Three area teams eye region play on Friday.
Thomas County Central at Hardaway
The Yellow Jackets are coming off a heartbreaking, 9-3 loss to Colquitt County on Tuesday as they head into Friday’s regional tilt with Hardaway.
After leading 3-1 for the bulk of the game, Colquitt’s Ross Goforth squandered any hope Central had when he smashed an eighth inning grand slam to take the lead.
“It was tough to swallow, but that’s baseball,” Central coach Chad Parkerson said. “The sun did come up the next day. There’s lessons to be learned.”
Parkerson added that he focused on instilling a closeout mentality during practice this week, and how that needs to carry over on Friday – especially in a regional contest.
“We need to make them earn everything defensively and not give them any gifts,” Parkerson said. “I don’t want to go in there and play five real good innings and then two to sleepwalk to it. Hopefully our guys will be focused.”
The Yellow Jackets sit at 4-3 after starting 3-0. More importantly, they remain winless in region play after last Friday’s 9-0 defeat to Northside-Columbus.
Parkerson noted the importance of not falling behind early in the season due to the catch-up effect.
“Our region is very good,” he said. “We’re going into every game trying to play our best. That’s all I ask of our guys; to not waste a day.”
This game last year was a 1-0 pitching duel in favor of Hardaway. Parkerson said he expects the same again this go-round – so much so that he wouldn’t reveal who he’s sending to the mound.
“It’ll be a lefty,” he said with a chuckle.
Americus-Sumter at Cairo
The Syrupmakers head into Friday’s tilt with Americus-Sumter on the heels of a tough Tuesday loss to Bainbridge.