CARROLLTON, Ga. – The 17th-ranked West Georgia Wolves lost an extra-inning heartbreaker in Dahlonega on Wednesday evening, falling by a 14-13 count to the North Georgia Nighthawks in non-conference action.
The first inning was just the beginning of the offensive explosion, as the Wolves opened the game with a Brady Barnes single. Three batters later, Christopher Michals singled, scoring Barnes for a 1-0 lead. Cade Marlowe reached, scoring Price Peters and the Wolves led 2-0. Later in the inning, Marlowe advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on an error from the UNG catcher for a 3-0 advantage.
Following a four-run inning from North Georgia in the bottom of the first, the Wolves quickly loaded the bases with no outs in the top of the 2nd. Peters, Brian Dansereau and Marlowe each delivered an RBI single in the inning, returning West Georgia to the lead and giving the Wolves a 7-4 advantage.
The ball continued to swing, as North Georgia scored five in the bottom of the fourth, but the Wolves came back in the top of the fifth with three more. Barnes kicked it off with an RBI double, opening a string of three-straight RBI. Ben Utley then delivered an RBI single and Peters’ sac fly concluded the scoring in the inning, making the score 10-10 heading to the bottom of the 5th.
At that point, the game became a pitcher’s duel, with the Wolves taking the first lead in the top of the 6th. Barnes, who has been on fire of late, singled home Brian Dansereau for an 11-10 lead. The pitching staff held, and West Georgia added another run in the top of the 7th , with Christopher Michals scoring on a sacrifice fly from Logan Taylor.
North Georgia came back and scored two in the bottom of the seventh to tie the contest yet again, and that is where it would stay until extra innings. The Wolves scored in the top of the 10th, but couldn’t get an out in the bottom half of the inning, as North Georgia took the contest 14-13.
Barnes, Michals and Marlowe each had three hits on the day, with Barnes leading the way with four runs scored. Peters and Michals each had three RBI to lead the run generation. On the mound, eight different pitchers took the hill, with Dalton Reagin on for the final two innings to take the loss. West Georgia will host Montevallo this weekend at Cole Field, closing out spring break with home baseball in Carrollton.
The games have been moved to Friday-Saturday, with a single game Friday at 4 p.m. and the doubleheader on Saturday at 1 p.m.