It’s been a rough week for the Panthers of Jackson County, as they recorded two losses between rainouts.
Jackson County next travels to Morgan County in a rescheduled game on Friday.
First pitch is scheduled for 5:55 p.m.
Coming off of a loss last Monday to Athens Christian, the Panthers were hoping to rebound with a strong showing against Elbert County.
The Blue Devils entered the game off a 10-0 win over East Jackson the day before, and were looking to pick up their first region win of the season to go with their 9-3 overall record.
Things started off strong, as Jackson County scored two runs in the first two innings off Mercer signee David Teasley.
But the Panthers had problems on the defensive end, as six errors in the first four innings led to five unearned Elbert County runs, giving the Blue Devils a 5-2 lead. The Panthers were able to hang on to a
slim chance to coming back, but that too went away in the sixth inning, as Elbert County went on to win 10-2.
In all, Jackson County made eight errors, with six of those coming on booted ground balls.
Those errors made all the difference, as the Panthers gave up only six hits in the game.
Rob Williams led the Panthers at the plate, going 1-2 with an RBI. Austin Robinson went 1-3 with a double. Robinson recorded the loss despite giving up only two hits and no runs in four innings.
“When you can’t catch and throw, you don’t deserve to win ball games,” said coach Tommy Fountain. “It was a miracle we were still in the game until the bottom of the sixth inning.”
“Austin Robinson did a great job on the mound keeping Elbert off balance,” he added. “Unfortunately, we didn’t show up defensively.”
For more on this story, see Wednesday's edition of The Jackson Herald or The Braselton News.