Night Hawks take game three 6-4, sweep series

Mar. 4—THOMASVILLE- On Sunday afternoon, the Night Hawks wrapped up a three game conference series against the MGSU Knights of Cochran, Ga. Early in the game, defense took center stage as both teams battled to prevent base runners.

In the top of the third inning, the Middle Georgia offense caught fire with three consecutive hits, resulting in two runs plated for the Knights. A sacrifice fly followed, adding another run to extend MGSU's lead to 3-0 after three innings. The Knights then added another run in the top of the sixth inning, widening their lead to 4-0.

The Night Hawks bats ignited in the bottom of the sixth inning, propelling TU to their first lead of the game with six runs scored. The rally commenced with a single from Kason Buie, followed by a double from Elias Garcia, advancing Buie to third base. JT Whatley then delivered a game-changing 3-RBI home run over the left field wall with no outs, narrowing the Knights lead to 4-3. After a fly out, Gabe Tafelski stepped up to the plate and smashed a second-pitch fastball over the right field wall for an opposite-field home run, tying the game at 4-4. The inning continued with a single from Michael Sowers to center field, followed by Sowers stealing second base and advancing to third on an error by the catcher. Matt Williams capitalized on the opportunity, driving in Sowers with an RBI single to give TU their first lead of the game at 5-4. Following a pitching change, Brayden Lawhon took a hit-by-pitch, advancing Williams to scoring position. Luis Torres then grounded into a fielder's choice (safe at first), moving Williams to third base. Williams would subsequently score on a passed ball, extending the Night Hawks lead to 6-4.

Pitching took center stage in the final innings for the Night Hawks, with the pitchers allowing just one run over the last four innings. Brandon Steele sealed the victory for TU, earning the save as he pitched 1.2 innings without conceding any runs or hits, while striking out two batters. Steele's exceptional performance helped guide the Night Hawks to their fourteenth win of the year.

Jacob Pino earned the win for the Night Hawks pitching 3.1 innings, only allowing one run, four hits, and four strikeouts.

On the day, Tafelski went 3-for-4, notching two singles along with a crucial game-tying home run in the sixth inning. Whatley finished 1-for-4, but his lone hit was a game-changing 3-RBI home run in the bottom of the sixth inning.

With the victories in the series, Thomas raises their record to 14-7 on the season, 4-5 within the SSAC. The Night Hawks will travel to Mount Vernon, Ga. to take on Brewton-Parker in SSAC action this weekend.