JACKSON, Ga. - Cameron Scott, Josh Rice and Travis Lee each hit a home run as the Spalding High baseball team topped rival Jackson 8-6 Monday night in extra innings.
Rice, Dylan Griffin and Josh Tapley each logged three innings apiece against fourth-place Jackson (8-12 overall, 5-7 Region 4-AAA North) for third-place Spalding (14-7, 8-4) in a regular season finale that had no bearing on the final region standings and was used as a tune-up for the region playoffs which open on the road for both teams Friday (against West Laurens for SHS).
Tapley (4-2, 1 save) worked the final three innings in relief for the win, the team’s third in a row and seventh in the last eight games.
Lee went 4-for-4, Scott went 3-for-5 and Rice, Austin Hurt and Tapley each went 2-for-4 to lead Spalding in a game where it logged 13 hits and led 4-0 with two outs in the bottom of the sixth. That’s when the Red Devils loaded the bases and hit an inside-the-park grand slam to knot the game at 4-all.
SHS pulled ahead on a two-run homer by Rice with two outs in the seventh, only to watch Jackson rally again with two out and no runner on in the bottom of the seventh as it drew a walk and hit a homer to send the game into extra innings. Neither team scored until Hurt hit a leadoff double in the top of the ninth and scored on a single by Scott. Scott later crossed the plate on a single by Pat Gasses.