It has been a terrific year on the baseball diamond for Justin Jones.
Last spring, Jones helped lead Houston County to its first GHSA championship. And this year, Jones is starting as a freshman for the Georgia State Panthers.
Jones and the Panthers take on Mercer at 5 p.m. on Tuesday at Claude Smith Field.
“It’s been the best year of my baseball career, for sure,” Jones said. “It’s been a lot of fun.”
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Jones certainly has enjoyed the start of his debut season with Georgia State.
He has started all three games in the team’s 1-2 start and has four hits in 13 at-bats (a .308 average). Jones also has four RBI with two runs scored and two doubles.
“Honestly, I’m not sure how it happened,” Jones said of moving into the starting lineup at shortstop. “I played well in the fall and continued to play well before the season. I just got lucky, I guess.”
Jones won’t be surprised if there is a large Houston County contingent at Tuesday’s game. Mercer is also 1-2 to start the season.
“If they can brave the weather, they’ll be there,” Jones said. “I’m pretty sure we’ll have a good crowd. Hopefully, my grandma can be there. That would be nice.”