It was opening night, Thursday, April 5th for the Savannah Sand Gnats as they played the Augusta GreenJackets in front of 3,310 fans at Grayson Stadium. Strong Savannah pitching and timely hitting helped the Sand Gnats win their home opener. Fans saw an exciting finish with Luis Nieves leading off the bottom of the ninth reached third base on a fielding error by the right fielder. Back to back intentional walks loaded the bases for Charley Thurber who singled to right to drive in the winning run for the 3-2 Sand Gnat win. Thurber had two hits for the game and teammate TJ Rivera had two hits.
Savannah scored two runs in the 5th inning. Travis Taijero was hit by a pitch leading off the inning, and would later score on a force out. Thurber singled to score Gregory Pron who reached base on a force out.
Starting Savannah Sand pitcher Logan Verrett was masterful pitching 5 innings, allowed only two hits, gave up one run(unearned), striking out 4, and walked two.
Marco Camarena pitched 1 2/3 innings, allowed 1 run(unearned) 2K, 1BB.
Carlos Vazquez excelled pitching 2 1/3 innings, striking out the side in the 8th, allowed o hits, no runs in 2.1 innings of work picking up the win. He struck out 5 batters.
Tomorrow at 7:05 both teams play the second game of the four game series at Grayson Stadium.