Happy ending after all for JHS baseball

Published 8:53 am Thursday, April 15, 2010

By Stephen Dawkins

Though there is no playoff series to look forward to, Jemison’s baseball season ended on a positive note.

The Panthers on Tuesday defeated Maplesville, 17-0, in five innings in what amounted to the championship game of the Chilton County Baseball Tournament.

Just last week, Jemison defeated Bibb County for the first time in coach Jason Easterling’s five years at the school. That win, along with the county tournament title, softened the sting of not earning a playoff berth.

“We’ve won four in a row, so I’ll take it,” Easterling said.

Any doubt about Tuesday’s game was ended in the second inning, as the Panthers (14-14) scored 14 runs on 11 hits, two walks and four Maplesville errors.

Jemison tacked on one run in the third inning and two runs in the fifth against a Red Devils squad that was trying to save pitching for an upcoming playoff series.

Alex Campbell was the winning pitcher, shutting out the hosts while allowing three hits and no walks and striking out seven.

Campbell and Patrick Sims both homered for Jemison.