BY CHARLES PHELPS
JEFFERSON — The Jackson County Lady Panthers saw a 3-1 lead evaporate in the fifth inning against the Oconee County Lady Warriors. The Warriors managed two runs to tie the game at 3-3.
With extra innings looming, the Lady Panthers showed why they are the defending Region 8-AAA region champions as freshman Joni Lott smashed a single and brought the winning run home as the Lady Panthers toppled the Lady Warriors, 4-3, at Jackson County.
Jackson County (12-3, 5-1) is tied with Morgan County (9-3, 5-1) for first place in the region standings.
Madi Pecht led the Lady Panthers with a double and two RBIs from the plate. Shelton Kendrix went 4-for-4 from the plate. Jessica Burke recorded two hits and an RBI and Lott’s seventh-inning single was her lone hit and RBI of the game.
The Lady Panthers fell behind 1-0 in the second inning, but struck in the third, snagging three runs (3-1) to take the lead. The teams went scoreless in the fourth, but the Lady Warriors managed two runs in the fifth to tie the game, 3-3.
Lott’s brought home the last run of the game.
Jackson County hosts Elbert County tomorrow night.