THE PANTHER baseball team’s early-season surge continues as the team sits five games above .500.
Jackson County won for the sixth time in seven games with a 10-0 plastering of visiting Johnson-Gainesville Monday in five innings.
The team is now 7-2 on the year.
“I was pleased with today (Monday),” Jackson County coach Tommy Fountain said. “We felt like we needed to come in here and take care of business and we did.”
Jackson County is now off until Friday when it travels to Pike County for a 5:30 p.m. game. The Panthers’ road trip continues Saturday with a trek to Columbus to take on Brookstone at 11 a.m.
Against Johnson, the floodgates opened in the second inning when the Panthers posted nine runs. Jackson County then added an insurance score in the bottom of the fourth to give it a 10-0 lead and bring the mercy rule into effect in the fifth inning.
While Fountain was satisfied with the win, he noted areas for improvement.
“I was frustrated a little bit the first inning and third inning,” he said. “We had some bad approaches and didn’t sit back. But the velocity was very different that what we saw Saturday (against Eastside).”
Fountain added, “I think it took us a little bit to adjust.”
Offensive leaders were Tyler Sartain, who went 2-for-3 with two doubles and three RBIs, and Ben Brissey, who went 2-for-2 with a triple and an RBI.
Panther pitching combined to throw an abbreviated one-hitter. Andrew Fogarty threw the first two innings, surrendering the lone hit. He was followed by Chris Griggs who pitched the third and the fourth. Max Wilson worked the fifth and final inning.
“I thought our pitchers did pretty well,” Fountain said. “They pounded the zone. That’s what we told them we wanted to do.”
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