NORTH AUGUSTA --- A promising season came to a disappointing end Wednesday as North Augusta was swept in a doubleheader for the Class AAAA District III championship.
After two road playoff wins -- a 4-2 victory over Greenwood and a 10-3, extra-inning win at Boiling Springs -- the Yellow Jackets (17-9) fell flat at home.
Boiling Springs jumped on Jackets ace Marty Gantt early in the first game and held on for a 5-0 win. Gantt, who never found his rhythm, walked the bases loaded in the second and allowed two runs on an infield error and a walk before getting out of the inning.
In the third, Bulldogs third baseman Hunter Rice hit a two-run homer to left to make it 4-0, while catcher Jeff Campbell made it 5-0 with a solo shot in the fourth.
Bulldogs ace Jimmy Revan (10-0) allowed only two singles and struck out 10 in seven innings. Revan kept the Jackets in check with a nasty off-speed pitch.
In the nightcap, the Bulldogs struck early again. With the Jackets up 1-0, Boiling Springs scored six runs in the first inning.
They followed with two more in the second, three runs in the fifth and a run off a bases-loaded walk in the sixth for a 12-2 victory, via the mercy rule.
The Jackets added a run in the third off a sacrifice fly by Taylor Rozier, and twice left the bases loaded in the second game. They never advanced a runner beyond first in the opening game.
"The thing about baseball is if you're going to win ball games, you've got to hit the ball and put it in play," Jackets coach Vic Radcliff said.
Radcliff said pitching, usually the team's strength, also failed them Wednesday night.
"We didn't give ourselves an opportunity," he said.
Reach J. Scott Trubey at (706) 823-3424 or firstname.lastname@example.org.