The Newnan Times-Herald


Lions walk away a winner with no-hitter over Galloway

  • By The Newnan Times-Herald
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  • Mar. 20, 2019 - 3:44 PM

The axiom at most levels of baseball, especially high school, is that a walk leads to a run.

If that was truly the case 100-percent of the time, the pace that Trinity Christian and Galloway were on would have had both teams destined for double digits.

Only the Lions managed to get there, however, in a 12-1 win that ended in six innings during a Region 5-A contest in Sharpsburg.

Teams combined for 18 walks, 10 of which were spread among four Galloway pitchers.

But Trinity’s trio of Stephen Spurgeon, Luke Aycock and Jake Lyle didn’t compound on any control problems, combining on a no-hitter that included seven strikeouts.

The Lions made the most of five hits to go with 10 free passes, finally breaking through a scoreless game with five runs in the the bottom of the third.

A whopping seven Galloway errors, two of which came in Trinity’s breakthrough rally, provided as much fuel in the victory.

The win pushed Trinity’s record to 8-3 overall and 4-1 in region play heading into a trip to Eagle’s Landing Christian on Thursday.

A logjam of region teams have six lineups with two or fewer losses. The GHSA state playoff field will be determined by power rankings, which had Trinity sitting at No. 8 overall after Tuesday’s latest release.

Galloway yielded four walks in the Lions’ five-run third, starting with consecutive passes to begin the inning. It eventually led to freshman Jayce Blalock’s two-run single on a grounder up the middle.

The ninth’s grader’s single came after having a nine-game hitting streak snapped against Pacelli on Saturday. Blalock has still managed a hit in 10 of his first 11 games in 2019.  

After reaching in the third, he equally pulled out some baserunning magic, eluding a rundown that at one point had his hands on the grass after slipping, but still managing to avoid a tag while scampering safely to third.

Clay Stephenson’s single pushed the bases loaded and they cleared following back-to-back errors.

Behind the plate, Stephenson provided as much relief, throwing out one Galloway runner on an attempted steal and then picking another off first with the bases loaded and two outs after Aycock came on to pitch.

Spurgeon didn’t allow a hit in three-plus innings while picking up the win on the mound, striking out three and walking six.

Aycock picked up where he left off, throwing 1 ⅓ innings of scoreless relief before Lyle struck out the side in the top of the sixth.

Trinity invoked the mercy rule with a seven-run rally in the bottom of the sixth that began with an RBI single from Brenan Burks that drove in Calin Smith. It ended with Smith coming back to the plate and driving in two final runs on a single to right.

Lions 12, Scots 1, six innings

Galloway 000 010 — 1     0 7

Trinity Christian 005 007 — 12   5 1

WP — Stephen Spurgeon

2B — Trinity: Maury Weaver