JACKSON COUNTY’s baseball team had no intentions of splitting yet another series after doing so in two-game tilts against Oconee County and Morgan County to start region play.
The Panthers completed a much needed two-game sweep of 8-AAA foe Elbert County Friday by routing the Blue Devils 12-2 at home in five innings after beating Elbert County 10-3 two days earlier.
“We knew coming into this one, to be where we wanted to be, we had to get a sweep against these guys and we were able to take care of business,” coach Tommy Fountain said.
Patrick Overstreet, making a spot start, threw five innings for the victory, allowing two runs, four hits and two walks while striking out one.
“Pat threw a lot of strikes and kept the ball down,” Fountain said. “He pitched to contact, and we played good defense.”
Offensively, Joel Ellis went 3-for-3 with three RBIs, and Ben Brissey went 2-for-3 with a double and three RBIs. Jackson County finished with 11 hits.
“We came out and swung the bat well,” Fountain said. “When you do that, good things happen. We jumped on them there early and the kids had good approaches (at the plate) … Being out of school for spring break, we were able to get a lot of swings in and I think that’s helped.”
Others contributing at the plate were Nick Corso (2-for-3), Overstreet (1-for-2, double, RBI), Andrew Fogarty (1-for-3, double, RBI) and Ty Smith (1-for-1, RBI).
The Panthers actually trailed 1-0 after the top of the first inning but answered with three runs in the bottom of the first and three more in the bottom of the second.
Jackson County then brought the run rule into effect in the fifth inning after scoring six runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to take a 12-1 lead.
•JACKSON CO. 10, ELBERT CO. 3 (LAST WEDNESDAY): Overstreet hit a grand slam in the seventh inning against Elbert County as the Panthers scored six runs in the final frame of a 10-3 road win over the Blue Devils last Wednesday.
Overstreet went 2-for-3 with four RBIs and two runs scored. Others with big offensive nights were Ellis (2-for-4 with two RBIs), Brissey (1-for-3, RBI), Jacob Banks (1-for-4, RBI, two runs) and Corso (1-for-3, two runs).
The Panthers scored three runs in the first inning and another in the second inning before putting up a six spot in the seventh.
Fogarty (3-1) pitched four innings for the victory, giving up three runs and seven hits while striking out five. Jeremy Cook worked the final three innings for the save. He surrendered one hit and struck out five.