JEFFERSON -- The Jackson County softball team opened the 2012 season with a 1-0 win over Oglethorpe County on Monday in Jefferson.<br />
Sophomore Jessica Baker pitched seven innings for the Lady Panthers (1-0), striking out seven batters and giving up only three hits.<br />
Meanwhile, sophomore Peyton Sorrells helped lead the Jackson offense, going 2-for-3 at the plate. Seniors Victoria Fontana and Andrea Ledford and Baker and Cassie Satterfield also had one hit apiece. Freshman Madi Pecht scored the game's only run after stealing two bases after entering as a courtesy runner for Baker. <br />
The Lady Panthers will play host to Archer at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.
The Dawson boys basketball team extended their perfect start to the season to 13-0 -- their best opening in over 40 years -- on Saturday, claiming the Battle of the States tournament title in the process, 62-22 over Murphy, N.C., in Hiawassee.
University of North Georgia junior Devin Gearhart was honored with the American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings Gold Glove Award as the best defensive third baseman in the NCAA Division II ranks.