Jackson County was unable to build upon its big region win over Oconee County from Wednesday, losing to Morgan County 4-1 Friday at home.
The Panthers (10-4, 1-2) will try to earn a series split when they travel Monday to face Morgan County in Madison at 5:55 p.m.
"To play so well Wednesday defensively and across the board, it was frustrating today (Friday) to not do that," coach Tommy Fountain said.
Bulldogs starter Max Wadsworth limited Jackson County to three hits while the Panthers were undone by a combination of defensive miscues and walks. Morgan County scored two of its four runs off Jackson County errors. Fountain noted the frustration of the evening.
"When you don't do all the little things right, you don't deserve to win baseball games," he said.
Morgan County led 2-0 after two innings. The Panthers didn't record a hit until the bottom of the third inning when Ben Brissey singled home Travis Vickers for Jackson County's lone run.
The Bulldogs added insurance runs in the fourth and fifth innings.
The Panthers' only other hits came from Colby Cole, who singled in the fifth inning, and Andrew Fogarty, who doubled in the seventh inning.
Jeremy Cook started for Jackson County and threw four and one-third innings. He surrendered four hits and three walks while striking out six.
"I think we're a better ball club than we showed tonight across the board," Fountain said. "But you tip your hat to their kid. He did a good job of keeping us off balance. Sometimes it's tough to make adjustments when you go from seeing what we saw Wednesday to seeing what we saw tonight (Friday)."
•JACKSON CO. 3, OCONEE CO. 1 (MARCH 26): The Jackson County baseball team avenged a 10-1 loss to Oconee County March 24 with a 3-1 win over the Warriors Wednesday night at home.
Andrew Fogarty (3-1) threw a complete game, surrendering one run on four hits and striking out five. He also went 1-for-3 at the plate with a run scored.
Several Panthers contributed offensively. Nick Corso went 2-for-3 with two runs; Joel Ellis was 1-for-3 with an RBI; Ty Smith went 1-for-1 and an RBI; and Patrick Overstreet was 1-for-2 with a double, walk and RBI. Ben Brissey and Jacob Banks also had doubles.