Jackets sweep Indians
Jeff Davis High School’s varsity baseball team blasted out of a tie with Dodge County for the Region 1-AA lead as the Yellow Jackets swept the Indians 14-0, 15-0 and 8-3. The wins left the Jackets with a 13-5 overall record and gave them the region lead with a 8-1 record. Dodge fell to 5-4 and 10-6.
Dodge was expected to give the Jackets some tough opposition but the Indians withered under the assault from the Jacket pitching staff and the hot Jacket bats.
The Indians managed just two hits off Jacket starter Andrew White and reliever Jonathan Bohannon in the opener.
In the second game, Alex Mason threw a 4-inning no-hitter.
And in the final game of the series, Duke Stone had the Dodge batters shaking their heads in frustration until they finally got a couple of hits and three unearned runs in the final two innings.
Stone had a perfect game going through five innings. The only baserunners Mason allowed were on two dropped third strikes and a walk. And the Indians made only two threats to scorie against White and reliever Jonathan Bohannon.
The Jacket bats were hot in the series as they got nine hits in the opener and 14 in the second game, before dropping to just five in the finale. The Jackets out-hit the Indians 28-4 in the series.
The Jackets had 10 extra base hits in the series, led by Stone with a double and a 3-run homer, Carter Mullis and Ethan Picanso with two doubles each, and Mason with a solo homer.
In Tuesday’s series opener in Eastman, Hayden Turner opened the game with a double and scored on a Mullis single. Ethan Griffin drove in the second run.
In the bottom of the first, Dodge threatened as they loaded the bases on a single and a pair of walks with two outs, but White fanned the next batter.
JD put seven runs on the board in the second with doubles by Griffin and Stone, singles by Dylan Carelock, Mullis and Eli Saunders, a Cason Clance sacrifice, two hit batters and a walk as 11 batters went to the plate.
An RBI single by Mullis made it 10-0 in the third. Two more runs scored in the fourth as Treyton Webster reached base on an error. Then Mullis’ bases-loaded double upped the tally to 14-0.
White pitched three innings, giving up two hits, walking four and striking out seven. Bohannon went two innings, giving up no hits, walking one, hitting one and striking out one.
In the second game, the Jackets’ 11-run fourth inning ended the game by the run-rule with two Jackets still on base. Jackson Sayer and Webster both had two hits in the inning with one of Webster’s going for two bases. Mason had a 2-run homer, Picanso and Mullis both doubled, and Clance added a single. Two errors, two walks and a hit batter added to Dodge’s woes in the inning. Fifteen Jackets went to the plate in the inning.
The Jackets’ other four runs came in the third as Webster, Mason and Saunders each singled, Picanso doubled and Stone launched a towering 3-run homer that bounced off the scoreboard in left center.
After Mason retired the side in the first, a dropped third strike got an Indian on base in the second But the big right-hander struck out the next three batters. With two outs in the third, another dropped strike and walk put two runners on. But Mason got the next batter out on a grounder. In the fourth, Mason again retired the Indians in order.
After 14-0 and 15-0 losses and only two hits in two games, the last thing the Indians wanted to see in the finale was Stone’s blazing fastball. And after falling behind 8-0 and and Stone retiring the first 15 batters he faced, the Indians were visibly beaten, looking as if the life had been sucked out of them.
But they persisted. An unearned run in the sixth lifted their spirits despite Stone striking out the side.
In the seventh, an error, a single, a double and two earned runs gave Dodge three runs for the game, but again, Stone struck out the side.
Jeff Davis got four runs in the both first and second innings.
In the first, Mullis doubled and Stone singled and two walks, a hit batter and an error allowed the runs to score.
In the second, two walks and a hit batter, loaded the bases with one out. After a pop out, Stone delivered a 2-run single. After another walk, Saunders drove in two runs with a single.
Stone not only pitched the Jackets to victory he had a pair of singles and drove in three runs. Mullis singled and doubled, Saunders had a 2-run sing;e and Mason drove in a run.
Stone gave up two hits, all three runs were unearned, he walked only one and struck out 15.
JDHS 2 7 1 4 0 -14
DCHS 0 0 0 0 0 – 0
DCHS 0 0 0 0 – 0
JDHS 0 4 0 11 -15
DCHS 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 -3
JDHS 4 4 0 0 0 0 x -8