Class AA Championship
Jeff Davis 7, Elbert County 6
The Yellow Jackets of Jeff Davis weathered a three-run sixth inning by Elbert County to win their first baseball championship Friday at Grayson Stadium in Savannah. Jeff Davis scored two runs in the fifth and another two in the sixth. The game-winning run game on an RBI single senior Hogan White.
Elbert struck in the first on a Colton Moon double which brought Avery Hunt home. A pitch into the dirt got Moon to third. Senior Bryce Bowden brought him home with a single to push the lead to 2-0.
Jeff Davis cut the lead in half in the bottom of the inning on a Seth Graham RBI single. In the bottom of the second, pitcher Cody Ogilvie hit a towering shot to center field which left him at second base. Senior Josh McEachin then laid down a bunt which put runners at first and third. A wild pitch then allowed Ogilvie to score from third and McEachin to make it to second. Hunter Foster then took advantage with an RBI single to push the lead to 3-2.
Elbert answered in the top of the fourth on a Moon RBI game-tying single.
The Yellow Jackets took the lead again in the bottom of the fifth inning on a Jordan Dubberly sacrifice fly which made it a 4-3 game with Ogilvie at the plate and a runner on second with two outs. Ogilvie hit a low shot straight past the second baseman to bring the runner home, pushing the lead to 5-3.
Elbert County came back in the sixth, however. With runners on first and second and no outs, Peyton Adams came to the plate and laid a bunt that rolled up the third base line and loaded the bases. Bowden was at the plate, fought deep into the count, and then hit a blooper past the first baseman which scored a run and made it a 5-4 Jeff Davis game. Turner Banks then hit a two-RBI single to left field to and Elbert 6-5.
Jeff Davis then took control in the bottom of the sixth with two outs. The tying run came on a Chandler Davenport single to right field which drove Hunter Foster home. Graham then came to the plate with runners on first and second and two outs. Graham hit a cut shot to right field which loaded the bases for White, who would answer with a RBI single to take a 7-6 lead and one inning later Jeff Davis had a championship.
Jeff Davis 4, Elbert County 1
Hunting for its first baseball championship, Jeff Davis relied on pitcher Cody Ogilvie to add to and protect an early lead in Game 1.
The Yellow Jackets got on the board in the top of the first with a single from junior Alex Sanders, pushing Hunter Foster home. Elbert County answered, however, in the bottom of the inning with a sacrifice flyball by Bryce Bowden which scored Avery Hunt. Jeff Davis’ Ogilvie avoided trouble with the bases loaded and forced Daniel Lavender into a pop up to end the inning.
In the top of the second, Jeff Davis battled with two outs to put runners in scoring position and picked up a run off of an error, making the score 2-1.
In the third, Jordan Dubberly pushed courtesy runner Austin Lewis to second with a perfect bunt. Lewis then got to third on a wild-pitch with one out. Ogilvie then hit a low ball through the shortstop and third baseman and Lewis scored.
Jeff Davis added another run in the top of the final frame on a sacrifice fly by shortstop Garrett Baucom. The Yellow Jackets finished with 11 hits and one error, Elbert County had five hits and one error.