Adairsville loses after late North Murray rally

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The Adairsville baseball team lost a heartbreaker at LakePoint Thursday, giving up six unanswered runs to North Murray in the final three innings to turn an 8-3 lead into a 9-8, eight-inning defeat.

North Murray scored four in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game and send it to extras, and then won on a passed ball in the eighth.

The Tigers had taken an early lead after batting around for four runs in the second. Two errors on the same play allowed Hunter Hice to reach third leading off the inning, and he scored one batter later on a groundout by Halen Huskins.

With two outs and the bases empty, Caden Gibbs started a rally with a walk and Dylan Hightower singled.

Kyler Pelfrey’s single brought home one and, after Corey Nation walked to load the bases, Sam Seaman’s single scored two more.

Adairsville added two more in the top of the fourth when Pelfrey singled, Seaman walked and a double to right-center by Taylor Whitley scored both runners.

Gibbs started the game on the mound for Adairsville and gave up one run in the bottom of the second and two more in the fourth.

Garrett Mishoe relieved Gibbs in the fifth with runners on first and second and one out, but escaped by inducing a 6-4-3 double play from the first batter he faced.

Adairsville then added two more in the top of the sixth on an RBI single by Whitley, who later scored on an error, and looked to have the game wrapped up, even after Mishoe surrendered a run in the bottom of the sixth to cut the lead to 8-4.

The Tigers couldn’t close it out, though. Mishoe walked the first two hitters in the seventh and was pulled for ace Sam Seaman, who struck out the first hitter he faced and then walked the bases full.

A groundout back to Seaman scored a run but put the Mountaineers down to their last out.

The next at bat was the big one, as North Murray’s Nick Malchesky singled to right. Two runs scored and Malchesky made it all the way around to tie the game on an error from the Adairsville right fielder.

Seaman finally got out of the inning, but Adairsville went 1-2-3 in the top of the eighth and North Murray’s leadoff hitter in the bottom of the inning singled off new Tigers pitcher Chase Powell, moved to third on an error, and scored on a passed ball as the Mountaineers walked off before Powell even recorded an out.

The loss dropped Adairsville to 8-14 on the year, 3-8 in Region 6-AAA, with their playoff hopes growing slimmer by the day.

Pelfrey had three hits for Adairsville, while Whitley drove in three.

The Tigers will have a chance to turn it around today when they host Coahulla Creek at 5:55 p.m.