Spalding has been clawing its way out of the bottom.
Unfortunately, it’s been coming at the expense of Perry. The Jaguars beat the Panthers 11-1 at home on Monday, then on Wednesday, shut them out 2-0.
That has helped them put together the same Region 2-AAAA record as Perry, 5-9, but enjoying the bonus as far as a tie-breaker goes. The two are currently vying for the fourth seed with Spalding being 7-18 overall and Perry 8-18. They have one more game against each other, Friday at Spalding.
As far as Wednesday, both of the Jaguars’ runs came in the first. Spalding had four hits – as did the Panthers. All four came in that inning.
Perry did strand one in the first and had a two-out double by Jackson Nipper but could do little more against Spalding’s Wesley Hancock. He worked a complete game, struck out 15 and walked only two.
Elsewhere, Houston County beat Jones County 4-2. Three of the Bears’ runs came in the first. Their fourth came in the third. The Greyhounds pushed one across in the first and fourth. They were out-hit 8-5.
Jaden Woods drove in two of Houston County’s runs while going 1-2. Cameron Jones also had an RBI and scored twice in a 2-3 day and Coleman Willis went 1-3 and drove in one.