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Monday October 25th, 2021 9:33AM

Baseball: Jefferson splits with ranked teams Loganville, Wayne County

By AccessWDUN Staff

Class 4A No. 4 Jefferson split a pair of games on Saturday against two Class 5A teams in tournament play.

The Dragons dropped a tough 2-1 decision to No. 3 Loganville but rebounded with a 13-9 win over No. 9 Wayne County.

In the first game, Jefferson (4-2) scored in the top of the first on an RBI hit from Rem Maxwell. But the Dragons would manage just two hits the rest of the way.

Loganville answered in the bottom of the first on a Jackson Daniel home run and got another solo shot from Brocker Way in the second.

From there Riley Cruce and Matthew Heard held off the Jefferson offense.

Rem Maxwell took the tough loss scattering five hits in four innings and striking out four. Austin Bell and J.J. Rapp pitched the final two innings allowing just one hit.

Mason Cooper, Matthew Perrin, and Landon Richards also had hits for Jefferson

In the second game, Jefferson used a big nine-run fourth inning to rally for the win over Wayne County.

All nine players in the lineup had at least one hit for Jefferson. Cooper had two hits while Cole Watkins belted a solo home run. 

Maxwell, Richards, and Jake Walker each had two RBI for the Dragons. 

Jase Peoples got the win for Jefferson giving up five runs on seven hits in four innings.

Wayne County took a quick 2-0 lead in the first inning on the first of two Luke Boyken home runs. Boyken finished with four RBI for the game.

It stayed that way until the Dragons plated a run in the third and Wayne County scored three more runs in the fourth for a 5-1 lead on Boykin's second long ball.

But Jefferson took the lead for good with its big eruption in the fourth for a 10-5 lead. The Dragons pushed the lead to 13-5 in the sixth but Wayne County scored four in the seventh and left runners on base when Watkins got the final out to hold on for the win.

Jefferson next will travel to Hart County on Tuesday to open its Region 8-4A schedule.

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