COVINGTON - After getting off to a slow start Tuesday, the Georgia Perimeter Jaguars rallied to beat the Pirates of Chattahoche Valley Community College, 12-10.
"It was a great win," said Georgia Perimeter coach Danny Blue. "It shows that we can go out there and play with anyone. Our bats were working and we were finding the gaps. We got great performances out of our freshmen like Trent Freeman that really helped us today."
The Jaguars (4-5) began the game off to a sluggish start after starting pitcher Jesse Richeson gave up an RBI triple followed by a two-run homer in the first. Eventually settling down, Richeson handed the Pirates four strikeouts before leaving the game in the third with the Jags down, 4-1.
Coming in to do the dirty work was reliever Chris Anderson, who gathered one strike out and helping the Jaguars out of a bases loaded jam.
With Anderson lighting a spark on the mound, the bats of the Jaguars insinuated the fire in the fourth inning, banging out five hits which included a two-run double by Kevin Boyd. Third baseman Craig Sparks soon followed with a two-run single to tie the game at five.
With the playing field level, the fifth inning looked eerily similar to the fourth. Only this time it would be the Pirates gathering hit after hit, putting five more runs on the scoreboard to give them a 10-5 lead.
But the Jaguars continued to work, picking their spots at the right time to do most of their damage. After a couple of walks, a two-run double by Brad Lunsford and several miscues by the opposing defense, the Jaguars had inched closer, trailing 10-7 after five innings.
Continuing to sit back and pick the Pirates apart, the Jaguars came from behind by scoring five more runs in the seventh to take a 12-10 lead.
After a late seventh inning blow up by the Pirates coach, leading to an ejection and an early seat on the bus, the Jaguars used the momentum to their advantage. After giving up one run in the eighth and having two more runners in scoring position in the ninth, closer Brent Hendrick decided to shut the door on the Pirates by recording his third strike out of the game.
Trent Freeman led the Jaguars by going 5-for-5 with five singles and one RBI.
"I was struggling a little early in the season," admitted Freeman, "but now I am starting to see the ball and I am getting them to fall for me. It was a great early season win and has (gotten) us ready for the rest of the season."
Kevin Boyd had three RBIs. Jeremy Riehn was 3-for-5 with two RBIs.