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Extra inning games featured in JD, Cook series

What a series!
Jeff Davis High and Cook High baseball teams went toe-to-toe in a 3-game Region 1AA series last week with three 1-run games that took 29 innings to complete.
The series opener held Tuesday in Hazlehurst went 11 innings with the Jackets scoring a single run in the bottom of the 11th to win 3-2.
In Thursday’s double header played in Adel, the Hornets scored a run in the bottom of the seventh inning to win the first game 2-1. In the second game, both teams refused to quit as they played another 11-inning pitchers’ duel with the Jackets scoring in the top of the 11th then holding on to squeak out a 1-0 win.
For the series, only nine runs were scored — five by the Yellow Jackets and four by the Hornets. Jeff Davis out-hit Cook 18-13, Cook’s pitching staff gave up 11 free passes to the Jackets’ 15, and the Jacket hurlers fanned 38 batters compared to Cook’s 29.
In the opener Tuesday, Cook jumped out to a 2-0 lead with a pair of runs in the second off Jacket starter Carter Mullis.
JD’s Cason Clance opened the bottom of the third with a triple and scored when Hayden Turner grounded out to second.
The Jackets tied the game in the fifth as Turner reached on an error, went to second on Ethan Picanso’s sacrifice bunt, went to third on an Alex Mason ground out, and scored as Mullis singled.
Sophomore southpaw Andrew White took the mound for the Jackets in the top of the sixth and quickly struck out the side on just 10 pitches. He then retired the Hornets in order in the seventh, eighth and ninth.
In the 10th, White’s string of 12 straight outs was snapped as he walked the first batter on a 3-2 count. After a sacrifice bunt, White walked another batter, again on a 3-2 count. But the lefty struck out the next batter and erased the final batter on a soft liner to second.
White allowed one baserunner in the 11th on a walk but then came the fateful bottom of the 11th.
The first two Jacket batters were retired and Duke Stone was hit by a pitch. Eli Saunders walked, and Stone made his way to third. That’s when Cook’s pitcher threw a ball into the dirt that bounced off the catcher into fair territory. Stone alertly broke for home and avoided the outstretched tag attempt to score the winning run.
JD out-hit Cook 9-3. Mullis, Stone and Kamo Munsayac each had two hits with Mullis getting a double. Clance tripled and Mason and Saunders both singled. Turner and Mullis each had an RBI.
White was the winning pitcher. He threw six scoreless, no-hit innings, walking three and fanning 11. Mullis gave up one earned run on three hits, walked none and struck out four.
The Jackets scored a single run in the first inning of the second game. Turner started the game with a single, went to second on a Picanso sacrifice bunt and took third as Mason flied out to center. Stone followed with a double to score Turner.
Cook tied it up in the bottom of the second with a 2-out walk, and back-to-back singles.
After that, little happened until the bottom of the seventh. Relief pitcher Chad Beach walked the lead-off batter, who was sacrificed to second. With a 3-1 count on the next batter, Head Coach Paul Glass called for an intentional walk to set up force outs on any base. Jonathan Bohannon then took Beach’s place on the mound and struck out the batter on three pitches. But then a balk moved the runners to second and third, and the batter singled to left field to score the game-deciding run.
Both teams had six hits in the game. Mullis had a pair of singles, Stone had a double and an RBI, and Turner, Beach and Munsayac singled.
Mason pitched four innings, giving up one run on four hits, a walk, a hit batter and five strikeouts. Beach threw 2 1/3 innings, giving up one run on one hit, three walks, and a strikeout. Bohannon pitched 1/3 inning, giving up one hit and striking out one.
In the series finale, the pitching dominated the action as there were only seven total hits in the 11 innings.
Stone started on the mound and went eight innings, the junior’s longest outing of his career. He retired 19 of the first 20 batters he faced with the Hornets’ only baserunner getting to first on an error. He gave up a double with one out in the seventh but then retired the next five batters in a row, so he retired 22 of the 24 batters he faced in the game.
Lance took the mound in the ninth, and after retiring the first two batters, he gave up a pair of singles. After intentionally walking the next batter to put the force on all the bases, he got the final out of the inning on a pop-up. In the 10th, Cason gave up a 1-out walk but quickly picked the runner off. He then struck out the next batter to get out of the inning.
The Jackets got the winning run in the top of the 11th as Bohannon led off with a double and went to third on Saunders’ single. Turner then lofted a sacrifice fly to right to bring Bohannon across the plate.
In the bottom of the inning, Clance hit the first batter and a bunt single put runners on 1st and 2nd with no one out. A sac bunt moved the runner to second and third and, again, Glass called for the intentional walk to load the bases. The next batter then hit a grounder to Saunders at short, who quickly threw to Picanso at second and Picanso relayed the ball to Mason at first to barely nip the batter for the double play to end the game.
The Jackets had only three hits, all from the bottom half of the lineup. Bohannon doubled, and Saunders and Treyton Webster both singled. Turner had the game-winning RBI.
Stone pitched eight innings, blanking Cook on one hit, walking none and fanning 14. Clance won the game in relief, going two innings, and giving up three hits, two walks, a hit batter and two strikeouts.
Saunders pitched the final inning, walking one intentionally, giving up no hits and striking out none.
Score by innings:
CHS 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -2
JD 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 -3

JD 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 -1
CHS 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 -2

JD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 -1
CHS 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -0

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