Golden Eagles sweep area games
by Lori Tippets
The Golden Eagles started area play off right with two victories over Cherokee County, 10-0 and 8-1.

Senior Shed Long provided all the Eagles needed in the first win. Long pitched a complete game striking out 13 batters while allowing only two hits and one walk.

Long was also impressive at the plate for Jacksonville (11-4, 2-0) going 3-for-5 with two doubles.

Junior Chris Elias started off the scoring for the Eagles with a solo homerun over the center field fence in the second inning.

Jacksonville added three more runs in the third. Long doubled to center to bring in Sid Thurmond who had reached on an error. A hard hit ball to shortstop by Tanner Sims brought in another run and another run scored on a double to deep left field by Jackson Bell. Bell scored on a passed ball to give the Eagles a 4-0 lead,

In the fourth Kyle Reeves hit a double and scored on a single up the middle by Payton Sims.

In the fifth inning the bases were loaded for the Eagles on a walk by Elias, a single by Jared Tippets and Lavontae LaCount was hit by a pitch. An error by the Warriors third baseman on a ball hit by Payton Sims brought in two more Eagle runs. A Thurmond double tacked on two more runs and Jacksonville was up 9-0.

Jacksonville scored their last run in the top of the seventh when Long’s double scored BJ Murphy who had drawn a walk.

In addition to Longs 3-for-5 performance, Tippets was 2-for-3, Elias had the homerun, Thurmond, Bell and Reeves all hit a double, and Payton Sims had a single.

In game two of the area contest between Cherokee County and Jacksonville, the Eagles scored in all but the sixth inning as they took the 8-1 win.

Payton Sims took the win on the mound for the Eagles pitching six innings giving up one run on four hits and Sims recorded four strikeouts. Elias came on in the seventh inning in relief.

Long once again was stellar at the plate going 2-for-2 with a triple. Jackson Bell went 2-for-3, Payton Sims was 2-for-4 and Thurmond, Tippets, Marbut and Reeves all recorded singles.

In the final game of the week Jacksonville took a 3-0 loss at the hands of Oxford. The Eagles just couldn’t overcome the pitching of Joe McGuire who allowed the Eagles only four hits during the game. McGuire also hit a homerun in the win.

Elias had two of the four Eagle hits and Tanner Sims and Reeves added the others.
© 2013