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Flowery Branch caps busy week with 12-3 win over Heritage
Falcons win fourth game in a week
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Flowery Branch High’s Brody Thomas completes the steal at second base as the throw is wide for Heritage second baseman Jordan Martin during Friday evening’s game at the Hog Mountain Sports Complex. - photo by Scott Rogers | The Times

FLOWERY BRANCH - Four games in a week is a tall order for any high school baseball team. To come out with four wins is flat out remarkable.

Flowery Branch, with a 12-3 win over Heritage on Friday at Hog Mountain Sports Complex, completed its busy four-game week going undefeated and further cemented its position in second place in Region 8A-AAAA.

The Falcons (12-3, 8-2 8A-AAAA) are poised to play the No. 3 seed from 8B-AAAA in a crossover game in the region playoffs for a state playoff berth. Their fourth win of the week comes after beating Salem, Madison County and Clarke Central.

In the four games, the Falcons outscored the opposition 53-7.

"We've just been focused all week and we've worked hard in practice," said Falcons leadoff hitter Brody Thomas, who scored four times. "We're all pumped up and ready to finish out the season."

The Falcons trailed 2-0 in the first inning, but responded with two runs in each of the first, second and third innings to build a 6-2 lead. They scored six times in the fourth to put the game away.

Falcons starting pitcher Gant Davis started shaky, allowing two runs in the first inning, but settled down to allow just six runners the rest of the game. Brad Keller and Andrew Weekely each pitched a scoreless inning out of the bullpen to preserve the blowout.

"We had to do what we had to do to get some wins and luckily we were able to do that," Falcons coach Scott Myers said.

The Falcons scored two runs each in the first and second innings with out getting a hit thanks to Patriots walks and errors. In the third inning, Davis got the Falcons' first hit, and Kyle Famiano and Thomas scored to put the Falcons ahead 6-2. It was Thomas' third run in as many innings.

Flowery Branch blew the game open in the fourth inning, sending 11 batters to the plate while compiling eight hits and six runs. The Falcons opened the inning with seven consecutive base hits, and Thomas, Breck Davidson, Drew Miles, Davis, Famiano and C.J. Nevin all scored runs.

By the time the inning was over, Flowery Branch led 12-3.

They had a chance to do more damage in the inning and possibly end the game early with the mercy-rule, but they left two runners on base.

Famiano finished 1-for-4 with two runs, Nevin was 1-for-3 with two runs and Davis was 2-for-3 with two runs.
The Falcons travel to Habersham Central at 5:55 p.m. Monday.

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