JEFFERSON — The Jefferson Dragons (9-2, 5-1) returned home Friday where they faced off against Region 8S-AA leader North Oconee for the second time this season. The Dragons lost the first meeting between the two teams on March 24.
It was the Dragons first region loss of the season, and currently remains their only region loss after they split the season series following a dramatic 3-2 win over the Titans as both teams are now tied for the subregion lead.
"When we walked off their field after that first game we said we would beat them next time," Dragons coach Tommy Knight said. "That was the last thing we said and these guys believed it and we figured out a way to get it done."
The Titans rallied from a 2-0 deficit and tied the game in the top of the sixth inning when Jamie Fullington stole home, setting the stage for a dramatic finish.
Winning pitcher Jake Fields, who scored on a Kyle Hardy single in the bottom of the third, and the Dragons defense held strong in the top of the seventh inning, giving their offense a chance to finish the game in seven innings. Jefferson senior Chris Beck, who was 2-for-3 with two RBIs, did just that when he hit a two-out RBI single to end the game.
"It was nice to have a little redemption against these guys tonight," Beck said. "We’re going to see them again though."
Caleb Meek who scored the winning run, his second score of the day while going 1-for-2 at the plate, said he was excited to be back in the lineup and contribute in the win.
"I was seeing the ball real well and everyone was making plays," Meek said. "It was just a great night for baseball. We showed a lot of determination and we said we were going to beat them (North Oconee) with class. I’m really proud of all of us tonight."