Ge­or­gia Perime­ter sweeps Lak­ers on the di­a­mond

Jaguars win first dou­ble­header over Lake Land Col­lege at home

The Covington News - - Sports - By Brian Harper

COV­ING­TON — Af­ter a 10-hour drive from Illi­nois cov­er­ing over 600 miles, the Lak­ers of Lake Land Col­lege were any­thing but pre­pared to play base­ball Thurs­day af­ter­noon against Ge­or­gia Perime­ter Col­lege.

Show­ing up at the new New- ton Cam­pus field af­ter their ex­ten­sive road trip, the Lak­ers would still find them­selves think­ing about their pre­vi­ous losses.

Tak­ing ad­van­tage, the Jaguars (3-4 over­all) were able to put to­gether back-to-back stel­lar pitch­ing per­for­mances en route to their sec­ond and third straight vic­to­ries, win­ning 8-2 and 6-3.

“We def­i­nitely en­joy win­ning,” said Ge­or­gia Perime­ter head coach Danny Blue. “(Lake Land) had a long trip and when our bats fi­nally came alive they weren’t ready for us.”

In the first game of the dou­ble­header the Jaguars quickly found them­selves to be ahead. With great fun­da­men­tal base­ball be­ing played, they were able to steal bases and ad­vance run­ners into scor­ing po­si­tion when nec­es­sary.

Af­ter the run­ners strate­gi­cally ad­vanced, the bats did in­deed come alive. Key dou­bles by both Craig Sparks and Den­ver Sto­vall helped the Jaguars pre­serve a six-run lead to which they would not re­lin­quish.

Brent Hendrick, who also set the tone in the fi­nal game of the evening, closed out the win for the Jags in the sev­enth with one strike out, al­low­ing one sin­gle.

“It was a nice win,” said Hendrick. “I’m glad we got it off our shoul­ders.”

Dur­ing the sec­ond game, the Jaguars made it look like

a re-run of the first. Post­ing an­other nine-hit bar­rage, they man­aged to take this one in style.

De­spite giv­ing up an early 10 lead, the Jags quickly re­tal­i­ated, grab­bing a 2-1 lead in the sec­ond in­ning. Sev­eral sound de­fen­sive plays by Ge­or­gia Perime­ter helped pre­serve the lead. One in­stance oc­curred when catcher Kevin Boyd col­lected a wild pitch, throw­ing out the run­ner at home to end the fourth in­ning.

With run­ners on sec­ond and third in the fifth in­ning, Jeremy Reihn smacked a dou­ble to bring home two runs and give the Jags a 4-1 lead.

By adding an­other run in the sixth in­ning they were able to fend of a late come­back by the Lak­ers.

The Ge­or­gia Perime­ter Jaguars will next host Chat­ta­hoochee Val­ley at 2 p.m. on Tues­day.

BLUE

An­thony Banks/The Cov­ing­ton News

Close call: Ge­or­gia Perime­ter Col­lege first base­man Tyler Bet­sill, left, ap­plies the tag to a Guif­ford Tech baserun­ner in ear­lier ac­tion this year at the new New­ton cam­pus field.

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