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Mustangs' run comes to an end at McIntosh

South Effingham's baseball season ended Wednesday with 6-5 and 5-2 losses in the opening round of the Class AAAAA playoffs against McIntosh in Peachtree City.

After being shut out in the last two regular season contests, the Mustangs (17-15) found themselves in a 5-5 tie in the seventh inning of the first game only to see it slip away. The Chiefs (22-9) tallied the winning run on an infield error.

South Effingham outslugged McIntosh 9-8 in the opener. Jakob Valleroy got three of them and Darius Badger and Devin Stefanski each added two.

Nick Milbrandt took the pitching loss despite not giving up an earned run in his two innings. He relieved Valleroy, who surrendered five runs on four hits and five walks.

Josh Berg got the final out for the Mustangs.

In the second game, South Effingham's bats cooled again as they swatted just six hits and scratched for single runs in the first and sixth frames. Phillip Cooper logged two base knocks and the rest were collected by Valleroy, Badger, Stefanski and Jayce Warren.

Hunter Morgan, Berg and Jakob Gross handled South Effingham's pitching. Gross didn't give up a run or hit in 1 1/3 innings.