Jeff Davis wins Class AA title

Posted 5/26/17

Jeff Davis players celebrate the school's first state championship on Friday. (Special Photo from GHSA)


SAVANNAH -- Jeff Davis swept past Elbert County Friday at historic Grayson Stadium on Friday to win its first baseball championship.
The top-ranked Yellow Jackets claimed a 4-1 victory in the first game, then rallied for two runs in the sixth and held on for a 7-6 victory in the second game. Then the Yellow Jacket seniors hustled back to Hazlehurst for graduation ceremonies Friday night.
Jeff Davis finished the season on a 10-game winning streak and ended with a 32-8 record, while Elbert County ended its best season in school history at 33-8.
It was Jeff Davis' first trip to the state finals since 2004 when the Jackets finished as the state runner-up to nearby Bacon County.
But Jeff Davis would not be denied on Friday.
Elbert County used a three-run sixth inning on RBI singles from Bryce Bowen and Turner Banks' single that scored two to give the Blue Devils a 6-5 lead.
However, Jeff Davis answered with two runs in the sixth on RBI singles from Chandler Davenport and Hogan White.
In the first game, pitcher Cody Ogilvie earned the win on the mound, shutting down a potent Elbert County offense.
Alex Sanders' RBI single in the top of the first gave Jeff Davis a 1-0 lead. However, Elbert answered with a run on Bowen's sacrifice fly.
But Jeff Davis took a 2-1 lead in the second on an error, then scored two more in the third on an RBI single from Ogilvie and a sacrifice fly from Garrett Baucom.