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Jackets drop to 0-7

Jeff Davis High’s baseball team saw its record to drop to 0-7 last Tuesday in Baxley as the Yellow Jackets fell 6-5 to Appling County.
The Jackets’ Saturday game against Class 7A Grayson was cancelled by rain and lightning after the teams had played one scoreless inning.
Playing one of the toughest non-region schedules ever for the Yellow Jackets, Coach Paul Glass’ team has played every game close. After losing to Class 7A defending state champion Lowndes County 11-7 in the season opener, the Jackets dropped a 2-1 game to Class 4A and 8th ranked Wayne County, a 2-1 game to Class 6A Thomas County Central, a 1-0 game to Appling County which is ranked No. 6 in Class 2A, 5-3 and 6-4 games to Class 3A defending state champion Harlem which is ranked No. 1 and then last week’s 6-5 loss to Appling.
And things don’t get much easier this week as Jeff Davis opens its Region 1-AA schedule against undefeated (8-0) Cook High School. The first game of the 3-game series was played yesterday (Tuesday) in Adel with a double header scheduled for Friday in Hazlehurst.
Last Tuesday in Baxley, the Jackets led 2-1 after an inning and a half but the Pirates had a big, 4-run 2nd and led 6-3 entering the final inning.
In the 7th, Duke Stone blasted a 2-run homer to pull Jeff Davis within a run. Walks to Alex Mason and Treyton Webster put two runners on with 2 outs and a pop fly ended the threat.
Jeff Davis opened the scoring in the top of the first as Ethan Picanso led off with a single, went to third on a single by Stone and scored on Mason’s ground out.
Hayden Turner started on the mound for JD and immediately got into trouble. A pair of walks and a hit batter loaded the bases with no one out. A sac fly tied the score and Turner then knuckled down and struck out the next two batters.
An unearned run in the second put JD up 2-1 but the Pirates used three walks and a hit batter to chase Turner. Kamden Munsayace came on in relief and yielded a bases-clearing triple to the first batter to put Appling ahead 5-2.
Munsayac opened the Jacket 4th by reaching on an error. He took third on a pair of wild pitches and scored on a Turner single.
In the sixth, an error, a walk and a single loaded the bases with Pirates and a hit batter gave the hosts a 6-3 lead, setting the stage for the final inning.
Stone led the Jackets at the plate with a single, a homer and two RBI. Mason and Turner both had a single and an RBI, and Picanso singled.
Turner was the losing pitcher, going 1 1/3 inning and giving up four runs on no hits, five walks a hit batter and three strikeouts. Jackson Sayer threw 3 1/2 innings, giving up one earned run on two hits, walking two, hitting two and striking out five. Andrew White threw one inning, giving up no runs on one hit, no walks, a hit batter and three strikeouts.
Score by innings:
JDHS 1 1 0 1 0 0 2 -5
ACHS 1 4 0 0 0 1 x -6

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