The Yellow Jackets showed why they currently are unbeaten and ranked No. 2 in the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association poll by downing Liberty County High School, 14-4, in six innings on the Panthers’ diamond Friday night.
Wayne County wasted little time in taking a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning.
The Panthers answered back as Cameron Harris and Joe Watkins hit singles. Trey Sikes walked to load the bases, and Antonio Smith drove in Harris for the Panthers’ first run.
Wayne County answered in the second inning, scoring four runs on a combination of hits, a walk and an error.
In the bottom of the second inning, the Panthers loaded the bases off two walks and an error. Watkins and Sikes were hit by pitches to score two runs and bring the home team to within 6-3.
In the top of the third, the Yellow Jackets added another run and then shut down the Panthers in the bottom of the inning. Watkins returned the favor in the top of the fourth by striking out two batters, and the Panthers’ infield got the third out.
Wayne County went up, 9-3, in the top of the fifth, and Liberty answered with a run off of a double by Smith and an RBI from catcher Matt Desbiens.
But in the top of the sixth, the Yellow Jackets extended their lead to 12-4 on a three-run homer. Watkins, who pitched five and a half innings, was relieved by Sikes.
Sikes allowed two more runs to give Wayne County a 14-4 win in six innings. The loss drops Liberty to 1-2 in Region 2A-AAAA. The team is 3-4 overall. The Yellow Jackets are 10-0 overall and 4-0 in the region.
Liberty was scheduled to play at Savannah Christian on Saturday and will host Ware County at 6 p.m. Tuesday.