Thursday October 27th, 2016 3:01AM

Baseball: Jefferson falls to Tift County

By staff reports
JEFFERSON -- Tift County scored a run in the sixth to edge Jefferson 3-2 in baseball action Friday.

The Dragons scored first when Taylor Wilkes scored on a RBI fielder's choice by Andy Nicolaus in the first inning.

Tift County rallied with single runs in the second and third innings off Jefferson starter Micah Carpenter for a 2-1 lead. Jefferson answered with a run in the bottom of the fourth when Jake Franklin scored from third on a balk call.

Balks would play another major factor later.

In the decisive sixth inning, Tift County's Alex Abbott walked, moved to second on another balk call, and then scored on a one-out double for a 3-2 lead.

Jefferson got a pair of runners on base in the bottom of the sixth but could not push a run across. The Dragons went down in order in the seventh.

Carpenter went 5 1/3 innings in the loss for Jefferson yielding six hits and striking out eight. Wilkes pitched the final 1 2/3 innings allowing no hits and fanning two.

Wilkes also finished with two hits and Max Ford, Franklin, Nicolaus, Hanon Price, and Trent Sorrells each had one hit for the Dragons.
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