EAST JACKSON got a quality start from Ethan Lyons, and the Eagles scored all their runs in the fourth inning in a season-ending 4-3 win over Banks County Wednesday.
"This was a great game to end the season on for us, not just because we won, but because we won by doing what we hadn't done much of the year: making the plays behind our pitching and driving in runs when we had a chance,” East Jackson coach Matt Pruitt said.
The Eagles (4-17) ended the season on a two-game winning streak.
Lyons threw six and one-third innings, giving up three runs — only one of which was earned — to earn the win. He also surrendered six hits and walked two while striking out five.
Caleb Hardy closed the game, striking out one and allowing no earned runs in two-thirds of an inning.
East Jackson’s four-run fourth inning was sparked by back-to-back-to-back doubles from Caleb Hardy, Austin Johnson (his scored Hardy) and Josh Valles (his scored Johnson). Robert McKay delivered an RBI single to score Valles, and McKay would later score on a throwing error to third.
"This was a good high school baseball game — it was well played on both sides for the most part,” Pruitt said. “We made a couple more pitches, a couple more plays, got a couple more hits, and were able to win a close one. We've been preaching all year that this is what it takes to win, and it came together here at the end."
Pruitt added that this was a “team win.”
“Nearly everyone contributed,” he said. “(We) even had a freshman, Josh Hansard, make the last out of the game in his first varsity action. So we were all excited. It was great for our seniors to end on a win, and for the young guys, it gives them the taste of victory and gives us some good momentum going into summer ball and next year."