Barons earn split with nationally ranked Warner Southern

 

After having played just one game in two weeks because of numerous weather postponements, the Brewton-Parker College baseball team returned to action Tuesday and earned a split of a non-conference doubleheader at home against Warner Southern University of Port Wales, Fla.

 

Warner Southern won the first game 9-4, but Brewton-Parker coach Chad Parker said he saw the Barons’ energy return late in that game and roll over into the second contest, which the Barons won 5-3.

 

The Barons led only one time during the doubleheader, but it came at an opportune time when senior Denson Gleaton belted a three-run home run in the bottom of the fifth inning of the nightcap, giving Brewton-Parker the 5-3 lead it would maintain the rest of the contest.

 

Gleaton’s homer, his fifth of the season, came after junior Jason Halstead and sophomore Rex Harrison drew walks with two outs. Junior Eric Prevatt had a double that began the Barons’ two-run rally in the second inning and went 2-for-3 for the game.

 

Sophomore right-hander Andrew Gernatt earned the victory after he threw two innings of one-hit, one-strikeout relief after starting sophomore right-hander Zane Miller allowed all three Warner Southern runs on two hits in three innings.

 

Sophomore right-hander Ashley Hooks stuck out one in the final two innings to earn his seventh save.

 

“This tells me that we are on the right track when we are playing good teams,” said Parker, who was missing three regulars with injuries. “We saw some guys who didn’t have a lot of playing time step it up. Denson stepped up as a senior with his game-winning home run.”

 

In the opener, freshman Madison Herrin hit a two-run home run, his second of the year, in the fourth inning that cut into Warner Southern’s seven-run lead. Sophomore Jonathan Davis was 2-for-3 with a double and RBI single

 

Freshman left-hander Josh Dutto (4-1) took his first loss as a Baron after allowing eight runs (four earned) on six hits with five walks and two strikeouts in 2-2/3 innings.

 

“We had not played since March 14 and just once in the last 14 days, so we were really rusty coming out and they jumped out of the gate on us,” said Parker, whose team fell behind 8-1 after three innings of the opener. “Later in the game, we started getting a feel for things again and that carried over into the second game.”

 

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