Thomasville Times Enterprise

February 18, 2014

Central downs Thomasville with near no-hitter shutout

Daniel Kramer
CNHI

THOMASVILLE —

Central baseball coach Chad Parkerson said his Yellow Jackets arrived at Thomasville on Tuesday as fired up as he’s seen them all offseason.
 
The Yellow Jackets ousted Thomasville 4-0 on the heels of a dominating pitching performance by Cooper Mayhall, who threw a complete game shutout.
 
“Cooper was fantastic tonight on the mound,” Parkerson said. “He really motivated our defense, too. When you get a pitcher who can throw like Cooper did tonight, it’s real fun to play defense.”
 
The Yellow Jackets piggybacked Mayhall’s performance with a stout offensive attack. Central slugged 11 hits on Tuesday, of which eight went for extra bases. 
 
Eli Taylor led the charge with two doubles and a triple; Peyton Singletary racked up three doubles and Mayhall himself sparked the team with the game’s first RBI on a double.
 
“Any time you play in a big rival game, you have a little extra juice,” Parkerson said. “I really felt that in the pregame warmup and made the comment to one of our players that I thought we were going to play well today.”
 
The Bulldogs could muster but one hit on Tuesday, and it came on a tipped catch by a Central outfielder.
 
Yet Parkerson said that there were no mentions of a possible no-hitter in the Central dugout. He wasn’t superstitious about it, either.
 
“They were just living in the moment, and that’s what you want them to do,” he said. “Obviously if you get momentum, you want to ride it, but we just talked about controlling the next play and doing what you can.”
 
Central will hold bragging rights for the next 12 months, as Tuesday marked the only time the teams play this season.
 
The Yellow Jackets are in action again on Thursday when they host Berrien. Thomasville plays visiting Turner County on Friday.