, then was taken to the hospital for observation.

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