The venue was much different and the foe was high caliber, but the result was the same for Jefferson.
The Dragon baseball team beat Wesleyan 8-6 at Georgia Gwinnett College in a non-region game Wednesday to earn its 14th consecutive victory.
Christian Hutch went 2-for-3 with a triple and two RBIs, Jake Franklin was 3-for-4 with a triple and an RBI and Hanon Price enjoyed a 3-for-4 night at the plate with two doubles. Alex Gaba (1-for-2) also had a pair of RBIs, while Trent Sorrells and Max Ford (1-for-3) also drove home one run each as the Dragons improved to 17-3.
“We saw their best pitching too, so I was very pleased with how we hit it,” Jefferson coach Tommy Knight said.
Franklin earned the win in relief, throwing two innings. Ford pitched the final two innings for the save.
“We got some guys some innings today that hadn’t thrown a whole lot,” Knight said. “Jake Franklin hadn’t thrown very much and he came in and did a good job for us. Of course, Max in there closing it out, we wanted to see if we could win that ball game.”
Not only did the victory extend a Dragon winning streak that started back in early March, it gave Jefferson — which recently moved up to the no. 1 spot in the Atlanta-Journal Constitution's Class AA poll— a season sweep over the team that knocked it out of the state playoffs last year.
The Dragons beat Wesleyan 1-0 back in mid-March, but this game unfolded in much different fashion with the teams combining for 14 runs and 20 hits.
“Our guys competed,” Knight said. “It was back-and-forth. It was a fun game to watch.”
While this was a big non-region win for Jefferson (Wesleyan was ranked no. 5 in Class AA), Knight said his team must move on quickly to get ready for a big game tomorrow (Thursday) against Union County.
“This game was fun and important, but tomorrow is more important because it’s a region ball game,” he said. “We’ve got to go refocus and get ready to go and beat Union (County). We’ve got to completely cut this off and be done with it and move on.”
For complete coverage of this game, see the April 16 edition of The Jackson Herald.
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