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Miles opened its 2021 campaign Wednesday afternoon with a 4-2 win over Alabama Huntsville at historic Rickwood Field. The Golden Bears (1-0) jumped out to an early lead, got great pitching from the tandem of Andrew Datcher and Zavian Caldwell, and an outstanding defensive play from Will Cantey that snuffed a late-game comeback bid by the Chargers (4-6). It was the first home win ever for Miles against UAH and just the second all-time in 26 tries.
The Golden Bears got two in the first off UAH starter Will Griffith (0-1). Destin Davidson led off with a single and found himself on third with one out after walks to Kody Long and Grey Humphriesloaded the bases. Will Cantey reached on a fielder's choice to bring in Davidson and Long scored on a wild pitch to put Miles in front.
Davidson wasn't done sparking the offense. His two-out single drove in William Johnson, who had reached on an error, in the second. In the third, Jacob Bisharat doubled to right center, advanced on a one-out wild pitch, and scored on a RBI groundout by Cantey to give Miles a 4-0 lead.
Datcher and Caldwell did all they could to make that lead stand up. Datcher pitched the first four innings, allowing just one run on a wild pitch, and five hits while striking out seven batters. Caldwell (1-0) entered in the fifth and also gave up just a single run on a RBI groundout, four hits, and struck out four.
Danger, though, lurked in the eighth inning for Miles. A one-out single and a walk had the go-ahead run at the plate for UAH. Tyler McCown followed with a single to right field that had a runner headed to the plate and the tying run chugging towards third. But Cantey fired a laser beam from right to cut down the runner at third for the final out before the runner could score to preserve the lead. The Chargers brought the tying run to the plate in the ninth but the Golden Bears shut down the threat to get win.