Young Harris Holds off Trojans

Young Harris Holds off Trojans

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – In a nonconference contest that was delayed more than an hour and ultimately cut short due to lightning and rain, the Anderson University team fell, 9-4, to Young Harris, Tuesday afternoon at Zell B. Miller Field.

Anderson slipped to 8-20 with its second setback in three decisions, while Young Harris improved to 9-14 with its third victory in four outings.

Senior Xavier Peralta was 1-for-2 on the afternoon, with a second-inning double, while sophomore Carson Barrett added an RBI-double in the sixth inning in a pinch-hitting role. Junior Zach McIlroy drove in two of the Trojan runs with a single and a fielder's choice.

Senior Thomas Smith (0-4) absorbed the loss after allowing four runs on eight hits in 2 2/3 innings on the mound. He struck out two and did not walk a batter.

The Trojans opened the scoring with a solo run in the top of the second inning, when Peralta ripped a two-out double to the gap in left-center and scored on McIlroy's single to right.

But Young Harris countered with two run in the bottom of the second frame and two more in the bottom of the third to stake a 4-1 lead. The Mountain Lions added two more runs in the fourth and one in the fifth to push out to a 7-1 advantage.

The Trojans got three runs back with one out in the top of the sixth, when William Thomas led off with a single and moved into scoring position when Dillon Carpenter beat out an infield single to the right side. Barrett followed with a double to right to plate Thomas and Carpenter scored two batters later on McIlroy's fielder's choice. McIlroy then scored all the way from first when Jackson Strange ripped a double to right.

Young Harris responded with another two runs in the sixth to gain a 9-4 advantage and following a 70-minute delay, the contest was halted.

Anderson opens a four-game homestand by welcoming Tusculum to Memorial Stadium for a three-game South Atlantic Conference weekend series on Friday. First-pitch versus the Pioneers is set for 6 p.m.

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