Another region game, another region loss for Thomas County Central.
The Yellow Jackets dropped their fifth straight Region 1-AAAA contest Friday afternoon in a 13-3 decision to Northside-Columbus.
The Yellow Jackets dropped to 6-10 and have lost six of seven region games overall.
“The sun’s going to come up and we’re still going to come out here and we’re still going to work,” Central coach Chad Parkerson said. “I hope we have a little sense of urgency.
“Our practices have been really good. I just hope they can trust when the game gets here, it’s the same thing we’re doing in practice, it’s just somebody different in the dugout.”
That somebody Friday night were the Patriots who broke out of season-long slump at the plate. Northside pounded Central’s pitching staff for 13 hits and a season-high 13 runs en route to its fourth win of the season.
“I guess they were saving all their hits for us,” Parkerson said. “They did a good job. David (Smart) does a good job with them.”
Part of the Patriots’ offensive barrage were a pair of three-run homers, one by Dylan Brittingham in Northside’s five-run fourth inning and the other by Matthew Rossi in the team’s four-run sixth.
“A lot of it, they just did a good piece of hitting,” Parkerson said. “They hit some balls hard the other way. We probably got too much of the strike zone.”
Rossi finished with four RBIs, including an RBI single in the first inning. That capped a string of four straight hits off Central starter Kristofer Lee.
Rossi also had a hand in shutting down Central’s offense. Called on in relief in the sixth inning, Rossi stranded the bases loaded. Central left 10 runners on base.
“I said in our little post-game speech that our situational hitting is nowhere close to where it needs to be. We’ve got to do a better job of situational hitting,” Parkerson said. “We need to play station to station, base to base and be smart on the bases.”
Adam Choice led Central with three hits, including a solo homer in the fifth inning.