The Gordon Lee Trojans scored solo runs in the fifth and sixth innings to tie the game, then plated the game-winner in the bottom of the seventh as they knocked off previously unbeaten Mt. Paran Christian, 3-2, in a huge Region 6-A game Tuesday afternoon in Chickamauga.
The Eagles, who recently handed Calhoun just its second loss of the season, fell to 10-1 overall, while the Trojans improved to 10-1 overall. Gordon Lee is now 4-1 in region play, while Mt. Paran slipped to 5-1 in region play.
Back-to-back doubles by the Eagles off Gordon Lee starter Branton Phillips staked the visitors to a lead in the fourth, and Mt. Paran added a run in the top of the fifth to make it a 2-0 game.
But the momentum would begin to swing the way of the Trojans in the bottom of the fifth.
Cody Wilson drew a walk against Mt. Paran starter Andrew Maxwell, stole second, moved to third on a passed ball, and came home on a Connor Coakley single. Then in the sixth, Bay Wright reached on an error, went to third on a Bryce Bailey double, and scored on a Jake Rogers RBI to tie the game.
Zack Cobb replaced Phillips on the mound in the top of the seventh and quickly gave up two singles and hit a batter to load the bases with no outs. A 5-3 putout failed to plate the runner at third, and Mt. Paran tried to squeeze bunt one batter later. However, the bunt attempt was popped up and caught by Gordon Lee, who caught the runner off base to complete the inning-ended double play.
Then in the bottom of the seventh, Tanner Sexton led off with a single and courtesy runner Landon O'Neal took second when Wright drew a walk. That set the table for Bailey, who ripped a single to score O'Neal with the game-winner.
Cobb picked up the win in relief. Phillips got no decision, but struck out eight batters in six innings of work. Sexton and Bailey finished the day 2 for 4 at the plate.
Gordon Lee, now in midst of their second five-game winning streak of the season, will put the streak on the line at home against Mt. Pisgah on Friday. First pitch is slated for 5 p.m.
The initial Class 1A baseball power rankings are due to be released by the GHSA on Tuesday.