Lee trio leads Flames to SSAC win
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Lee catcher Danny Canela pulls down pop-up in the Flames’ 4-2 win over Brewton-Parker in SSAC tournament action Tuesday afternoon, in Columbus, Ga. Lee University photo
Lee catcher Danny Canela pulls down pop-up in the Flames’ 4-2 win over Brewton-Parker in SSAC tournament action Tuesday afternoon, in Columbus, Ga. Lee University photo
COLUMBUS, Ga. — Pitchers Clint Terry, Alex Moore and Andy Hillis did their jobs and Lee took advantage of eight walks and two hit batters to advance past Brewton-Parker College in the opening round of SSAC pool play Tuesday afternoon.

Terry (9-1) hurled seven innings of three-hit ball. He allowed one earned run, while striking out four and walking one. Moore came on to pitch the eighth inning and surrendered a hit and an earned run. Hillis sealed the deal in the ninth by striking out two of the three hitters he faced and recorded his ninth save of the year.

The 4-2 victory came on only four hits by the 44-10 and third-ranked Flames. On the other hand, Brewton-Parker (23-20) collected six hits but solid defense and the ever-present pitching helped keep the Barons off the board most of the afternoon.

"The time is going to come when we've got to start hitting in key situations," stated coach Mark Brew who watched his Flames strand eight base runners. "Right now, we are putting a lot of extra pressure on our pitchers and it would certainly be nice if we gave them a little more opportunity to relax when they are on the mound."

Brady Renner got things started for the Flames in the first inning with a single. With one out, Derrick Pitts and Corey Davis drew walks to load the bases. Karsten Strieby collected an RBI with a sacrifice fly to right and Brandon Rader drew a bases-loaded walk that scored Pitts and gave Lee an early 2-0 lead. Renner doubled in the second and was the only Flame with two hits.

The Barons started lefty Jon Kemmer but he lasted only 2/3 of an inning. Ryan Raymer came on to pitch eight solid innings and allowed just three hits. Kemmer was charged with the pitching loss. Brewton-Parker cut the lead to 2-1 in the bottom of the first when Eddie Peyton collected the first of two hits. After a stolen base, Peyton scored on a ground-out by Kemmer.

The contest remained at 2-1 until the Flames scratched out another run in the sixth inning. Danny Canela walked and Trevor Burgess came on as a pinch-runner and scored on an RBI double by Rader, who helped account for three of Lee's four runs.

The Barons edged closer by cutting the margin to 3-2 in the eighth. Peyton singled and advanced to second on a ground ball. He scored on Kemmer's one-base hit.

The Flames put a badly needed insurance run on the board in the ninth without the benefit of a base hit. Rader was hit by a pitch. Chris Avey walked and with one out, Renner was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Josh Silver walked to push the final tally across the plate.

The rest is history. Hillis came on to strike out the first two batters he faced in the ninth and after allowing a single to Keaton Strout, he induced a fly ball to left field to put away the victory.

"I wouldn't be surprised to see a lot of low scoring games in pool play," admitted Brew. "Our conference is loaded with solid pitching and this is a park that does not allow many home runs. We will go back to work on Wednesday and see if we can correct some things during batting practice sessions."

The Flames will take Wednesday off from game action and return to Golden Park on Thursday at 3:30 and test an up and coming University of Mobile team.