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JCHS JV baseball strong in work ethics

The 2012 JCHS JV Baseball club is short on experience, but strong in the areas of work ethic and character. They have shown a strong desire to learn the game of baseball. As of Monday, April 2nd their record stood at 3-2 after five games. Sophomore Jake Sutherland is off to a strong start offensively; reaching base nine times (four hits, three walks, and two hit by pitches) in this first 15 plate appearances, for a .600 on base percentage. Sophomore catcher Blade Hampton has been on base 67% of the time, hitting cleanup (fourth in the lineup). Hampton has three hits, including a double, six walks, and has been hit by a pitch. Freshman Harley Stout, is also off to a consistent offensive start with a .462 OBP%. Stout has three hits, a walk and has been hit by three pitches. He also has two stolen bases. Sophomore Sam Thomas has hit the ball hard from the third spot in the batting order. Junior, Andy Woods, has played nice defense in centerfield, left field, and third base (when Thomas is pitching). Freshman Adam Worley is improving every area of his game. Every player on the roster has made a contribution at some point. Junior Judd Hammons, Thomas and Sutherland have led the pitching staff. Hammons has 12 strikeouts in 8 and 1/3 innings pitched. Thomas has two wins on the mound, and Sutherland struck out eight of the nine Cloudland Highlander batters he faced on Thursday, March 29th.
“So far we have beat the teams we are supposed to beat, which is a good sign, and lost to teams that were probably expected to beat us. We would like to keep improving and sneak up and win a game or two that we aren’t supposed to. Wins are secondary with this group, and JV baseball in general,” said Coach Nick Perkins. “It’s all about teaching the fundamentals of the game and developing those fundamental skills. My goal is always promote JV players to our Varsity club who know how to play the game the right way and know the correct approach to take in the batters box, on base, in the field, and on the mound, regardless of their athletic ability. These kids are a blessing to be around.”