THOMASVILLE — Thomas County Central dug too deep a hole this time.

The Yellow Jackets fell behind by four runs in the first inning for the second consecutive day. Tuesday night, however, Central was unable to recover, falling 10-5 to Lowndes. The Yellow Jackets rallied Monday night in defeating Thomasville 10-7.

“Lowndes is a pretty good team,” Central coach Chad Parkerson said. “We just couldn’t cash in early.”

The Vikings, ranked No. 6 in Class AAAAA, used an infield single and a bloop single in their early explosion. But the biggest damage came from first baseman Colby Yates. With one on and out out, Yates drove a 1-1 pitch from Central starter Brandon Bynum over the right field fence to start the Vikings’ scoring. Lowndes (6-1) later added a run on a Mitchell Herring passed ball and Kyle Williams trotted home on Matt Rowland’s blooper into shallow right field.

Following the early damage, Bynum stifled the Vikings — retiring nine straight batters from the second through fourth innings. Lowndes’ Josh Reeves scored in the second after singling on another Herring passed ball. The Vikings added another run against Bynum in the fifth, when Parker Pridgen scored on a Scott Wilson fielder’s choice.

“The home run, truth be told was a good pitch,” Parkerson said. “The guy just hit a good pitch and good hitters do that and you just tip your hat to them when they do it. It just happens sometimes.

“That’s all you ask for from your starting pitcher is to give you a chance.”

Meanwhile, Central (4-3) was unable to get untracked against the Vikings’ starter, James Hager. Hager walked three in four no-hit innings, not allowing a Jacket past first base. After walking Blake Williams in the first, Hager erased the mistake by picking Central’s senior off first base.

“He was on and he was good,” Parkerson said. “He’s a good little pitcher.”

Still, Central and Williams battled. After Lowndes added four runs off reliever Austin Taylor to push their lead to 10-1 heading into the bottom of the sixth, Williams responded with a solo home run off Josh Purvis. Central’s offense heated up against Purvis, who relieved Hager in the fifth. Cory Harrell, pinch-hitting for Chris Munroe, broke up the Vikings’ no-hit bid with one out in the fifth and then Frank Burton singled to score Tyler Wooten one out later.

“Blake swung the bat well,” Parkerson said. “Our little surge there at the end, credit these guys. They didn’t give up. You look up there and it’s 10-1 and they didn’t give up. That’s something positive and, hopefully, we can build on that.”

Central’s late surge continued in the seventh against Tanner Fudge, when Williams drove a 2-0 pitch over the center field fence for a three-run blast that pulled the Jackets within 10-5.

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