Jeff Davis High’s varsity baseball team made a weekend trip to west Georgia last week, defeating Heard County 9-3 Friday in Franklin and edging Callaway 2-1 Saturday in Hoganville as three JD pitchers combined to no-hit the Cavaliers. The Jacket pitching staff gave up only one earned run in 14 innings for the weekend.
The wins upped the No. 1 ranked Yellow Jackets to a 3-2 record.
It was a frigid evening Friday in Franklin but a large crowd of Jacket fans made the long trip to cheer the Jackets.
The Jackets jumped on the Braves early, scoring five runs in the first three innings and cruising to the victory.
Senior shortstop Britt Metts opened the game in a big way by launching the game’s first pitch high over the center field wall to give Jeff Davis a 1-0 lead.
In the second, JD added three more runs. Jashaun Kirby led off the inning with a single, and Braydon Creech followed with a sacrifice bunt and was safe at first on an error. Two outs later, the Brave pitcher threw wild to first on a pickoff attempt as Kirby scored from second and Creech moved to second. Garrison Miles then reached on a 2-base error to drive home Creech. Cason Clance came on to run from Miles and scored on a Colby Marchant single.
The Jackets made it 5-0 in the third as Bubby Chaney led off with a triple to right and scored on a Caleb Leggett sacrifice fly to left.
Heard got a pair of unearned runs in the fourth to cut the lead to 5-2.
The Jackets responded with a 3-run fifth. With pinch runner Ethan Hulett on third and Leggett on second, Hulett scored on a passed ball and Kirby followed with a double to score Leggett. Kirby then stole third and scored on a passed ball to make it 8-2.
The Jackets’ final run came in the sixth with a pair of walks and a fielder’s choice. Heard got its third run in the bottom of the last inning.
Kirby paced the offense, getting a pair of doubles, a single and an RBI. Marchant had a pair of singles and an RBI, Chaney tripled and had an RBI, Metts hit a solo homer, Leggett singled and had a sacrifice fly and an RBI, and Creech had a sacrifice.
Miles started on the mound and picked up the win. He went five innings, giving up no earned runs on three hits, walking none and striking out three. Matthew White pitched the final two innings, earning a save. He gave up one run on three hits, walked none and struck out two.
Saturday’s game was an exciting one. Not only did starting pitcher Leggett and relievers Cole Baucom and Metts combine for a no-hitter, the defense easily had its best game of the year with outstanding efforts, especially by Miles at third and second, and Metts at short.
Add in confused officiating and it was quite a spectacle.
Leggett retired all six batters he faced in two innings to pick up the win. He struck out five of the six batters and retired the other batter on a grounder to second.
Baucom retired the first five batters he faced as he and Leggett had a perfect game going in the fourth with two outs. The next Cavalier batter reached on an error but the fourth inning ended with the no-hitter still in progress. Baucom struck out the first batter in the fifth but then ran into control problems, hitting a batter and yielding three straight walks as Callaway got its only run of the game.
Metts took the mound for the first time this season in the sixth and got all six batters he faced to earn a save.
The Jackets scored single runs in the first and fourth innings, and the pitching and defense made them stand up.
In the first, Metts started things with a single on the game’s first pitch. Miles sacrificed Metts to second and Metts went to third on a Marchant ground out. Chaney then singled to score Metts.
In the fourth, Chaney singled to right, went to second on a Leggett sacrifice bunt, and scored on a Hamp Hayes single.
The fourth inning was a wild one as Creech was called out at first on a bunt attempt but JD head coach Paul Glass argued heatedly that the first baseman’s foot was off the bag when he took the throw from the pitcher fielding Creech’s bunt.
In the bottom of the inning, Callaway cleanup hitter Jabari Smith was called out at first after easily beating the throw to first. Callaway’s coach objected and after the two game officials met for a short conference, the call was overruled and Smith was called safe at first. After more arguing and another conference, the second call was overruled and Smith was called out again, ending the inning.
Metts had a double and a single, Chaney singled twice and drove in a run, Hayes had a run-scoring single, and Miles singled.
Leggett went two no-hit innings, walking none and striking out five. Baucom threw three innings, giving up one run on no hits, walking three, hitting one and striking out three. Metts pitched the final two innings, walking none and striking out two.
Score by innings:
JDHS 1 3 1 0 3 1 0 -9
HCHS 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 -3
JDHS 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 -2
CHS 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 -1