Jeff Davis High’s baseball team avenged its season opening home loss to Bleckley County last Wednesday as they downed the Royals 6-5 on a sixth inning, run-scoring double by Cade Walters.
But they took it on the chin Saturday in Richmond Hill, falling 10-3 to Class 6A Rome and 9-1 to Class 4A North Oconee.
The games left the young Jackets with a 2-4 record.
Against Bleckley, JD entered the bottom of the third inning on the short end of a 4-0 score. That’s when they sent nine batters to the plate to score five runs and take a 5-4 lead.
Freshman Alex Mason put the first run on the scoreboard with a bases-loaded, 11-pitch at bat, drawing a walk after fouling off five two-strike pitches. A balk and a 2-run error on a Cam Williams grounder to short tied the game 4-4. Williams went to second on the error, took third on a passed ball and stole home to make it 5-4.
In the sixth, with the score tied 5-5, pinch hitter Carter Mullis reached on an error and Walters followed with a double to right to score Mullis and give the Jackets a 6-5 lead.
Cole Baucom came on to pitch the final inning and struck out the side to earn a save.
Walters had a single, a double and the game-winning RBI. Matthew Glass doubled and Ethan Hulett singled as the Jackets had only four hits.
Freshman Duke Stone was the starting pitcher and struck out the side in the first inning of his first career start. He went three innings, giving up four unearned runs on just two hits, walking four and striking out seven. Mason pitched three innings, giving up one run on five hits, walking one and fanning four. Baucom’s three seventh inning strikeouts gave the pitching staff 14 strikeouts for the game.
In Saturday morning’s game against Rome, the Wolves jumped on Baucom early with a pair of singles and a double for a 2-run lead through three batters. But Baucom settled down, getting a ground out and striking out two to end the inning.
The Jackets started strong at the plate in the bottom of the inning, as Walters had a lead-off double, Trenton Clance singled and Glass belted a 2-run double to center. Hamp Hayes then singled to drive in Glass for a 3-2 lead and still no one out. But that was all the damage the Jackets could do in the 10-3 loss.
After the four lead-off hits in the first, a Walters single was the only other hit Jeff Davis could manage.
Baucom took the loss, going 3 2/3 innings, giving up five earned runs on seven hits, walking three and striking out five. Trenton Clance threw 3 1/3 innings, giving up one earned run on one hit, walking one and striking out three.
Saturday’s second opponent was a formidable one. North Oconee’s undefeated and top ranked Class AAAA team was the strongest team the Jackets have faced this season.
The Jackets’ lone run came in the top of the final inning as Ethan Hulett led off the inning with a double, went to third on a Conner Rea ground out and scored as Cason Clance reached base on an error.
Hulett led the Jackets at the plate with a single and a double, Cason Clance singled and had an RBI, and Walters and Hayes added singles.
Williams started on the mound and took the loss. He went four innings, giving up five earned runs on four hits, walking three and striking out two. Stone pitched the final two innings, giving up one earned run on three hits, walking none and striking out three.
Score by innings
BCHS 0 2 2 1 0 0 0 -5
JDHS 0 0 5 0 0 1 x -6
RHS 2 0 0 6 0 2 0 -10
JDHS 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 – 3
JDHS 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 -1
NOHS 0 0 3 3 0 3 x -9