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Forest Park rallies, but falls to ELCA

By Anthony Rhoads

The Forest Park Panthers clawed their way back from a 4-0 deficit Thursday night against Eagle's Landing Christian but came up short as they fell 4-3.

"It was a good game," Forest Park head coach Mike Breedlove said. "Our defense improved from the day before and we fought back at the end. We improved as the game went along."

Eagle's Landing Christian's Bradley Eady led off the game with a walk and with two outs, Cole Springer singled to drive in Eady, giving ELCA a 1-0 lead.

In the third, ELCA loaded the bases but managed just one run when Robert Steppenback collected an RBI single to score Christian White.

The Chargers took a 3-0 lead in the fourth inning when Jordan Clanton scored on a wild pitch.

Micah Usry led off the top of the fifth with a double to deep left centerfield. With one out, Alex Teate smacked a sacrifice fly to right field to score Usry.

Randy Hambrick led off the bottom of the fifth with a walk and with two outs, Antonio Kendrick collected an RBI single to give Forest Park its first run.

Forest Park made the score 4-3 in the sixth when Greg Ramsey smacked a two-run home run.

"We've got some younger players and four seniors (Victor Becerra, Tyrone Standford, Tony Peaks and Randy Hambrick) who are showing good leadership for the younger guys," Breedlove said. Forest Park gets back into action Monday at home against Tri-Cities.

The game was ELCA's Georgia High School Association debut after playing several seasons in the Georgia Independent School Association.

"We found out some good things about ourselves tonight, we're going to have to hit the ball better but it's great to get the win," ELCA head coach Joe Shadowens said. "For a first game of the season, I'm pleased. We have a lot of respect for the Georgia High School Association because we know that's where the good teams are. Getting that win is good for us. I think (Forest Park) is a good team and we feel good to win this game."