THE JEFFERSON baseball team has now gone an entire calendar month without a loss.
The Dragons, whose last defeat came March 1 against Tift County, downed region foe Riverside Military Academy on the road Tuesday night, 7-3, to run their winning streak to 11 games in a row.
“It’s nice,” Jefferson coach Tommy Knight said of the winning streak, “especially since the majority of them are region wins. That’s what really matters.”
Jefferson is now 8-0 in region play as the team moves another step closer to what it hopes is another region title. The Dragons are also 14-3 overall.
Having been off for a week, Jefferson built a 5-0 lead over Riverside and didn’t look back in winning a rematch with the Gainesville-area team.
“It’s always a close ball game when we go up there and play,” Knight said. “With spring break and all the other stuff that’s going around with that, I was pretty satisfied.”
Micah Carpenter started for the Dragons and threw five innings for the win. He surrendered three hits, two unearned runs and three walks while striking out nine. Ethan Garner and Jake Franklin each threw an inning of relief with Franklin picking up the save.
Jefferson pounded out nine hits with Andy Nicolaus, Franklin and Hanon Price all enjoying two-hit games. Nicolaus had the biggest night for the Dragons, going 2-for-3 with two doubles and two RBIs. Franklin was 2-for-4 with a run scored, while Price was 2-for-2 with two walks and two runs scored. Alex Gaba also had a big night, going 1-for-3 with two RBIs, a walk and a run scored.
“It was a win at Riverside, which is a tough place to play,” Knight said.
The victory over Riverside marked the start of the second half of the region schedule for the Dragons.
“It’s good to get off to a good start the second time through the region with a win,” Knight said. “Hopefully we can keep it up, and keep going and get through the region the second time like we did the first time.”
Jefferson now moves on to a Friday double header with Washington-Wilkes (start time has been moved up to 3:30 p.m.) before a Tuesday rematch with Union County (5:55 p.m.). The Dragons then face non-region foe Wesleyan at Georgia Gwinnett College Wednesday.
“That will be an exciting game, too, I’m sure,” Knight said of the match-up with the Wolves on the collegiate field.
Knight added, “but we need to take care of these two with Washington-Wilkes first.”
The coach said his team is playing really hard right now.
“You’re going to play good, and you’re going to play bad …. but as long as our guys are playing hard and focused on what they’re doing, I’m satisfied,” Knight said.