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Georgia Perimeter takes 2nd in region

DOUGLAS - The magic that whisked the Georgia Perimeter College baseball team through a memorable season ran dry Sunday.

Needing just one win to bring home a matching conference tournament title to go with their regular season championship, the Jaguars fell 10-6 and 13-4 to Middle Georgia College in Douglas.

GPC (42-16) and starting pitcher Ryan Haynie had beaten the third-seeded Warriors 8-7 on Saturday in the second round of the double-elimination semifinals. But Sunday a post-season slump affecting the Jaguars' usually deep pitching staff caught up with them.

Sunday's opener was close through the seventh inning, but Middle Georgia (40-18) bashed three home runs in the eighth, producing five runs, and scored again in the ninth on another round-tripper.

The Jaguars scored twice in the eighth to stay in contention. Trent Freeman, who homered early in the game, doubled to open the ninth and scored on Charley Boring's third homer of the weekend.

Pitcher Will Mathis was pinned with the loss.

The second game essentially was over in the first inning when the Warriors amassed 11 runs.

Middle Georgia (41-17) added two runs in the second for a 13-0 lead. The Jaguars had come from 9 runs behind to win earlier in the season, but no dice this time. Three Jaguar runs in the ninth made the final score more respectable.

GPC center fielder Drew Dentler, who went 3-for-3 in the final game, joined fellow freshmen Boring and Robby Hefflinger on the All-Tournament squad.

Besides his steady hitting, Hefflinger pitched GPC to its first victory over the weekend (8-4 over Truett-McConnell) and closed out the win over Middle Georgia Saturday with a save.

Boring belted three-run home runs Friday and Saturday to go with his two-run blast Sunday.