Three and out
Jaguars open stadium with three losses
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.
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.