ANDREW Fogarty wasn’t about to let his fellow seniors lose on this night of all nights.
With the game knotted at five, Fogarty hit a game-winning, walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh Friday to lift Jackson County (19-7) to a 6-5, come-from-behind win over Oglethorpe County on Senior Night.
“It’s my last home game, so I’m just trying to get it done out here,” Fogarty said. “No one’s trying to go out on a losing note at home.”
The Panthers overcame a 5-1 deficit in the victory. “We needed to come out with a win tonight to be ready for next Friday,” coach Tommy Fountain said. “So I thought that was real big … You don’t want to go into the playoffs with two straight losses.”
Nick Corso did his part to make sure that didn’t happen, going 3-for-4 with three RBIs. His two-run single in the sixth inning tied the game at five.
Chris Griggs worked six innings of clutch relief to pick up the victory. Oglethorpe County, a playoff team out of Region 8-AA, didn’t score a run after the second inning. Griggs gave up no runs on three hits and fanned eight batters.
Jackson County fell behind early when it surrendered five runs in the second inning, four of which came via bases-loaded walks.
“For our kids to overcome that, for them to overcome that rough second inning, you can’t say enough about that,” Fountain said.