GRU Augusta hit hard in series opening loss

(Background credit: MGN Online)
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March 29, 2014 AUGUSTA, Ga. – The Jaguars got the leadoff man on base in the first five innings, but couldn’t overcome 10 strikeouts from Young Harris starter Justin Cooper as GRU Augusta fell 12-2 on Saturday night in game one of the Peach Belt Conference series.

Young Harris (18-15, 7-9 PBC) got a first inning single and a stolen base from David Atwood, before Adam Moore knocked an RBI-single to left center for a quick 1-0 lead. GRU Augusta (12-20, 4-12) starter Kip Custer used his left-handed pickoff move to first base to his advantage, as he ended the Mountain Lions’ first and second innings by catching the runner at first.

The Jags got the leadoff man on in their first five at-bats, but couldn’t move the runners against YHC starter Justin Cooper. Cooper got some run support after YHC tacked on another in the third and opened it up in the fifth. Trey Rogers leadoff with a ground-roll double before the Mountain Lions knocked five straight singles to take a 6-1 score, leading to new Jaguar pitcher Tristan Jones.

Rogers continued to lead the YHC offense when he homered off Jones in the sixth inning. GRU still had life in the bottom of the inning when Connor Gilbert reached on a shortstop error and scored on a shortstop error for a 7-2 game. The Jags left their seventh and eighth runners of the game on base when Copper escaped the inning with a fly ball to leftfield. GRU left 11 on base overall.

Dom Wyshinski hit a two-run bomb in the eighth for a 9-2 YHC advantage, a lead they didn’t relinquish to hold on for the win as they totaled three homers on the night for the 12-2 final.

Custer (3-5) went 4.1 innings to take the loss and allowed 10 hits for six runs, while recording five strikeouts. Jones, who relieved for 3.2 innings, gave up three hits for three runs before Jamie Suggs came in last for GRU. Cooper (4-3) had the longest outing of his year, getting the win in 8.0 innings where he struck out 10 for YHC.

The Jaguars and Mountain Lions conclude the series tomorrow at LOS with a 12:00 p.m. doubleheader. The Jaguar baseball team, along with The Jaguar Baseball Dugout Club will, will host Courageous Christopher's ninth birthday bash at the stadium during the second game of the doubleheader beginning around 3:00 p.m. Christopher will throw out the first pitch before game two as fans sing happy birthday.