Three and out

Jaguars open sta­dium with three losses

The Covington News - - Sports -

COV­ING­TON — From the Ge­or­gia Perime­ter Col­lege point of view, there were a few miss­ing items from the his­toric un­veil­ing of its im­pres­sive new base­ball sta­dium over the week­end — per­ma­nent bleach­ers, a per­ma­nent sound sys­tem and a vic­tory on the di­a­mond.

The Jaguars lost three tightly con­tested games to Guil­ford Tech (N.C.), putting a damper on the ball­park’s cur­tain-part­ing at the New­ton cam­pus. The Jags dropped a Satur­day dou­ble­header 3-2 and 5-3, and then re­turned Sun­day for a 6-5 de­feat.

“We could have won all three,” head coach Danny Blue said. “We didn’t hit the ball hardly at all, (but) we got good pitch­ing.”

None bet­ter than Justin Yac­kee, who threw five no-hit in­nings with 10 strike­outs in the opener. Be­cause Blue is ob­serv­ing a max­i­mum pitch count of 75 for his starters, a com­mon prac­tice early in the sea­son, Yac­kee was lifted in the sixth in­ning.

Three GPC er­rors con­trib­uted to Guil­ford’s runs.

“Rou­tine plays, and we didn’t make them,” Blue said.

Passed balls were the cul­prit in the night­cap, with three in one in­ning lead­ing to two runs that broke the game open.

Sun­day’s set­back was per­haps the most painful.

The Jaguars tied it 5-5 in the eighth in­ning and had the go-ahead run thrown out at the plate. Then, in the top of the ninth, Guil­ford scratched out the win­ning run on a walk, a swing­ing bunt and a balk.

GPC’s top hit­ters over the week­end were Ja­son Dod­son of Snel­lville and Cony­ers na­tives Craig Sparks and Kevin Boyd.

The Jaguars play a pair Satur­day at Chat­tanooga State, then re­turn home for a twin bill Sun­day against Gads­den (Ala.) State.

The bleach­ers and the per­ma­nent P.A. sys­tem are com­ing soon and some wins, the Jaguars hope, sooner still.

An­thony Banks/The Cov­ing­ton News

Stand and de­liver: Nathan Chancey (24) waits for the pitch against Guil­ford Tech Satur­day at the new Ge­or­gia Perime­ter Col­lege field in Cov­ing­ton. The Jaguars lost three straight by a com­bined four runs.

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