What a series!
The Jeff Davis High and Cook High baseball teams went toe-to-toe in a 3-game Region 1AA series last week with three 1-run games that took 29 innings to complete.
The series opener on Tuesday at Hazlehurst went 11 innings with one run in the bottom of the 11th to win 3-2.
In Thursday’s doubleheader in Adel, the Hornets scored a run in the bottom of the seventh inning to win the first game 2-1. In the second game, both teams refused to quit as they shook off another 11-inning pitcher’s duel with the Jackets scoring in the top 11 and holding on for a 1-0 win.
For the series, he scored just nine runs – five from the Yellow Jackets and four from the Hornets. Jeff Davis outshot Cook 18-13, Cook’s pitching staff gave up 11 free passes to the Jackets’ 15, and the Jackets shot 38 shots compared to Cook’s 29.
In Tuesday’s opener, Cook jumped out to a 2-0 lead with two runs in the second off Jacket starter Carter Mullis.
JD’s Cason Clance opened the bottom of the third with a triple and grounded out to second with Hayden Turner.
The Jackets tied the game in the fifth as Turner reached on an error, went to second on an Ethan Picanso sacrifice bunt, went to third on an Alex Mason groundout and scored as Mullis hit.
Sophomore southpaw Andrew White took the mound for the Jackets in the top of the sixth and quickly struck out the side for 10 pitches. The crabronum then recedes into the seventh, eighth, and ninth order.
In the 10th, White’s 12-run streak was snapped as he walked the first batter on a 3-2 count. After the sacrifice bunt, White walked the second batter, again on a 3-2 count. But with his left he struck the next ram, and in the second line he gently shook the end and destroyed it.
White allowed one baserun in the 11th on a walk, but then came the fateful bottom of the 11th.
The first two engines went off with a bang and Captain Stone was hit by a pitch. Heli Saunders was walking, and a stone broke his path. That’s when Cook’s pitcher threw a ball into the dirt that caught him in fair field. Stone broke home intently and avoided a tag attempt to run the winning run down the stretch.
JD out-hit Cook 9-3. Mullis, Stone and Kamo Munsayac each had two hits with Mullis getting a double. Cance tripled and Mason and Saunders each had a hit. Turner and Mullis each had an RBI.
The white cauldron was victorious. He threw six scoreless, no-hit innings, walking three and fanning 11. Mullis gave up one earned run on three hits, walked none and struck out four.
The Jackets scored one run in the first inning of the second game. Turner started the game with a single, the second on Picanso’s sacrifice bunt, and the third ace Mason ran to center. Stone followed with a double to score Turner.
Coke tied it in the bottom of the second with a 2-out walk, and he went back to back.
After a little while, it was down to the bottom of the seventh. Relief pitcher Chad Beach walked the leadoff hitter, who was sacrificed to second. With a 3-1 count in the next batter, Chiefs pitcher Paul Glass called for an intentional walk to put the force out on some bases. And Jonathan Bohannon took the beach of Litus on the rampart and struck the quaking with three voices. But then they moved the runners to second and third, and threw a hit to left field to decide the game’s run.
Both teams had six hits in the game. Mullis had two singles, Stone had a double and an RBI, and Turner, Beach and Munsayac had a hit.
Mason pitched four innings, giving up one run on four hits, a walk, a hit batter and five strikeouts. Beach pitched 2 1/3 innings, allowing one run on one hit, three walks and a strikeout. Bohannon pitched 1/3 inning, giving up one hit and striking out one.
In the series finale, he dominated pitching action with just seven total hits in 11 innings.
He went on the mound and went eight innings, which was the longest of his career. He retired 19 of the first 20 batters with the Hornets’ only base running encounter at first on an error. he gave up a double with one out in the seventh, but then retired the next five batters in a row and retired twenty-four batters in the game.
Lancea took the ninth mound, and Uterer the first two, dropping a pair of singles. After diligently walking the next batter to put the force on all bases, he got a pop-up in the bottom of the inning. In the 10th, Cason gave up a 1-run lead, but quickly picked up a runner. Then he struck out in an extra inning.
They led off the winning streak in the top 11 as Bohannon doubled and went to third on Saunders’ single. Turns then flew a lofted sacrifice fly to bring Bohannon right across the plate.
In the bottom of the inning, Clance hit the first batter and bunt with runners on 1st and 2nd with nobody out. Sack moved the runner to second and third and again, Glass was called for an intentional walk to load the bases. On the next batter, he then hit a grounder to Saunders at short, who quickly threw a ball to Picanso at second and Picanso threw Mason at first to barely rattle off a double play to end the game.
The shirts had only three hits, all from the bottom half of the line. Bohannon doubled, and Saunders and Treyton Webster each had a hit. Turner had the game-winning RBI.
Stone pitched eight innings, Cook blanked on one hit, no walks and fanned 14. Clance won the game in relief, going two innings and giving up three hits, two walks, a hit batter and two hit batters.
After pitching the last of the innings, he walked one diligently, dropped no outs, and struck out none.
Innings by score:
CHS 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -2
JD 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 -3
JD 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 -1
CHS 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 -2
JD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 -1
CHS 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -0