Jenkins High’s baseball team has lost only one game this season. It was against the Liberty County Panthers on March 3.
Wednesday, the Warriors avenged that loss, defeating the Panthers 7-2 with Warriors’ pitcher TJ Page taking the win and getting 13 strikeouts.
Panther coach David Samuel said, despite the loss, it was a well played game, allowing his squad to battle against a top seeded team and preparing them for upcoming region games.
The Panthers did get 3 hits against Page and had runners on base from the 3rd to the 6th inning. Their two runs were scored in the 5th inning off a hit by Joe Watkins.
Panther Cody French pitched his first game of the season.
"Cody threw well tonight, considering he hasn’t thrown off of a mound in quite some time and on short notice," the coach said. "My starter for tonight’s game had a sore shoulder, so I called on Cody about an hour before game time. Eddie (Chipple) came on for the final 7 outs and only gave up 2 hits."
The Panthers turn their focus to tonight’s away game at 6 against Burke. Saturday they are scheduled to host Baldwin at 2 p.m., but the game time may change due to Baldwin’s prom night.
Final Score, Jenkins 7, LC 2
Losing Pitcher, Cody French, 4 2/3 IP, 8H, 7R, 5ER, 3K, 3BB
Relief pitcher, Eddie Chipple, 2 1/3 IP, 2H, 0R, 2K, 1HP
Hitters, Joe Watkins 1-3, 2RBI, Eddie Chipple 2B, Matt Desbiens 1B