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Jackets roll to win
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    BROOKLET — The Southeast Bulloch Yellow Jackets (12-11, 5-8 Region 3-AA) celebrated Senior Night with an 11-3 win over the Johnson Atom Smashers in a non-region game Monday in Brooklet.
    Five of the six SEB seniors started the game and the sixth — lefty relief pitcher Scotty Beegle — was the honorary coach for the evening.
    The Jackets got off to a big lead early when, trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the second, five JHS errors allowed Southeast Bulloch to cross the plate five times. The Atom Smashers sent four more pitchers to the mound over the next four innings but they could not calm the bats of the Jackets, who scored six more times in the 11-3 victory.
    “The guys took a couple of extra bases on little nonchalant plays that (Johnson’s) defense was giving us,” said SEB coach Stephen Hoyle. “That just comes from hustling and giving 110 percent on the base paths. We’ve always prided ourselves on running really hard, and it paid off for us today.”
    Senior Morris Turner got the win for SEB striking out three and setting JHS down 1-2-3 twice in four innings on the night the team honored its senior class. All of the seniors contributed in the contest. Turner scored twice and was 1-for-3 with a walk, a double and two stolen bases to compliment his pitching performance. Seniors Fisher Strickland and Jeremy Smith both drove in runs and Smith scored twice. Justin Daniels also scored twice, and senior Ryan Burroughs also crossed the plate. Junior Matt Conner led the team from the plate going 2-for-3 with a walk and an RBI triple.
    Beegle spent much of the game coaching runners from third base, but relieved Turner in the top of the fifth. He struck out four and allowed one hit and no runs in his three innings of work.
    “I felt pretty good,” said Beegle. “I didn’t want to walk anybody but stuff happens.”
    The Jackets hope gain momentum with two games left before the region playoffs. The win against Johnson (Class AAAAA) should build some confidence as they wrap up the regular season.
    “You always want to beat the big boys,” said Hoyle. “They’ve got an upper hand as far as enrollment goes, and usually they’re very strong programs. They’ve got a lot of depth, so it’s always nice for the little guy to come out on top.”
    Southeast Bulloch returns to the diamond today when it hosts region rival Metter at 5:30 p.m. and wraps up its season on the road in Savannah against Calvary Day Friday at 4:30 p.m.