FOLLOWING an eight-day hiatus, the Region 8-AA champion Jefferson baseball team (21-3) ran its winning streak to 18 games with a doubleheader sweep of 8-AA foe Oglethorpe County, 10-2 and 10-4, Thursday to close the regular season.
“It was a good sweep for us,” coach Tommy Knight said. “We got to see some things and get back on the field and play, which is important this time of year.”
Knight, whose team hadn’t played since April 16, said his group was a little rusty at the plate. “But once we got it going we hit it fairly well,” he said.
In the first win over Oglethorpe County, Christian Hutch went 2-for-5 with a double, triple and three RBIs. Jake Franklin was 2-for-3 with a triple, and Hanon Price was 2-for-3 with two singles. Trent Sorrells (1-for-1) drove home two runs.
Micah Carpenter started and threw five innings for the win, surrendering three hits, two runs (both earned) and one walk while striking out 10. Taylor Wilkes threw two scoreless innings to finish the game, allowing a hit and a walk while striking out four.
In the night cap, Alex Gaba went 2-for-4 with four RBIs, and Wilkes was 3-for-3 with a triple and two runs scored.
Ethan Garner threw six innings for the win, allowing two hits, four unearned runs and two walks while striking out five. Franklin came on and threw a scoreless seventh, allowing a walk and striking out two.
“We got a chance to get Taylor Wilkes some innings and Jake Franklin some innings, also,” Knight said. “We’re going to need those guys come playoff time.”
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