ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The Darton baseball team needed a heroic 3-run homer to put away South Georgia State in extra innings of the GCAA tournament.
The Cavs and Hawks were tied at 8 in the top of the 10th, and after player of the year John Cable was intentionally walked, Tyler Morris stepped into the batter's box with prowess.
With two runners on, the sophomore hit a 3-run homer to put the Cavs up 11-8. Rabon Martin would close it out in the bottom of the 10th on the mound for the Cavs. After the game Morris shared why he wasn't afraid of the moment.
"I saw the coach say 'walk him, walk him,'" he recalled. "So I squatted down on deck said a prayer and I was ready for the first one. I actually know that pitcher, I used to play summer ball with him, so I was kind of sitting on it."
His coach had a good sense of humor about the pressure packed situation reminding Morris of his past mistakes in the game as he rounded the bases.
"When Tyler ran around the bases," said Scot Hemmings. "He made the error (previously) he had dropped (near first base) I said now you're plus-1. He let in 2, and he gave 3, so plus-1"
Darton State will compete in the region championship at home Saturday. First pitch is scheduled for noon, and the opponent will be the winner of South Georgia State and East Georgia State.