In ice-cold conditions, Jackson County prevailed over Oconee County, 5-1, Monday at JCCHS.
Nick Corso, Chase Dunlap, Chandler Malecki and Colby Cole earned the Panthers’ four hits, with Malecki leading the team with two RBI.
“I am very proud of the way we played,” coach Tommy Fountain said. “We’ve been working on our small ball game and we executed it to perfection in the first inning. We also felt it was important to jump out in front tonight with the weather the way it was. We did that, which allowed our pitchers to try and pound the zone with fastballs. Coleman Barbee was once again battling on the mound and did a great job getting out of a couple of jams. Anytime you can start the region schedule 1-0, you’ve got to be happy. We’ll enjoy this one for a little while and go back to work tomorrow to get ready for (what’s next).”
JCCHS was scheduled to travel to Oconee County on Wednesday for a rematch. Morgan County is next with JCCHS traveling Friday and then hosting MCHS on Monday, April 1.