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May 2, 2014

Region II-3A Bi-District: Do-or-die in Jacksonville

Chapel Hill Bulldogs force Game 3 with a 3-2 win over the Athens Hornets

JACKSONVILLE — It’s a do-or-die scenario today at Jacksonville High School.

The Chapel Hill Bulldogs picked up some revenge in Game 2 of the best-of-three series with a  3-2 victory over the Athens Hornets behind a strong outing from pitcher Pat Day.

The Hornets (22-9-1) battled through adversity but could not pull off the sweep as Day gave up only two hits in the ball game.

He struck out 12 batters and walked four for the complete-game win.

With the win, the Bulldogs improved to 19-10 on the season.

Athens came into the series as the No. 2 seed in the playoffs after losing a tie breaker game to the Mabank Panthers

For the Hornets, Travis Takata had a nine outing with a complete-game five hitter.

He struck out seven and walked one in the loss.

Takata threw 101 pitches for head coach Dallas Robertson after not throwing much during the regular season.

In the Hornets 5-4 win on Thursday, senior Garrett Conley threw 107 pitches as the two pitchers have combined for solid pitching performances for Athens.

Game 3 of the series is set for 1 p.m. today.

The winner will face either Crandall or Paris in the area round next week.

The Hornets faced Crandall last season as that series went to a decisive game three, which the Hornets pulled out.

The Hornets will need to make sure to stay away from the fly ball outs in Game 3 as they had three fly ball out against Day.

The Hornets also had five ground ball outs against a tough Chapel Hill defense.

After giving up three runs in the opening inning, the Hornets scored two runs in the fifth.

During the inning, Adam Stallings led off with a walk.

Jesse Taylor went down on strikes before Daniel Mossberger broke up a no-hitter with a single to put runners on first and second with one out.

During Josh Darden’s at-bat, the Hornets pulled off the double steal as Stallings was safe at third, while Mossberger went in to second.

Michael Canales then sent an 0-2 pitch to center field as Stallings and Mossberger came in to score on the throw home for the 3-2 deficit.

The Hornets had a chance to take the lead in the sixth inning with two outs as Lance Funkhouser reached on a walk and Stallings was hit by a pitch.

Day was able to leave the runners stranded as he struck out Jesse Taylor to end the threat.

In the top of the seventh, Day was able to strike out the side to end the game.

The Bulldogs were able to score all of their runs in the first inning as Takata got Andrew Black to groundout to lead off the game.

Braden Nelson then worked a six pitch walk, followed by Zack Walters scoring on a double to put runners on second and third.

Day then hit into an RBI fielder’s choice and reached second on a stolen base.

He later came in to score on an error by the second baseman during Jaylon Redwine’s at-bat.

Following that inning, Takata allowed only two batters past second base.

The Bulldogs had only five baserunners reach the remainder of the game.

The Hornets were led at the plate by Canales and Mossberger as both players went 1-for-3 in the ball game.

Chapel Hill was led by Walters as he went 2-for-3 with a run scored. Takata gave up one hit each to Black, Nelson and Hudson Mahaffey.

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