JACKSON County hasn’t let missing the region playoffs get in the way of winning.
The Panthers (14-8) have won six straight to clinch the program’s second winning season since 1999.
The other came in 2010.
Jackson County, which has games remaining at Fannin County today (Wednesday), Banks County at home Thursday, and at Union County Friday, beat Dawson County 7-1 Monday to continue their hot streak in the region consolations rounds (games played by 8-AA teams not in the region playoffs).
Jesse Tallent led Jackson County offensively, going 2-for-3 with a homer and three RBIs.
Other leading hitters were Andy Wiliams (2-for-3, double, RBI), Quinn Grogan (2-for-5, double) and Nick Corso (2-for-4, three stolen bases).
Hunter Poole (1-0) pitched five innings, surrendering one run and six hits, to earn the win.
The Panthers haven’t lost since April 4 since dropping a 3-1 ball game to no. 7 North Oconee.
Jackson County passed its first test in the region consolation rounds, sweeping a double header against East Hall Friday.
Jalen Banks threw a one-hitter in the opener as Jackson County won 3-0. The Panthers then throttled the Vikings 16-6 in the night cap in a five-inning game. Grogan (2-0) got the win in relief.
Jackson County’s remaining games against Fannin County, Banks County and Union County are against North division teams that made the Region 8-AA playoffs but lost in the first round.