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George County slips past Brandon in 6A playoffs

SUN HERALD FILE 
 George County pitcher Walker Robbins led the Rebels past Brandon in Game 1 of the 6A State quarterfinals.
SUN HERALD FILE George County pitcher Walker Robbins led the Rebels past Brandon in Game 1 of the 6A State quarterfinals.

BRANDON-- When it comes to one run baseball games, George County always find a way to win.

It was nothing different on Friday night.

Behind the pitching of Walker Robbins and some timely hitting, the Rebels edged past Brandon 3-2 in Game 1 of the third round of the Class 6A playoffs. Game 2 is set for 2 p.m. Saturday in Lucedale.

"I am so proud of our kids for battling tonight, butI didn't expect anything less coming in here and facing a very good ball club," said George County coach Brandon Davis. "Our goal tonight was to not face their closer (J.T. Ginn). When they bought him on the mound, our guys just kept fighting and were able to get timely hits off him."

Trailing 2-1 in the top of the sixth, Bryson Solomon and Logan Tanner had back-to-back singles to lead off the inning. Kyle Whittington would then hit sharp grounder to third that would go through the third basemen's legs and would score two runs to give the Rebels a 3-2 lead.

That was all Mississippi State signee Walker Robbins needed. But he had to get out of jam in the bottom of the sixth.

After giving up a single and then walking two batters Robbins had the bases loaded with two outs and Brandon's lead off man, Nathan Babb, up. Babb flied out to center, as Robbins got out of the jam.

"I was trying to get the first pitch for strikes tonight, but just never could," Robbins said. "I was trying my best to get us the win tonight and we battled and got it. This was a big win for us."

Robbins (7-1) tossed six innings, gave up six hits, two earned runs, walked three and struck out four.

"I can't say enough about him, he just went out there and battled and got us out of some jams," Davis said. "I'm glad we got to come on the road in this atmosphere and win. Now we can go home and try to get the sweep at our place tomorrow."

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