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Baseball: TFC and Hiwassee split exciting doubleheader
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Toccoa Falls College baseball hosted Hiwassee College on April 9 for a doubleheader.  The visiting Tigers scored an extra inning victory over the Screaming Eagles, but TFC rebounded with a walk-off win in game two.

TFC opened the scoring in the first inning of game one as Nathan Stanley brought home AJ Mussler for the day’s first run.  Toccoa and starting pitcher Dylan Powers held the 1-0 lead until the fifth inning.  Hiwassee tied the game with an unearned run after a TFC defensive error, one of three on the day for the Screaming Eagles.

Hiwassee scored five runs in the 8th inning to jump to a 6-1 advantage.  TFC was unable to draw level in the bottom half, and Hiwassee took game one, 6-1.

Powers finished the day with 6 innings pitched, three hits and one unearned allowed, three strikeouts, and one walk.   At the plate, Stanley led TFC with two hits and an RBI in three plate appearances.

In game two, Hiwassee broke the deadlock with a run in the second, but TFC answer with two runs in its half of the inning.  Ben Fortner, who led off the inning by getting hit by a pitch, and Eric Lusk scored for Toccoa to give the Screaming Eagles a 2-1 edge.  Hiwassee plated two runs in 5th to grab a 3-2 lead, but in the 6th, Mussler doubled and eventually scored to tie it up at 3-3.

In the 7th, catcher Zack Zillweger led off with a single to center and was replaced on the base path by Lusk.  Lusk stole second and advanced to third on a ground out.  Following a Ben Wilson walk, freshman Ethan Edwards (pictured above) singled to right field to score Lusk for the walk-off the win.

Zillweger collected two hits in the game, and Lusk scored twice as Zillweger’s courtesy runner and stole two bases.  Josh Slate pitched a complete game, 7 innings for TFC with 8 hits, 3 unearned runs, no earned runs, 8 strikeouts, and two walks allowed.

TFC (14-16) will travel to University of North Georgia on April 13 (6PM) before hosting Talladega College on April 16 for a doubleheader, beginning at 1PM.