GERALDINE — The performance of Jake Peppers is a primary reason why the Geraldine baseball program is enjoying the best stretch in program history.
On April 6, the Bulldogs swept Sylvania and Plainview to win their third consecutive area championship. It’s the first time GHS has accomplished the feat.
Peppers was the winning pitcher in the 9-3 decision over Sylvania that clinched the Class 3A, Area 15 title. He allowed six hits, walked two and struck out 11.
On Nov. 14, Peppers achieved more history for Bulldog baseball by becoming its first player to sign with an NCAA Division I program out of high school. Peppers inked with Jacksonville State during the NCAA’s early signing period.
Peppers joins a Gamecock program that won the regular season and Ohio Valley Conference Tournament championships in 2019. JSU also reached the finals of the NCAA Regional at Ole Miss by defeating Illinois and Clemson.
“Ever since I was growing up, I had always had a dream to play baseball at a high level,” Peppers said. “Mom [Jan Peppers] always told me when I was a little kid that every time I was asked what I wanted to do when I grew up, that I…