Photos by Derrick Mahone
Mundy's Mill pitcher Corey Harmon gets ready to pitch in the seventh-ranked Tigers best-of-three Class AAAA playoff game against Effingham County on Friday. The Tigers were swept 10-0 and 7-6 to end its season.
Corey Harmon was able to work his way out of trouble through 16 straight batters in the last three innings of Mundy's Mill Class AAAA playoff game Friday.
It was the final batter that did him, and the seventh-ranked Tigers in. On four straight pitches, Harmon walked Justin Bowen with the bases load in the bottom of the eight inning.
When Tyler Mingledorff crossed home plate, it ended what had been an incredible season for Mundy's Mill in the first round of the playoffs. The Rebels earnd a 7-6 win to swept the best-of-three series.
Effingham County won the opening game 10-0 in six innings.
"I just couldn't find the strike zone," Harmon said. "I felt good. I just didn't make the pitches."
The Rebels (16-11) tied the score at 6-6 in the bottom of the fifth on a sacrifice fly Eric Knox to score Ryan Frederick, who reached on a double.
Mundy's Mill wasn't able to score in the last five innings of the second game despite sending the top of the lineup to the plate twice.
"Losing these two games is very disappointing," Mundy's Mill senior catcher Robert Bell said. "In the second game, we made too many mistakes at the wrong time. We didn't play defense well or hit the ball."
Harmon, despite the troubles, pitched well in the late innings.
The Rebels led off the seventh with a triple, but wasn't able to get the run across after Harmon struck out the next two batters and the third one lined to first base.
Mundy's Mill (22-5) looked as if it was going to score in the top of the eight after lead off hitter Raheem Jackson reached on a walk. Rashad Crawford bunted him over after for the first out, and on the same play Jackson was picked off at second after leaving the base.
Rodney Smith struck out to end the ending.
"We didn't run the bases right, and didn't get any clutch hitting," said senior first baseman Matt Wilson.
In the bottom of the inning, Effingham was able to punch the game-winning run across for the victory. Mingledorff led off with a single before Logan Shelton struck out. Cal Baker hit a double and then Logan Bell was intentionally walked to load the bases. Frederick was caught looking, then Harmon ran into trouble with Bowen, who walked on four straight pitches to push the winning run over.
"Corey pitched good," Bell said. "He got us through the game. I'm hoping him can shake this off and come back next season strong."
Harmon pitched the entire game and give up 11 hits and had eight strikeouts.
"He pitched extremely well," Mundy's Mill coach Patrick Smith said. "We had some opportunity to move some runners over, but we didn't execute."
And that was the strong of the first game that the Tigers' loss 10-0 in six innings.
Mundy's Mill had only two hits and while falling victim to seven strikeouts. In all 14 innings Friday, Effingham County was able to get its leadoff hitter on.
In the opening game, the Tigers gave up six runs on as many hits with two errors that blew a close game open. They were never able to recover from that inning.
"I'm proud of my guys," Smith said. "I'm not going to take anything away from Effingham because they play well. They did the little things right. We allowed the leadoff hitter to get on every time and they pushed him over, and that was the difference in the game."