Effingham County stopped Richmond Hill High School's three game win streak with a 6-5 win Monday, but it wasn't easy.
Staked to a 2-run first inning lead, Effingham allowed the Wildcats to take the lead in the top of the 7th only to win it with a walk-off single by Spencer Gillis in the bottom half.
An inside-the-park home run by Eric Knox gave Effingham the early lead. Richmond Hill battled back with three runs in the 7th on a hit batter and RBI signles from Cody Taylor and Hunter Hadley. Taylor finished 2-for-4 with an RBI. Peyton Carter took the loss for the Wildcats.
Richmond Hill fell to 4-5 with the loss and Effingham is now 5-3.
Wildcats thump Liberty
Richmond Hill pitcher Ryan Esenwein only allowed one hit as the Wildcats took advantage of Liberty errors for an 11-1 win Friday night in a 2A-AAAA contest.
Esenwein struck out seven in 4 2/3's innings of work.
"It was a good win in some sloppy conditions. Those are the games that you want to get over as quick as possible because anything can happen when it wet," Richmond Hill coach Stacy Bennett said,
The Wildcats also honored former Liberty County player Joe Watkins during pregame ceremonies.
Watkins, who was a freshman on the Georgia Southern baseball team, died in an automobile accident in November.
"We wanted to do something special for Joe and his family following Joe's recent death. I had the chance to coach and work with Joe since he was 13. Joe was the type of player that every coach dreams of having. He was a hard worker, respectful, and played the game the way it is supposed to be played," Bennett said.
The Wildcats also saluted the military as four 3rd Infantry Division soldiers threw out the first pitch.
Read more in Wednesday's Bryan County News.