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Jemison overpowers Isabella on senior night

By Brandon Sumrall / Special to the Advertiser

The Jemison Panthers varsity baseball team earned their 2018 seniors one more win for the road April 16 with a 14-1 over the Isabella Mustangs on senior night to bring this year’s home schedule to a close.

With Jemison pitcher Blake Smith and the Panther defense making short work of the Mustangs in the top of the first inning, the home team would waste no time getting their bats going in the bottom half of the inning. A leadoff walk to Daniel Martin would set up a RBI double by A.J. Jackson, while an infield ground ball by Camden Phillips and a passed ball at the plate would give the Panthers an early 3-0 lead.

Smith would retire the Mustangs in order through the top half of the second inning, while the Jemison offense would add two more in the home half of the inning. A one-out walk by Josh Bice and a two-out walk by Hunter Lowery would later see both Panthers score on wild pitches that would extend the Jemison lead to five.

A one-out single by Micah Drinkard in the bottom half of the third inning would do little to help the Mustangs after a pair of strikeouts would bring the half inning to a close.

Phillips would start the bottom half of the inning with a leadoff double that led to a RBI single by Ryan Smith. Add in a RBI single by Martin, a two-RBI single by Jackson along with a pair of passed balls that would result in a pair of Jemison runs, and the Panthers would pad their lead to 10 after three innings of play.

With Smith continuing to wreak havoc on the Isabella bats, another three up and three down inning for the Mustangs through the top of the fourth would move action to the bottom half of the inning with Jemison leading 10-0.

Phillips would start the fourth by reaching after being hit by a pitch. Smith would follow with a RBI double with Bice adding a RBI single. A bases-loaded walk to Martin, along with a wild pitch at the plate, would give Jemison a 14-0 lead after four innings of play.

Jacob Day would start the top of the fifth with a leadoff walk for Isabella and would be followed by a shot to deep left field by Kelan Mims for a double. A quick strikeout by Smith and a one-out infield ground ball by Drinkard would allow Day to score to break the shutout. With two outs on the inning, a ground ball to the right side would be flipped to first for the final out to give the Panthers a 14-1 win.

Smith pitched five innings for the Panthers allowing one earned run on two hits with one walk and eight strikeouts. Jackson led Jemison at the plate with a 3-for-4 performance with two singles, a double, and three RBIs.

Day got the start on the mound for Isabella and threw one and two-thirds innings allowing five earned runs on two hits with five walks and one strikeout. Mims and Drinkard each had hits for Isabella.