THE JACKSON County Comprehensive High School baseball team finished up its summer league play last Friday when it hosted its annual summer tournament.
Panther head coach Tommy Fountain said he was pleased with the way his varsity and junior varsity teams played.
The varsity Panthers went 4-0 in the tournament, knocking off Mill Creek 8-7, Mountain Park 6-4, Chestatee 9-1 and East Hall 15-5.
“We had 12 guys missing this weekend between our varsity, junior varsity and ninth grade team, so I was a little worried how we’d fare,” said Fountain. “But I was pleased overall.”
Fountain commended the pitching of Max Wilson and Chris Griggs. He also noted strong batting by senior Andrew Fogarty, and juniors Travis Vickers and Colby Cole.
Fountain said he was slightly disapointed by several defensive mistakes, but said some could be attributed to missing personnel.
“We’ll have the defense cleaned up by February,” Fountain added.
The Panthers will look to improve on a 16-12, 2013 record when they take the field in 2014.
After graduating several key players, JCCHS will look to a large senior class for leadership and aim for a repeat playoff appearance.
The Panthers were eliminated from the class AAA playoffs last season after falling to Ringgold in the first round.
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