THOMASTON, Ga. — Matt Jones drove home the winning run in the top of the seventh as the Spalding High baseball team opened the season with an 8-7 win Wednesday against Upson-Lee at the Silver Town Ball Park in frigid conditions.
“I was extremely proud of the way we played in the conditions — it was brutally cold,” fifth-year Jags head coach Mickey Moody said of a game his team never trailed in but stood tied in on three occasions before taking the lead for good on Jones’ double.
With the team’s tied 6-all, Travis Lee drew a leadoff walk to start the top of the seventh before Jones drove him in for his second RBI of the game and freshman Dylan Griffin drove in Jones with a single to provide an insurance run.
Lee than come on in relief to pitch the bottom of the seventh for the save. He was the fourth pitcher to throw for Spalding, the other being Josh Tapley who started and tossed four innings for the win, and Griffin and Josh Rice who threw middle relief.
“We only let up three earned runs,” said Moody. “We made three critical errors.”
Tapley, Griffin and Austin Hurt each had a pair of hits to lead the Jags at the plate.
“We started two freshman (Hurt and Griffin), and that’s something we’ve never done since I’ve been here,” said Moody.