JACKSON COUNTY got its summer league slate off to a strong start by taking three of four contests in the Gainesville Memorial Day tournament.
The Panthers, who went 11-14 this past year, lost their opener to Class AAA squad Franklin County, 3-1 but won-out to finish the tournament played at Ivey Watson Field.
The majority of the team’s opponents were from larger classifications.
Jackson County beat Class AAA Lanier 3-2, Class AAAAA North Forsyth (which went 19-10 this past year and advanced to the state tournament) 14-4 and Class A Mt. Pisgah 10-6. The Panthers’ summer slate continues this week in the June 2-5 Warrior Summer Slam hosted by Walnut Grove and Loganville.
Jackson County coach Tommy Fountain noted that Kolin Zimmer, Tyler Henderson and Andrew Fogarty all picked up wins on the mound over the weekend.
The coach added that the Panthers “played a lot of new faces,” including Jacob Lewis, an incoming freshman who drilled a two-run homer against North Forsyth.
Returning player Trey Sorrells also “had a big weekend at the plate,” according to Fountain.
Jackson County’s summer schedule runs through July 2. That includes the June 23-25 Jackson County Summer Shootout.