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Highlanders split games against Toombs Academy
Highlander Matthew Brown gets a Pinewood runner out on first. The FPCA Highlanders will rematch the Pinewood Christian Patriots tomorrow at home in a double-header. - photo by By Patty Leon / Coastal Courier
The First Presbyterian Highlanders split victories in Lyons against Robert Toombs Academy Tuesday afternoon.
Highlander coach Joey Brown said they were able to capitalize on the pitcher from Robert Toombs who came out shaky on the mound for the first inning.
With the quick jump, the Highlanders brought home Carson Smith, Ricky Gilliard, Matt Brown and Kyle Haggler.
The pitcher quickly regained his strike zone and just as sudden the Highlanders found themselves shut out for the rest of the game.
"They scored three in the first, three in the second, six in the third, including two home runs, and six in the final inning," coach Brown said. "Tyler Corey started the game for us and was relieved by Ricky Gilliard in the fourth."
After losing game one 12-4 the Highlanders used game two of the double-header primarily as an opportunity for the less experienced Highlanders.
The mini-Landers found the same opportunity when the pitcher from Robert Toombs had trouble locating the strike zone.
"We jumped on them for 7 runs in the first," Brown said. "We added 3 more in the second, and 2 more in the third to win on the run rule 12-2. They tried to stage a comeback in the final inning posting 2 runs but we shut them down. Kyle Haggler and Shawn Lowe both saw action on the mound from us in that game."
The coach said he saw good and bad things in both games, but knows his team continues to gain experience and improve.
The Highlanders host a double-header against a very experienced Pinewood Christian on Saturday. These teams met last Friday with Pinewood shutting out the Highlanders 18-0 in the first game and defeating the Highlanders 5-1 in the second game.
The game is scheduled to start at 11 a.m.

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