CARROLLTON, Ga - Senior catcher Price Peters has been a clutch hitter for the Wolves this season, but he added another feather in his cap on Tuesday evening at Cole Field, delivering a 10th-inning walk-off single, scoring Ben Utley for a 10-9 victory over North Georgia and snapping a three-game losing streak.
The Wolves and the Nighthawks have been going in different directions since March 21, when homestanding North Georgia delivered a similar walk-off hit against West Georgia in Dahlonega. That started a streak where the Nighthawks had won 10 of their last 11 games before Tuesday night's contest. West Georgia's bats, which had gone silent in recent days, pounded out 17 hits in the game, as every starter in the field had at least one hit on the day.
Victory was also of a come-from-behind nature in this one as well, as the Wolves fell into a 4-0 hole over the first four innings. Corbin Lewallen got the start on the day, allowing a run on five hits into the fourth inning. But, in that frame, the first three batters of the inning reached base and UWG head coach Skip Fite went to his bullpen. Wes Bucher came on in relief, allowing two of Lewallen's runners to cross and one more as the Nighthawks had a commanding lead.
West Georgia responded in the bottom of the fourth, as the first six batters of the inning reached base, with Cade Marlowe and Nick Poskey each picking up an RBI in that same span. After a pitching change from UNG, freshman shortstop Joseph Hill delivered a single through the right side, scoring two and tying the game at 4-4.
In the fifth, North Georgia struck back, scoring five runs in the inning on the back of Nick Clarno's grand slam to reclaim the lead at 9-4. A Gabe Wurtz double for the Wolves in the bottom of the inning scored two for the Wolves and cut into the North Georgia advantage. That was a part of four-straight innings for West Georgia with a run scored, as Christopher Michals delivered an RBI single in the sixth, then Hill and Michals each had another RBI single in the seventh, tying the game again at 9-9.
The UWG bullpen took over at that point, as Andy Marshall and Dalton Reagin combined to allow just one hit over the final four innings of the game, including a masterful three hitless innings from Reagin to close out the game and pick up the victory.
In the 10th, Utley drew a two-out walk, followed by a single from Cade Marlowe. That advanced Utley to third base, just in time for Peters to deliver a single up the middle for the game-winner.
Hill had his best day at the plate on Tuesday, going 3-for-5 with three RBI in the contest. Six of the first seven in the lineup had at least two hits, while Wurtz and Michals each had two RBI. Brian Dansereau, Marlowe, and Peters each had a pair of runs scored in the game.
West Georgia is scheduled to play Valdosta State in a doubleheader on Saturday, followed by a single-game on Sunday. Rain is in the forecast for the weekend, so make sure to check back at uwgsports.com throughout the week for any potential changes to the weekend schedule.