Golden Eagles start season with 3-0 mark
by Lori Tippets
The Jacksonville Golden Eagle baseball team has jumped off to a quick 3-0 start with wins over Glencoe, Brooks and Piedmont, all in mercy rule five inning wins.

Senior Tanner Sims took the mound for the Eagles in their 13-2 win over Glencoe. Sims pitched two innings for the Eagles giving up two hits, two walks and a run. Also pitching for the Eagles was Chris Elias and Payton Sims.

Jacksonville had two big innings scoring six runs in the third and five runs in the fifth.

The Eagles jumped on the board first in the top of the second when Lavontae LaCount, running for Tanner Sims who had walked, scored on a single by Chris Elias.

Glencoe tied up the score in the bottom half of the inning.

The Eagles went to business in the top of the third with a doubles by Payton Sims, Sid Thurmond, Jackson Bell, a single by Chance Marbut and walks by Shed Long and Tanner Sims.

After picking up another run in the fourth inning the Eagles closed out the game with their five run inning in the fifth. Tanner Sims started the ball rolling with a shot to center field resulting in a triple. Elias hit a single past the shortstop resulting in a run. Bell hit another double and LaCount walked to load the bases. A walk by Andrew Clingan brought in another run. A fielding error on a ball hit by Thurmond resulted in the final three runs.

Glencoe scored once in the bottom of the fifth but not enough to keep the Eagles from winning their season opener 13-2.

After a torrential rainfall on Friday and Friday night the Jacksonville coaches worked feverishly on the field to get ready for their home opener on Saturday.

The players showed their appreciation to their coaches by beating Brooks in five 10-0 and came from behind to win over Piedmont 14-4.

Against Brooks Shed Long pitched four innings for the Eagles striking out six, walking four and giving up two hits. BJ Murphy came on in relief in the top of the fifth.

The Eagles scored one run in the first two innings then unleashed in the third scoring seven runs highlighted by a grand slam by Elias, the first home run of the season and it was memorable as it sailed over the left centerfield fence.

The Eagles added another run in the fifth to end the game.

In addition to the Elias grand slam, Thurmond hit for two doubles and a single, Long had a double and a single, Nate Whaley a double, and Andrew Clingan and Chance Marbut both had singles.

Piedmont scored one run in the first and second inning and two runs in the third to take a 4-0 lead over the Eagles in the second game of the doubleheader on Saturday night.

The Eagles managed to pick up two runs in the bottom of the fourth. Murphy started things off with a single to left. Whaley drew a walk and Murphy scored on a passed ball. Whaley scored the second run on a sacrifice play by Payton Sims.

Jacksonville sent 15 batters to the plate in the bottom of the fifth as they exploded for 12 runs with one out before Jared Tippets scored the final run on a passed ball to end the game 14-4.

Murphy was tops for the Eagles at the plate going 3-for-3 with a double, Tanner Sims was 2-for-4, Long 1-for-3 with a double, Elias 1-for-3, Thurmond 1-for-2 and Tippets 1-for-1.

Elias started the game for the Eagles but Payton Sims came on in the fourth inning with Jacksonville down 4-0 to pick up the win. Elias gave up four runs on three hits, gave away two walks and struck out five. Sims gave up two hits, no runs and struck out one.
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