Butcher's HR derby leads WGTC to 15-10 win over ABAC

Butcher's HR derby leads WGTC to 15-10 win over ABAC

CARROLLTON, Georgia – Blake Butcher hit three homeruns and broke a school record with 8 RBI to lead West Georgia Tech to a 15-10 victory at ABAC Tuesday afternoon to open a four-game series.

Butcher now has seven homeruns on the year, which leads the conference.

The sophomore third baseman from Watkinsville went 4-for-5 on the day and scored four runs for the Golden Knights.

He hit a two-run homer in the third inning to give West Georgia Tech a 4-0 lead. In his next at-bat, with West Georgia Tech trailing 5-4 in the fifth, he hit a three-run bomb to give WGTC a 7-5 lead. After ABAC tied it with two runs in the home half of the 5th, Butcher came through again with a three-run homer in the top of the 6th to give West Georgia Tech the lead for good, 10-7.

Butcher’s three-consecutive homeruns is the first time a WGTC player has hit homers in three consecutive at-bats.

“Blake Butcher had an unbelievable game,” WGTC head coach Todd Pratt said. “He has had quite an impressive stretch over the last few weeks where he is seeing the ball really well and is just pounding the baseball. I’m proud of how hard he has worked to become a better player over his career here.”

ABAC got a close to 12-10 going into the ninth, but WGTC scored three insurance runs in the ninth to close out the final margin at 15-10.

Alexander High School product Corey Fehribach had a big offensive day as well, going 4-for-4 with five runs scored and 2 RBI. Davis Aiken went 3-for-5 with three runs scored and Douglas County product Garrett Hayes went 3-for-4 with 3 RBI for the Golden Knights.

West Georgia Tech had 18 hits on the day in 44 at-bats. ABAC had 13 hits.

Kyle Peals (4 innings), Chris Irwin (4 innings) and Tyler Gunnin (one inning) combined to hold ABAC to 10 runs over the course of the game.

West Georgia Tech is now 7-26 overall on the year, 3-18 in conference play. ABAC dropped to 12-21, 9-12.

The two teams will conclude the series with a single game Friday night and a doubleheader Saturday in Douglasville.

Friday’s first pitch is set for 6:05 p.m. Saturday’s twin bill will get underway at 1:05 p.m.