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Jackets fall to 6-0

Six games into the 2024 baseball season, Jeff Davis High has yet to taste victory.
The fact that the six losses have come at the hands of formidable foes is little consolation to Yellow Jacket Head Coach Paul Glass. He knows his charges are better than the glaring 0-6 record. And his frustrations have begun to boil over, most recently during Saturday’s twin road losses to Harlem.
The fact that Harlem was 35-1 last year, winning the Class 3A state championship means little to Glass. Nor does the fact the Bulldogs are 8-0 this season, including a 6-0 win over Class 4A North Oconee, the Class 4A two-time defending state champions.
The Yellow Jackets could have won both of their weekend games against Harlem and no one knows that better than Paul Glass.
On the bright side, the Yellow Jackets scored seven runs in the two games, which contrasts sharply with the previous three games when the Jackets managed only two runs over 21 innings. The anemic offense showed signs of life during the two games in Harlem.
Both games got off to bad starts for the Yellow Jackets. In the opener, the Bulldogs got off to a 4-0 start after two innings. In the second game, Harlem took a 6-0 lead after two innings.
The Jackets battled back in both games but it was too little, too late.
Jeff Davis collected 14 hits in the two games which was encouraging as the Jackets had only 17 total hits in their first four games.
Last Tuesday in Hazlehurst, JD fell 1-0 to rival Appling County as the Jackets managed only three hits — a Duke Stone double and singles by Alex Mason and Ethan Picasso.
Appling County didn’t do much better as the Pirates managed only four hits but they were able to get a 3rd inning run and made it hold up.
When Stone doubled in the fourth inning, that was as far as any Yellow Jacket reached.
Mason had a superb, 6-inning performance on the mound as his 4-hitter came with 12 strikeouts. Colby Beach came on in relief in the seventh and struck out the side, making a total of 15 strikeouts in the contest. Mason walked two batters.
Beach started on the mound in Saturday’s first game and gave up two runs in the first inning, one of which was unearned. In the second, Beach retired the first two batters in order before giving up a single. Then he began to struggle as he allowed a pair of walks. When assistant coach Cody Ogilvie walked to the mound to talk with Beach, he discovered the problem — Beach had injured his throwing arm during a pitch.
So Andrew White went to the mound in relief with the bases loaded. White got off to a slow start, walking the first two batters he faced as Harlem’s lead grew to 4-0.
The Jackets battled back in the top of the fourth as Hayden Turner led off with a double and went to second on a Stone single. Stone reached second on a wild pitch and Carter Mullis followed with a 2-run single. Mullis reached second on Mason’s ground out and scored as Treyton Webster singled up the middle making it 4-3.
The Bulldogs added an insurance run in the fourth to account for the final score.
Webster had a pair of singles and an RBI to lead the offense. Turner doubled, Stone singled and Mullis had a single and two RBI.
Beach went 1 2/3 innings, giving up three earned runs on three hits, walking three and striking out one. White pitched 3 1/3 innings, giving up one run on three hits, walking four and striking out three. Jackson Sayer closed out the seventh, blanking the Bulldogs on one hit, no free passes and a strikeout.
Mullis was the Jackets’ starting pitcher in the second game and the Bulldogs greeted him with five straight hits, three of which were doubles, and quickly it was 3-0. Mullis retired the next three batters but Harlem added a run on a ground out to make it 4-0.
In the top of the second, Mason had a lead-off single and Mullis followed with a double to put runners at 2nd and 3rd with no one out. But the next batter grounded to the mound and the pitcher caught Mason off the bag at third and he was out on a rundown. Then a 6-4-3 double play ended the inning.
In the bottom of the inning, Harlem added two more runs to make it 6-0.
Jude Worthington and Eli Saunders opened the third with back-to-back singles. After Worthington scored on a wild pitch, Turner doubled to score Saunders to close the score to 6-3.
Mullis and reliever Webster settled down and retired the next eight Harlem batters before giving up a harmless single in the fifth. And the Bulldogs went down in order in the sixth
In the sixth, Mullis blasted a lead-off triple and scored on a 2-out Worthington single. Ethan Picanso had a run-scoring single to close the gap to 6-4.
Jeff Davis out-hit Harlem 9-8. Mullis had a triple and double to lead Jeff Davis at the plate. Worthington had pair of singles and an RBI, Saunders singled twice, Turner had a double and an RBI, Picanso had a single and an RBI, and Mason singled.
Mullis pitched three innings, giving up five earned runs on seven hits, walking one and striking out two. Webster also pitched three innings, giving up no runs on one hit, no walks and one strikeout.
Score by innings:
ACHS 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 -1
JDHS 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -0

JDHS 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 -3
HHS 2 2 0 1 0 0 x -5

JDHS 0 0 2 0 0 2 0 -4
HHS 4 2 0 0 0 0 x -6

1 Comment

  1. Jacket fan on March 7, 2024 at 8:17 am

    Might time for Glass to retire…

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