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Flowery Branch baseball team uses seven-run fifth inning to take down West Hall at home
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Flowery Branch pitcher Zack Wagner delivers a pitch Monday, March 18, 2019, during the first inning of the Falcons game with West Hall at the Hog Mountain Sports Complex. - photo by Scott Rogers

Three triples in the same inning made for a comfortable win for Flowery Branch on Monday. Zander Sechrist, Jake Beaver and Grant Lackey all stretched hits into three bases during the fifth inning, propelling the Falcons (9-4-1, 3-0 Region 7-4A) to an 11-6 win against West Hall at the Hog Mountain Sports Complex.

Leading by a run after four innings, Sechrist opened the fifth inning with a triple off the right field wall. After two runs scored, Beaver chipped in a run-scoring triple. 

Before the big frame was finished, Lackey connected on a two-run triple, giving the Falcons a comfortable 11-3 lead.

“Hitting is contagious,” said Beaver, who went 3 for 3 with a walk for the Falcons. “Once you’ve got one guy doing it, everybody else wants to do it. It worked out for us.”

Once the dust from the fifth inning settled, the Falcons led 11-3. 

Zach Wagner did his part on the mound to deliver the win for the Falcons, throwing 5 2/3 innings and racked up four strikeouts.

West Hall got in front early with Canaan Koger’s two-run double off the center field wall in the third inning. But Flowery Branch reclaimed the lead when JB Bell scored on a wild pitch.  

Then, in the fourth and fifth inning, Flowery Branch found its groove at the plate. 

“Obviously, you never want to get down by a couple runs in a region game,” Falcons coach Joey Ray said. “But they held their own, and we continued to remind them to do the little things. Let’s just get a guy on base, let’s move him over and continue to compete one batter at a time.”

The Spartans put up a three-spot in the seventh inning with the help of two wild pitches and an RBI single from Koger. 

On Tuesday, Flowery Branch faces Marist at the Hog Mountain Sports Complex, a make-up game from last week’s rain out.

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