North Jackson’s stellar 2019 high school baseball season came to a close Friday night.
The No. 2-ranked Chiefs fell to host Fayette County 10-2 and 5-2 in the teams’ Class 4A second-round best-of-three playoff series in Fayette.
Fayette County advanced to host No. 1 Hokes Bluff in the 4A state quarterfinal series. Meanwhile, North Jackson finished 22-6.
“The season end the way we had imagined it ending. We set multiple goals from day one and achieved them all besides one, which was we wanted to play in May. Anytime you can finish the season 22-6 ranked second in the state, win county and win area, it's a great year, not to mention our Seventh-and-Eighth-grade team goes 13-0,” said North Jackson head coach Cole Porter. “We have multiple guys getting offers and underclassman are getting recognized. As a program we have took and huge step in the right direction and look to continue the development of our guys getting back to work next week. “
In Game 1, North Jackson tied the game 1-1 in the top of the third inning when Deshawn Ware doubled and scored on Carter Gass’ RBI single. But Fayette County (18-13) scored nine runs over the next three innings. North Jackson’s other run came in the fifth when Gass, aboard on a single, scored on Jody Moore’s RBI single.
Gass finished 2-for-4 with an RBI while Moore (RBI), Ware, Landon Barnes and Jordan Cooper had one hit each.
In Game 2, Fayette County scored a pair of runs in the third inning to break a 1-all tie before adding one run each in the fifth and sixth innings.
The Chiefs had just four hits in Game 2, singles from Moore, Cade Bellomy, Jordan Eakin and Logan Morris. Bellomy was also hit by a pitch twice and scored a run on a wild pitch while Morris had an RBI single in the fourth to plate Dalton Morris, who was courtesy running for the catcher, Moore.
Westbrook Christian 14-13, Section 1-0 — At Rainbow City, Section’s season came to a close with a second-round playoff loss to playoff nemesis Westbrook Christian.
The No. 7-ranked Warriors have eliminated Section from the second-round of the playoffs four times since 2011 (Section eliminated Westbrook Christian in Round 2 in 2015). Westbrook Christian (19-10) advanced to play Red Bay in a 2A state quarterfinal series.
Section (11-12) took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning in Game 1 when Jacob Gentry singled and scored on Cole Woods’ RBI bases-loaded walk. But Westbrook Christian countered with four runs in the first inning, got two in the second and five in the third before adding two more in the fourth.
Gentry had the Lions’ lone hit off Westbrook Christian ace Samuel Dutton, who had 12 strikeouts.
In Game 2, three Westbrook pitchers held the Lions to only three hits. Gentry, Taylor Payne and Johnathan Carroll all singed for Section.