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POSTED: March 31, 2014 1:41 p.m.
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Bradwell’s Sage Simmons slides into third base Friday against Windsor Forest in Hinesville.

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It wasn’t the best weather for baseball Friday, but the light drizzle didn’t prevent the Bradwell Tigers from winning both games of their home doubleheader against Windsor Forest.
The Tigers were met with a challenge in game one, coming back to win, 11-7. In game two, the Knights didn’t put up much of a fight as the Tigers took them down in four innings, 17-0.
In the first game, the Tigers scored a run in the first inning, but saw that slip away when the Knights scored three runs in the second inning. The Knights added a run in the third inning.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, trailing 4-3, the Tigers took the lead by driving in three runs.
In the top of the sixth inning, the Knights rallied. Bradwell relief pitcher Chris Nunn struggled, facing five batters and giving up two hits and three runs. That gave the Knights a 7-6 advantage. Tiger pitcher Evan Crystal closed the inning and the game. He walked four and struck out two but didn’t give up any hits or runs.
The Tigers began their rally in the bottom of the sixth. Stephen Felton reached second base on infield errors by the Knights and then stole third. After Ryan Desbiens was hit by a pitch, Felton scored on a wild pitch to tie the game. Desbiens advanced to second, and Maxwell Ashe hit to left field, scoring Desbiens and giving the Tigers an 8-7 lead.
Chris Bell was hit by a pitch, and Sage Sammons drove in another run.  With two out, BI coach Jeff Polk called for Sammons to take a big lead off second base. The Knights bit and attempted to toss him out but committed an error. Bell and Sammons ran home for insurance runs.
Sammons batted 2 for 3 with two runs batted in. Bell was 1 for 2 with two RBIs, Darrell Hawkins went 1 for 4 with an RBI and Ashe finished 1 for 2 with a double and an RBI.
Tiger starting pitcher Ryan Desbiens went five innings, striking out six batters, walking two and allowing one hit and four runs.
Although the first game featured Tigers mental miscues — they committed six errors — the Tigers were more polished on the field. The Tigers didn’t commit any errors and connected with the ball.
Bell pitched all four innings, striking out seven and giving up one hit and one walk.
Ashe was 3 for 3, including a double, with two RBIs and four runs. Sammons was 3 for 3 with a double and two RBIs and three runs. Desbiens finished 2 for 4 with a home run and two RBIs. Felton was 2 for 2 with two RBIs. Bell was 1 for 3 with 1 RBI, John Riddell was 2-of-3. Nunn had a big game at bat going 1 for 3 with four RBIs off a home run. Crystal was 1 for 1 with two RBIs off a double.
The Tigers, who improved to 6-7 overall and 4-2 in Region 3-AAAAA, host Effingham County in a region contest at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

 

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