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Berry Aldridge- Junior at Armstrong State University

 

 Berry Aldridge catching

 

 and sliding into third base

 Berry bombs away in PBC Tourney

Aldridge hits walk-off homer in the semifinals

 The Pirates celebrate Aldridge's game-winning homer

and two more homers in quarterfinal win  

As a Toombs County Bulldog Berry Aldridge is best remembered for his walk-off home run off the left field foul pole, at Jack Jones Field, which gave the Dawgs a 6-5 win over Berrien County in game three of the second round of the GHSA State Tournament.

On Saturday Aldridge opened up the Peach Belt Conference Tourney, in Columbus, hitting a pair of home runs in Armstrong State's 12-11 win over Francis Marion and then in the semifinals he ended a 7-6 victory over the University of North Carolina- Pembroke with a walkoff homer over the left field fence in the bottom of the ninth. Former Appling County Pirate Tyler Avera ended the Francis Marion game, in the bottom of the ninth, with a walk-off single to center. Watch Avera and Berry's walk-off winners Video  Toombsnow Rewind- on May 13, 2010 Aldridge hit his walk-off homer vs. Berrien Video  

Aldridge went 2-for-4 against Francis Marion with four RBI's and the junior ripped his first homer in the fifth.  He smacked a one-out three run blast over the left field fence which put the Pirates up 7-4. Aldridge hit a two-out solo home run over the left field fence in the eighth which tied the game at 11-all. He was 1-for-5 against UNCP. Aldridge has now hit four homers for Armstrong this season and five for his collegiate career. 

In the championship game, Berry went 1-for-5 with a second inning single in a 10-6 lost to Georgia College. Armstrong trailed 9-0 before scoring six straight runs. Aldridge and two other area players made the All-Tournament team. R.J. Dennard, a former Treutlen Viking and Avera from Baxley also were honored. 

Aldridge finished his third season at Armstrong with a .392 average (40-112). He hit four home runs and five doubles. Aldridge dove in 24 runs and scored 18. He walked six times and struck out 13 times while having a .434 on base percentage and a .559 sluggin percentage. Berry led the Pirates in batting average and slugging percentage and he had a .995 fielding percentage. He only made on error all season in 29 games played. He was tied for the team lead in homers with four with Sopertons's R.J. Dennard.    

May 2- Aldridge was 4-for-4 with three RBI's in a 5-4 home win over Belmont Abbey. All four hits were singles- two were to right field and two were stroked up the middle.

Aldridge finished the regular season with a .414 batting average. He is the only Pirate to hit over .400. The second highest average was .372. He also had the highest on base percentage at .459. Berry went 36-for-87 with five doubles and a homer. He drove in 19 runs and scored 15. He struck out 10 times and walked six times. 

May 1- Berry went 1-for-4 with a strikeout in a 6-3 home win over Belmont Abbey. 

April 26- Aldridge caught both ends of a home doubleheader split with Columbus State. In game one, an 18-2 victory, Berry went 2-for-6 with a run scored and a strikeout. In game two, a 13-5 loss, he was 1-for-4 with a RBI.

Berry is batting .392 with 16 RBI's and 15 runs scored. He has hit one homer and five doubles.   

April 10-12-  Flagler’s Danny Brown (8-3) leads the Peach Belt Conference in wins and he is third in strikeouts with 77. Former Toombs County Bulldog Berry Aldridge went 1-for-4 against Brown in Armstrong State’s 5-2 loss to the Saints from St. Augustine, Florida. Watch Highlights

Brown, a 5-10 senior, doesn’t bring the heat to the plate. Instead, he throws one strike after another keeping almost all of his pitches in the lower part of the strike zone. His specialty is his breaking ball and his change up plus he throws a cut fastball. He also is a righty with a very quirky delivery. 

Aldridge was one of five Pirates who didn’t strike out against Brown and four of those five had a hit or more. Brown struck out seven Armstrong hitters and walked two while allowing six hits. R.J. Dennard, from Soperton, broke up Brown’s no-hitter, with one out in the fourth, with a single through the right side of the infield.

Berry stroked Armstrong’s fourth hit when he singled with a runner on in the seventh. That inning was the only frame in which the two teams touched home plate. Flagler scored five runs in the top of the inning. Armstrong scored on a Zach Lance single and a sacrifice fly to center field, by Will Austin, which scored Aldridge.

Earlier in the game Aldridge grounded out to deep short and to third and in his final at bat he popped up.

In game game of this three game series Aldridge went 3-for-4 in Armstrong's 12-7 win. Berry drove in two runs and scored two. He singled through the left side in the third to plate a teammate and drove in his second run with a backside hit in the seventh.   

Berry is hitting .413 with one home run, four doubles and 14 RBI’s. 

In the Peach Belt Standings- 18-6 North Georgia is in first place, 16-7 Armstrong is second and 15-8 Flagler is third.  

April 4- Berry went 0-for-3 in the Pirates 10-0 loss to Montevallo.

Berry is hitting .400 with one homer, four doubles, 12 RBI's, 10 runs scored and one stolen base. His on base percentage is .462. 

April 3- Aldridge went 2-for-3 in Armstrong's 7-6 home win over Montevallo. He doubled in a run in the seventh inning and scored a run in the 7th which tied the game at six. 

March 29- Aldridge started behind the plate and batted fifth in the Pirates 10-2 loss at North Georgia. Berry went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts and a ground out to short. He led off the seventh inning and was hit by a pitch. With two outs he tried to steal home and was out at the dish.

Aldridge is batting .435 with one homer, three doubles, 11 RBI"s, eight runs scored and one stolen base. His on base percentage is .491.    

March 27- Berry was called on to pinch hit in the eight inning in a 1-1 game at North Georgia. With one out and a runner on second, Aldridge doubled to left field scoring the game winning run in a 2-1 victory. Berry is 7-for-his-last-11 at the plate. 

March 21- Berry started behind the plate and batted fifth and went 3-for-4 with three singles in Armstrong's 5-3 win at GRU-Augusta. This was the second game of a doubleheader and the third game of the series. Armstrong swept the series and is 22-5 overall and 12-2 in the Peach Belt Conference. Armstrong leads the PBC by 1/2 game over North Georgia and the two schools will play March 27 and 28 at North Georgia.

In 12 games Aldridge is 17-for-38 and is hitting .447. Berry now has the top batting average on the team by five points. He has hit one homer, two doubles 10 RBI and eight runs scored.

March 18- Berry hit two doubles in the first two innings of Armstrong's 14-10 home win over Claflin. Aldridge, who went 3-for-6, doubled to centerfield and drove in a run in an eight-run first inning and he doubled to left in the second. He also added a single in the fourth as he started the game 3-for-3. He reached on an error and field out to right and center in his final three trips to the plate.

In 11 games Aldridge is 14-for-34 (.412) with one homer, two doubles, 10 RBI's and eight runs scored for the 19-5 Pirates.   

March 15- In game one of a doubleheader, Aldridge went 0-for-1 with a strikeout in a 6-2 win at Tusculum. In game two Berry went 1-for-3 with a walk. With one out in the top of the eighth Berry hit a solo home run over the left field fence in a 10-5 loss. His first home run of the season and the second of his career.

Aldridge is batting .393 in 10 games with one homer, nine RBI's, six runs scored and four walks and four strikeouts.    

March 8- Berry went 1-for-4 with a single through the right side of the infield and he drove in the game-winning run in a three-run eighth reaching on a fielders choice in a 4-3 home win over Lander. The Pirates have  a seven game win streak.  

Aldridge is batting (10-for-24) .417 with 8 RBI's and five runs scored   

March 3- Berry went 2-for-4 with a walk, 2 RBI's and a run scored. He drove in a run with a sacrifice fly in the Pirates 12-2 win at Claflin..  
February 28- Aldridge went 1-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored in a 9-2 Pirate win at Georgia Southwestern and 0-for-1 in a 4-2 12 inning win in game one of the doubleheader. 

February 17- Aldridge started behind the dish and battend fifth and went 4-for-6 with a run scored and one batted in as Armstrong beat Paine 14-2 in Savannah.

Aldridge is 6-for-11 on the season and is hitting .545 with six runs batted in and two scored.

Febraury 8- Berry started behind the plate and batted sixth in a 7-5 home loss to Emmanuel. Aldridge went 0-for-3 hitting the ball to right field, first base and up the middle. He is 2-for-5 (.400) for the season with 4 RBI's.  

February 1- Batting seventh and catching, Berry went 2-for-2 with a walk, four runs batted in and one run scored in Armstrong's 20-0 home win over Salem International. In an eight-run second Berry singled up the middle driving in a pair of runs. He hit a sacrifice fly in the third which scored a run and he singled to right in the sixth to drive in his fourth run of the game.    

Jeremy Beasley- Freshman at Darton State College

Dartons season ends in Tennessee 

The Darton Cavaliers season came to an end in Morristown, Tennessee with a 7-3 loss to Chattanooga State in the NJCAA East Central District Baseball Tournament. Jeremy Beasley was Darton's starting pitcher and he pitched six innings and allowed five earned runs on 11 hits. He struck out two batters and didn't walk any. Chattanooga broke open a 2-2 game with a four-run top of the seventh.

The loss dropped Jeremy's record to 7-4 with two no decisions and one save. Beasley pitched 78 2/3 innings and ended up with a 2.52 ERA. He struck out 49 batters and walked 21 and allowed 72 hits.

 Beasley pitches 4 shutout innings in tourney win

The Darton Cavaliers swept through the GCAA Tournament, in Albany, winning three straight games to win the championship. Darton beat South Georgia 19-3 in the championship game and also beat that same team 4-2 in the semifinals. Former Toombs County Bulldog Jeremy Beasley did not pitch in either of those two games.

The Cavaliers opened the GCAA Tournament with a 5-4 win over West Georgia Tech. Beasley entered the game in the bottom of the sixth with Darton leading 5-4 and he pitched four scoreless innnings. He allowed a single and a walk in the eighth and stranded runners at first and third with his only strikeout. Those were the only two WGT baserunners while he was pitching. Beasley retired the first seven batters he faced and earned a save.

Jeremy's record is 7 and 3 with one save and a 2.11 ERA in 72 2/3 innings.

May 1- Beasley pitched the fourth and fifth innings in Darton's final regualr season game. Jeremy allowed a solo homer and struck out a batter and walked one in the Cavs 9-4 home win over Chipola College from Flordia.

Beasley ends the regualr season with a 7-3 record with two no decisions and a 2.23 ERA. In 68 2/3 innings he allowed 60 hits while striking out 46 batters and walking 20. Beasley finished third in the GCAA in wins and ERA.   

April 16- Jeremy took his third loss of the season at ABAC. Darton made five errors in an 8-6 loss. Beasley pitched five innings and allowed eight hits and four earned runs and four unearned runs. He struck out six and walked three. ABAC scored six runs in the third inning.

Beasley is 7-3 with two no decisions and a 2.16 ERA. In 66 2/3 innings he has allowed 59 hits while striking out 45 and walking 19. Jeremy is second in wins in the GCAA with seven and third in ERA.   

April 10- Beasley pitched his second consecutive seven-inning shutout a 12-0 win at Andrew. Jeremy allowed five hits and struck out three and walked one.

Beasley is 7-2 with two no decisions and a 1.75 ERA. In 61 2/3 innings he has allowed 51 hits and 12 earned runs. Jeremy has struck 39 batters and walked 16. He is now first in the GCAA in both wins and ERA and is sixth in strikeouts.

April 4- Jeremy threw a complete game seven-inning, three hit shutout in Darton's 7-0 win over Georgia Highlands. He struckout a career-high nine and walked only one. In his last three starts Beasley has pitched 20 innings and allowed 10 hits and two earned runs.

Beasley is 6-2 with two no decisions and a 1.98 ERA. In 54 2/3 innings he has allowed 46 hits and 12 earned runs. Jeremy has struck out 36 batters and walked 15. Beasley is tied for the lead in the GCAA with wins and is second in ERA.  

March 28- For the second straight game Jeremy pitched a complete game and was involved in a one-run game. Beasley threw seven innings and allowed five hits and one earned run with four strikeouts and two walks in Darton's 3-2 home win over West Georgia Tech. WGT scored a run in the first and one in the fifth. Darton scored the game-winner in the bottom of the seventh.

Beasley's record is 5-2 with two no decisions and a 2.27 ERA. In 47 2/3 he has allowed 43 hits and 12 earned runs. Jeremy has struck out 27 batters and walked 14.  

March 24- Jeremy was used a reliever for this time in his college career. He entered the game in the bottom of the eight, at West Georgia, with Darton trailing 2-1. Beasley walked one batter and another reached on an error. Nobody scored and then in the top of the ninth Darton scored two runs and won the game 3-2. Jeremy was the winning pitcher improving his record to 4-2 

March 21- Beasley lost a 1-0 decision at South Georgia. Jeremy was a very efficient pitcher as he battled the South Georgia pitcher who also threw a two-hitter. Beasley allowed a double in the third inning and stranded the runner at third with a slider that induced a swinging strikeout. In the fourth Jeremy walked the leadoff hitter, a lefty, on four pitches and then yielded a single. South Georgia moved the runners up with a bunt and then scored on a sacrifice fly to right. Bealsey ended the inning, with a runner on third, with another slider and swinging strikeout. Beasley struck out three batters and walked only one.  Watch Jeremy pitch Video   

Beasley's record is 3-2 with two no decisions and his ERA is 2.50. In 38 2/3 innings he has allowed 38 hits and 11 earend runs with 23 strikeouts and 11 walks. 

March 15- In game one of a scheduled home doubleheader against East Georgia, Jeremy kept the visitors, from Swainsboro, off the scoreboard for the first five inning. He allowed two earned runs in the sixth which put East Georgia up 2-1. Darton tied the game in the bottom of the seventh and won it in extra innings with a run in the ninth. Beasley took a no decision. He allowed four hits with five strikeouts and three walks.

In 32 2/3 innings, Beasley has allowed 36 hits and 10 earned runs with 20 strikeouts and 10 walks. His ERA is 2.67 and his record is 3-1 with two no decisions.

March 4- Beasley started and pitched six innings allowing seven hits and one earned run with five strikeouts and no walks as Darton beat Gordon 17-2 in Barnesville. Jeremy allowed a solo homer as his record improved to 3-1.

In five starts Beasley has pitched 27 2/3 innings allowing 32  hits with 15 strikeouts and seven walks. His ERA is 2.60 with a 3-1 record   

February 21- Jeremy started and pitched five innings in a 4-3 win at Central Alabama Community College. He allowed only three hits and one earned run with two strikeouts and three walks. Jeremy was not involved in the decision.

In four starts Beasley has pitched 21 2/3 innings allowing 25 hits with 10 strikeouts and seven walks. His ERA is 2.91 and his record is 2-1.  

February 13- Jeremy started and pitched 5 2/3 innings and took his first loss in a 5-2 home defeat to Volunteer State. Beasley allowed 11 hits and four runs of which three were earned. He struck out four and walked two. He yielded a run in the second and the other three in the sixth while facing a total of 29 batters. 

In three starts Beasley has pitched 16 2/3 innings, allowing 22 hits, six earned runs with eight strikeouts and four walks. His ERA is 3.24. 

February 7- Jeremy started and improved his record to 2-0 with a 4-2 home win over Wallace Community College out of Dothan. Jeremy pitched six innings and allowed five hits and two earned runs. He struck out two batters and hit two, but did not walk one. He faced 24 batters, allowed one double and induced one double play. In one inning he hit two batters and got out of the frame with a strike out, a grounder to short and a fly ball. 

In two starts Beasley has pitched 11 innings, allowed 11 hits and three earned runs with four strikeouts and two walks. His ERA is 2.45. He also has two assists and one put out and has not made an error on defense.     

January 31- In his first collegiate start Beasley started and pitched five innings in an 8-1 win over Tallahassee Community College in a seven inning game played in Panama City, Florida. Jeremy yielded six hits, two walks and one earned run which was scored in the final inning of his start. He faced 21 batters and struck out two. So, Jeremy kept Tallahassee scoreless through the first four innings as Darton built up an 8-0 lead.   

Patrick Craft- Senior at Brewton-Parker College

March 6 and 7- Patrick went 2-for-10 as the Barons were swept in a three game series by Faulkner in Montgomery, Alabama. In game one Craft went 1-for-4 with a RBI. In game two he was 0-for-3 and in game three he was 1-for-3.

Craft is 7-for-40 (.175) with one double, three RBI's and three runs scored. He has waled twice, struck out three times and has been hit by three pitches.  

March 3- Patrick played in both ends of a doubleheader at home versus USC-Beaufort. He went 0-for-1 and 1-for-4 as the Barons lost 8-5 and 11-7. 

February 27- Patrick went 1-for-3 with a double and a RBI and run scored in a 9-7 home win over Martin-Methodist. In game two he was 0-for-3.

Craft is 5-for-30 (.167) with one double, two RBI's and three runs scored. He has walked twice, struck out three times and has been hit by three pitches. 

February 21- Patrick played in both games of a doubleheader split with Middle Georgia State. In game one, a 10-5 BPC victory, Craft went 0-for-3 with two put outs on defense. In game two, an 8-7 loss, Patrick had his first multi-hit game of the season. He went 2-for-4 with a pair of singles. He was hit by a pitch and struck out for the first time this season.  He had three put outs and one assist.

Craft is 4-for-24 (.167) for the season with 1 RBI, 1 runs scored, two walks and one strike out.   

February 20- Craft batted seventh and played second base and went 1-for-3 in a 3-0 win over Middle Georgia State. On defense he had three put outs and two assists.

February 17- Patrick started a pair of games against Albany State and was the leadoff man and the second baseman. in the first game he went 0-for-3 in a 3-2 win. He had an assist and a put out on defense. In game two Craft went 0-for-2 with a run scored and two assists and two put outs in a 6-3 victory. The Barons are 4-6.

In seven games Craft is 2-for-17 (.118) with 1 RBI, 1 run scored, 2 walks and no strikouts. 

February 13- Patrick played in both games of a doubleheader at Auburn-Montgomery. In game one Patrick batted seventh and played second base and went 0-for-2 with an assist handling a grounder. AUM won the seven inning game 4-2. In game two Craft started at third base and batted seventh and stroked his second base hit of the season in a 1-for-3 game. He also handled a grounder cleanly. AUM won that game 6-2.

Through three games Patrick is 2-for-10 (.200) with a RBI and a walk. 

February 12- Patrick started at second base and batted seventh in a SSAC game at Auburn-Montgomery. The Barons lost 7-5. Patrick was 1-for-3 with a run batted in. He aslo walked and was hit by a pitch. In the field he played a clean game and had three put outs and two assists.
February 10- Patrick went 0-for-1 as a pinch hitter in a 13-1 loss at Embry-Riddle. 

James Ethredge- Freshman at Valdosta State

April 8- James pitched the ninth inning in a 15-4 win at Albany State. He faced four batters and induced a ground out to short, issued a walk, struck out a batter looking and ended the game with a grounder to second base.

In five appearances James has pitched 5 2/3 innings and allowed seven hits and six earned runs for a 9.64 ERA. He has struck out eight batters and walked three. His record is 0-1.  

March 4- James pitched 2 1/3 innings and allowed four hits and four earned runs with three strikeouts in the Blazers 14-2 loss at Georgia Southwestern.  

In four appearances James is 0-1 with a 12.27 ERA and five strikeouts and one walk.

February 18- Ethredge entered a 2-2 game in the top of the fourth and induced a grounder to short and one to second. However, the second baseman made an error on the throw to first base. James threw a wild pitch and then walked a batter on a 3-1 pitch. He threw another wild pitch and then gave up a first pitch hit through the right side of the infield. Two runs scored- one unearned and one earned and then Ethrdege was removed from the game. Columbus State won the game 8-3 and James took the loss. 
February 11- Ethredge faced two batters in the sixth inning of a 16-1 home win over Albany State. James inherited a runner at first with one out and he threw seven total pitches to get two outs. He retired the first batter on one pitch on a grounder to second and then struck out the second guy swinging on a 3-2 pitch. He was down in the count 3-1. 
February 7- James made his VSU debut and struck out the only batter he faced to end a seven-inning 15-0 home win over Paine.