Tate Rides Strong Pitching, Defeats Lincoln 3-0

Phil Kerber
PBR Florida/JUCO Wire

PENSACOLA, FL - Tate was set to host the Lincoln Trojans on Friday evening, but Mother Nature had other plans. A nearly two day period of on and off rain forced the game back a day and a change of location. So, on Saturday afternoon, Lincoln took on Tate at Pensacola Catholic. A duel of fast working pitchers ensued with Tate edging out Lincoln 3-0.

Tate got on the board right off the bat in the first inning. The second batter of the game for Tate, 2B Hunter McLean (Meridian CC recruit) squared one up into the right center gap for an easy double. The next batter, 1B Darrien McDowell (Alabama St. commit), followed by wearing a ball off his back. The left-handed hitting DH Chase Tolbert stepped up to the plate looking to do damage, and he did just that. Tolbert went the opposite way with a ball into the left field corner for a double, scoring McLean.

Samford commit RHP Cole Fryman held the Lincoln offense in check for six scoreless innings. The long, lanky right-hander worked mostly 83-85, touching 86. He mixed in a nice 10/4 curveball that worked like a slurve with hard break. Fryman cruised through the first five innings, scattering two hits and walking none while striking out three. He did a great job of inducing weak fly ball contact, allowing his defense to make the plays behind him.

Opposite of Fryman was Northwest Florida State recruit RHP Nick Ferrara. Ferrara settled in nicely after the first inning, facing the minimum over the second, third and fourth innings. Ferrara hit the first batter of the second inning, but that batter was gunned down at second base by a throw that got there in a hurry from C Hunter Peschl. After that, Ferrar was untouchable, striking out four of the next eight batters he faced. His fastball reached as high as 87 mph, sitting 85-86.

Tate, took a 1-0 lead into the bottom of the fifth before they were able to extend the lead. C Kaden King (Marion Military Institute commit) got it started by wearing one off the body, for the second time on the day. King was able to advance to second on a passed ball, and then moved to third on RF Sam Shackle’s single. The lead became 2-0 when SS Mason Land (Mississippi St. recruit) launched one deep into the outfield. The outfield was able to track it down, but Land put enough distance on it that King was able to tag and score.

A similar story unfolded in the bottom of the sixth. McDowell led the inning off by drawing a walk and then was able to advance to third on a fielding error on Jadon Fryman’s infield grounder. Taking matters into his own hands, McDowell took advantage of a passed ball and took home. Tate headed into the seventh with a comfortable 3-0 lead.

Relief pitcher Easton Sidner came in to get the save for Tate. Sidner made quick work of the first two batters he faced before things got interesting. Pinch hitter Caleb Kittrell reached base via an infield error. Then, another pinch hitter, Landen Smith delivered a hard hit single up the middle, giving Lincoln men on the corners and two outs. That is as far as they would get though, as Sidner got the next batter to groundout to the third baseman, ending the game.


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