Jackson County picked up two more wins against region 8-AAA opponents, with back-to-back victories against Morgan County.
On Friday, March 29, Jackson County’s Ben Brissey went 3-for-3 with two home runs and four RBIs to lead the Panthers to a 6-3 win over Morgan County. Jase Latty gave up three runs over 3-1/3 innings, while Coleman Barbee (2-0) pitched 3-2/3 scoreless innings of relief to get the win.
The Panthers followed Monday with another win over the Bulldogs (8-8, 2-2 in 8-AAA). The Panthers scored eight runs in the fifth inning to come back from a 7-1 deficit and claim a 9-7 win. Andrew Fogarty (2-2) got the win in relief and Chase Dunlap worked scoreless sixth and seventh innings to get the save. Nick Corso, Ben Brissey, and Brett Bowen all had doubles for the Panthers, while Chase Dunlap and Joel Ellis had two hits apiece. The Panthers are now 9-6 overall and 3-1 in the region.
“We really needed a sweep to put us in a good position moving forward, so I am definitely happy with that,” coach Tommy Fountain said. “When we got down 7-1 in the second game, it was a little bit of a wake up call. Luckily, our bats really came alive. Jeremy Cook clearly didn’t have his best stuff, not making it out of the third inning, but Casey Dunfee, Andrew Fogarty, and Chase Dunlap did a tremendous job in relief and giving us a chance to make a comeback.”
The Panthers play Elbert County at home, 5:55 p.m. Wednesday and then travel to Elberton for a game 5:55 p.m. Friday.
The series is followed by two games against North Oconee High School. They are scheduled for 5:55 p.m. Monday in Bogart and 5:55 p.m. Wednesday at home.
“I’m not really sure that we view any series as more important than any other,” Fountain said. “We’re going to have to show up, throw strikes, play good defense, and get timely hits.”