The Transylvania Times -

By Jeremiah Reed
Sports Editor 

Late Charge Powers Rabun Gap Over Rosman 13-5


March 23, 2017

Jeremiah Reed

With his long locks flying in the wind, Rosman center fielder Colton Holbrook charges in to snag a short fly ball during the Tigers' home game against Rabun Gap on Monday.

It was a back-and-forth affair Monday afternoon but a couple of big innings from Rabun Gap proved to be the difference as the Eagles posted 10 runs in their final nine outs to defeat the Rosman Tigers 13-5.

Rabun Gap was previously winless in their first four games of the season.

However, those losses were against teams with a combined 20-4 record and the Eagles came ready to play.

Rabun started the game with a leadoff double and took a 1-0 lead two batters later thanks to a groundout that scored the runner.

The Eagles doubled their lead in the third inning on a RBI single.

The Tigers responded in the bottom of the inning as Colton Holbrook singled and went on to score off an RBI single from Tyler Owen.

To start the fourth, Tanner Ruff came in to relieve starting pitcher Kameron Newman.

The freshman retired the first two batters he faced before a walk and a double to left field drove in another run for the Eagles.

Once again, the Tigers answered back as Neil Tesnow delivered with a single up the middle to score Tanner Powell and Luke Stewart.

Tesnow scored later in the inning off Owen's second RBI hit of the day to give Rosman the 4-3 lead.

But the game quickly unraveled in the top of the fifth.

A hit batter, a single and a walk loaded the bases with no outs.

From there, two consecutive Tiger errors resulted in three runs crossing the plate for Rabun.

A triple two batters later drove two more runs in and doubled the Eagles' lead to 8-4.

After two scoreless innings, Rosman brought in freshman Tanner Ballard in the seventh.

But he too had a hard time against the Eagles' power hitters.

After a leadoff walk and a single, a double cleared the bases and put Rabun ahead 10-4.

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Luke Stewart fires to first after fielding a slow roller at third base. The sophomore scored one run in the Tigers' loss.

A single and a sacrifice fly tacked on another run before Adam Justus powered a two-run homer for good measure.

Rosman scored a late run off a double from Parker Mullen, but Rabun Gap took the win.

Owen led the Tiger offense, going 3-4 at the plate with a pair of RBIs.

Tesnow also drove in two runs for Rosman.

Ruff was saddled with the loss in his third appearance of the season after allowing two hits and four earned runs in one inning.

With the loss, Rosman's record dropped to 4-3.

The Tigers moved to 5-3 Tuesday with a 10-5 win at Swain County.

Rosman's next home game is this Friday when they host Hiwassee Dam.


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