This past Thursday night the East Gadsden High School Jaguars baseball team took on the talented Taylor County Bulldogs at home. At the start of the game the Bulldogs quickly asserted themselves as their leadoff hitter Chance Rodgers opened up the game with a triple that immediately put his team into scoring position. Taylor County’s second hitter duplicated Rodgers’ results by hitting a triple of his own, which produced the Bulldogs’ first run.
Unlike the Bulldogs the Jaguars struggled at the plate and were unable to build any offensive momentum. John Kelly and Marquis Hatten were the only Jaguars who produced hits during the first two innings of the contest. East Gadsden had a runner in scoring position in the second inning, but the team was unable to capitalize on the opportunity and left the runner stranded on base. Defensively the Jaguars were overmatched by the Bulldogs hitting power and bat speed. After three innings Taylor County held a commanding 13-0 lead.
East Gadsden’s field play improved during the latter innings, but their offensive adversity continued as the Bulldogs built onto their lead by a score of 16-0 at the end of the sixth inning. Despite the score, the Jaguars continued to fight and began to reap some positive results during the final inning of the game. After Jaleel Reynolds hit a triple to left field, John Kelley stepped to the plate and came up with a huge hit that brought his teammate home to put his team on the scoreboard. The Jaguars were unable to keep their late game rally going. Taylor County sealed their 16-1 victory over East Gadsden with an infield out.