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High school baseball: North Hall's explosive fifth inning powers the Trojans to 5-1 win over Greater Atlanta Christian
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North Hall's Kelton Kieschnick pitches during a game against Greater Atlanta Christian at North Hall High School on Wednesday, March 13, 2019. - photo by Austin Steele

David Seavey made the most of his fifth-inning plate appearance Wednesday for North Hall at Jody Davis Field. 

With runners on second and third, Seavey smacked a double deep off the center field wall to bring in both runners and put the Trojans up by three runs as it beat Greater Atlanta Christian 5-1. 

The result clinches a regular-season series victory for North Hall over Greater Atlanta Christian, its second series win to start off the region schedule. 

“Anytime you can take a series like that, it gives you a little confidence,” Trojans coach Trevor Flow said after the game. “That’s the first series we’ve taken from GAC since I’ve been here, so that was a big win. As long as you keep winning series, you’ve got a chance to be in the top four at the end, which is our goal. We want to be in the playoffs.”

Kelton Kieschnick got the start for North Hall, and he went the distance, striking out five over seven innings. 

Kieschnick hit a batter with a pitch in the top of the fifth inning that eventually turned into the Greater Atlanta Christian’s only run on the day, but he responded by escaping a one-out, bases-loaded jam in the sixth and then retired three straight batters — including two strikeouts — in the seventh to finish the game off. 

“I just threw strikes today and just let my defense play,” Kieschnick said. “I’ve got a great one behind me. They picked me up at the plate and just helped me out a lot.”

Through four innings, it was a scoreless pitcher’s duel before both teams started opening things up a bit in the fifth. Greater Atlanta Christian’s Brooks Miller came home when one of North Hall’s infielder mishandled a grounder to get things going, but the one run was not enough to hold off the Trojans for long. 

Freshman Tate Brooks brought in North Hall’s first run of the night off a grounder to the left side of the field, and Caleb Clark scored another run one batter later when his hit rolled just out of the grasp of a diving Spartans first baseman.

Then, Seavey brought both home with his long double off the wall.  

“We were a little too aggressive early on and going away from our approach,” Flow said. “But we settled down and started to understand here’s what we need to do, get the ball out of the air and let some things happen.”

Greater Atlanta Christian managed to load the bases in the sixth off a walk and a fielding error, but Kieschnick forced a popout and a strikeout on consecutive batters to keep the Spartans at bay.

Kieschnick compounded that form into a perfect seventh inning, striking out the first two batters he saw and forced the other into an easy out at first off a grounder to end the game. 

The win is North Hall’s third straight, and second against Greater Atlanta Christian in the last three days. As the region schedule progresses, the Trojans appear to be heating up at the right time. 

“We’re starting to figure it out,” Kieschnick said. “There were moments out there where I could’ve done better and everyone could have done better, and I think everyone would agree with me. But we’re starting to find it and get that rhythm and tempo back.”

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