No. 8 Winder-Barrow Shake Slow Start Against Apalachee

Phil Kerber
PBR Florida/JUCO Wire

WINDER, GA - In the first of a three game series, No. 8 Winder-Barrow hosted nearby Apalachee on Tuesday evening. Winder-Barrow were able to shake a slow start and comfortably take the game 5-0.

The Doggs of Winder-Barrow sent out Georgia recruit Cain Tatum to the mound for the start. The 6-foot-8 right-hander did not disappoint. Tatum tossed five shutout innings, allowing five hits, one walk and striking out eight batters. With a fastball ranging up to 91 mph and a slider that flashed late action, Tatum kept the Apalachee offense off-balance just enough to keep them quiet over five innings.


Apalachee were able to get baserunners in all of the first five innings of the game, but unlike Winder-Barrow, they were unable to capitalize with runners in scoring position. They came close to breaking the 0-0 tie in the third inning. Starting pitcher and leadoff man Hunter Parks started the inning with a single to the opposite field. AJ Forbing followed with a single to left field, making it first and second no outs. A wild pitch would move the runners up a base and the Wildcats were all of a sudden in striking distance. That would be as far as the runners would get however. Tatum buckled down, striking out the next two batters before getting a pop up to the catcher to end the inning.

The highly touted Winder-Barrow offense finally got clicking in the third inning. 2B Trevor Maddox roped a single into the left-center gap, turning the lineup over for Tennessee commit SS Brady House and Ole Miss recruit 3B/RHP Zach Smith.

House delivered his first hit of the game, a single to left field, before being forced out at second a batter later. Smith would be the one to open the game up. With men on the corners and two outs, Smith drove a ball into deep center field, just over the outstretched glove of the outfielder for a two-run double.

The offense continued to roll into the fourth inning with another two runs. Left-handed hitting DH Trace Jeffers led off with a double into the left-center gap. Sam Darling’s single later in the inning would score Jeffers, and a single by Maddox would bring around Shelby Davis, in similar fashion.

Smith delivered his third hit in as many at-bats in the fifth inning with a leadoff single. 3B/1B Hunter Marsh finally found a gap in the defense with rope down the left field line for an RBI double, making it a 5-0 lead for the Doggs.

In the sixth inning, Tatum was relieved by Smith. Smith came in touching 88 with good tilt on his fastball accompanied by a deceptive changeup and an 11/5 curveball. He worked a clean first inning of relief, not allowing a ball out of the infield. The seventh inning had a little tension to it though. After retiring the first batter, Smith allowed singles to LF Austin Holbrook and Parks, his second hit of the game. Once more, that is all the Wildcats could muster. Smith would induce back-to-back flyouts and the game was over, 5-0 Winder-Barrow over Apalachee.

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