Jeff Davis High’s baseball team ran its win streak to nine last week with a 5-1 win over Bleckley County Thursday in Hazlehurstand a come-from-behind 6-4 win over Toombs County Friday in Lyons. The wins left the Jackets with a 15-5 record.
The Jackets led the entire game against Bleckley but the Toombs game was a different story. The Jackets and the Bulldogs went into the bottom of the sixth inning in a scoreless tie when Toombs put four runs on the scoreboard to lead 4-0 entering the final inning. JD then erupted for six runs in the seventh and then held on for the 6-4 win.
In the bottom of the first inning against Bleckley, Hayden Turner reached on an error, went to second on an error, took third on an Ethan Picanso single and scored on a wild pitch. Picanso went to second on the same wild pitch, went to third on a dropped third strike and scored as Ethan Griffin grounded into a fielder’s choice.
In the bottom of the second, Cason Clance drew a 1-out walk, stole second, went to third on a wild pitch and scored as Picanso was safe on an error. Picanso stole second and scored on an Alex Mason single.
The Jackets final run came in the fifth as Carter Mullis doubled, stole third and scored on a passed ball.
Mason had a single, a double and an RBI to lead JD at the plate. Mullis doubled, Griffin singled and drove in a run, and Turner, Picanso and Clance each singled.
Sophomore Jonathan Bohannon had an excellent outing in his first start on the mound. He blanked the Royals on only one hit, walked four and struck out five. Andrew White threw three innings, giving up an unearned run on no hits, a walk and four strikeouts.
The Yellow Jackets’ win streak was in trouble Friday in Lyons when the Bulldogs took their 4-0 lead into the last inning.
But Toombs’ freshman relief pitcher Tucker Braddy ran into trouble as he issued three straight free passes and the Jackets had the bases loaded with no one out. Toombs then brought sophomore Jackson Jenkins to the mound and he struck out the first batter he faced. But then things went wrong. Turner and Picanso got back-to-back singles to cut the score to 4-2. Mason the got a bases-loaded walk to make it 4-3 and Mullis lofted a sacrifice fly to right to tie the game. When Jenkins walked Griffin to load the bases again, Toombs brought freshman Tyson Brantley to the mound. Brantley got Duke Stone into an 0-2 count but then threw four straight balls to put the Jackets into the lead 5-4. Then Mason scored from third on a passed ball to make it 6-4.
Freshman Treyton Webster went to the mound in the bottom of the seventh and preserved the lead to get the win.
The Jackets managed only four hits, singles by Turner, Picanso, Mason and Stone, and each of those had one RBI.
Mason started on the mound and pitched five scoreless innings, giving up four hits, walking none and fanning six. Colby Beach pitched the sixth innings, giving up four runs on four hits, a walk, a hit batter and one strikeout. Webster did not yield a hit, walked one and struck out none.
Score by innings:
BCHS 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 -1
JDHS 2 2 0 0 1 0 x -5
JDHS 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 -6
TCHS 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 -4