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Blues Rally Past Cannons

Panthersville – The Atlanta Blues (3-7) scored 13 straight runs to overcome a 9-0 deficit and held off a late rally from the Cartersville Cannons (3-7) to win 13-12 at the GSU Baseball Complex on Monday night.

Atlanta trailed 9-0 through five innings before scoring four runs in the sixth and nine in the seventh to take the lead for good. Jamarie Brooks sparked the rally with an infield single to lead off the sixth and scored on a base-hit by Kam Taylor, who then advanced to second on a single to left field by Samuel Bradley and scored on a single by Andy Roman that cut the deficit to 9-2.

Jaylon Lucky then drew a bases-loaded walk before two more runs scored on a base-hit by Christopher Gulzado and RBI groundout by DJ Butler to make it 9-4.

Then in the seventh, the Blues exploded for nine runs on two-run singles by Jaylon Lucky and Jacobi Brooks while capitalizing on five walks by Alex Karst (0-2) and three errors to take a 13-9 lead.

Cartersville rallied with a run in the eighth and two in the ninth and had the tying run at third base, but Logan Berggren (1) struck out Kensky Thomas to end the rally and earn his first save.

The Cannons took an early 2-0 lead on a two-run double by William Fincher in the second and padded that lead with seven runs on two hits and two errors in the fourth to make it 9-0 before the Blues mounted their comeback.

PJ Green (1-0) came on to pitch in the fifth and delivered four strong relief innings as Atlanta mounted their comeback, allowing just one run on three hits with two walks and a season-high six strikeouts to earn the win.

Jaylon Lucky went 3-for-4 with two RBI, and Andy Roman went 2-for-3 with two RBI to lead the Blues at the plate.

William Fincher went 2-for-3 with two RBI to lead the Cannons. Mason Moore went 2-for-5, and Jordan Baynes drove in two runs.

Ethan Carroll got the start for Cartersville and allowed two runs on seven hits in 5.1 innings with a walk and four strikeouts but did not factor into the decision.

Both teams will face each other again at the GSU Baseball Complex on Wednesday, June 19 at 7:05 p.m.

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