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June 7, 2014

Beggs, Phillips, 3 alumni taken in MLB draft; 8 Jaguar players drafted to pros in 2 years

When 40-plus professional and college scouts swarmed Jaguar Field on Scout Day last fall, one would suspect something was up. It was confirmed Saturday, bonanza day for the Georgia Perimeter College baseball program.

Dustin Beggs, shown pitching against South Georgia in April, was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the MLB Draft. Photo/Gerald Moulder

Five Jaguars—Dustin Beggs, J.T. Phillips and three alumni—were selected by Major League organizations in the 2014 MLB First-Year Player Draft.

Leading off the pick parade was right-handed pitcher Beggs, selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 17th round, the 525th pick overall.

Right on his heels came pitcher-shortstop Phillips, taken by the Texas Rangers at No. 546 in the 18th round as a pitcher.

More credit soon followed for the Jaguar program and, especially, head coach Brett Campbell, when in Round 24, pick 525, the Oakland Athletics chose Dawson Brown, a right-hander who pitched for GPC in 2013.

That makes it four pitchers selected in two drafts that were mentored by Campbell, a former pitcher in the Washington Nationals’ organization. Last June the Athletics took Sam Bragg, who currently tosses for the Beloit Snappers in the Class A Midwest League.

A fourth Jaguar pitcher was selected in the 26th round Saturday, John Connell—listed by his middle name “Mark” in the draft list—who went to the Los Angeles Angels as pick No. 779. Connell played for the Jaguars in 2011 under former coach Danny Blue, transferred to Kennesaw State University and pitched in the NCAA Division 1 Super Regional this weekend at the University of Louisville.

The Texas Rangers picked shortstop-pitcher J.T. Phillips as a pitcher in the MLB Draft. Photo/David Tulis

Also selected in last year’s draft was another Jaguar pitcher, coached by Danny Blue, Alan Busenitz, a right-hander now throwing for the Angels’ Burlington Bees in the Midwest League.

That’s six Jaguar pitchers to the pros in the past two drafts.

“I’m very humbled at the number of pitchers we’ve had drafted the last two years, as I take pride in our pitching,” Campbell said. “I was fortunate to learn from the very best, and it’s great to see that knowledge translate to the success of our young pitchers.”

Topping off the GPC news Saturday, rifle-armed John Fidanza, a catcher for Georgia Gwinnett College who played for the Jaguars in 2012, was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 23rd round at No. 690.

Outfielder Christopher Madera, a 2012 player, was drafted last year, so the total number of Jaguars chosen in the two drafts is eight players.

“It really is a testament to the type of players we have coming to GPC,” Campbell said. But I’m also very proud of the job my coaching staff has done developing these guys into potential draft picks.” Campbell's assistant coaches are Jeremy Brotherton and Brock Bennett, both standout college players. Bennett caught for Alabama and was drafted by the San Francisco Giants. Brotherton played second base for Kennesaw State and played professionally for two seasons in the Frontier League.

Dawson Brown

James Connell

Beggs, a two-year starter for the Jaguars from Roswell and Centennial High School, led the National Junior College Athletic Association with 125 strikeouts—possibly a GPC record.

With an 11-4 record, he also was at the top of the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association with an outstanding .078 earned run average in conference games and was 14th in the NJCAA with a 1.65 ERA overall.

Named to the NJCAA Division 1 All-America Third Team, the All-GCAA First Team and the East-Central All-District Team, Beggs measures 6-foot-3 and 180 pounds. Earlier this year he committed to pitch for the University of Kentucky.

Beggs finished his Jaguar career at 17-5—in 2013 he was 6-1 with 50 strikeouts in 46 2/3 innings, 14 walks and a 2.31 ERA.

Phillips first gained fame as a pitcher-shortstop for the Columbus team that won the Little League World Series in 2006. After playing for legendary coach Bobby Howard at Columbus High, helping win three state championships, he spent his freshman season playing for the University of Georgia Bulldogs. He then starred at shortstop and on the mound this spring for the Jaguars.

John Fidanza

Sporting a conference-leading .419 batting average, Phillips was named to the NJCAA Division 1 All-America First Team as an infielder and made the league’s first team and Gold Glove team as well as the all-district and district gold glove teams.

As a right-handed pitcher for the Jaguars, Phillips produced a 2-2 record, seven saves (tied for first in the GCAA), a .275 ERA, 18 walks and 40 strikeouts in 36 innings. He has committed to Armstrong Atlantic State University if he doesn’t go pro.

Brown, a 6-6, 200-pounder from McDonough and Locust Grove High, transferred to GPC from Mercer University to start for the Jaguars last season.

This spring he was an All-Gulf South Conference First Team selection for the University of West Florida in Pensacola. He posted a 6-3 record for the Argonauts and his 1.80 ERA and 61 strikeouts were second in the GSC.

At GPC Brown was 6-3 in 2013, leading the Jags with a 2.05 ERA, fanning 40 and walking 10 in 48 1/3 innings.

Connell, a 6-1, 205 lb. side-armer troubled by injuries, pitched a season for the Jaguars in 2011, posting a 2-1 record.

Hailing from Roswell H.S., Connell returned to his hometown, Kennesaw, to play out his junior and senior seasons for KSU. He did relief duty in both Super Regional games this weekend as the Owls’ postseason Cinderella juggernaut came to an end. He struck out 66 in 47 innings, walking 15 and going 7-4 with a 2.49 ERA.

A switch hitter, Fidanza starred for Georgia Gwinnett College, where this season he drove in 29 runs. Hitting .281, he stroked seven doubles, a triple and two home runs, and had a remarkable .986 fielding percentage. He was named to the NAIA World Series All-Tournament Team.

Coming to GPC from Coastal Carolina University, Fidanza caught for the Jaguars when Campbell was pitching coach under head coach Stewart Bailey. The 5-11, 200-pounder was named the 2012 GCAA Co-Defensive Player of the Year with a .987 fielding percentage and a reputation for throwing out nearly 75 percent of the runners attempting to steal a base against him.

“GPC truly has everything you need as a player to make the jump to professional baseball,” Campbell said. “We have an amazing facility, play great competition and have coaches who not only care deeply about each player but also have been to the highest levels and know what it takes to get there.”

View the 2014 MLB draft selections.

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June 4, 2014

Phillips named to All-America 1st team; national K’s leader Beggs on 3rd team

Georgia Perimeter College’s sophomore shortstop John “J.T.” Phillips was selected to the National Junior College Athletic Association 2014 Division 1 All-America First Team on Tuesday, and the nation’s strikeout leader, Dustin Beggs, earned a spot on the third team.

Ranked nationally as a hitter, J.T. Phillips led the district and conference with a .419 batting average. Photos/David Tulis

Phillips, a sophomore infielder and pitcher, led the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association (Region 17 of the NJCAA) and the East-Central District with a .419 overall batting average (18th in the nation) and had an outstanding .451 average in conference games.

“J.T. is one of the best JUCO players in the country. He brings so much to the table,” said GPC head coach Brett Campbell.

“He was our best hitter, made only eight errors all year at shortstop, is 94-95 off the mound, can run the bases. He’s just the total package. He is going to be a draft pick. I truly believe he will pitch in the big leagues.”

With 50 RBIs Phillips ranked fourth in the league and among Jaguars second only to Jerad Curry’s 51. An accomplished gap hitter, he paced the Jaguars with a .558 slugging percentage, swatting 17 doubles, two triples and a home run. He was second on the team with a .468 on-base percentage, and he stole 10 bases in 10 attempts.

In the field Phillips, who was coached by the legendary Bobby Howard at Columbus High School, committed only nine errors in 185 chances, which includes time at shortstop, 19 appearances on the mound and a brief stint at third base.

Doing double duty as a relief pitcher—and twice a starter—Phillips collected seven saves, tying with two others atop the GCAA, Justin Flores and Will Jones of Middle Georgia State. He posted a .275 ERA with 40 strikeouts in 36 innings and 18 bases on balls and had a 2-2 record.

“He brought competitiveness to our team—he hated to lose,” Campbell said. “That was, believe it or not, probably his best quality.”

Last month the GCAA coaches named Phillips the conference Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year. Subsequently, he was named to the All-East-Central District Team and the district Gold Glove Team.

Beggs, from Roswell and Centennial High, led the nation and the conference in strikeouts with 125 on the season and also was named to the All-GCAA First Team and the all-district team.

Dustin Beggs led the nation in strikeouts with 125, and his 1.65 ERA ranked 14th in the NJCAA, first in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association.

“Dustin had a tremendous year. I’d venture to say he either set the record or is in the top three for strikeouts in a season at GPC,” Campbell said.

Beggs paced the league with a 1.65 overall earned run average (14th in the nation), and in conference games kept it to a phenomenal 0.78, barely ahead of teammate Dylan Williams’ .089.

Exhibiting exceptional command, he issued only 13 walks in 103 2/3 innings. He posted an 11-4 record, tying him with Darton State’s Brandon Goldsmith for most wins in the conference (and tied for fifth in the NJCAA rankings).

Additionally, Beggs collected five saves, making seven appearances as a reliever during the grinding conference schedule.

“You don’t run into many JUCO pitchers who can command four pitches for strikes like Dustin,” Campbell said. “He can sink it on your hands at 90 mph and then put you away with his breaking pitches. I expect him also to be taken in the MLB draft.”

He added: “To see how far Dustin has come since he enrolled at GPC really makes coaching worthwhile.”

Phillips and Beggs were the only players from the GCAA (Region 17 of the NJCAA) to earn All-America honors. They led Georgia Perimeter to a 44-14 overall record and a 29-5 GCAA mark for a second consecutive regular-season championship. During the season GPC was ranked as high as fourth in the NJCAA national coaches’ poll.

They join three other GPC All-Americans of the 2013-14 academic year—men’s soccer forward Brayan Rodriguez (second team) and defender Jordan Dunstan (third team) and women’s soccer defender Alexandria Truitt (third team).

View the NJCAA Division 1 All-America roster.

View the Jaguars team and individual statistics.

GCAA stats leaders.

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May 20, 2014

Bryant, Beggs, Phillips on all-district team; Phillips named to district Gold Glove team

Jaguar left-fielder LaDonis Bryant, pitcher Dustin Beggs and shortstop J.T. Phillips were selected to the East-Central All-District Team Monday, and Phillips additionally was honored on the district Gold Glove team.

Dustin Beggs

LaDonis Bryant

J.T. Phillips

The teams represent the top players in the National Junior College Athletic Association East-Central District, composed of regions in Tennessee and Georgia—Region 7 and Region 17. The regions also are known as the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association (Region 17) and the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association.

The Georgia Perimeter College trio led the Jaguars to an outstanding 44-14 season and a regular-season championship with a 29-5 GCAA record. Ranked 19th nationally in team batting average (.331), the Jaguars twice rose to fourth place in the NJCAA national poll.

Phillips, a sophomore who a week ago was named GCAA Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year on the All-GCAA First Team and Gold Glove Team, was named to both district teams as an infielder, though he also pitched for the Jaguars.

Finishing the season with an overall .419 batting average, best among GCAA and East-Central District hitters, Phillips hit a whopping .451 in conference games. His fielding percentage was .951 with only nine errors in 185 chances at shortstop, third base and on the mound.

Beggs, also a sophomore who joined Phillips on the All-GCAA First Team, led the nation in strikeouts, 125, and led the conference in earned run average, 1.65 overall and—phenomenally—0.78 in league games. His 11-4 record tied him for first in the league in total wins, and he performed double duty as a reliever, posting five saves.

A freshman, Bryant also was selected to the All-GCAA First Team and GCAA Gold Glove Team. He stole 41 bases, ranking him sixth in the nation and second in the league, behind fellow freshman and teammate London Lindley (tied for fourth in the NJCAA).

In conference games he hit .389, fourth in the GCAA and led the Jaguars with a .479 on-base percentage. Though he didn’t make the district Gold Glove team, his fielding percentage couldn’t be better—1.000. He committed no errors in 72 chances.

The GCAA garnered all three outfield spots on the team, as Bryant was joined by West Georgia Tech’s Davis Aiken and Gordon State’s Tyler Hutch.

EAST-CENTRAL ALL-DISTRICT TEAM
Infielders: J.T. Phillips, Georgia Perimeter College; Brandon Sharpe, Darton State Community College; Tyler Fullerton, Columbia State Community College; Dathan Prewett, Walters State Community College.
Outfielders: LaDonis Bryant, GPC; Davis Aiken, West Georgia Technical College; Tyler Hutch, Gordon State College.
Catcher: Austin Norrell, Walters State.
Designated Hitter: Sam Few, Columbia State.
Pitchers: Dustin Beggs, GPC; Brent Honeywell, Walters State; Scooter Hightower, Columbia State.

EAST-CENTRAL DISTRICT GOLD GLOVE TEAM
Infielders: Third Base, Tavin Thompson, Darton State; Shortstop, J.T. Phillips, GPC; Second Base, Will Jones, Middle Georgia State College; First Base, Jordan Dwyer, Gordon State.
Outfielders: Trey Haygood, Darton State; Michael Smith, Walters State; Ben Drudy, Jackson State Community College. Catcher: Payton Mann, Darton State.
Pitcher: Brent Honeywell, Walters State.

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May 20, 2014

Jaguar Journal: Q & A with Coach Campbell

“That’s baseball.” The quotation is oft-repeated and should be the title of a book someday, if it isn’t already. Baseball is probably the most unpredictable sport, and the past weekend was no exception for the Georgia Perimeter College Jaguars.

Head baseball coach Brett Campbell guided the Jaguars to the GCAA regular-season and tournament championships. Photo/David Tulis

Head coach Brett Campbell guided the Jaguars this season to a record-breaking 21-game winning streak, two championships and a No. 4 ranking in the NJCAA coaches’ poll. That’s the highest ranking for Jaguar baseball in a long time.

Jaguars dominated the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association leadership board. J.T. Phillips led in batting average, and he was tied for most saves on the mound; Dustin Beggs, strikeouts and earned-run average and tied for most wins; London Lindley, stolen bases, and LaDonis Bryant finished second in thefts; Jerad Curry was second in runs batted in.

Yet, GPC mysteriously fell Saturday in a double-header at the NJCAA East-Central District Tournament. Columbia State Community College blanked the Jaguars 5-0 in Saturday’s winners’ bracket game, and Darton State College ended the Jags’ season with a 9-0 mercy-rule shutout—a total surprise after GPC whipped Darton 13-3 in the GCAA tournament championship game a week earlier.

Columbia State went on to defeat Darton State 5-1 Monday in the district championship game, earning the coveted trip to the NJCAA World Series in Grand Junction, Colo.

Coach Campbell presents his thoughts on the outstanding season and disappointing ending in the following Q & A.

Q: Those were tough losses Saturday, and unbelievable. What are your thoughts about the outcome?

CAMPBELL: Yeah, it was tough. I’m very proud of how the guys came out and fought. We really just couldn't get anything going offensively in either game. The starter from Columbia (Tyler Stewart) was one guy that we could get to for some runs, but he did an excellent job of making big pitches when he had to.

Q: And then in the second game here came Darton’s Davis Adkins, who seems to have the Jaguars’ number—four wins against GPC since a year ago May.

CAMPBELL: Once again Adkins killed us with his breaking pitches, and we just didn't make the adjustments we needed to. We are pretty right-handed heavy in our lineup, and that really plays into what Adkins does.

Q: Injuries devastated the team going into the tournament. Early in the season you had to red-shirt Pierce Ressmeyer (last year’s first-team all-conference catcher). Dylan Williams wasn’t healthy (1.38 league-leading ERA going into the tournament), and J.T. Phillips (GCAA batting leader, injured foot) would do much more on two good legs.

CAMPBELL: Yes, we had some devastating injuries and lost another key middle infielder who started 60 games for us last year, but that stuff happens. We preached all year, “Next man up.” Nobody is going to feel sorry for you—that's baseball.

Q: What’s the outlook for the 2015 Jaguars?

CAMPBELL: When I got this job, I wanted to make GPC a contender for a national championship every year, not just a conference or district championship. We are continuing to get better, but we still have a lot of work to do to get there. We are really close, we just have to keep putting ourselves in situations to win and get to Grand Junction, and sooner or later we are going to break through. We work too hard not to.

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May 17, 2014

Double whammy ends Jaguars’ season; shut out by Columbia State and Darton

Two antagonists from the past collaborated like movie villains to foil the Georgia Perimeter College Jaguars’ plans for a a role in the big show in Colorado.

London Lindley, batting against Columbia State, had three hits on the day, as did J.T. Phillips. Photos/Gerald Moulder

A familiar nemesis at the NJCAA East-Central District Tournament, Columbia State Community College, shut out Georgia Perimeter 5-0 in Saturday’s noon game, the winners’ bracket game, at GPC’s Newton Campus.

And another nemesis, side-armer Davis Adkins, and conference rival Darton State College put a wrap on the Jaguars’ season with a stunning 9-0 shutout.

Columbia State (42-11) and Darton State (43-19) will square off Monday at noon in the 2014 East-Central District championship game. The game was originally scheduled for Sunday, but rain forecasts forced a postponement until Monday.

The Chargers, 2-0 in the double-elimination tournament, defeated Darton State 5-2 Friday in the tournament opener. If Darton wins the Monday game, the teams will play the “if necessary” championship game 30 minutes after the game ends.

The district champion advances to the NJCAA World Series, which runs May 24 through May 31 in Grand Junction, Colo.

Columbia State is ranked seventh in the National Junior College Athletic Association coaches’ poll, and Darton is No. 18. Georgia Perimeter, ranked No. 4 nationally, finishes its 2014 campaign with a 44-14 record, a disappointing outcome, given the Jaguars’ promising run on the national tournament. But the Jaguars possess a second-straight Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association regular-season championship after posting a 29-5 conference record and a phenomenal 21-game winning streak.

For the Jaguars, Saturday was just one of those days when nothing goes your way. And two excellent opposing pitchers didn’t help matters, either.

Jerad Curry takes a throw from right fielder Charles Sheffield to tag out Darton's Tay Jerger at the plate.

Left-hander Tyler Stewart (7-1) pitched Columbia State into the championship game with an array of breaking pitches and change-ups. The Jaguars hit him hard often, but right to someone, and mustered only six hits. Columbia State turned two double-plays, and the Jaguars left eight runners stranded on base as Stewart walked five. He struck out six.

Then Adkins (10-5), who delivers extreme curve balls and off-speed pitches, took the mound in the elimination game already possessing three victories against GPC in the past 12 months. He proceeded to befuddle the Jaguars, throwing a three-hit shutout and ending their Colorado ambitions.

Darton’s hitters gave Jaguar starter Dylan Williams (6-1) due notice in the second inning when Riliani Familia led off with a triple to deep center field. William Golden brought him home with a groundout to the right side.

Third baseman Tyler Landmon takes a throw from pitcher Dylan Williams to trap Darton's Riliani Familia in a rundown.

The Cavaliers struck again in the third on a two-run home run blast by Brandon Sharpe. After scoring a run in the fourth, the Cavaliers erupted for four more in the sixth, which set up the mercy rule at the end of the seventh (a game is called if a team leads by eight runs after seven innings).

Jaguar relievers Ty Alvey and Eric Davis couldn’t stop the bleeding in the sixth and seventh innings.

The eighth run—and eventual game-winner—was scored in the sixth by Tavin Thompson on an RBI single by Sharpe. The Cavs added a run in the top of the seventh.

Trey Haygood led Darton with a three-for-four day at the plate.

J.T. Phillips, Morgan Bunting and London Lindley managed the three hits against Adkins, who struck out three and walked none while tossing an endless stream of eye-popping breaking balls.

In the noon game, Stewart also got plenty of support from Columbia State’s spray-hitting lineup. The Chargers erupted in a four-run fourth inning, getting six hits and a two-run double by Josh Wilson. They added a final run in the sixth on an RBI single by Desi Ammons.

Lindley collected a single and a double off Stewart; Phillips stroked two hits and Charles Sheffield singled in the ninth.

Joe Marlow (10-2) absorbed the loss. Matt Gray struck out four in 5 2/3 innings of relief.

GPC fell to Columbia State in the 2011 district tournament and lost two games to the Chargers in last year’s tournament. Darton knocked the Jaguars out of last year’s GCAA tournament, but Georgia Perimeter attended the district tournament because it had won an automatic berth as the regular-season GCAA champion, as was the case this season.

The championship game of the East-Central District tournament will be audio broadcast online with links under “Game Webcasts” on the GPC athletic home page.

NOTE: Columbia State won the East-Central District championship game, defeating Darton State 5-1 on Monday, May 19. At the JUCO World Series in Colorado, Columbia State was eliminated, winning two games and losing two.

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May 16, 2014

Beggs whiffs 13 in tossing a 3-hitter; Jaguars move into district semifinal

It’s the Jaguars versus the Chargers again. For the fourth time in four years, the Georgia Perimeter College Jaguars meet a familiar face from Tennessee, the Columbia State Community College Chargers, in a district tournament game.

Dustin Beggs struck out 13 and Jaguars smacked three straight extra base hits in a big inning to defeat Motlow State Community College 5-1 Friday in the first round of the NJCAA East-Central District Tournament at GPC’s Newton Campus. Georgia Perimeter (44-12) advance to Saturday’s semifinal with Columbia State (42-11), which beat Darton State 5-2 in the other first-round game. The showdown begins at 12 p.m. at Jaguar Field.

A four-run fourth inning won Friday’s game for Georgia Perimeter. Derrick Nelson kicked it off with a single; London Lindley walked and LaDonis Bryant sacrificed them over with bunt.

Morgan Bunting belted a two-run double to right field and scored on Jerad Curry’s triple to center. J.T. Phillips stroked an RBI double. The Jaguars scored again in the seventh when Bunting drew a walk and scored from first base on a double by Curry.

Beggs (11-4) tossed 3 2/3 perfect innings, but Motlow State’s Luke Tom’s ended that with a high, deep solo home run to center field in the fourth frame. Beggs pitched all nine innings and walked only one.

Elliott Bush took the loss for Motlow State, which dropped into the losers’ bracket to play Darton Friday evening. The Bucks lost that one 5-3, and their season came to an end.

Both teams playing in Saturday’s semifinal, GPC and Columbia State, are the regular-season champion and tournament champion of their respective conferences. They’ve been here before.

In 2011 Columbia State eliminated the Jaguars with a walk-off three-run home run. Last year the teams played twice in the district tournament. The Chargers won the first won 6-3 and in the semifinal ended GPC’s season with a dramatic 8-7 victory.

The winner of Saturday’s game enters Sunday’s championship game of the tournament, nicknamed the “Georgia-Tennessee Shootout.” The loser plays Darton State in Saturday’s 3 p.m. elimination game.

Georgia Perimeter ranks fourth in this week’s National Junior College Athletic Association coaches’ poll, while Columbia State is No. 7 and Darton State is No. 18.

The winner of the district tournament advances to the NJCAA World Series in Grand Junction, Colo.

Columbia State 5, Darton State 2: Seventh-inning run-scoring triples by Tyler Fullerton and Paul Kirby powered a five-run outburst that ended a pitchers’ dule between winning pitcher Scooter Hightower (10-1) and John Harmon (8-3). Hightower retired 24-straight batters after after Brandon Sharpe’s RBI single and Payton Mann’s RBI sacrifice fly in Darton’s two-run first inning.

Darton 5, Motlow State 3: Leading 2-1 in the top of the fifth inning, Darton scored the eventual game-winner with an RBI single by Luis Salas and a bases loaded walk by Payton Mann. Brandon Goldsmith (11-3) earned the win, and Davis Adkins collected his sixth save. Matt Sharp (10-3) absorbed the loss. Darton (43-19) will play Game 5 Saturday at 3 p.m. versus the loser of Saturday’s 12 p.m. game between Georgia Perimeter and Columbia State. Motlow finishes its season with a 40-24 record.

All games of the East-Central District tournament are being audio broadcast online with links under “Game Webcasts” on the GPC athletic home page.

The East-Central District tournament will be played May 16-18 at GPC’s Newton Campus, 239 Cedar Lane, Covington, Ga., 30014, near the intersection of I-20 and State Route 11.

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May 13, 2014

Phillips, Marlow head list of GCAA honors; Campbell Coach of Year 2nd straight year

Two pieces of news arrived Monday for the Jaguars: first, the East-Central District Tournament, hosted by Georgia Perimeter College, will start Friday instead of Thursday as originally scheduled.

J.T. Phillips

Joe Marlow Photos/David Tulis

Secondly, the Jaguars took a healthy cut of the annual Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association awards.

The coaches of the conference selected the 2014 All-GCAA, Gold Glove and All-Tournament teams, and GPC garnered coveted awards at the head of the list, which was posted Monday.

J.T. Phillips swept two top awards, Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year; Joe Marlow was named tournament Most Valuable Player and their head coach, Brett Campbell, collected the Coach of the Year Award for the second straight year.

Joining Phillips, a sophomore shortstop and pitcher, on the All-GCAA first team are sophomore pitcher Dustin Beggs and freshman left fielder LaDonis Bryant.

Sophomore catcher Jerad Curry and freshman center fielder London Lindley were named to the all-conference second team.

Marlow, a sophomore pitcher, was one of four Jaguars named to the 11-player GCAA All-Tournament team. The others were Lindley, Curry and sophomore first baseman Matt Taylor.

LaDonis Bryant

Dustin Beggs

Campbell won the Coach of the Year award in 2013, his inaugural season as a head coach, when Georgia Perimeter won the GCAA regular season championship. This year he guided the Jaguars to both the regular season and tournament championships.

They enter Friday’s East-Central District tournament with sterling 43-12 record—29-5 in the league—and a No. 8 ranking in the National Junior College Athletic Association coaches’ poll.

Named to the GCAA Gold Glove team as the shortstop and top defender, Phillips made numerous spectacular plays over the season with a cannon arm and had a .950 fielding percentage.

At the plate, Phillips led the GCAA in hitting, and carries a .422 average—ranking 16th in the NJCAA—into the district tournament. His 49 runs batted in are third-best in the league. As a pitcher he tied with two others for the saves lead with seven, also a tie for 13th in the nation.

To earn the tournament MVP award, Marlow pitched a brilliant three-hitter in a crucial semifinal game Friday against a tough opponent, ninth-ranked Middle Georgia State. He struck out seven and walked three.

Jerad Curry

London Lindley
Photo/Gerald Moulder

Marlow enters this weekend’s district tournament with a 10-1 record, which ties him at the top of the GCAA in wins and in a sixth place tie nationally.

Beggs leads the conference in strikeouts with 112 and counting. The winning pitcher in Saturday’s championship game, he’s won 10 games—at the top of the conference with Marlow and one other and sixth in the nation with Marlow and several others. His 1.71 earned run average is second only to teammate Dylan Williams’ 1.38.

In GCAA games, Beggs is second to none at a phenomenal 0.78 (Williams is second with a hardly-less-than-phenomenal 0.89). Beggs’ control has been borderline mythical—he’s walked only 12 batters in 94 2/3 innings.

Bryant was selected to the Gold Glove team with an outstanding 1.000 fielding percentage—no errors all season in 69 total chances in left field.

Batting second in the lineup with major-league speed, Bryant has 40 stolen bases, which ranks sixth in the nation and second in the league. In conference games his .389 batting average ranks fourth, and he is hitting .375 overall.

Head coach Brett Campbell

Matt Taylor

Leading off the Jaguar batting order with his own major-league speed, Lindley heads the GCAA in thefts, entering the weekend tournament with 44 stolen bases. That’s good for fourth place in the nation.

He ranks eighth in overall batting average at .366. In the tournament he hit .461 and batted in three runs.

Curry hit .400 in the tournament with three runs batted in. He ranks second in the GCAA with 50 RBIs. He’s tied for fourth with four home runs and 12th in overall average at .358.

Early in the season, Georgia Perimeter lost 2013 All-GCAA first team catcher Pierce Ressmeyer, and Curry meeting the challenge as the team’s No. 1 catcher was pivotal to its success.

Taylor hit a key two-run home run in the championship game of the tournament, his second round-tripper of the season. He has a .331 batting average with 10 doubles and a triple.

Taylor’s performance at first base for two seasons has been extraordinary. In 312 chances this season he committed only eight errors for a .974 fielding percentage.

Thursday’s rain forecasts postponed the opening round of the East-West District Tournament until Friday, when three games will be played at noon, 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.

The Jaguars enter the talent-filled event as a strong contender. The winner of this four-team double-elimination tournament advances to the NJCAA World Series in Grand Junction, Colo., so the incentive is high.

The tournament features the top two teams from Georgia and the top two from Tennessee. Like GPC, Columbia State Community College of Clifton, Tenn., won the Tennessee league’s regular-season championship and tournament championship. The Chargers (41-11) are ranked No. 12 in the NJCAA.

As the GCAA tournament runner-up, No. 18 Darton State (42-18) qualified, and Motlow State Community College (40-22) of Lynchburg, Tenn., similarly gained entry as the Tennessee tournament runner-up.

All games of the tournament games will be audio webcast with links under “Game Webcasts” on the on the GPC athletic home page.

The East-Central District tournament will be played May 16-18 at GPC’s Newton Campus, 239 Cedar Lane, Covington, Ga., 30014, near the intersection of I-20 and State Route 11.

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May 10, 2014

Six-run 4th spurs 13-3 win over Darton as Jaguars capture GCAA championship

For the second time in four years, the Georgia Perimeter College baseball team is both the regular-season champion and tournament champion.

The 2014 GCAA champion Jaguars display their trophy Saturday at the Darton State baseball field after going 3-0 at the conference tournament. Photo/Lara Dreggors

Matt Taylor’s two-run home run highlighted a six-run fourth inning, and the Jaguars defeated Darton State College 13-3 in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association championship game Saturday in Albany.

With the tournament title, Georgia Perimeter (43-12) takes two championships into Thursday’s East-Central District tournament, which the Jaguars host because they won the GCAA regular-season championship. They will be the tourney’s No. 1 seed.

The district tournament, dubbed the “Georgia-Tennessee Shootout,” includes two teams from Georgia and two from Tennessee. As tournament runner-up, Darton State (42-18) also earns a berth in the event, which runs Thursday through Saturday at GPC’s Newton Campus.

The Jaguars scored in each of the first six innings and the six-run fourth inning salted the game away. Starter Alex Bollinger (2-3) walked the first three batters of the inning and the Jaguars got timely hits from London Lindley (RBI single) and Jerad Curry (RBI double) before Taylor’s two-run blast over the left field fence.

Tyler Landmon, Charles Sheffield and Derrick Nelson drew walks and scored runs in the inning, and LaDonis Bryant reached on an RBI fielder’s choice and scored.

Lindley led off the game with a walk, and Morgan Bunting singled him in for the first run. Tyler Schwartz drew a leadoff walk in the second inning and came home when Nelson hit into a bases-loaded double-play.

In the third, Bryant stroked a base hit and scored on an error.

Darton cut the lead to 3-1 with an RBI single in the bottom of the third by Darton’s Tavin Thompson, who had three hits for the day. But GPC blew the game open in the bottom of the inning to lead 9-1.

GPC added runs in the fifth and sixth on a sacrifice fly by Bryant, plating Sheffield, and an RBI single by Schwartz, scoring Curry.

Back-to-back doubles by Thompson and Luis Salas—who had two hits and an RBI—and a run-scoring single by Thompson, scoring Hill Thomas, put two more on the scoreboard for Darton in the sixth and seventh.

The Jags ripped their own back-to-back doubles for a run in the ninth, by Derrick Nelson and Lindley, and another sacrifice fly by Bryant brought in the final run.

Getting two hits apiece were Lindley, Morgan Bunting and Taylor, as the Jaguars knocked out 10 hits. They took advantage of nine walks by Cavalier pitchers and five errors by the defense. Meanwhile, the Jags committed two errors, and their pitchers walked but one.

Dustin Beggs (10-4) earned the win, giving up two runs and six hits in six innings of work. He uncharacteristically struck out one (he leads the GCAA with 112 K’s and fanned 11 in a 2-1 loss to Darton on April 26). For the second outing against the Cavaliers he issued no walks.

Dylan Williams relieved Beggs in the seventh and allowed a run and three hits but contained the Cavaliers in his two innings of work, striking out three. J.T. Phillips closed it out with a scoreless ninth.

The Jaguars rolled through the double-elimination tournament without a loss. Thursday, in their first game, they defeated Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College 6-3, and Friday they sent Middle Georgia State College to the losers’ bracket with a 3-1 win.

In 2011 Georgia Perimeter also won both GCAA championships—the regular season and the tournament, which was hosted at the Newton Campus. The Jaguars attended the East-Central District tournament in Tennessee that year and again last year when they won the regular-season title.

Going into the district tournament, GPC leads Darton 3-2 in their season series. Georgia Perimeter ranks eighth in this week’s National Junior College Athletic Association coaches’ poll, while Darton is No. 18.

Joining GPC and Darton in the district tournament will be Columbia State Community College (Clifton, Tenn.), ranked No. 12 in the NJCAA and winner of the Tennessee regular-season championship and tournament championship. Motlow State Community College (Lynchburg, Tenn.), runner-up in the conference tournament, rounds out the field.

The winner of the district tournament, also a double-elimination affair, advances to the NJCAA World Series in Grand Junction, Colo.

All of the East-Central District tournament games will be audio broadcast online. To listen in, visit the GPC athletic home page and click on the link under “Game Webcasts.”

The East-Central District tournament will be played May 16-18 at GPC’s Newton Campus, 239 Cedar Lane, Covington, Ga., 30014, near the intersection of I-20 and State Route 11. It will be audio webcast with links under “Game Webcasts” on the GPC athletic website.

Watch archive video broadcasts of the GCAA tournament at jockjive.com or the GPC athletic website.

View the GCAA tournament brackets at the GCAA website.

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May 9, 2014

Marlow’s 3-hitter sends Jaguars to title game; playing Darton State for GCAA championship

Joe Marlow tossed a three-hitter as the Jaguars won a 3-1 semifinal victory over Middle Georgia State College in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association tournament in Albany Friday.

After the first inning, Joe Marlow pitched scoreless one-hit ball for the next eight. Archive photo/Gerald Moulder

Georgia Perimeter (42-12) advances to the championship game of the double-elimination tournament to be played Saturday at noon. The opponent will be host Darton State College (42-17), which emerged from the losers’ bracket Friday with a 3-2 victory over Gordon in the afternoon and a 7-4 evening win over Middle Georgia.

Pitching a complete nine-inning game, Marlow (10-1) struck out seven Knights, walked three and gave up an earned run in the first inning. He allowed only one hit in the final eight innings.

“Joe Marlow picked a great time to throw his best game at GPC,” said head coach Brett Campbell. “His fastball was the best it’s been, and he competed his tail off. He’s one of the hardest-working kids I’ve ever been around, and I’d go to battle with him anytime.”

Saturday’s title game represents a grudge match between two teams that split their season series, and it is a contest between two nationally ranked teams. Georgia Perimeter ranks eighth, while Darton is No. 18 in the NJCAA coaches’ poll released Tuesday.

Middle Georgia, ranked No. 9 in the nation, finishes the season with a 38-15 record. Gordon State goes out at 31-26.

The Knights put a run on the scoreboard in the first and goose eggs thereafter as Marlow settled in to pitch his gem. Kent Rollins led off the game with a double, and Spencer Duffie scored him with a single.

GPC tied it in the third inning when Derrick Nelson drew a walk, advanced to third on a throwing error and came home on LaDonis Bryant’s groundout.

Middle Georgia threatened in the fourth, but Marlow got himself out of the jam. Duffie reached an infield single, the third and final hit off Marlow. After Duffie stole second base, Drew Taylor hit a sharp one-hopper back to Marlow, who caught Duffie off base and ran him down for the unassisted putout.

Jerad Curry, who had two hits, led off the bottom half of the inning with a single through the hole between third and shortstop, and an out later Tyler Schwartz hit the same hole. Charles Sheffield stroked an RBI single to center, and Curry came around with the eventual game-winning run.

Sheffield started an insurance run rally in the seventh with his second hit—through that hole at shortstop. He moved to second on Nelson’s groundout and came home on London Lindley’s base hit to left.

GPC made only one error as the defense gave Marlow solid support. Lindley hauled in a ninth-inning shot by Drew Taylor with a running over-the-shoulder catch at the left-center warning track.

Middle’s Tanner Love (6-4) pitched a good game, giving up two earned runs, six hits and three walks while striking out four.

The odd thing about Saturday’s championship game is that neither team needs to win it to advance to next week’s East-Central District tournament. By winning the regular-season GCAA championship, Georgia Perimeter received an automatic bid to the tourney and will host it. Since the four-team tournament pits two teams from Georgia and two from Tennessee, Darton also has clinched a seat, either as the GCAA tournament winner or runner-up.

As the Tennessee tournament is over, the field at the district tournament is set. Joining GPC and Darton will be Columbia State Community College, winner of the Tennessee league’s regular-season championship, and Motlow State Community College, which won the conference tournament.

The winner of the district tournament, also a double-elimination affair, goes to the NJCAA World Series in Grand Junction, Colo.

Box score.

The GCAA tournament is played at Darton State College, 2400 Gillionville Rd, Albany, GA 31707.

All games of the GCAA tournament are being video webcast by JockJive Sports with links at jockjive.com or at the GCAA links site or the GPC athletic website.

View the tournament brackets and follow the scores at the GCAA website.

The East-Central District tournament will be played May 16-18 at GPC’s Newton Campus, 239 Cedar Lane, Covington, Ga., 30014, near the intersection of I-20 and State Route 11. It will be audio webcast with links under “Game Webcasts” on the GPC athletic website.

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May 8, 2014

Jaguars survive ABAC’s triple play, win 6-3 to advance in GCAA tourney

Six days earlier the Georgia Perimeter College Jaguars couldn’t solve Matt Shurley’s breaking balls and off-speed pitches. Thursday they proved the outcome can change when a team has a second look, despite being the victim of an utmost rarity in sports—a triple play.

Jumping on Shurley early, the Jaguars defeated Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College 6-3 in the winners’ bracket of the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association double-elimination tournament in Albany.

The Jaguars (41-12) advance to play Middle Georgia State College (39-16) in the winners’ semifinal Friday at noon. The Knights defeated tournament host Darton State College 2-1 in Thursday’s other winners’ bracket game.

ABAC (21-29) surprised nationally ranked GPC with last Friday’s 4-3 win in Tifton, when the Stallions became the only GCAA team to beat the Jaguars twice. But Thursday the Georgia Perimeter came to Darton’s stadium with a more aggressive approach against Shurley and gained a 3-2 lead in the season series between the two teams.

LaDonis Bryant kicked off the Jaguars’ four-run first inning, drawing a walk and scoring on Morgan Buntning’s triple to the left-center gap. Jerad Curry knocked in Bunting with a sacrifice fly.

After Eric Davis singled, Tyler Schwarz reached on a two-base throwing error, and Davis raced home. Tyler Landmon pulled an RBI single to right for the fourth run of the inning.

Starter Brad Taylor puzzled ABAC until the top of the fourth, when he walked the leadoff man, Will Bagwell. Aaron Benefield scored Bagwell with a hit, and a groundout by Lane Dixon plated Chris Miller, who had reached on an error.

London Lindley, who had three hits, opened the bottom of the fourth with a single and stole second base. Surely hit Bryant with a pitch, setting the stage for the celebrated triple play.

With speedsters on first and second (Lindley leads the league in stolen bases, and Bryant is right behind him), Bunting stepped to the plate. The freshman power hitter smacked a screaming line drive toward second base.

Shortstop Jacob Baxter took a couple of steps toward second base, caught the liner and stepped on the bag to double off Lindley, who had no chance to recover from his normal lead off the base. Baxter then whipped the ball to first baseman Benefield to put out the diving Bryant for the stunning bang-bang-bang triple play.

In the pressbox, Web TV sportscaster Jim DeWitt—who undoubtedly has a few years on most of the game’s spectators—told side commentator David Elder that he’s been watching baseball all his life and has never witnessed a triple play.

The Stallions narrowed the gap in the seventh inning, tagging reliever Aaron Bentley for a run. Baxter singled and came home on a grounder by Trevor Montcrief that forced a runner at second base.

Reliever J.T. Phillips ended another ABAC threat in the eighth. Needing an insurance run, the Jaguars got two in the bottom half of the inning.

Charles Sheffield, who had made a major-league diving catch in right field to end the fifth, drew a walk and moved to second on Derrick Nelson’s second base hit. Lindley singled to score Sheffield and chase Shurley.

Reliever Ethan Thornton walked Bunting to load the bases and then hit Curry with a pitch, bringing in Curry’s second RBI of the day.

Phillips set the Stallions down in order in the ninth for his league-leading eighth save. Taylor (9-2) earned the win with a solid performance, allowing three hits and one earned run in six innings.

Surley (4-5) took the loss, giving up 11 hits and four earned runs in 7 1/3 innings of work.

As the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds in the tournament, Georgia Perimeter and Darton State received byes in Wednesday’s opening round. Third-seeded Middle Georgia defeated No. 6 South Georgia State 3-1, and No. 5 ABAC beat No. 4 Gordon State 10-4 to advance to Friday’s reunion with GPC.

In Thursday night’s elimination game, Gordon sent South Georgia home with a 4-0 shutout. In Thursday night’s losers’ bracket elimination game, ABAC’s season came to an end with a 4-3 loss to Darton.

The winner of GPC’s 12 p.m. game with Middle Georgia Friday advances to Saturday’s championship game, while the loser will return to the field Friday evening to play the winner of the 3:30 losers’ bracket game between Darton and Gordon.

Box score.

The GCAA tournament is played at Darton State College, 2400 Gillionville Rd, Albany, GA 31707.

All games of the GCAA tournament are being video webcast by JockJive Sports with links at jockjive.com or at the GCAA links site or the GPC athletic website.

View the tournament brackets and follow the scores at the GCAA website.

The East-Central District tournament will be played May 16-18 at GPC’s Newton Campus, 239 Cedar Lane, Covington, Ga., 30014, near the intersection of I-20 and State Route 11. It will be audio webcast with links under “Game Webcasts” on the GPC athletic website.

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May 3, 2014

Beggs and bats capture a championship: Jaguars’ 3rd regular-season title in 4 years

For the third time in four years, Georgia Perimeter College has captured the regular-season championship.

Dustin Beggs struck out eight, and Jerad Curry, Charles Sheffield, Tyler Schwartz and LaDonis Bryant were hitting heroes as the Jaguars clinched the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association pennant Saturday with a 3-2 victory at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton.

In the second game of the doubleheader, ABAC secured a series split with a 7-3 win. But between the games, the Jaguars learned that second-place challenger Darton State had lost the opener in Saturday’s doubleheader 6-1 at third-place Middle Georgia State, and thus GPC clinched the regular-season championship.

ABAC’s victory in the nightcap clinched fifth place for the Stallions and resulted in cancellation of Sunday’s makeup game between the two teams. The makeup game is unnecessary because both teams clinched seeds in the GCAA tournament, which begins Wednesday at Darton in Albany.

Darton State won its nightcap 4-3, but Georgia Perimeter (40-12, 29-5 GCAA) clinched because even if Darton (38-16, 28-7 GCAA) won its final game Sunday with Middle Georgia to tie the Jaguars in the win column, the Cavaliers would trail in the loss column, and winning percentage prevails in determining the champion. GPC played only 34 games because of two cancellations—ABAC and Georgia Highlands—while Darton played the full 36-game conference schedule.

“We knew going in what we had to do against ABAC, and we got the job done,” said head coach Brett Campbell, who was GCAA Coach of the Year last season after winning the regular-season championship.

“That said, we made too many mental errors yesterday and today,” he added. “We have to get back to playing smart baseball for the tournament.”

As the regular-season champion, GPC earns top seed in the conference tournament and an automatic bid to the NJCAA East-Central District tournament and will host it. The winner of that tournament—between two Tennessee teams and two Georgia teams and held on May 15-17—advances to the NJCAA World Series in Grand Junction, Colo.

ABAC (20-27, 17-18 GCAA) surprised GPC with Friday’s 4-3 win in Tifton, but the Jaguars came to the Stallions’ field Saturday ready to take care of business.

Curry opened the scoring in the third inning with a lofty home run to left-center. Then until the sixth inning, the Stallions’ Conner Alford (2-4) kept GPC quiet—except for a single by Sheffield and London Lindley’s single-incredibly-stretched-into-a-double.

ABAC tied it 1-1 in the fourth inning when Will Bagwell reached on an error, Christian Miller doubled and A.J. Benefield hit a high chopper off the tip of Beggs’ glove. Derrick Nelson scooped up the ball near the bag and threw out Benefield at first, but Bagwell raced home from third to score.

Sheffield opened the sixth with a double—his second two-bagger and third hit of the game. Bryant brought him home with a base hit. In the top of the seventh, Curry drew a walk, and pinch runner Alex Dedels scored the eventual game-winner, advancing on an error and crossing the plate when Schwartz singled to left.

In the top of the seventh, Curry drew a walk, and pinch runner Alex Dedels scored the eventual game-winner, advancing on an error and crossing the plate when Schwartz singled to left.

Beggs (9-4), who walked none, scattered five hits, and gave up one earned run, prevented a tie in the final inning with a spectacular defensive play. With runners on second and third and no outs, he dove between the mound and third base to stop an infield hit and threw to third while on his belly to force out the runner, Lane Dixon.

Moments later the Jags’ second error of the inning allowed Jacob Baxter to score, so if Dixon had been on third, the game would have been tied at 3-3. Beggs ended the threat with his eighth strikeout and groundout—defensive replacement Tyler Landmon to first baseman Matt Taylor—and the Jaguars took the break between games to learn they had won the regular-season title and would host the East-Central district tournament.

Who hosts the district tournament alternates between Tennessee and Georgia, and when the Jaguars won the GCAA regular-season championships in 2011 and 2013, the district tournament was held in Tennessee.

In Saturday’s second game, Curry whacked a two-run home run in the first inning, scoring Bryant ahead of him. It was Curry’s third homer in five games and fourth of the season.

Abraham Baldwin jumped on starter Brad Taylor (8-2) to tie it in the bottom half of the inning with runs batted in by by A.J. Benefield and Adam Boan.

Matt Taylor gave GPC a 3-2 lead in the third with an RBI single that scored Lindley, who had doubled. But ABAC tied it right back up on a single by Jay Green and an RBI single by Cole Bruce.

Boan broke the tie in the third with a solo home run, and the Stallions struck for three runs without a hit in the fifth. With two runners on, Taylor Camp bunted and circled the bases on two Jaguar throwing errors.

Damion Fondren (3-0) was the winning pitcher for the Stallions, and reliever Ethan Thornton earned the save, pitching three scoreless innings and giving up three hits.

As top seed in the GCAA tournament, the Jaguars receive a bye in Wednesday’s opening games, as does No. 2 seed Darton. GPC will play the winner of No. 4 Gordon State and No. 5 ABAC on Thursday at noon. The winner of No. 3 Middle and No. 6 South Georgia State will play Darton at 3:30 Thursday.

In addition to Georgia Perimeter, two other teams that will play in the East-Central District tournament (a.k.a. Georgia-Tennessee Shootout) are already known. Columbia State Community College won the regular-season championship of the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association, and Motlow State Community College won this weekend’s conference tournament.

First game box score.

Second game box score.

The GCAA tournament will be played at Darton State College, 2400 Gillionville Rd, Albany, GA 31707.

The GCAA tournament will be video webcast by JockJive Sports with links at jockjive.com or at the GCAA links site or the GPC athletic website.

View the tournament brackets and follow the scores at the GCAA website.

The East-Central District tournament will be played May 15-17 at GPC’s Newton Campus, 239 Cedar Lane, Covington, Ga., 30014, near the intersection of I-20 and State Route 11. It will be audio webcast with links under "Game Webcasts" on the GPC athletic website.

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May 2, 2014

ABAC edges Jags with walk-off hit; pennant magic number stuck at 2

With seeding for the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association tournament at stake Friday night, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College took care of business.

A sterling pitching performance by Matt Shurley and a walk-off double by Cole Bruce gave the Stallions a 4-3 victory over Georgia Perimeter College at ABAC’s home field in Tifton, setting up a crucial doubleheader for both teams Saturday afternoon.

With the loss and a 2-1 win by Darton State Friday at Middle Georgia State, GPC’s lead in the GCAA standings slipped to 1½ games, and with the Cavaliers on their heels, Saturday’s twinbill becomes an urgent affair for the Jaguars. The magic number is two for Jaguars (39-11, 28-4 GCAA)—any combination of Georgia Perimeter wins and Darton State losses totaling two will give the conference regular-season championship to GPC.

Darton (37-15, 27-6 GCAA) plays a doubleheader Saturday at third-place Middle Georgia State and hosts the Knights Sunday in Albany.

Meanwhile, ABAC (19-26, 16-17 GCAA) hopes fourth-place Gordon State knocks South Georgia State into sixth place, giving ABAC the No. 5 seed.

For Georgia Perimeter the real stakes Saturday are this—the regular-season champion earns an automatic bid to—and will host—the East-West District tournament May 15-17, regardless of the outcome in next week’s GCAA tournament, which begins Wednesday.

With the score tied 3-3, Bruce’s double came in the bottom of the ninth off reliever J.T. Phillips (2-2). After Trevor Camp led off with a single, Trevor Montcrief reached on a bunt fielder’s choice, advanced on Ricky Carpenter’s single and scored the winning run on Bruce’s rip down the left field line.

GPC struck first on an RBI sacrifice bunt by Derrick Nelson in the second inning, scoring Matt Taylor, who had reached on an error.

ABAC answered in the bottom half of the inning with three runs, the big hit being a two-run double by Trevor Montcrief.

In the fourth inning, the Jaguars tied it when Nelson and London Lindley reached on errors; LaDonis Bryant’s groundout scored Nelson and Jerad Curry’s sacrifice fly plated Lindley.

That got starter Joe Marlow off the hook for the loss. He pitched four innings, allowing three earned runs on five hits, while striking out four and walking two.

Aaron Bentley came out of the bullpen for the fifth and quieted the Stallions with five strikeouts in 3 1/3 innings. He issued one walk and one hit.

However, Shurley also silenced the Jaguars with his exceptional off-speed and breaking stuff, scattering three hits from the fifth through the eighth. Lindley stole three bases, and teammates Morgan Bunting and Tyler Landmon lashed two hits apiece, but the highlights were few as the Jaguars generally struggled against Shurley.

Sidearm reliever Ethan Thornton (2-1) pitched the ninth and earned the win for the Stallions.

The Saturday twinbill at Abraham Baldwin will be audio webcast, beginning at 12:55, with links at the athletic home site under “Game Webcasts.”

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April 28, 2014

Tuesday’s ABAC baseball game postponed; magic number now 2 for regular season title

For the second consecutive season, Mother Nature is jumping into the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association pennant race.

Because of thunderstorm forecasts, the Jaguars’ baseball game with Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, scheduled for Tuesday, is postponed and may not even be played at all, head coach Brett Campbell announced.

If necessary, the game will be played on Sunday, May 4, at a time to be determined at Jaguar Field on the Newton Campus.

Several factors come into play as to whether the makeup game will be played.

The GCAA double-elimination tournament begins a week from Wednesday, May 7. To avoid infringing on tournament preparations, the regular-season schedule is supposed to be finished on Saturday, May 3. A Sunday game will be played only if necessary to determine seeding for the six-team tournament.

GPC now has two conference games that have been postponed—a home date with Georgia Highlands College has not been made up. Monday, the GCAA declared that the Georgia Perimeter-Highlands game is cancelled.

The Jaguars and Darton State College are in the race for the regular-season title and the tournament top seed. GPC is in first place at 28-3 and second-place Darton is 26-6 in league play.

Georgia Perimeter needs to win only two games over ABAC this weekend to clinch the regular-season championship. Second-place Darton is playing four games with third-place Middle Georgia State—and three are at Middle. Any combination of two GPC wins and Darton losses hands the title to the Jaguars. If Darton sweeps the Middle series and GPC wins two and loses two with ABAC, there is a tie at 30 in the win column, but GPC will finish a game ahead in the loss column and claim the championship.

And to complicate things: if weather prevents GPC from playing all four games against ABAC, then GPC’s magic number is one.

Reason: If Darton sweeps four and GPC wins one of three, the Jaguars would finish with less wins but a higher winning percentage.

Thus, the weather has become a major player in the race this week.

Last year, two days of nasty weather prevented GPC from playing its final game, and the GCAA declared the Jaguars the regular-season winner over Middle Georgia by a half-game.

Whether history repeats itself depends on the Jaguars’ performance at ABAC Friday and Saturday. A sweep settles the final standings without intervention by nature.

The regular-season winner not only gets top seed in the conference tournament, but more importantly receives an automatic bid to the East-Central District tournament and even hosts it. The winner of that tournament—between two Tennessee teams and two Georgia teams—advances to the NJCAA’s JUCO World Series in Grand Junction, Colo.

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April 26, 2014

Jaguars split twinbill with Darton; regular-season magic number is 3

Jerad Curry homered and J.T. Phillips pitched a five-hitter and added three hits as the Jaguars got back in the winning column with a 10-1 victory Saturday at Darton State College in Albany.

J.T. Phillips

Darton State had ended the Georgia Perimeter College 21-game winning streak Friday. The Cavaliers continued to trouble the Jaguars with a 2-1 win in the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader despite an 11-strikeout performance by Dustin Beggs.

Georgia Perimeter (39-10, 28-3 GCAA), ranked fourth in the nation by the NJCAA coaches’ poll, maintains its 2 1/2 game edge over Darton in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association standings. The Jaguars’ magic number is three—any combination of Georgia Perimeter wins and Darton losses totaling three will give the conference regular-season championship to GPC.

The regular-season champ earns an automatic bid to—and will host—the East-West District tournament May 15-17, regardless of the outcome in the GCAA Tournament the previous week.

Georgia Perimeter’s final four-game series begins Tuesday at Jaguar Field as Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College comes to town. Meanwhile, Darton State (36-15, 25-5 GCAA), ranked No. 14 in the NJCAA national poll, will play four games with third-place Middle Georgia State College, ranked No. 8 nationally.

Jaguar head coach Brett Campbell praised what he termed “outstanding pitching efforts” the Jaguars received Saturday from Phillips and Beggs.

“J.T. stepped up in a huge way and got a big win for us,” Campbell said. “Anytime we need someone to step up and do something clutch for us, we all look to J.T., and he comes through.”

Though the Jaguars dropped the nightcap, Campbell noted, “Dustin had great stuff in the second game and put us in a position to win. We dropped a third strike for a run in the first, and then I made an atrocious pitch call in the seventh on a guy I knew had slider bat speed. But you’ve got to tip your hat to Darton for finding a way to win.”

Luis Salas was the “guy with slider bat speed,” hitting a walk-off home run to win Game 2.

On the mound in the opener, Phillips (2-1) struck out five and walked two, giving up an earned run to the Cavaliers in the sixth inning. At the plate he went three-for-four with three runs and an RBI.

Curry belted a home run, scored two runs and drove in three. He and Charles Sheffield produced three hits apiece, Sheffield collecting a double and two RBIs.

LaDonis Bryant, Matt Taylor and Tyler Schwartz each stroked two hits, and Schwartz had two RBIs.

Brandon Goldsmith (9-2), the winning pitcher when Darton eliminated GPC from last year’s GCAA tournament, absorbed the loss this go-around.

In the nightcap Beggs (8-4) walked none while fanning 11 in six innings pitched—there were no outs when Darton scored the winning run in the seventh. He gave up five hits, and one run was unearned.

Darton’s master of the breaking ball, Davis Adkins (6-5), earned the W, his third win against GPC since last May 3.

Bryant and Sheffield had two hits apiece, accounting for four of the Jaguars’ five hits.

Derrick Nelson stroked the other hit, scoring GPC’s only run in the third inning on a single by Bryant. Sheffield swatted a double, his second of the day.

“I’m very proud of how the guys fought this week,” Campbell said. “I said from the beginning these guys are tough. We’re playing really banged up. So, when you think about being able to split with a team playing very well of late, we’ll take it.”

Tuesday’s 6 p.m. game with Abraham Baldwin at Jaguar Field will be audio broadcast online with links at the athletic home page under “Game Webcasts.”

First game box score.

Second game box score.

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April 25, 2014

Darton ends GPC win streak in grand style; Cavaliers’ Harmon shuts out Jaguars 10-0

Nobody expected the Georgia Perimeter College 21-game winning streak to end with the mercy rule. Apparently, nobody told John Harmon it isn’t supposed to go like this.

Harmon pitched a seven-inning shutout and Darton State College ended the Jaguars’ record-setting streak 10-0 Friday in Albany. The nine-inning game was called after one out in the bottom of the seventh on the run rule.

The loss narrows the Jaguars’ lead over Darton State atop the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association standings. Georgia Perimeter (38-9, 27-2 GCAA) holds a 2 1/2 game lead over the Cavaliers (35-14, 25-5 GCAA) going into Saturday’s 2 p.m. doubleheader at Darton.

The Jaguars sought to clinch the GCAA regular season championship with a sweep of the weekend series between the two nationally ranked teams—GPC at No. 4 in the NJCAA poll and Darton at No. 14. Now a clinch can’t be achieved even if the Jaguars win both games Saturday.

It’s not the first time that Darton ended a Jaguar streak. Last May 3, also a Friday night, the Cavaliers ended another GPC run, 17 consecutive victories in April, and that also was with a shutout, a 5-0 gem pitched by Davis Adkins.

In defense of the Jaguars, they’re playing banged up with several key injuries or guys recovering from injuries—shortstop J.T. Phillips, fireballer Dylan Williams, speedster London Lindley and power hitter Morgan Bunting.

Harmon (7-1) issued one strikeout and a walk while containing the Jaguars to seven hits—one by Tyler Landmon and two each by LaDonis Bryant, J.T. Phillips and Matt Taylor.

Hill Thomas and Luis Salas had three hits apiece for the Cavaliers, and Payton Mann collected three RBIs. Salas and Trey Haygood each drove in two runs.

Brad Taylor (8-1) took his first loss of the season, giving up nine hits and seven runs, three unearned. He fanned four and walked three. In two innings of relief duty, Michael Peel gave up a hit, a walk and two runs, one unearned.

Reliever Robert Massenburg got one out and allowed a hit in the seventh before the Cavaliers evoked the mercy rule with an unearned run and an earned run. The Jaguar infield committed two errors in the game.

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April 22, 2014

No. 4 Jaguars edge No. 14 Darton 4-3; winning streak stretches to 21 games

In a showdown between nationally ranked teams Tuesday at Newton Campus, Tyler Schwartz’ two-run double sparked Georgia Perimeter College to a 4-3 win over Darton State College and the Jaguars’ 21st consecutive victory.

Tyler Schwartz watches the Jaguars’ celebration after doubling in two runs to start a four-run fifth-inning rally. Photos/David Tulis

The Jaguars, 4 1/2 games in first place in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association, had learned earlier in the day that Tuesday’s NJCAA coaches’ poll ranked them fourth in the nation. Second-place Darton is ranked No. 14 and third-place Middle Georgia State is ranked eighth.

Initially, Georgia Perimeter (38-8, 27-1 GCAA) couldn’t solve Darton’s Davis Adkins, who pitched a perfect game for the first four innings with a mix of torrid breaking balls and excellent location.

Trailing 1-0 going into the bottom of the fifth inning, the Jaguars finally got to Adkins, loading the bases for Schwarz. Morgan Bunting drew a one-out walk; Matt Taylor singled to left field and Adkins hit Charles Sheffield with a pitch.

For the second time in three outings, Schwartz was the hero at the plate. He ripped a double down the left field line, scoring Bunting and Matt Taylor. Derrick Nelson drove in Sheffield with a ground out, and London Lindley beat out an infield hit to bring in Schwartz and give the Jags a 4-1 lead.

Those were the only three hits the Jaguars could muster off Adkins (5-5), who whiffed nine and walked only one in eight innings of work. But the lead held, and GPC beat Adkins after losing to him twice last season.

Darton (34-14, 24-5 GCAA) took the early lead in the second inning off the winning pitcher, Joe Marlow (9-1). Luis Salas led off with a base hit and scored on Tavin Thompson’s RBI single.

Third baseman Derrick Nelson drove in a run and made four key defensive plays to end threats.

Thompson advanced to third, but with two outs third baseman Nelson made an over-the-shoulder catch in foul territory to douse the threat.

Totaling nine hits and stealing seven bases, the Cavaliers threatened in almost every inning. They had two runners on base in the third frame when Nelson ended the inning by fielding a hard bouncer and forcing the runner at third.

In the fourth, Thompson singled to center and raced around to third when Lindley committed his first error of the season in 54 chances. However, Marlow stranded Thompson on third base with two strikeouts.

Marlow finished five innings, allowing eight hits while striking out five and walking three.

After J.T. Phillips came on in the sixth frame, the Cavs had two outs and two runners on—Thompson on second base—when Nelson ended the inning by stabbing a sharp grounder by Riliani Familia and beating the speedster with a hard throw to first.

Phillips threw two innings of scoreless relief, and Dustin Beggs pitched a one-two-three eighth. Then Cavaliers threatened in the ninth with a two-run rally.

With one out, Beggs tossed his third strikeout, but it came on a wild pitch, and Familia reached first safely. Brandon Sharpe doubled in Familia—his second hit—and then scored on Salas’ second single of the evening.

Beggs got another strikeout, but a walk, two stolen bases and an error put runners on second and third. Then Beggs induced Thompson to ground out—to Nelson—for his fifth save. His four strikeouts ran his league-leading season total to 92.

The Jaguars’ 21-game winning streak is part of a larger juggernaut by head coach Brett Campbell’s squads this season and last. Since April 2 of last year, when GPC began a 17-0 record for the month, the Jaguars have swept nine of 11 series and won 44 of 47 regular-season GCAA games.

The teams travel to Albany to finish the series at Darton with a 6 p.m. Friday game and a Saturday doubleheader starting at 2 p.m.

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April 20, 2014

Jaguars’ winning streak goes to 20 games

Dustin Beggs turned in a combined shutout as Georgia Perimeter College upped its winning streak to 20 games, taking a twinbill from Georgia Highlands College 11-0 and 5-4 Sunday at Newton Campus.

Dustin Beggs

Beggs and Charles Sheffield combined for a three-hit shutout in the opener, and the Jaguars won the second game with a three-run sixth inning.

The victories set the stage for a Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association showdown Tuesday night at Jaguar Field. Georgia Perimeter (37-8, 26-1 GCAA), ranked sixth in the nation by the NJCAA coaches poll, hosts the No. 17 team, Darton State College, Tuesday at 6 p.m. Darton sits in second place in the GCAA standings, 2 1/2 games behind the Jaguars.

The Jaguars’ winning streak is believed to be a school record. They have swept five four-game series, and are poised on six but one rained-out game with Georgia Highlands remains to be played. Since the beginning of a 17-game winning streak last season, the Jaguars have swept nine of 11 series and are 43-3 in regular-season conference games.

In Sunday’s opener Beggs (8-3) pitched six innings, striking out seven, walking two and allowing only two hits. Sheffield closed it in the seventh, allowing a hit and striking out one.

GPC committed four errors, so Beggs had to pitch out of potential scoring situations by Georgia Highlands (15-29, 9-18 GCAA).

Tyler Scwartz was the big hitter in the first game, batting three-for-four with two runs scored and two RBIs.

Reserve catcher Milton Miranda, who is hitting .385 in conference games, stroked two hits, scored twice and drove in two runs. Also getting two hits were Matt Taylor and Derrick Nelson. London Lindley, who leads the GCAA in steals, swiped three bases.

The Jaguars erupted for a five-run sixth inning to put the game away. Sheffield looped a two-RBI double into right-center field, followed by a run-scoring error, an RBI groundout by Schwartz and a line-drive single by Miranda that plated the 11th run.

In the nightcap, getting two hits apiece were Taylor, Nelson, Sheffield, Lindley and J.T. Phillips.

Leading 2-1 going into the bottom of the sixth inning, the Jaguars got a leadoff double from Jerad Curry to start the eventual game-winning rally. Curry scored when Morgan Bunting reached on a two-base outfield error. After Taylor laid down a bunt single, Sheffield ripped a single up the middle, scoring Bunting, Sheffield’s fourth RBI of the doubleheader. Lindley’s bases-loaded infield hit drove in the Jags’ fifth run.

Matt Grey (2-0) earned the win, pitching four innings in relief of starter Dylan Williams. Grey gave up one run and four hits, striking out one and walking none. In the seventh inning, Phillips gave up three runs, one unearned, but struck out two to close it out.

Albert Harless (3-2) was the losing pitcher, while Peter Acuff (0-5) was credited with a loss in the opener. Tuesday’s game with Darton State will be audio webcast with a link on the athletic home page under “Game Webcasts.”

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April 18, 2014

Saturday baseball postponed; Sunday's is on; Saturday softball at ABAC reset for Monday

Because of continued rain, the Jaguars’ baseball game with Georgia Highlands scheduled for Saturday, April 19, was postponed. The game will be rescheduled for a date to be determined.

The weekend's doubleheader will be played on Sunday, beginning at 1 p.m.

Saturday’s softball doubleheader at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton is postponed and rescheduled for Monday at 4 and 6 p.m.

Sunday's baseball twinbill will be audio webcast, beginning at 12:55 p.m. To listen to the broadcasts, find the links under “Game Webcasts” on the athletic home page.

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April 17, 2014

Jaguars ranked sixth in NJCAA poll; big bats bring 18th straight victory

The Georgia Perimeter College Jaguars learned Tuesday they are ranked sixth in the nation, and then Thursday they played like a national contender.

Tyler Landmon

Morgan Bunting

Morgan Bunting and Tyler Landmon hit home runs as the Jaguars defeated Georgia Highlands College 11-1 in the inaugural game between the two schools at East Cobb Complex in Marietta.

Tuesday the National Junior College Athletic Association coaches poll ranked Georgia Perimeter at No. 6 in the nation. Sporting a 17-game winning streak that day—now 18 games—the Jaguars shot up from No. 12 in the previous poll.

The Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association boasts three teams ranked in the national poll—Middle Georgia State College sits at No. 10 and Darton State College at No. 17.

Collecting 11 hits Thursday evening, the Jaguars (35-8, 24-1 GCAA) scored seven runs in the first three innings. The nine-inning game was called after seven on the 10-run rule.

London Lindley, returning to the lineup after missing six games with an injury, led off the game with a bunt single and stole second. LaDonis Bryant was hit by a pitch. They went to second and third on a double steal and J.T. Phillips knocked them in with a base hit.

GPC added three in the second frame. Derrick Nelson drove in Bunting on a fielder’s choice. Lindley stroked an RBI single, scoring Tyler Schwartz. Schwartz had two hits on the day, a single and a double high off the 20-foot wall in left field.

In the fourth, Phillips hit a sacrifice fly to center for his third RBI, bringing home Bryant, who singled, advanced on a wild pitch and swiped third base.

Bunting golfed a pitch over the right-center fence in the top of the fifth to make it 9-0.

Georgia Highlands (15-27, 9-16 GCAA), playing its first season in the GCAA, finally pushed across a run in the bottom half of the inning. Camden McGill walked, Chap Lindstrom smacked a ground-rule double and Andrew Mocahbee followed him with an RBI double. Bryant picked up the ball off the left-field fence and fired it to the cutoff man to keep Lindstrom from scoring.

In the seventh Bunting drew a walk, and Landmon swatted a pinch-hit two-run homer over the right-center fence to finish the scoring.

Right-hander Joe Marlow (8-1) earned the win for the Jaguars, pitching five innings, giving up six hits and one run, striking out three and issuing four bases-on-balls.

Reliever Ty Alvey tossed almost-perfect sixth and seventh innings, striking out five and walking one.

GPC played errorless ball in the field.

The Chargers’ Tyler Elwer (3-4) took the loss. Greg Gerard gave up two runs in two innings of relief.

Saturday GPC hosts Highlands in a 6 p.m. game, followed by a Sunday doubleheader, starting at 1 p.m. All three games will be audio broadcast online with links under “Game Webcasts” on the athletic home page.

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April 12, 2014

Nelson’s 6 hits, Williams’ 10 strikeouts help Jaguars match 2013 17-0 record

Call it a juggernaut, or more appropriately, a Jaguarnaut. The phenomenal 17-game winning streak of 2013 has been matched by the 2014 Jaguars.

Dylan Williams

Derrick Nelson

They matched it Saturday on their home field with a 5-2, 10-1 sweep of South Georgia State College behind sterling performances by Derrick Nelson, Dylan Williams and Dustin Beggs.

Now 34-8 on the season and ranked 12th in the NJCAA national poll, GPC moves to 23-1 in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association. The Jaguars still hold a three-game lead over second-place Darton State, which has kept pace for weeks via its own 13-game winning streak. The Jaguars and Cavaliers will begin their four-game series on April 22 at GPC.

Since the beginning of the April 2013 17-game winning streak—a GPC record—the Jaguars are 40-3 in regular-season conference games. The Jaguars lost two to Darton last May, and currently they haven’t lost a game since they dropped a 7-6 10-inning classic in the opener of a doubleheader with Middle Georgia on March 15.

The current streak began in the nightcap of that twinbill, when speedster London Lindley hit a single and—when the ball slipped through the center fielder’s legs—raced around the bases to score with a headfirst slide.

“We’re playing hard and that's what I like the most,” said head coach Brett Campbell. “Yes, we’re talented, but if you don't play hard, ability really doesn't matter.”

Dustin Beggs

Saturday’s victories also represent the fourth four-game series sweep by the Jaguars and the eighth since early April last year.

Nelson stroked a perfect six hits in six trips to the plate in the twinbill. In the first game, he had three hits—including a double—scored a run and drove in one. He went three-for-three in the nightcap with a run and an RBI.

“Derrick plays all out every day,” Campbell said. “We put him in because he is a plus-plus defender at third, but he has really taken off offensively and has had some crucial hits for us.”

In the second game, Williams (6-0) struck out 10 in five innings of work, giving up no walks, no runs and three hits.

“Dylan has gotten better every outing and has really established himself as a frontline guy for us. The emergence of his breaking ball has made his fastball that much better,” Campbell said.

Aaron Bentley closed with two innings of work, fanning two, walking one and allowing an earned run.

Along with Nelson, top hitters for game two were J.T. Phillips with two doubles, Tyler Schwartz (double, single, two runs) and Kendrick Thompson (two hits, run, RBI).

For South Georgia State (22-18, 13-11 GCAA) Austin Dykes (2-4) was the losing pitcher.

In the opener, Beggs (7-3) pitched a complete seven-inning game, striking out eight, walking two but allowing nine hits.

“I bet if you were to ask Dustin, he would tell you it wasn't his best stuff, but he put us in position to win against a good pitcher (Brooks Calvo),” Campbell said.

As in the opener, GPC had 10 hits with catcher Milton Miranda rapping two hits, scoring three runs and driving in one. Tyler Scwartz had two RBIs; Jerad Curry had a double and LaDonis Bryant belted his first triple of the season.

Calvo (5-1) absorbed the loss for the Tigers.

Thursday the Jaguars begin a series with Georgia Highlands playing at the Chargers’ home field at the East Cobb Complex. The game will be audio webcast, beginning at 5:55 p.m., and fans can tune in through a link under “Game Webcasts” on the athletic home page.

Friday the teams play at Jaguar Field for a 6 p.m. game, followed by Saturday’s doubleheader there at 1 p.m.

First game box score.

Second game box score.

Thursday's game is at the East Cobb Complex, 4617 Lee Waters Rd Marietta, Ga 30066. The Jaguars play home games at GPC’s Newton Campus, 239 Cedar Lane, Covington, Ga., 30014, near the intersection of I-20 and State Route 11.

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April 11, 2014

Phillips powers Jags to 13-2 victory; Taylor improves to 8-0 on mound

J.T. Phillips’ bat and Brad Taylor’s arm propelled Georgia Perimeter College to its 15th consecutive win as they prevailed 13-2 over South Georgia State College Friday at GPC’s Newton Campus.

J.T. Phillips

The Jaguars collected 15 hits, and Phillips had four of them in four at-bats while driving in five runs and crossing the plate twice.

“J.T. is a great player and what he is doing is what we expected him to do,” said GPC head coach Brett Campbell. “But J.T.’s best quality is his competiveness. He hates to lose and that's the type of guys I want on my team.”

Tossing six-plus innings before the game was called in the seventh on the mercy rule, Taylor now leads the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association in wins with an 8-0 record.

Georgia Perimeter (32-8, 21-1 GCAA), ranked No. 12 in the National Junior College Athletic Association poll, will go for a series sweep Saturday as the teams play a 1 p.m. doubleheader at Jaguar Field. The league-leading Jaguars remain three games ahead of second-place Darton State in the GCAA standings.

Campbell said his players, “have bought into what I'm teaching and we’ve continued to get better. We’re just taking it one game at a time and worrying about what we do and what we can control. All the other stuff will take care of itself.”

All of GPC’s hits Friday night were singles, and the Jaguars struck early with four runs in the first inning. Leadoff hitter LaDonis Bryant, who stole a base and scored two runs, went three-for-five.

Getting two hits and two RBIs apiece were Jerad Curry, Matt Taylor (two runs) and Tyler Schwartz (one run), while Derrick Nelson had two hits, scored two runs and drove in one.

Taylor struck out four, walked none and allowed the two runs, one unearned. Matt Grey closed it out in the top of the seventh, allowing one hit.

Lake Hart and Joseph Bennett scored the runs for South Georgia (22-16, 13-9 GCAA).

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April 9, 2014

Jaguars keep rolling with 17-5 road romp

Georgia Perimeter College extended its winning streak to 14 games with an 11-run outburst in the seventh inning to post a 17-5 come-from-behind win at South Georgia State College Wednesday in Douglas.

Georgia Perimeter (31-8, 20-1 GCAA) received other good news Wednesday when the NJCAA national coaches poll was released and boosted the Jaguars from 18th to No. 12 in the rankings.

South Georgia (22-15, 13-8 GCAA) struck quickly with three runs in the first inning, but the hard-hitting Jaguars replied with three in the top of the second.

After falling behind again by a run, the Jaguars tied it again with a run in the third, posted two in the fourth and then erupted in the seventh for 11 tallies.

GPC banged out 19 hits, and the heroes at the plate abounded.

Jerad Curry and Matt Taylor each went three-for-four, Taylor stroking a double and driving in two runs, Curry getting two RBIs.

Kendrick Thompson went three-for-five with two RBIs; Tyler Landmon, two-for-five, including a double and two RBIs; Derrick Nelson two-for-five, double, two RBIs. J.T. Phillips two-for-four, two RBIs.

Joe Marlow (7-0) preserved his perfect record and earned the win with four innings pitched, giving up four runs, three earned runs.

Phillips tossed three innings of relief, striking out three and allowing one earned run. The game was called on the mercy rule after completion of the seventh inning.

The teams meet at Jaguar Field for a nine-inning game Friday at 6 p.m. and a Saturday doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. All three games will be audio webcast with links at nhsbn.com or on the athletic home page under “Game Webcasts.”

Box score.

The Jaguars play home games at GPC’s Newton Campus, 239 Cedar Lane, Covington, Ga., 30014, near the intersection of I-20 and State Route 11.

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April 6, 2014

Win streak at 13 games; Williams gets a shutout

Georgia Perimeter College got another quality start from Dylan Williams in a two-hit combined shutout, and the Jaguars swept the series with Andrew College with a 10-0 victory Sunday at GPC’s Newton Campus.

Dylan Williams

It is the 13th consecutive victory for Georgia Perimeter College, ranked No. 18 in the NJCAA coaches’ poll with a 30-8 overall record and a 19-1 mark at the top of the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association.

Since April 2, 2013, the Jaguars are 36-3 in regular-season GCAA games.

The Fighting Tigers (10-26, 4-16 GCAA) couldn’t get the sticks on the ball against Williams (4-0), who struck out eight in six innings of work, giving up two hits and two walks. A week ago at Gordon State, Williams won a 3-1 pitchers’ duel, fanning seven in six innings, allowing five hits and three walks.

“We knew Dylan could become this kind of pitcher, and it’s a big boost for us,” said GPC head coach Brett Campbell. “We got four quality starts in the series, I think for the first time this season.”

Ty Alvey pitched a scoreless seventh inning, allowing one base runner on a walk.

GPC erupted for four runs in the second inning and never looked back. Much of Andrew’s problem stemmed from wildness on the mound—the Fighting Tigers issued 10 walks while allowing eight hits.

Jerad Curry had two hits, including a double, in four at bats, and Kendrick Thompson finished with two hits in three trips. The game was called in the seventh inning on the mercy rule.

Tuesday the Jaguars visit South Georgia State College in Douglas for a 6 p.m. game with the Tigers, who hold a fourth-place tie with Gordon State. Friday the action returns to GPC with a 6 p.m. game, followed by a 1 p.m. doubleheader Saturday.

“It’s a big series this week,” Campbell said. “South Georgia is much improved. They swing the bat well.”

The weekend games will be broadcast online with links at nhsbn.com or under “Game Webcasts” on the athletic home page.

The Jaguars play home games at GPC’s Newton Campus, 239 Cedar Lane, Covington, Ga., 30014, near the intersection of I-20 and State Route 11.

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April 5, 2014

Beggs whiffs 12 in 3-2 victory; bats perk up in 11-1 nightcap

Dustin Beggs struck out 16 Fighting Tigers this week. The sophomore right-hander fanned 12 Saturday to carry Georgia Perimeter College to a 3-2 win over Andrew College at Newton Campus. This after he had struck out four in two innings as closer Tuesday in Cuthbert.

Dustin Beggs

Saturday’s second game turned into a Jaguar hit parade as they pounded out 15 safeties to win 11-1 behind another strong pitching performance by Brad Taylor.

Georgia Perimeter, ranked No. 18 in the NJCAA national poll, improved to 29-8, 18-1 in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association as the Jaguars stretched their winning streak to 12 games.

“We didn’t play well in the first two games of this series (Tuesday and Saturday’s first game),” said GPC head coach Brett Campbell. “We had poor situational hitting, didn’t do the small ball stuff we like to do. But in today’s second game the bats came around.”

In the first game, Jerad Curry went two-for-three with a double, and London Lindley also stroked two base hits in three at-bats. But Lindley left the first game with an injury, a troubling development for the Jaguars as the freshman center fielder leads the team with a .405 batting average and leads the GCAA with 26 stolen bases.

Lindley led off the bottom of the first inning with a single, stole second and moved to third on LaDonis Bryant’s sacrifice bunt. J.T. Phillips followed with an RBI single.

Curry’s base hit kept the rally going, and Phillips eventually came home when Morgan Bunting hit into a fielder’s choice.

Tyler Landmon scored the eventual game-winning run in the sixth. He drew a base on balls, advanced on a passed ball and wild pitch and loped in from third when Kendrick Thompson lofted a sacrifice fly to center field.

Andrew (10-25, 4-15 GCAA) threatened with two runs—driven in by Spencer Welch’s single—in the top of the seventh inning off Beggs, and Campbell shouldered the blame.

“I sent him a bad pitch call, a terrible call,” Campbell said. But it was too little, too late for the Fighting Tigers as Beggs put out the fire and ended the seven-inning game.

Beggs (6-3) gave up four hits, walking only two, and his strikeout total boosted his conference-leading season total to 73. He also leads the GCAA with a 1.93 ERA, and his six wins ties Taylor, Joe Marlow and Darton State’s Brandon Goldsmith for most wins in the league.

“Dustin has become the quality pitcher we knew he could be, and that has really helped us,” Campbell said. In the second game,

Taylor (6-0) also produced in a sterling performance in getting his sixth win. He pitched five shutout innings, allowing three hits, striking out three and issuing two walks.

Again GPC got it rolling early with four runs in the second inning. Three Jaguars led the hit parade with three hits in three trips—Bryant, Phillips and Derrick Nelson.

Bryant, who belted a double, scored four runs, Nelson had four runs and four RBIs and Phillips—red-hot at the plate lately—drove in five runs, totaling six RBIs for the day. Thompson chipped in two hits, including a two-bagger.

Taking the losses for Andrew were and Hudson Jacobs (3-5) and Trey Mallett (0-3).

The teams play a makeup game Sunday at 10 a.m. The game will not be broadcast.

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April 2, 2014

Jaguars notch 10th consecutive win

First the double-digit streak of 2013. Now the double-digit streak of 2014.

Joe Marlow and Dustin Beggs combined for 13 strikeouts; Charles Sheffield swiped three bases—including home for an insurance run—and Georgia Perimeter College defeated Andrew College 4-2 Wednesday in Cuthbert.

Extending their winning streak to 10 games, the Jaguars (27-8, 16-1 GCAA) maintain their three-game lead in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Conference (Region 17 of the NJCAA).

For the month of April 2013, GPC went an incredible 17-0, and all were conference games. As the Jaguars dropped two games on May 1 to Darton State and one to Middle Georgia last month, they’ve won 33 and lost only three in GCAA competition since the beginning of last year’s streak.

Marlow (6-1) started on the mound Wednesday and pitched seven innings, striking out nine and giving up two runs, four hits and one walk. Beggs relieved in the eighth, tossing two perfect innings and striking out four batters for his fourth save.

GPC opened the game with a run in the first inning. Ladonis Bryant singled, stole second and scored on an RBI single by J.T. Phillips.

In the fourth, Tyler Schwartz rapped a two-out single, scoring Jerad Curry, who had singled.

Andrew (10-23, 4-13 GCAA) tied it in the bottom of the fourth inning on back-to-back doubles by Cole Murphy and Josh Garland, who knocked in Murphy and Zach Lippincott.

This is where the story gets interesting. In the seventh, Sheffield led off with a base hit, stole second and advanced to third on a passed ball. Derrick Nelson followed with a squeeze bunt to bring Sheffield in with the eventual game-winner.

In the ninth, Sheffield again singled, again swiped second and advanced to third on a fly out to right field.

With two outs and Nelson up again, Nelson faked a squeeze, and Sheffield stole home for the insurance run.

GPC swiped six bases—Sheffield’s three, two by Bryant and one by Phillips.

Saturday the Jaguars host the Fighting Tigers in a doubleheader that begins at 4 p.m. Sunday the teams finish their four-game series with a 1 p.m. game. All three games will be audio webcast with links at nhsbn.com or on the athletic home page under “Game Webcasts.”

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March 30, 2014

Jaguars boost winning streak to 9 games

With two more comeback victories, one featuring a Jaguar hit fest, Georgia Perimeter College swept a doubleheader 3-1 and 9-4 Sunday in Barnesville.

London Lindley

Tyler Schwartz

Tyler Schwartz and London Lindley teamed up for the first game’s winning run in the top of the seventh. Second-game starter J.T. Phillips set the Highlanders down in order for four of his five innings on the mound, while he banged out four hits and his teammates added 11.

The Jaguars, ranked 18th in the NJCAA coaches’ poll, swept the week’s four-game series with the Highlanders, the third such sweep in March. They ran their record to 26-8 overall and 15-1 in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association.

Leading the conference by three games over second-place Darton State, the Jaguars keep building on another impressive winning statistic. Since April 2 a year ago, GPC has compiled a 32-3 record in regular season conference games, sweeping seven four-game series.

With two outs and trailing 1-0 in the sixth inning of Sunday’s opener, the Jaguars’ Matt Taylor drew a walk and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Jerad Curry, the hitting hero of Tuesday’s dramatic 9-8 comeback win, stroked an RBI single to tie the score.

Schwartz led off the top of the seventh with a single, advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Milton Miranda and scored the eventual game-winner on a two-out base hit by Lindley. Lindley stole second and came home with an insurance run on LaDonis Bryant’s single to center field.

J.T. Phillips

Through the sixth inning, the game featured a duel between winning pitcher Dylan Williams (3-0) and Gordon’s Kane Keith (3-4). Williams struck out seven in six innings, walking three and allowing five hits. Kane kept the Jaguars off stride with breaking pitches, giving up four hits in 5 2/3 innings.

Dustin Beggs pitched a scoreless seventh for his first save.

Dropping from second place to fourth in the conference, Gordon State (17-17, 10-6 GCAA) opened the nightcap with a first-inning run. But Phillips (1-1) then retired the Highlanders in order until GPC’s bullpen took over in the sixth inning.

Dylan Dore led off the bottom of the first inning with a base hit on Phillip’s first pitch. Jesus Monserrat scored him with a two-out opposite field single.

The Jaguars stormed back with a run by Morgan Bunting on a wild pitch in the second frame and six more in the third and fourth.

In the third inning, Bryant doubled; Phillips plated him with a back-to-back double; and Curry knocked Phillips in with a single, later scoring on a wild pitch.

Lindley and Phillips drove in two runs in the fourth with a double and single, respectively, scoring Scwartz and Derrick Nelson, who had started off the inning with back-to-back singles. Lindley then crossed the plate on a passed ball.

Bryant and Phillips opened the sixth with base hits, and Curry followed with an RBI single. Charles Sheffield sent Phillips home with a base hit.

Phillips ended the game four-for-four with two runs and two RBIs.

Tyler Roberts (0-2) absorbed the loss for the Highlanders, who tagged GPC relievers with three runs in the final two innings.

Wednesday the Jaguars visit Andrew College in Cuthbert for a 3 p.m. game and then they return home for a game Friday with the Fighting Tigers and a Saturday doubleheader at 1 p.m. The weekend games will be audio broadcast online with links at nhsbn.com or under “Game Webcasts” on the athletic home page.

First game box score.

Second game box score.

The Jaguars play home games at GPC’s Newton Campus, 239 Cedar Lane, Covington, Ga., 30014, near the intersection of I-20 and State Route 11.

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March 27, 2014

Jaguars get 7th straight win; ranked No. 18 in NJCAA poll

NOTE: Saturday’s doubleheader at Gordon State HAS BEEN MOVED TO SUNDAY AT 3 P.M.

The Georgia Perimeter College Jaguars returned to the national rankings this week and Thursday tightened their grip as league frontrunners with a 5-2 victory at Gordon State College in the second game of their four-game series with the Highlanders.

Ranked No. 18 in this week’s NJCAA national poll, the Jaguars (24-8, 13-1 GCAA) have won seven consecutive games and 13 of the last 14. GPC was ranked 18th in the preseason poll but a slight slump in February dropped the team from the top 20 rankings.

Thursday’s victory extended the Jaguars’ lead in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association to three games. Gordon State (17-15, 10-4 GCAA) is tied with Middle Georgia State for second place, three games behind GPC.

Remaining unbeaten, starter Brad Taylor (6-0) shared the load on the mound with sometimes reliever Dustin Beggs. Taylor threw 5 1/3 innings, struck out five, gave up seven hits and two runs—one unearned—and got the win.

Beggs, who also starts for the team, went 3 2/3 scoreless innings, struck out three, allowed three hits and earned his first save. He and Taylor each walked only one batter.

At the plate for the Jaguars, J.T. Phillips had one hit and two RBIs; Matt Taylor had three hits, including a double, and a run scored; Charles Sheffield had two hits and an RBI and Ladonis Bryant had three hits and three runs scored.

Jordan Dwyer and Jesus Monserrat accounted for the Highlanders’ runs—Dwyer with two hits and two RBIs and Monserrat with two hits and two runs. Nick Martens (3-4) took the loss on the hill.

Sunday the teams play a doubleheader at 3 p.m. to conclude their four-game series. The seven-inning games will be audio broadcast with separate links at nhsbn.com or under “Game Webcasts” on the athletic home page.

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March 25, 2014

Curry spurs come-from-behind win; Jaguars take 2-game lead in GCAA

NOTE: Friday’s game at Gordon State HAS BEEN MOVED UP TO THURSDAY AT 6 P.M.

On a windy night, Jerad Curry whipped up a storm at Jaguar Field.

Curry clubbed a winning three-run double in the eighth inning as the Jaguars rallied to edge Gordon State College 9-8 Tuesday at Georgia Perimeter College’s Newton Campus.

The Jaguars (23-8, 12-1 GCAA), specialists in late-inning rallies, trailed 4-1 in the fourth, took a 5-4 lead and fell behind 8-5 before rallying for four runs in the eighth.

With their sixth consecutive victory (12th in the past 13 games) and third comeback win in the last six outings, the Jags stretch their lead in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association to two games. Gordon State retains second place at 10-3, 17-4 overall.

The teams now take their series to Barnesville, home of Gordon State, where they play Thursday at 6 p.m. and clash Saturday in a 2 p.m. doubleheader.

Trailing 8-5 going into the bottom of the eighth inning, GPC’s Ladonis Bryant drew a two-out walk to start the winning rally. London Lindley followed with a double to right field. Tyler Schwartz hit a high chopper that resulted in an error, allowing Bryant to score from third, and J.T. Phillips drew a walk to load the bases for Curry.

Sending a double to left field, Curry plated Lindley and Schwartz easily, and Phillips raced around the bases from first for the winning run.

“We knew the type of hitter Jerad was coming into the season,” head coach Brett Campbell said.“We knew he would anchor the middle of our lineup and drive in key runs. He has continued to get better behind the plate and does a great job handling our pitching staff. He has really stepped up for us in a big way.”

GPC struck first on the gusty evening—30 mph gusts—when Schwartz reached on a fielder’s choice in the bottom of the first inning, moved to second on a groundout and scored on a single by Matt Taylor.

Gordon State answered with a four-run burst in the next inning, featuring RBI singles by Hunter Thornton and Bryce Todd and a two-run base hit by Tyler Hutch.

In the bottom of the second inning the Jaguars scored three runs, two on an error and one on J.T. Phillips’ double, to tie it 4-4.

They picked up a run in the fifth for a 5-4 lead when Phillips led off with a single, stole second base, moved to third on an error and came home on a sacrifice fly by Taylor.

The Highlanders took their 8-5 lead with two runs in the sixth (RBIs by Kameron Whitaker and Jesus Monserrat) and two in the seventh (RBIs by Thornton and Todd), setting the stage for GPC’s dramatic eighth inning rally.

Lindley and Phillips had two hits apiece as Gordon held the hot-hitting Jaguars to eight hits, while the Highlanders collected 12 on GPC pitchers and executed ample bunting to move runners over.

“We knew Gordon was going to play some small ball and were prepared for that, but we still did not execute,” Cambell said.  “But you have to give our guys credit, they never quit. With our lineup, we have a chance at any time for a big inning, and we got one tonight.”

Matt Gray earned the win, allowing two hits in 1 2/3 innings of relief. Phillips effectively closed it in the ninth.

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March 22, 2014

Jaguars sweep West Georgia Tech

Dylan Williams fanned 11, J.T. Phillips had 5 hits and Jaguar batters collected 20 hits and 20 runs as Georgia Perimeter College swept a doubleheader 12-4 and 8-2 over West Georgia Tech Saturday in Douglasville.

J.T. Phillips

Dylan Williams

With the week’s four-game sweep of the Golden Knights, Georgia Perimeter (22-8, 11-1 GCAA) remains atop the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association standings.

Gordon State College, holding down second place a game behind GPC, comes calling for a mid-season showdown at Jaguar Field Tuesday at 5 p.m.

The Jaguars jumped off Saturday’s event with 6 runs in the top of the first inning, and then opened the nightcap with four runs in the first frame.

In in the first inning of the opener, Phillips got things rolling with an RBI triple to right-center. He went on to rip three singles and scored three runs.

The middle of the lineup was deadly with Matt Taylor and Jerad Curry following Phillips and each getting three hits. Taylor tallied three runs and a run batted in, and Curry had two runs and three RBIs.

Taylor’s RBI double in the fourth inning highlighted four straight hits that produced four more runs.

Brad Taylor (5-0) got the win, tossing four innings and allowing two runs and three hits. Eric Davis pitched two hitless relief innings, and Luis Valdes and Ty Alvey closed it out.

Blake Butcher went three-for-four for West Georgia Tech (6-18, 2-10 GCAA). Nick Andress (1-5) suffered the loss on the mound.

In the second game, Williams (3-0) dominated on the mound for 5 2/3 innings, fanning 11, walking three and giving up six hits and two runs.

Phillips stepped in from shortstop to close in the seventh and struck out the side, interspersing two walks in the process.

At the plate, London Lindley had two hits—including a double—two runs and one batted in, and Charles Sheffield was two-for-three with two RBIs. Lindley and LaDonis Bryant each had two stolen bases on the afternoon.

For the Golden Knights, Eric Halpern had two singles, a double and an RBI, and Anthony Brown had a double and scored his team’s two runs. Absorbing the loss was Blake Turner (0-4).

Tuesday’s game with Gordon State will be audio broadcast online, beginning at 4:55 p.m. To listen, find the link under “Game Webcasts” on the athletic home page. The teams will meet in Barnesville on the Gordon campus Friday at 3 p.m., and Saturday’s doubleheader there will begin at 2 p.m.

First game box score.

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March 21, 2014

Beggs tosses 4-hit complete game shutout

Dustin Beggs pitched a four-hit, nine-inning shutout, leading Georgia Perimeter College over West Georgia Tech 4-0 Friday at Norton Field in Douglasville.

Dustin Beggs

Facing only 31 batters, Beggs (5-3) got stronger as the game progressed, striking out 11, walking none, picking off a base runner and retiring the last 13 batters he faced. He leads the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association with 54 strikeouts.

League leader Georgia Perimeter (20-8, 9-1 GCAA) will ride back to Douglasville Saturday for a doubleheader of two seven-inning games, starting at 2:05 p.m.

The Jaguars pushed across a run in the third inning, one in the fourth and two in the fifth. Sophomore shortstop J.T. Phillips, who’s had a hot bat lately, led GPC at the plate with three hits, including a double, and a stolen base, run and RBI.

GPC collected eight hits. Getting two hits were Tyler Schwartz and Matt Taylor, who also doubled.

In the third inning Lindley reached on error, and when LaDonis Bryant sent a hard grounder to to the mound, Lindley beat the throw to second base, avoiding the force out. J.T. Phillips followed with a sharp RBI single to left.

Charles Sheffield reached on another Golden Knights error in the fourth, and Schwartz drove him home with a base hit.

Phillips started the two-run rally in the fifth with a double. He stole third base and strolled home on a fielder’s interference call. With two outs, Matt Taylor singled to right, Sheffield walked and Austin Simmons sent a shot off the glove of diving second baseman Brett Mills, sending Taylor home for the fourth and final run of the game.

Chris Irwin (2-3) took the hard-luck loss—all of GPC’s runs were unearned as the Golden Knights (6-16, 2-8 GCAA) committed four errors.

Saturday’s doubleheader at Norton Field will be audio broadcast online with links on the athletic home page under “Game Webcasts.”

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March 19, 2014

Landmon leads Jaguars in comeback win

Tyler Landmon had four hits in five trips to the plate, scoring three runs and driving in one, and Georgia Perimeter College rallied to subdue West Georgia Tech 9-8 Wednesday at the Newton Campus.

Tyler Landmon

Landmon hit a double in the fourth inning when the Jaguars tied the score 4-4, and, trailing 6-4 in the seventh inning, his base hit started the three-run rally that put the Jaguars ahead to stay.

Retaining first place in their conference, the Jaguars (19-8, 8-1 GCAA) have won nine of their last 11 games. Wednesday’s affair wasn’t pretty from the mound—the Jaguars allowed 12 hits—but GPC head coach Brett Campbell shook it off.

“Any time you get a conference win, we’ll take it,” Campbell said. “They hit the ball well. Coach (Todd) Pratt has done a good job getting them to swing the bat. We’ve got to pitch better.”

West Georgia Tech (6-15, 2-7) racked up three runs in the first inning off starter Joe Marlow. Garrett Hayes hit a two-run bases-loaded single, and Blake Butcher romped home on a wild pitch.

In the second inning, Bryan Campbell opened with a base hit and scored on a double by Corey Fehribach, stretching the visitors’ lead to 4-0.

But Landmon led off the bottom half of the inning with a single, advanced on wild pitches and crossed the plate on Tyler Schwartz’ sacrifice fly. J.T. Phillips, who had three hits and scored twice, kicked off the fourth inning with a single, scoring on Charles Sheffield’s fielder’s choice after Landmon doubled him to third. Schwartz knocked in Landmon, and Lindley singled in Sheffield.

Walks and stolen bases by Anthony Brown (three for the game) led to two more runs for West Georgia in the fifth and seventh, Eric Halpern and Matthew Boy getting RBIs on an infield hit and a sacrifice fly, respectively, Brown scoring both times.

GPC’s Aaron Bentley came on in relief and secured the last out of the seventh.

That set the stage for the Jaguars’ big seventh inning comeback. Landmon singled; Sheffield walked; Schwartz reached on an error, scoring Landmon; Austin Simmons plated Sheffield with a groundout and London Lindley hit his second RBI single.

Bentley (1-0) eventually earned the win but struggled in the ninth. Butcher (single) and Halpern (walk) scored, but Dustin Beggs entered, struck out the last batter and earned his first save.

Georgia Perimeter finished with 13 hits.

Indeed, it was a hitter’s game. Marlow struck out seven in 6 2/3 innings, walking four, but he gave up 10 hits and six earned runs. The Golden Knights’ starter, Kyle Peal, allowed 11 hits, also in 6 2/3 innings. Reliever Tyler Gunnin (0-1) took the loss.

Friday and Saturday GPC travels to West Georgia Tech for three games at Norton Field in Douglasville.

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March 18, 2014

Games rained out, slated for Wednesday

Because of rain, the Georgia Perimeter baseball game tonight at Newton Campus and the softball game at Andrew College will be rescheduled for the same times on Wednesday (tomorrow, March 19).

The baseball game between the Jaguars and West Georgia Tech will be played Wednesday at Jaguar Field at 6 p.m.

Meanwhile, the softball team will travel to Cuthbert to play a doubleheader Andrew at 2 and 4 p.m.

Wednesday’s baseball game will be audio broadcast online with links under “Game Webcasts” on the athletics home page.

The Jaguars play home games at GPC’s Newton Campus, 239 Cedar Lane, Covington, Ga., 30014, near the intersection of I-20 and State Route 11.

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March 15, 2014

Lindley slides home to keep GPC on top

It was the 18th inning of the Ides of March. Middle Georgia College had beaten the Jaguars 7-6 in the 10-inning first game, three extra innings. Georgia Perimeter College needed a win in the nightcap to stay atop the conference standings.

London Lindley circles the bases, slides home with the walk-off run. Photos/Gerald Moulder

After GPC overcame a 5-0 first-inning deficit, the score was tied 6-6 going into the eighth, another extra inning. Reliever Dylan Williams retired the Knights in the top half of the frame. Everybody in the stadium was getting a little weary. How long would this one go on?

Then Lindley came home.

London Lindley hit a one-out single up the middle. The ball rolled through the center fielder’s legs, and Lindley imitated NASCAR circling the bases.

Barely ahead of a good relay throw, he slid headfirst safely at home, and Jaguar Field on GPC’s Newton Campus exploded in the joy of a 7-6 victory and the agony of an unsettling defeat.

The Jaguars celebrate London Lindley's incredible race around the bases on a hit and three-base error, keeping them in first place in the GCAA.

“I'm very proud of how the guys responded,” said GPC head coach Brett Campbell. “After a tough loss in extra innings and giving up a five-spot in the first inning of the second game, most teams would have packed it in. But this team has some toughness, and they play hard. That's what makes teams special.”

With the split by identical extra-inning scores, GPC remains alone at the top of the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association standings with a 7-1 league record, 18-8 on the season. Middle Georgia (16-6, 5-3 GCAA), ranked No. 14 in the NJCAA poll, slips into a third-place tie with South Georgia State in the conference. They are a game behind second-place Darton State and Gordon State, each 6-2 in conference action.

The Knights quickly racked up five runs in the first inning of the nightcap, spurred by two-run single by Andrew Stroud, who had troubled the Jags throughout the four-game series. Drew Taylor and Ryan Lawless followed with run-scoring hits.

In the bottom of the first, GPC chipped away at the lead, Jerad Curry belting a two-run double to drive in Lindley and LaDonis Bryant, who had singled and walked.

Michael Peel

Dylan Williams

Middle Georgia added a run in the third when Stroud walked and benefited from two wild pitches to cross the plate. Then the Jaguar bullpen gave the hitters a chance to catch up.

Michael Peele came on in relief and shut down the Knights, striking out five in 2 2/3 innings. Winning pitcher Williams (2-0) subsequently took the mound and threw two-hit ball for 3 1/3 innings, striking out one and walking none.

The Jaguars’ four-run, station-to-station rally off Will Jones (1-1) in the fifth knotted the game at 6-6. Bryant led off with a single; Curry reached on an error; Tyler Landmon, Charles Sheffield and Tyler Schwartz stroked consecutive RBI singles and pinch hitter Austin Simmons brought in the sixth run with a groundout.

Lindley’s lightning speed most likely intimidated center fielder Stroud’s three-base error in the eighth. Rounding first as the ball rolled toward Stroud, Lindley decided to stretch it into a double, probably distracting the excellent outfielder’s focus on scooping up the ball before making the throw to second base.

Third base coach Jeremy Brotherton waved Lindley on to home, even though the relay man had the ball as the speedster rounded the bag, a tribute to the coach’s faith in Lindley’s wheels.

“London has been exceptional for us all year,” Campbell said. “Not a lot of people know his story—he’s a guy who didn’t have a place to play out of high school but didn't give up on his dreams. He’s transformed himself into a potential major league draft pick. That tells you about his work ethic and toughness ... the way he was running right out of the box, on what looked like a routine single, won us a ball game.”

The first game was another classic in the annals of the decades-old rivalry between the two programs. The Jaguars also fell into a hole in that one as Middle ticked off four runs in the second inning. A leadoff double by Drew Kelley and a base hit by Taylor led to a run-scoring two-bagger by Lawless and a two-RBI single by Spencer Harvey.

Schwartz started the Jaguar comeback in the third, singling and scoring on Bryant’s double. Doubles by Matt Taylor and J.T. Phillips and a sacrifice fly by Schwartz brought in two more runs in the fourth.

Then the Jaguars produced the game-tying three-run rally in the fifth, featuring a leadoff hit by Lindley, an RBI single by Phillips and a two-run single by Landmon.

But winning pitcher Justin Flores (3-1) threw six strong innings in relief, giving up a lone hit, walking three and fanning five Jaguars.

The Knights nailed down the win in the 10th without a hit. Spencer Duffie was hit by a pitch and scored the eventual game-winner by stealing second and advancing to third and home on an error and a wild pitch. Joe Marlow (5-1), winner of GPC’s victory Tuesday at Middle, absorbed the loss.

Next up for the Jaguars is a home game Tuesday at 6 p.m. with West Georgia Tech. The game will be audio webcast with links on the athletic home page under “Game Webcasts.”

First game box score.

Second game box score.

The Jaguars play home games at GPC’s Newton Campus, 239 Cedar Lane, Covington, Ga., 30014, near the intersection of I-20 and State Route 11.

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March 14, 2014

Beggs’ 10 K’s boost GPC past Middle Georgia; Jaguars extend winning streak to six games

Dustin Beggs struck out 10 and his teammates collected 12 hits as Georgia Perimeter College held off a late Middle Georgia State College rally to win 8-6 Friday at Newton Campus.

Ranked second in the GCAA in strikeouts with 42, Dustin Beggs fanned 10, walked none and allowed six hits and three unearned runs. Photo/Gerald Moulder

The Jaguars ran their winning streak to six games and remain in first place in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association as the two teams battle for dominance of the conference in this weekend’s conclusion of their four-game series.

Georgia Perimeter improves to 17-7 overall and 6-0 in the GCAA, while Middle Georgia (15-5, 4-2 GCAA) slides into a logjam for second place with Darton State, Gordon State and South Georgia.

Beggs (4-3) completed eight innings, giving up three unearned runs and six hits while issuing no walks. He ranks second in the GCAA in strikeouts with 42.

“Dustin threw well but I still think it wasn’t his best stuff. That’s how special I think Dustin can be,” said head coach Brett Campbell. “We’ve been working on a new two-seam grip that has really improved his sinker. When hitters have to worry about his sinker, it only makes his breaking stuff that much better.”

GPC was led at the plate by Derrick Nelson with two hits, two runs and two RBIs. Nelson and Kendrick Thompson hit triples, and J.T. Phillips stroked two doubles. Also with two hits were LaDonis Bryant and Jerad Curry.

A two-run triple by Andrew Stroud in the first inning gave Middle Georgia a quick lead.

The Jags answered with tallies in each of the first four innings. In the bottom half of the first they got a run on a single by Bryant, double by Curry and an RBI sacrifice fly by Matt Taylor.

Two more runs came with two outs in the next inning. Kendrick Thompson was hit by a pitch; Nelson tripled; and London Lindley doubled and scored on an error.

Again with two out in the third frame, Phillips hit his first double and came home on a base hit by Charles Sheffield.

Thompson led off the fourth with his three-bagger. Nelson singled him home and crossed on a base hit by Bryant.

Phillips stretched a Texas Leaguer blooper into a double, advanced on a deep Morgan Bunting sacrifice fly and scored on a wild pitch to give GPC an 8-2 advantage after seven innings.

The Knights tagged Beggs for a run in the eighth when Stroud doubled and pinch hitter Matt Kuhlenberg plated him with a single.

With GPC relievers in the ninth struggling, Middle Georgia tacked on three with only one hit, assembling runs with four walks, a fielder’s choice and a hit batsmen.

GPC and Middle finish the series with a doubleheader Saturday at 12:55 p.m. The games will be audio webcast with links on the athletic home page under “Game Webcasts.”

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March 11, 2014

Landmon, Marlow lead 11-3 win over Middle as Jags take control of first place in GCAA

In an early-season collision of conference contenders, the Georgia Perimeter College Jaguars came out the winner of the first round, defeating Middle Georgia State College 11-3 Tuesday in Cochran.

Tyler Landmon

Tyler Landmon hit a home run and finished with two hits and three RBIs as the Jaguars produced another of numerous onslaughts at the plate this season, banging out 15 hits and striking out only three times.

Meanwhile, starter Joe Marlow earned the win with a sterling five-inning performance, running his record to 5-0.

The teams came into the game at storied Stuckey Field tied at 4-0 for first place in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association. GPC now takes sole possession of first place, improving to 5-0 in the league and 16-7 overall. Middle Georgia slips into second place at 15-4, 4-1 in the GCAA.

Rounds two, three and four come this Friday and Saturday as Middle Georgia visits GPC for the final meetings of the four-game series.

GPC’s London Lindley supplied three hits and three runs; Derrick Nelson three hits and two runs; Ladonis Bryant had two of everything—hits, runs and RBIs—and Matt Taylor two hits, a run and an RBI. Lindley and Nelson each had a double.

The Jaguars’ six-run third inning broke a 1-1 tie and turned the game over to the pitchers, who struck out 11 Knight batters.

Marlow’s five wins lead the GCAA. In five innings he fanned three, walked none and gave up three hits and an earned run.

Middle relievers Dustin Beggs and Aaron Bentley each pitched a scoreless inning, Beggs whiffing two and Bentley one.

J.T. Phillips pitched the eighth and part of the ninth, allowing a two-run homer by Jamal Cummings, but striking out five. Matt Grey closed it out with the final out.

The Knight’s Corey Kafka (2-1) was the losing pitcher. Spencer Duffie was the only Middle batter with two hits and he had an RBI in the first inning, plating leadoff man Kent Rollins.

This weekend’s games with Middle Georgia will be audio webcast—Friday at 5:55 p.m. and Saturday’s doubleheader at 12:55 p.m. To tune in, find the links on the athletic home page under “Game Webcasts.”

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March 11, 2014

Watch GPC baseball video webcast tonight

You can watch the action from home, as it’s showdown time already in the second week of the Jaguars’ Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association schedule. Tonight’s 6 p.m. game at Cochran between the Jaguars and Middle Georgia State College will be video webcast by Middle Georgia.

The longtime rival Jaguars and Knights are perched atop the GCAA standings with 4-0 conference records, but tonight one will drop into second place and the other will remain at the top, undefeated in league play.

Tune in at 6 p.m. for the Web TV broadcast by clicking here, or catch the link on the athletic home page under “Game Webcasts.”

Friday and Saturday the teams meet again at Jaguar Field on the Newton Campus. Those games will be audio webcast by Jaguar announcers beginning at 5:55 p.m. Friday and 12:55 p.m. for Saturday’s doubleheader. Those links also can be found on the athletic home page.

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March 9, 2014

Jaguars sweep East Georgia; tied for first place in GCAA

The Georgia Perimeter College Jaguars ran their winning streak to five and completed a four-game sweep over East Georgia State College with a 11-6 victory Sunday at GPC’s Newton Campus.

Morgan Bunting punched out two doubles and a single as the Jaguars pelted East Georgia’s pitchers with 15 hits and took advantage of five Bobcat errors.

With the sweep Georgia Perimeter finishes the first week of conference play tied with Middle Georgia State College atop the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association standings. Both teams are 4-0 in the GCAA, and GPC is 15-7 overall while Middle Georgia is 15-3.

The Jaguars—who received votes in the latest NJCAA poll but dropped out of the top 20—visit Middle Georgia in Cochran Tuesday for the first game of their home-and-away series. GPC will host Middle Friday for a nine-inning game and Saturday for two seven-inning games.

Bunting scored two runs and his single drove in Matt Taylor, who had hit a two-out double in the third inning. GPC scored one run in the second when Kendrick Thompson scored J.T. Phillips with a squeeze bunt.

The Jaguars continued the small-ball game in the fourth, plating three runs with an RBI single by Thompson and a two-run single by Jerad Curry. They added two in the sixth and three again in the seventh, Curry getting his third RBI with a base hit in the seventh.

Bunting opened the eighth with a leadoff double and crossed the plate on Tyler Landmon’s second single of the afternoon.

Also getting two hits each were Thompson, Curry and London Lindley, who registered two runs and two RBIs.

Erik Davis (2-0) earned the win in relief, striking out four and giving up three earned runs. The Jaguars sent six pitchers to the mound.

East Georgia (6-8, 0-4 GCAA) was led by Nick Rau, Javec King and Blake Pulliam with two hits apiece. Phillip Anderson (1-3) suffered the loss, allowing 11 hits in 4 2/3 innings and 6 unearned runs.

Friday’s game with Middle Georgia at Jaguar Field will be audio broadcast online at 5:55 p.m. with links on the athletic home page under “Game Webcasts.” Saturday’s doubleheader also will be webcast, beginning at 12:55 p.m.

Box score.

The Jaguars play home games at GPC’s Newton Campus, 239 Cedar Lane, Covington, Ga., 30014, near the intersection of I-20 and State Route 11.

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March 8, 2014

Jaguars take 2 from East Georgia

Starters Dustin Beggs and Brad Taylor dominated from the mound and Matt Taylor stroked four hits in a doubleheader Saturday as the Jaguars defeated East Georgia State College 3-1 and 9-2 at GPC’s Newton Campus.

Brad Taylor

Dustin Beggs

Georgia Perimeter moves to 14-7 overall and 3-0 in its opening week of play in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association, which is Region 17 of the NJCAA.

In the opener Beggs (3-3) struck out nine in 6 2/3 innings, giving up seven hits, one earned run and one walk.

Leadoff hitter London Lindley manufactured the Jaguars’ first two runs, getting base hits, stealing second base twice and finding his way home twice. In the first inning he scored on an RBI groundout by Jerad Curry, and in the third he crossed on an errant throw from East’s catcher when he attempted to steal third base.

Matt Taylor led off the Jags’ half of the fourth inning with a standup triple to the right field corner. J.T. Phillips brought him home with a sacrifice fly for a 3-0 lead. That was all the cushion Beggs needed.

East Georgia (6-7, 0-3 GCAA) scored its lonely unearned run off Beggs in the seventh when Connor Doyle singled to right and moved to third on a hit and a fielder’s choice. With two outs, Jones Farriba attempted to swipe second base and the catcher’s throw went into center field, permitting Doyle to trot home.

Phillips, who doubles as a closer, moved to the mound from shortstop, walked one and fanned one to secure the last out and his fifth save.

Matt Taylor

Andrew Martin (2-1) took the loss for the Bobcats.

The Jaguars erupted for five runs in the first inning of the nightcap, added one in the second and produced another big rally in the third for three more runs.

Brad Taylor took it from there, fanning seven in 5 2/3 innings, limiting the visitors to five hits, two walks and two earned runs. Matt Gray tossed 1 1/3 scoreless innings to close it out.

The big sticks for Georgia Perimeter were Tyler Landmon with a double, triple and two runs; Jerad Curry with two hits, a run and an RBI; Matt Taylor, a hit and two RBIs; Morgan Bunting, a double; and Erik Davis, two RBIs, including a hit followed by a three-base error on which he circled the bases.

The teams return to Jaguar Field Sunday for a 1 p.m. game that will conclude their four-game home-and-away series. The game will be broadcast online with links on the athletic home page under “Game Webcasts.”

First game box score.

Second game box score.

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March 4, 2014

Jaguars open GCAA schedule with win

Jerad Curry drove in five runs and the Jaguars opened their Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association schedule with a 10-3 victory Tuesday at East Georgia State College in Swainsboro.

Georgia Perimeter (12-7, 1-0 GCAA) broke a 2-2 tie with an eight-run splurge—two in the sixth inning, two in the seventh and four in the eighth.

Along with his five RBIs, Curry led the Jaguars with three hits, including a double, in four trips to the plate.

Five other Jaguars had two base hits apiece as GPC pounded out 13 hits. Finishing with two hits were London Lindley, LaDonis Bryant, Morgan Bunting, Matt Taylor and J.T. Phillips, who also had two RBIs. Other RBIs were by Lindley, Bunting and Taylor.

Dustin Beggs (2-3) relieved starter Joe Marlow and earned the win, pitching three innings, giving up one hit, striking out three and walking one.

East Georgia (6-5, 0-1 GCAA) was led by Eric Lloyd with two hits and two RBIs. Starter Phillip Anderson (1-1) took the loss on the mound.

Saturday the Jaguars host the Bobcats in two seven-inning games starting at 4 p.m., rather than 1 p.m. as originally scheduled. The teams conclude their four-game series on Sunday at 1 p.m. with a nine-inning game. That game was postponed from Friday because of rain.

All three games Saturday and Sunday will be audio webcast with links on the athletic home page under “Game Webcasts.”

Box score.

The Jaguars play home games at GPC’s Newton Campus, 239 Cedar Lane, Covington, Ga., 30014, near the intersection of I-20 and State Route 11.

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March 1, 2014

Brothers Taylor team up in win; No. 7 Spartanburg wins one, too

A three-run home run by Matt Taylor and a strong pitching performance by brother Brad Taylor highlighted a 7-2 victory as the Jaguars split a doubleheader with nationally ranked Spartanburg Methodist College Saturday at Newton Campus.

Brad Taylor struck out six and improved his record to 3-0. Photos/Gerald Moulder

Entering the seventh inning of the nightcap scoreless and with only two hits, Georgia Perimeter (11-7) produced an exciting but “too little, too late” surge and succumbed 7-5.

In the first game Brad Taylor (3-0) gave up four hits in 4 2/3 innings, striking out six, but the Pioneers banged out four two-out singles for two runs in the top of the fifth, sending him to the dugout.

“Brad didn’t have his best stuff but grinded it out, and that’s what good pitchers do,” said GPC head coach Brett Campbell.

With a precarious 4-2 lead against the seventh-ranked team in the NJCAA poll, Matt Taylor got his brother’s back in the bottom of the fifth. After Morgan Bunting and Jerad Curry drew walks, Matt broke the game open with a lofty three-run homerun over the left field fence, guaranteeing the win to Brad Taylor.

An earlier hero at the plate was Tyler Landmon, who was two-for-three with a two-run base hit, after J.T. Phillips singled and Erik Davis doubled.

London Lindley led off the bottom of the first inning with a double, advanced on a bunt by LaDonis Bryant and scored when Bunting reached on an error. Jerad Curry hit a two-bagger and Phillips knocked in Bunting with a sacrifice fly to right field.

Matt Taylor, shown in another at-bat, launched a three-run home run that secured a win for his brother, Brad.

Spartanburg Methodist (9-3) got its runs in the fifth with RBI singles by John Leopard and Zach Shields. Dylan Rodgers (1-1) was the losing pitcher.

“We played a pretty complete game in the first game, which was nice. We were able to move some runners, did a nice job situational hitting, and showed some power,” Campbell said.

The Jaguars were hogtied at the plate in the second game by the Pioneer’s 6-foot-8 Kyle Hahlbon, making his first appearance on the mound. Hahlbon (1-0) hurled a one-hitter with six strikeouts and two walks in five innings.

Meanwhile, Spartanburg banged out 14 hits and in the sixth inning pushed across five runs, highlighted by Blue Sanderson’s triple, Jordan Garrett’s RBI double and four straight RBI singles.

Then the Jaguars, with only two hits, pounded reliever Tripp Rollings for five runs.

Tyler Schwarz opened the last-ditch charge with a base hit, and then came consecutive singles by Ryan Lang, Aaron Bentley, Derrick Nelson (RBI), Lindley (RBI) and Kendrick Thompson (RBI). Jerad Curry and Bunting added RBI sacrifice flies.

Representing the tying run at the plate, Matt Taylor’s deep drive to the warning track in centerfield was hauled in by Brandon Burris to end the game.

Dustin Beggs (1-3) absorbed the loss for the Jaguars, pitching four innings and giving up six hits.

“The second game was disappointing,” Campbell said. “The guys showed some resilience with the comeback in the last inning, but you can’t expect to play one good inning and win a game.”

Saturday’s twinbill concluded the Jaguars’ nonconference schedule for the season. They now enter the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association portion of their schedule, traveling to Swainsboro Tuesday to play East Georgia State College in a nine-inning game.

The Jaguars then host the Bobcats for a nine-inning game Friday and two seven-inning games on Saturday. That will be the routine throughout March and April—a Tuesday-Friday and Saturday four-game home-and-away stint with each of the other nine conference teams.

The GCAA tournament (Region 17 of the NJCAA) will be held at Darton State College May 7-10. The winner of that event hosts the East-Central District tournament May 15-17.

The Friday and Saturday games with East Georgia will be broadcast online with links under “Game Webcasts” at the athletic home page.

First game box score.

Second game box score.

The Jaguars play home games at GPC’s Newton Campus, 239 Cedar Lane, Covington, Ga., 30014, near the intersection of I-20 and State Route 11.

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February 25, 2014

Simmons blasts a grand slam; Jaguars split at Cleveland State

A grand slam home run by pinch hitter Austin Simmons highlighted a seven-run seventh inning as Georgia Perimeter College defeated Cleveland State Community College 15-1 Tuesday in Cleveland, Tenn.

Austin Simmons

The Jaguars (10-6) lost the first game of the doubleheader 3-2 as the battle went into three extra innings. The Cougars scored the game-winner in the tenth inning.

Four Jaguars hit home runs in the nightcap—Simmons, Jerad Curry, J.T. Phillips and Tyler Landmon. Curry also hit a double, knocked in three runs and scored three. Phillips had three hits in five trips and three RBIs.

Joe Marlow (4-0) earned the win, allowing two hits, three walks and an earned run in five innings. Luis Sheffield and Charles Sheffield each pitched a scoreless inning, and Sheffield struck out three in the seventh.

Cleveland State came from behind twice in the first game, tying it 2-2 in the bottom of the seventh inning. GPC’s sixth pitcher, Michael Peel, gave up the winning run in the 10th inning.

London Lindley was the big hitter for the Jaguars, getting three hits, including a double. Sheffield and Matt Taylor also scored runs, and Curry had the Jags’ only RBI.

Saturday the Jaguars host Spartanburg Methodist in a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. The game will be audio webcast with a link under “Game Webcasts” at the athletic home page.

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Second game box score.

The Jaguars play home games at GPC’s Newton Campus, 239 Cedar Lane, Covington, Ga., 30014, near the intersection of I-20 and State Route 11.

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February 22, 2014

Taylor and Jags blank 11th ranked team, but Spartanburg Methodist gains a split

Brad Taylor struck out six in five innings on the mound and three pitchers combined to shut out nationally ranked Spartanburg Methodist 2-0 Saturday in Spartanburg, S.C.

Brad Taylor

However, in the first game of the doubleheader, Spartanburg scored a run in the last inning to edge the Jaguars 3-2.

In the nightcap, Georgia Perimeter (9-5) scored one run in the first inning and one in the seventh, and it was all Taylor and relievers Aaron Bentley and J.T. Phillips needed to seal the win.

Taylor (2-0), a sophomore from Fitzgerald, allowed four hits and walked two in his five innings. Setup man Bentley gave up a hit and walk but got out of the sixth inning. Phillips closed in the seventh, striking out the side for his fourth save.

The Jaguars were led at the plate by Phillips with an RBI double and Tyler Schwartz with an RBI single. London Lindley, Jerad Curry and Alex Dedels had two hits apiece.

Matt Riggs (2-1) absorbed the loss for the Pioneers, who are ranked 11th in the NJCAA national poll. Wesley Rogers and Colin Steagal each had two hits.

In the opener GPC came from behind to score two runs in the fifth inning and tie it 2-2. Starter Dustin Beggs (1-2) couldn’t hold on in the seventh frame and gave up the winning run with two outs.

But Beggs tossed a good game—he fanned eight in 6 2/3 innings, allowing five hits, a walk and two earned runs.

In the fifth Morgan Bunting drove in LaDonis Bryant and then scored the second run. Bunting and Bryant each had two hits, including a double by Bunting.

Zach Shields and Matt White drove in runs for Spartanburg, and scoring were Shields, Thatcher Coleman and Christian Dorothy.

Tuesday the Jaguars take the bus to Tennessee, visiting Cleveland State Community College for a doubleheader.

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February 18, 2014

Thompson, Lindley team up for 2-1 win, but GPC loses nightcap in extra innings

Jaguars London Lindley and Kendrick Thompson bat leadoff and ninth for a reason.

London Lindley had 3 hits for the day, including a key RBI double. Photos/Gerald Moulder

Known as “the second leadoff hitter,” Thompson’s role batting ninth in the lineup played out according to purpose—speed—Tuesday as Georgia Perimeter College defeated Cleveland (Tenn.) State Community College 2-1.

But Georgia Perimeter (8-4) squandered two leads in the second game of the doubleheader, courtesy of Cleveland State’s Dalton Rogers, and the Jaguars lost in extra innings 6-5.

With a 1-0 edge and two outs in the fourth inning of the opener, Thompson singled, bringing up Lindley at the top of the batting order.

Lindley drove a double to the left field corner, and the speedy Thompson smoked the bases to score from first base with a head-first slide at the plate.

The run was the eventual game-winner as starter Joe Marlow (3-0) and four relievers held Cleveland State to a lone run in the fifth.

The Jaguars first lit the scoreboard when Thompson hit an RBI double in the second inning to score Charles Sheffield, who had walked and advanced on Tyler Scwartz’ sacrifice bunt.

The Jaguars, who have slumped at the plate for several games, held their visitors to three hits but collected only five hits in the seven-inning game.

“We haven’t been swinging it too well as of late, and I haven’t been happy with our approach at the plate,” said GPC head coach Brett Campbell. “We will continue to work and hopefully by conference we will have it squared away.”

In 4 1/3 innings on the mound, Marlow struck out three, walked two, hit a batter and allowed two hits and an unearned run.

Kendrick Thompson scores from first on Lindley’s double.

Cleveland State (6-3) managed the unearned run and chased Marlow after he walked Zach Janes in the fifth frame and gave up a hit to Janson Roberson. Janes stole two bases and scored on a throwing error.

After Matt Gray came on in relief, got an out and walked a batter, lefty Eric Davis relieved Gray and ended the threat with a strikeout.

J.T. Phillips moved to the mound from shortstop to close the game in the seventh inning with two strikeouts and a popup. Starter Jake Wright (0-1) was the losing pitcher.

In the nightcap GPC took a 2-0 advantage on singles by Matt Taylor and Phillips, an RBI sacrifice fly by Milton Miranda and a wild pitch.

An inning later Phillips tripled in Jerad Curry, who had doubled, and the Jags led 3-1.

Charles Sheffield crosses the plate on Thompson's RBI double for the Jaguars’ first run.

Cleveland State tied it 3-3 in the fifth on singles by Evan Speicher and Keith Buckhault and a throwing error.

GPC went back up by one in the bottom half of the inning with a pinch hit by Alex Dedels, a walk drawn by Morgan Bunting, a wild pitch and a high-chopper fielder’s choice by Jerad Curry that brought Dedels home.

But in the seventh inning, Rogers, Cleveland State’s first baseman, began stalking the GPC pitchers. After closer J.T. Phillips balked in the tying run on a controversial call, Rogers knocked in the go-ahead run with a hit to left field.

Down to the Jaguars’ last out in the bottom of the seventh, Phillips sent the game into extra innings with an RBI single, scoring pinch hitter LaDonis Bryant, who walked and stole second base.

Phillips and the Cougars’ Raunel Perez each pitched a scoreless eighth inning, and the game headed into another extra frame.

Jammer Strickland beat out a bunt single to lead off the top of the ninth. After he stole second base, Phillips fanned the second and third hitters in the Cougars’ lineup. But then he faced the cleanup hitter, Rogers, who already had a double and a single in the game.

Rogers belted a double to deep right-center, and Strickland loped home with the game-winning run.

Phillips (0-1) tossed three innings of relief and absorbed the loss. GPC starter Dylan Williams struck out seven in 4 2/3 innings, allowing seven hits, two earned runs and an unearned run.

Starting the second game at shortstop, Phillips finished three-for-five with a run scored and two RBIs. Lindley was two-for-five as the Jaguars collected eight hits.

Perez (1-0) earned the win for the Cougars.

Campbell said he wasn’t pleased with the defense, which allowed three unearned runs and committed four errors in the two games, but he laid some of the blame on pitching command.

“We had way too many three-ball counts, which led to long innings. The longer the infielders are out there, the more susceptible they are to making errors,” he said.

“We’ve just got to start playing better as whole. We have to play harder. But like I said, we’ll find the guys who want to play hard by conference time, and those will be the guys who play.”

Saturday GPC travels to South Carolina for a doubleheader with Spartanburg Methodist. Spartanburg is ranked No. 11 in the preseason NJCAA poll, and GPC is ranked 18th. The Jaguars return to the road next Tuesday, visiting Cleveland State.

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February 8, 2014

It’s Marlow’s arm, Sheffield’s bat as Jaguars split again in Florida

Joe Marlow struck out six in 5 1/3 shutout innings and Charles Sheffield knocked in the lone run of a 1-0 victory, giving Georgia Perimeter College another split on the Jaguars’ second day at the Carl McInnis Classic in Niceville, Fla.

Marlow and Sheffield led Georgia Perimeter (7-3) over East Mississippi Community College 1-0 after the Jaguars dropped the day’s opener to Northwest Florida State College 7-1. In two days at the invitational, GPC defeated each opponent and lost to each.

Saturday’s nightcap featured a pitchers’ duel between Marlow and East Mississippi’s Kyle Liberto. Sheffield broke it up in the sixth inning with the game-winning RBI.

Ladonis Bryant opened the sixth with a leadoff walk, and after getting an out Liberto also walked Morgan Bunting. With two outs Sheffield singled to right field, scoring Bryant from second base.

Marlow (2-0) scattered four hits, walked two and fanned six in his 5 1/3 innings, while Liberto also allowed only four hits in seven innings on the mound, fanning two and walking four.

London Lindley, Bryant, Sheffield and Bunting accounted for the four hits for Georgia Perimeter. It was GPC’s lowest hit output so far this season. The Jaguars had five hits in the Jan. 31 opener and in Saturday’s first game but averaged 10.5 per game in their other seven outings.

Aaron Bentley relieved Marlow during the bottom of the sixth and preserved the shutout for his first save. In 1 2/3 innings Bentley allowed a hit and three walks and struck out one.

In Saturday’s loss to Northwest Florida, Jerad Curry had two hits in three trips and drove in Lindley for the Jaguars’ only run. Lindley stroked a double, and Bunting collected the team’s other two hits in his three at-bats.

Brad Taylor (1-1) absorbed the loss on the mound, going four innings, allowing four hits and five runs—four earned—walking two and striking out three. Ty Alvey gave up two earned runs in an inning of relief but he had three strikeouts. Luis Valdes tossed a scoreless seventh inning.

Eight days into the season, Georgia Perimeter has four of the top five hitters in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association, which also is Region 17 of the NJCAA. Lindley’s .500 batting average shares top billing with Davis Aiken of West Georgia Tech.

Rounding out the top five in the GCAA are Bunting (.455), Bryant (.429) and Pierce Ressmeyer (.423). Lindley and Aiken are tied with numerous others for No. 21 in the NJCAA’s national batting average rankings.

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February 7, 2014

Lindley drives in game-winner as GPC splits in Sunshine State

College baseball teams like to travel south in February to play in a hot sun. Friday represented the first such trip by a Georgia Perimeter College baseball team in recent memory and, though the Jaguars’ bats remained hot, they settled for a split at the Carl McInnis Classic in Niceville, Fla.

London Lindley

Early in the afternoon Georgia Perimeter (6-2) fell to East Mississippi Community College 7-4, and then the Jaguars defeated host Northwest Florida State College 6-5 in the nightcap.

London Lindley drove in the winning run for the Jaguars against Northwest Florida in the fifth inning of the seven-inning game. With the score tied 4-4, Morgan Bunting started a two-out rally with a single. J.T. Phillips reached on an error, and Tyler Landmon singled.

Lindley stroked a bases-loaded single, driving in two runs and putting the Jaguars ahead to stay.

The Jaguars, ranked No. 19 in the NJCAA preseason poll, collected nine hits, including two each by Lindley, Landmon and LaDonis Bryant. Also batting in runs were Bryant, Landmon and Phillips.

Dustin Beggs earned the win, pitching four innings, giving up four earned runs on seven hits and striking out four. Reliever Aaron Bentley fanned two in an inning of work, and Phillips closed the final two innings, allowing one hit, three walks and a run while whiffing one.

In the opener East Mississippi enjoyed a big three-run third inning and scored in each of the first five innings.

Ty Alvey absorbed the loss for the Jaguars, who sent four pitchers to the mound. Each gave up a run, though Eric Davis’ was unearned. Both teams finished with eight hits.

Lindley led the Jaguars with three hits in four trips, including a double and an RBI. Bryant, Jerad Curry and Matt Taylor had an RBI apiece.

The Jaguars play the same two teams Saturday in the invitational tournament.

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February 3, 2014

Pitchers allow 1 run in twinbill; Jaguars’ bats continue to glow

Freshman walk-on Dylan Williams struck out seven in three innings, Brad Taylor and Charles Sheffield each fanned four in two innings and Georgia Perimeter College swept a doubleheader from Brewton-Parker JVs 13-0 and 9-1 Monday at Newton Campus.

Georgia Perimeter (5-1) collected 21 hits in the twinbill, bringing their production in the last five games to 58 hits and 48 runs.

In the opener, Williams (1-0), Will Dreggers and Kendrick Thompson combined for the five-inning shutout—the game was called in the fifth on the run rule. They exhibited good control—Williams walked one and Thompson walked one, while Thompson and Williams each fanned a batter, making it a total of nine strikeouts in five innings.

At the plate Jerad Curry went 3-for-3, including a double, with three runs scored and an RBI as the Jaguars recorded 12 hits.

London Lindley and J.T. Phillips each had two base hits, Lindley scoring two runs. Matt Taylor had a hit and two RBIs.

In the second game, which went the full seven innings, five of the Jaguars’ nine hits were extra base hits. Morgan Bunting smacked a triple, and Phillips, Sheffield, Matt Taylor and Derrick Nelson each hit a two-bagger.

LaDonis Bryant had two hits in three at-bats and scored three runs. Pierce Ressmeyer, who is hitting .667, also had two hits in two trips.

Brad Taylor (1-0) shared mound duty with Michael Peel, Luis Valdez, Phillips and Sheffield. They combined for 13 strikeouts—four each by Taylor and Sheffield, pitching two innings apiece. Pitching one inning apiece, Peel and Phillips each fanned two and Valdez one.

Next the Jaguars board a bus and ride to Niceville, Fla., for the Northwest Florida Tournament Friday and Saturday. Both days they will play Northwest Florida State College and East Mississippi Community College.

The next home game will be with the Piedmont College junior varsity on Feb. 12 at 3 p.m.

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February 1, 2014

Jaguars sweep doubleheader with hot bats

The Jaguars opened their 2014 home schedule with a hit—24 of them to be exact.

Morgan Bunting

London Lindley

London Lindley, Morgan Bunting and Pierce Ressmeyer rapped four hits each as Georgia Perimeter College swept a doubleheader 11-5 and 5-1 over Chattanooga State Community College Saturday at the GPC Newton Campus.

The Jaguars collected 24 hits in the twinbill, and including a 10-0 win in Friday’s nightcap at Chattanooga, they’ve rung up 26 runs in their last three games. Multi-run rallies proved the difference Saturday.

“We swing the bat well,” said head coach Brett Campbell. “We have the ability to score four or five runs any inning. That’s how you win games.”

But credit starters Joe Marlow and Ty Alvey for tossing strong games, including a no-hit bid by Alvey.

“The two starters threw the ball really well,” Campbell said. “And J.T. Phillips and Matt Gray came in and threw the ball really well, too.”

In the opener Ressmeyer had three singles and two RBIs in three at bats, and Lindley, Matt Taylor and Morgan Bunting added two hits apiece as the Jaguars collected 12 hits. LaDonis Bryant had three RBI’s on a hit, sacrifice and a hit by pitch.

Georgia Perimeter (3-1) tied it 2-2 in the first inning after Chattanooga jumped off with two runs on a triple, double and single off Marlow. After GPC tied it 2-2 on Ressmeyer’s two RBIs, Marlow settled down in the middle innings.

Bryant drove home a run in the second inning, and the Jags racked up three runs in the fourth when Jerad Curry led off with a double and Bunting, Tyler Schwartz and Bryant followed with RBIs.

Chattanooga State (1-3) tagged Marlow for three runs in the sixth, closing the gap to 6-5, but the Jaguars exploded for four runs in their half of the inning. Taylor started it off with a double and three batters were hit by pitches as the Jags batted around the order.

J.T. Phillips closed it out, setting down the last four Tigers and tossing two strikeouts. Marlow earned the win, fanning four, issuing only one walk and coughing up seven hits in 5 2/3 innings on the mound.

In the second game, the Jaguars again belted 12 hits, with Lindley, Bunting and Milton Miranda getting two apiece.

The first three-and-a-half innings featured a pitcher’s duel between Alvey and the Tigers’ Andy Clay. Alvey entertained a no-hitter through four frames, striking out four, but he walked four and hit a batter.

GPC lit up the scoreboard in the bottom of the fourth with hits by Derrick Nelson and Lindley and RBI singles by Phillips and Ressmeyer.

Alec Meadow ruined Alvey’s no-hit bid with a leadoff double in the fifth. Michael Peel came on in relief, got a line out and a strikeout and then loaded the bases with two walks.

Gray came out of the bullpen and walked in Chattanooga’s only run. However, he finished the game with no more damage. Alvey was credited with the win.

A two-run base hit by Charles Sheffield and an RBI single by Bunting sealed the outcome for GPC in the sixth inning.

The Jaguars are back on the home field Monday for a 2 p.m. doubleheader with the Brewton Parker JV team. Next weekend they’ll camp out in Niceville, Fla., for the Northwest Florida Tournament. They face Northwest Florida State College and East Mississippi Community College in doubleheaders Friday and Saturday.

The Jaguars play home games at GPC’s Newton Campus, 239 Cedar Lane, Covington, Ga., 30014, near the intersection of I-20 and State Route 11.

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January 31, 2014

Jaguars open with split; Davis tosses 10-0 shutout

Pierce Ressmeyer and J.T. Phillips collected four hits apiece and Erik Davis pitched a six-hit shutout as Georgia Perimeter College opened its 2014 baseball season with a split at Chattanooga State Community College in Tennessee Friday.

Erik Davis

Georgia Perimeter (1-1) lost the opener 5-1 and won the second game of the doubleheader 10-0, called after the sixth inning on the run rule.

Davis, a sophomore from Ellabell, pitched all six innings of the shutout, giving up six hits, striking out six and issuing one base on balls.

“Erik threw strikes,” GPC head coach Brett Campbell said. “It’s nice to have a left-handed arm in the rotation like that.”

Phillips belted two doubles for three RBIs to support Davis. Ressmeyer, a sophomore catcher and 2013 All-GCAA first team selection, reached on a double and two singles.

Charles Sheffield and Matt Taylor also had two hits apiece, and Sheffield and Ressmeyer each drove in two runs.

In the opener Chattanooga State (1-1) capitalized on three GPC errors to send three unearned runs across the plate against Jaguar starter Dustin Beggs. In 4 1/3 innings on the mound, Beggs allowed six hits and two earned runs.

Freshman Dylan Williams, who joined the Jaguars in January as a walk-on, threw 1 2/3 scoreless innings in relief.

The Jaguars scored when Tyler Schwartz drew a walk, Kendrick Thompson singled and London Lindley earned an RBI, scoring Schwartz with a double-play grounder.

Saturday Chattanooga State visits GPC for a return doubleheader and the Jaguars’ home schedule opener, beginning at 1 p.m. Both games will be audio broadcast online with links at the athletic home page under “Game Webcasts.”

The Jaguars play home games at GPC’s Newton Campus, 239 Cedar Lane, Covington, Ga., 30014, near the intersection of I-20 and State Route 11.

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January 30, 2014

Jaguars set to open with big bats; ranked 18th in NJCAA national poll

In recent years the Georgia Perimeter College pitching staff has been the envy of the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association.

Erik Davis

Pierce Ressmeyer

Head coach Brett Campbell, who served a brief stint pitching for the Washington Nationals, knows full well how valuable pitching depth has been over the past two seasons when the Jaguars compiled a .655 winning percentage with a combined record of 79-37.

The 2012 staff—led by Campbell as pitching coach—was the GCAA’s best, and last season’s staff ranked second with a 2.85 earned run average. That team won the regular season championship of the GCAA, winning 17 straight conference games in April.

In 2011 and 2012, the lights-out man on the mound was All-American Clay Garner. The 2013 staff produced an MLB draftee, Sam Bragg, who was selected by the Oakland Athletics.

The 2014 season may not see a Garner or Bragg toeing the rubber, but that doesn’t faze Campbell’s optimism about the upcoming campaign.

“I’m excited about this team,” said Campbell, entering his second season as head coach after winning a championship and collecting the GCAA Coach of the Year award in his first. “We may not be quite as deep pitching-wise. We’ve got guys who can pitch, but we’re not quite as deep. But offensively, we’ve got some guys who can really hit.”

Matt Taylor

Dustin Beggs

The first test comes Friday as the Jaguars open the season with a doubleheader at Chattanooga State Community College in Tennessee. They open their home schedule Saturday, hosting a doubleheader with Chattanooga State at 1 p.m.

Transfers from NCAA Division 1 teams are projected to lead the team at the plate. And that may account for the Jaguars’ top-twenty ranking—No. 18—in the National Junior College Athletic Association preseason poll.

According to Campbell, J.T. Phillips (Columbus), an infielder-pitcher transferring from the University of Georgia, “has the potential to be one of the top all-around players in the NJCAA.” A power hitter who can use both fields, Phillips will start at shortstop when he’s not pitching.

“J.T. has a good attitude, great hands, good arm,” Campbell said. “At 6-3 he’s not your prototype shortstop, but he covers the ground.”

Charles Sheffield (Columbus), a transfer from Georgia Tech, will start in right field because of his defensive skills and powerful arm—and primarily because of his bat.

Ty Alvey

Joseph Marlow

“He has big time, big time power,” Campbell said. “He’ll bat in the middle of the lineup.”

Another UGA transfer, 6-4 third baseman Morgan Bunting (Atlanta), will play third base.

“A big-time left-handed hitter,” Campbell said.

A transfer from Francis Marion, Tyler Schwartz (Greenville, S.C.), will play second base and shift to shortstop when Phillips is pitching. Campbell says he’s a gap hitter, good bunter and good runner.

“He’ll steal some bases.”

Another Tyler, Tyler Landmon (Hiram), transfers from West Georgia and will play second when Schwartz is at short.

“He has some juice in his bat,” Campbell said.

Sophomore catcher Pierce Ressmeyer (Columbus) ranked third last season in the conference with 40 RBIs. Batting .343, he was a first-team All-GCAA selection, and Campbell says he’s the best defensive catcher in the league.

Returnee starting first baseman Matt Taylor (Fitzgerald) has a good bat and is solid defensively. He and Erik Davis (Ellabell) led the team in homeruns last year with three apiece. (Cavernous Jaguar Field keeps that statistic exceedingly low).

Davis hit .369 in 2013 but is needed this spring in the pitching rotation. Still, Campbell says, he will see action at the plate.

All this power will be complemented by Deion Sanders-level speed in leadoff hitter London Lindley (Marietta), who can play left field and will share time in center with Kendrick Thompson (Statesboro).

“London is the fastest guy ever to play at GPC,” Campbell claimed. “He has a good line-drive stroke, good bunter, base stealer.” Campbell plans to bat Phillips behind Lindley to drive him home.

A possible “second leadoff hitter” in the ninth spot is speedy outfielder LaDonis Bryant (Blakely), a solid line-drive hitter who, Campbell said, “is almost as fast as Lindley.”

More speed will come from outfielder Ryan Lang (Columbus). “He can really run,” Campbell said.

Thompson, potentially a good line-drive gap hitter, will see time in centerfield if he can rev up his bat, which tailed off last spring. Campbell describes him as “the best outfielder in the league.” If he doesn’t start, he’ll be a late-inning defensive replacement, shifting Lindley from center to left.

Alex Dedels (Lawrenceville) is another outfielder with a good line-drive stroke.

Backing up Ressmeyer behind the plate will be sophomore Jerad Curry (Buford), who was red-shirted last season, and Milton Miranda (Dorado, Puerto Rico).

Utility man Austin Simmons (Macon) “can swing the bat,” Campbell said.

Other reserves providing depth include third baseman Aaron Bentley (Statham) and a trio from Newnan—walk-on infielder Derrick Nelson, outfielder Devin Henry and shortstop Will Dreggers, a right-handed side-armer who may see bullpen action.

The defense, a Jaguar trademark in recent years, looks solid with some minor work needed in spots, Campbell indicated. Last year GPC led the conference with a .974 team fielding average.

Now about pitching. A good thing about the pitching staff is it’s anchored by several seasoned veterans.

The first man in the rotation stands to be returning right-hander Dustin Beggs (Roswell), a 6-3 sophomore who last year posted a 6-1 record, a .231 ERA and 50 strikeouts and 14 walks in 46 2/3 innings. His fastball is in the upper 80s-lower 90s and he tosses a good breaking ball.

“He’s pretty special,” Campbell said. “Sam Bragg, Clay Garner—he may fill those shoes.”

Another tall righty returnee is 6-4 Brad Taylor (Fitzgerald), probably following Beggs in the rotation. With a good sinker-ball, Taylor is a ground-ball pitcher who Campbell hopes will mature into a major force this season. He struck out nine in 9 2/3 innings last season

Providing a left-handed presence in the rotation, Davis has a power arm, throwing in the high 80’s and 90’s. In 2013 he fanned nine in 6 1/3 innings. He looks to be third in the rotation.

The fourth starter should be freshman Ty Alvey (Newnan), another 6-4 right-hander. He had an outstanding summer in wood-bat league action.

“Velocity in the low 90’s, wipe-out breaking ball. I think Ty will be the guy who shocks everybody,” Campbell said.

Right-hander Joseph Marlow (Kennesaw) returns and may get an opportunity to start. But he’s a certainty in the bullpen. In 15 2/3 innings of relief last year, he gave up no earned runs, allowed 12 hits and walked only five.

“The thing about Joe is Joe’s tough,” Campbell said. “Big time pitchers come through, and Joe comes through.”

The closer figures to be fireballer Phillips, and Campbell may give him the call to start in big games.

“I think he’ll be in the upper 90’s this season,” Campbell said, adding that Phillips will stay in the order to hit when he pitches.

Righty Dylan Williams (Rydal) joined the team this month and has a chance to become a conference starter. Campbell said he has “an electric arm.”

Campbell noted that Matt Gray (Peachtree City) is a right-handed “strike thrower” who will work out of the bullpen.

The battalion of right-handed relievers include 6-6 Georgia transfer Michael Peel (Claxton), Luis Valdez (Lawrenceville), Robert Massenburg (Newnan), D.J. Sylve (Powder Springs), Chase Hulsey (Flowery Branch), Andrew Corbitt (Moseley, Va.) and Chip Capper (Atlanta).

Rounding out the bench will be a wealth of college and professional experience—hitting and third base coach Jeremy Brotherton, volunteer assistant coach Brock Bennett and training consultant Don Adams.

All said, the 2014 Jaguars should produce exceptional hitting, great speed and solid defense. The only issue seems to be in pitching depth, and that, if it remains questionable, may not affect the outcome.

“We’ll score some runs. That’s what we’ll have to do,” Campbell said.

Saturday’s home doubleheader with Chattanooga State will be audio webcast, beginning at 12:55 p.m.

Check the Jaguars’ web schedule for the Jaguars’ games that will be audio broadcast online, indicated by a red-cross asterisk. To tune in to the webcasts, visit www.gpc.edu/athletic and click on the links under “Game Webcasts.”

The Jaguars play home games at GPC’s Newton Campus, 239 Cedar Lane, Covington, Ga., 30014, near the intersection of I-20 and State Route 11.

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September 16, 2013

Big League scouts abound at Jaguar’s annual ‘Scout Day’

Jaguar Field never has hosted so many Major League scouts and others as it did Monday when the Georgia Perimeter College baseball team held its annual Scout Day.

Major League scouts and other baseball reps watch Jaguar pitchers work in the bullpen at GPC’s Scout Day.

With more than 40 professional and college scouts in attendance, Jaguar head coach Brett Campbell says it was the most attended scout day he has ever seen.

“I’ve been fortunate enough to be a part of many scout days throughout my career, and this is by far the most scouts I’ve seen present at a school,” Campbell said.

“We had 28 Major League Baseball scouts present, along with numerous cross checkers and national scouts, which is outstanding. It’s just a testament to the type of players we have coming to GPC.”

This is why student athletes decide to come to Georgia Perimeter, Campbell added, “to not only get a great education, but to also get the exposure needed to move on to the next level.”

Last spring GPC won the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association regular season championship and came just short of qualifying for the National Junior College Athletic Association tournament (the JUCO World Series) in Colorado.

The Jaguars, regular-season conference champion last spring, attracted 28 Major League scouts at Monday’s Scout Day.

In his first season as head coach, Campbell guided his team from a slow start in February, to a phenomenal 17-0 in April, probably the longest winning streak in the program’s history, which began in 1965.

The Jaguars, conference champions in 2011, won the 2013 Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association regular-season championship with a 25-6 record, bringing an automatic berth in the NJCAA East-Central District tournament in Tennessee.

GPC was knocked out of the tournament with an 8-7 loss to Columbia State Community College (Tenn.) that featured an exciting ninth-inning rally and a long, final-out fly ball that almost left the park with the tying run on third base.

Georgia Perimeter dominated the All-GCAA team and the Gold Glove team. Catcher Pierce Ressmeyer, who returns for the 2014 season, made the all-conference first team. First-team selection Sam Bragg added to the buzz about the Jaguars when he was drafted in June by the Oakland Athletics and had an exceptional summer pitching in the minor leagues.

Campbell was named Coach of the Year by the coaches of the GCAA, a remarkable achievement for a first-year coach.

The Jaguars opened their 2013-14 fall season last Friday and will play Gordon State College Thursday at 3 p.m. at home.

The GPC fall schedule and roster can be found on GPC’s baseball website. Follow Jaguar sports at www.gpc.edu/athletic, Twitter, Facebook and, for students and employees, the GPC e-mail Athletic Jaglist.

The Jaguars play home games at GPC’s Newton Campus, 239 Cedar Lane, Covington, Ga., 30014, near the intersection of I-20 and State Route 11.

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