South Ge­or­gia out­lasts the Jaguars, 7-4

The Covington News - - Sports - By Nick Bowen

COV­ING­TON — Oh, some­where in this fa­vored land the sun is shin­ing bright; how­ever, there is no joy, at least tem­po­rar­ily, amidst the Ge­or­gia Perime­ter Col­lege base­ball team.

On Fri­day evening dur­ing poor con­di­tions, the visit­ing South Ge­or­gia Col­lege Tigers de­feated the Jaguars on the New­ton cam­pus field, 7-4.

The crowds on both sides roared and cheered their re­spec­tive teams on, and there were many mo­ments through­out that had them gasp­ing in shock and an­tic­i­pa­tion. For the most part, it was very com­pet­i­tive and close, two in­gre­di­ents needed for a good game.

Af­ter­wards, Ge­or­gia Perime­ter head coach Danny Blue was un­der­stand­ably down­beat about his team’s loss.

“We had it right un­til the end,” said Blue, “then be­cause of some sim­ple er­rors we just lost it. But I was very proud of our start­ing pitcher Ryan Haynie. He pitched a fan­tas­tic game.”

For the first two in­nings, it was a true duel be­tween the two start­ing pitch­ers. Nei­ther pitcher, it seemed, was go­ing to give up a hit. The de­fense on both sides was ex­tremely tight through­out much of the game, and it seemed as though it would be a fast one.

But in the third in­ning, Ja­son

Dod­son fi­nally broke through the South Ge­or­gia de­fense to score. This early lead for the Jaguars (7-13 over­all) would last un­til the fifth, when the Tigers tied the score.

And this feat was ac­com­plished, as pre­vi­ously men­tioned, by the fan­tas­tic de­fen­sive play­mak­ing on both sides. Sev­eral spec­tac­u­lar catches and dou­ble plays were the re­sult of the fast, fleet foot­work by both teams.

In the eighth in­ning, it seemed as though the end was near for the Jaguars. The Tigers scored two more runs, to which Ge­or­gia Perime­ter had no re­sponse for.

In the ninth, they pounded the Jags for four more runs in a seem­ingly end­less se­ries of solid at-bats. A hand­ful of er­rors by the now down­trod­den Jaguar de­fense didn’t help, ei­ther.

South Ge­or­gia’s Kyle Allen, who had a cru­cial hit in the eighth in­ning, seemed pleased with the end re­sult.

“I thought both teams played a good game,” said Allen, “but in the eighth we just pulled away on (the Jaguars), and they couldn’t catch up.”

Al­though they man­aged to close the gap in the fi­nal frame of ac­tion, the Jags ul­ti­mately fell short.

South Ge­or­gia head coach Scott Sims was also quite pleased with the vic­tory af­ter the game.

“This was a very close game with some ex­cel­lent pitch­ing and de­fen- sive play­mak­ing,” said Sims. “It re­ally could have gone ei­ther way. But, in the end, the tide turned our way.”

For Ge­or­gia Perime­ter, third base­man Craig Sparks summed it up best.

“We played a great game through­out the night,” said Sparks. “We just lost it at the end on noth­ing more than some sim­ple er­rors. But I think that once we find our stride, we’re go­ing to be an ex­tra­or­di­nary team.”


Rocky Mer­ritt/Spe­cial to The Cov­ing­ton News

Pic­ture per­fect: New­ton’s Quin­ton Pooler takes a big swing on Thurs­day evening dur­ing a 9-6 loss to Oconee County at River­side Park.

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