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8-IRON DROPS GNATS 8-3
Savannah, GA – The Augusta
GreenJackets hung an eight spot on the Sand Gnats in the third inning Wednesday
night to defeat the Gnats 8-3 at Historic Grayson Stadium. The loss drops the Gnats
back to 3-3 to finish their first homestand of 2014.
Savannah starter Ricky
Knapp cruised through the first two innings on just 19 pitches, all but
four of which were strikes. However, the first two batters in the third reached
on singles after beginning with 2-0 counts. Then, shortstop Gavin Cecchini
allowed a smash to short, one that could have produced a double play, to go
right by him for an error. A walk, a two run single and a walk later and the
GreenJackets (3-4) had a 3-0 lead and the bases loaded. Knapp's night was done.
He would eventually be charged with six runs, three earned in 2.1 innings.
Mincone entered with one out to help out Knapp, but could not stop five
more runs from crossing the plate.
The Gnats (3-3) scored
their only runs in the bottom of the sixth. Cecchini drove home C Colton
Plaia with a line drive single to right-centerfield for the first run.
Later in the inning, 2B LJ Mazzilli ripped a single through the left
side driving home two runs.
LF Jared King
reached base safely, going 2-for-3 with a walk for the Gnats.
Savannah reliever Akeel
Morris was electric in the sixth through eighth inning. After walking the
first batter he faced, he struck out nine of the next ten batters. In the
eighth inning, he fanned four batters after his first victim, CF Christian
Paulino reached on a wild pitch.
The Gnats begin their
first road trip of 2014 – a seven-game swing through Rome and Augusta –
Thursday night in Rome when they send RHP Miller Diaz to the hill. First pitch
is scheduled for 7 pm. Fans can catch all of the action on News/Talk 630 and
online at sandgnats.com.