Team Georgia’s baseball squad comprised of rising high school seniors defeated Team Tennessee, 5-4, on Wednesday to win the 14th Annual Sunbelt Classic in McAlester, Okla.
After losing to Tennessee on the first day of the competition, Georgia was put into the losers bracket where they were forced to defeat teams from Mississippi, Texas, Arizona, Oklahoma and Missouri in order to get to the championship game.
White County’s Luke Crumley, a University of Georgia commit, defeated Mississippi on Saturday which, according to coach Wayne Vickery, “got the wagons back on the road.”
After the win over Texas on Monday the team “felt like (they) were gaining a little momentum.”
In the championship game on Wednesday, Team Georgia trailed 4-3 going into the fifth inning. In the top of that inning, Georgia received a single from Tyler Palmer, who advanced on a wild pitch. After a walk and a sacrifice ground ball, Kenneth Anderson stepped to the plate and drove a double to score the go-ahead run.
Team Georgia pitcher Ryan Pitts retired six of the last seven batters he faced to close out the game and give Georgia the 5-4 victory and an overall tournament record of 9-2.
Mill Creek High’s Jerad Curry, a catcher, was the Most Valuable Player of the tournament, hitting five home runs and driving in 22 RBIs.