South Georgia outlasts the Jaguars, 7-4
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.”
Picture perfect: Newton’s Quinton Pooler takes a big swing on Thursday evening during a 9-6 loss to Oconee County at Riverside Park.