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April 22, 2014

Jackets extend win streak to six; still hope for playoffs

THOMASVILLE —

Thomas County Central extended its longest winning streak of the season to six games with Tuesday’s 4-2 road victory over Colquitt.

The Jackets capped the game-winning run when pitcher Peyton Singletary pelted an RBI base hit in the final inning to secure the win.

Singletary also tossed all seven innings with a pair of strikeouts and seven hits allowed.

“Peyton was absolutely phenomenal tonight for us,” Central coach Chad Parkerson said. “That joker dag’gum pitched hit butt off.”

Central secured the win with runs in the second, fourth, fifth and seventh innings while holding Colquitt to just a pair of scores in the fifth.

The Jackets capitalized on two sacrifice flies and a squeeze as well.

“We didn’t knock the cover off the ball, but we picked our spots and played good,” Parkerson said. “I was very proud of the guys.”

With the win, Central (11-12, 4-7) still has hopes of qualifying for the state tournament. The Jackets travel to Parkerson’s alma mater to take on a strong Valdosta team on Thursday, then cap the season with a Friday road doubleheader against Harris County.

Parkerson assures that three games in a 24-hour span is something his team will be prepared for.

“That’s why we lift weights and I run them real hard,” he said. “The season is a grind physically and mentally. That’s why you prepare the way you do. You understand that things are built for this.

“As a coaching staff, we always prepare the team for a three-game series because that’s how the playoffs are.

“You’ve got to be prepared to play 21 great innings in a short time period.”

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