AC Flora Falcons find stride in title game rally

ainelson@thestate.comApril 6, 2013 

A.C. Flora trailed briefly against Florida’s Westminster Warriors but posted big offensive performances in the middle innings to win 11-6 in the Forest Acres Classic tournament championship game.

“It’s great competition,” Falcons coach Andy Hallett said. “It’s a great setup for the playoffs. That’s why we play White Knoll, that’s why we try to play Mauldin. And then to have Westminster. This is great for us.”

The Falcons trailed by one going into the top of the fifth. Everett Eynon followed with a single, and both advanced on a blocking penalty against Westminter. Madison Stokes singled in the tying run, and Schroder Carlton added an RBI single to the effort before Stokes was able to take home on an error. Carlton slid home on a single from Donald Gillespie that set the Falcons up with a three-run lead.

Westminster’s response came up short.

With a runner on second, Westminster’s Julian Enfante hit deep into right field to drive in a run, and was called out at second base. So when Yuri Sucart smashed a home run over the center-field fence, the Warriors still trailed by one.

A.C. Flora posted four more runs in the sixth inning, including a two-run double from Carlton and another RBI single from Gillespie.

The Falcons held Westminster scoreless for the final three innings.

“I’m especially excited about the way we came back and had some lopsided innings,” Hallett said.

The Falcons had given up a one-run lead early in the game with several defensive miscues.

In the second, they gave up first on an error, and allowed Westminster to load the bases when Flora was penalized for interference. The Falcons then gave up a walk to force in a run with the bases still loaded, and Westminster tied the score with a sacrifice flyball before the Falcons could close out the inning.

Sucart gave Westminster the lead with an inside the park home run to left field in the third inning.

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