Thomas County Central finds itself on its longest winning streak of the season after a pair of wins in Thursday’s doubleheader against visiting Lee County.
The Jackets, who ousted the Trojans 5-3 in Game 1 and 3-0 in Game 2, have won five straight dating back to last Friday’s pair of victories against Bainbridge – their first region victory since 2012
Central once again turned to its 1-2 pitching tandem of Jonathan Robinson and Cooper Mayhall on Thursday. The duo, which also pitched against Bainbridge, accounted for a combined 14 strikeouts and 11 hits allowed in both games.
“They both did a great job for us,” Central coach Chad Parkerson said. “JR went up there and threw strikes and didn’t walk a single batter. Cooper was just lights out.”
Mayhall brought his season strikeouts total to 64, which is among the top in 1-AAAAA.
The Jackets also righted offensive woes that plagued them earlier in the season, Parkerson said, especially during critical at-bats.
Four of Central’s five runs in Game 1 were scored with two outs, with Peyton Singletary and Alex Dukes delivering the punches.
Lee matched Central with five hits in Game 2, but Mayhall held the Trojans scoreless.
Central churned in a run each in the second, third and fourth innings with sophomore Stone accounting for a pair of RBIs, one of which was a solo home run.
Central (10-12, 4-9) has two non-region games against Colquitt and Valdosta on Tuesday and Thursday, respectively, then takes on Harris County on Friday in its final region series of the season.
Parkerson already plans to send Robinson and Mayhall to the mound for the Harris doubleheader.
The Jackets aren’t yet eliminated from state tournament qualification, but will need to sweep Harris and have Bainbridge beat Lee on Tuesday to have a shot.
“Whether it happens or not, I’m extremely proud of these guys and how they’ve grinded it out this season,” Parkerson said. “It’s been real fun to watch these kids kind of grow up and mature through the short span of a season.”
“We’ve got one more week of guaranteed ball. We’re going to do our best and see what happens.”