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Sam Hill’s first hit of the game was a long one. With two runners on and two outs in the bottom of the third, the sophomore slugger blasted a three-run home run Friday night and gave West Jones a four-run cushion over the Stringer Red Devils in Game 2 of the West Jones Baseball Classic.

Hill finished the game with three RBIs on two hits and closed out the night on the mound with four strikeouts in 2.2 innings pitched.

West Jones put Game 1 of its season in the win column Friday night, defeating Stringer 6-0 in the nightcap game of the West Jones Baseball Classic’s opening day.

“You always need big hits in big games, and Sam Hill came through for us,” said West Jones head coach Trey Sutton. “Putting that three spot up and giving us the cushion was big. Overall with the bats, I think we swung the ball pretty well tonight.”

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The two-day tournament began Friday afternoon with an hour and forty minute rain delay. Northeast Jones defeated Wayne County 2-0 in the opening tournament game. The delay, which affected Game 1 of the tournament, pushing the West Jones/Stringer start time well beyond its intended 7 p.m. start time.



“I was proud of our guys coming out of the rain delay and how they handled it” noted Sutton. “The game started later [than expected] but our guys stayed locked in. We played a clean ball game.

“When you rarely walk anyone and don’t make errors and give people free stuff, it makes it tough on them.”

Evan Bynum and Hill combined for the shutout on the mound. Bynum started the game and delivered eight strikeouts in 4.1 innings of work. He allowed just two hits and two walks in his opening day performance.

“Evan Bynum was huge for us,” Sutton said. “He threw better tonight than I’ve seen him throw in a while. Being a senior, he wanted the ball on opening night at home. We gave it to him, and he did not disappoint us. He threw a great game.”

Bynum threw 46 strikes in 71 pitches thrown and faced a total of 17 batters.

Hill gathered the save on the mound. The sophomore RHP allowed just one hit in 11 batters faced.

Dustin Dickerson, Colton Harris, Kris Riley, Evan Bynum, Garrett McLaurin and Kelton Keene had solo hits on the night in addition to Hill’s two hit and three RBI performance at the plate.

Andrew Nix took the loss on the mound for Stringer, giving up six runs, two earned, on seven hits in four innings of work. Nix fanned three Mustang batters at the plate and didn’t give up a walk in the contest.

Caleb Dyess, Jake Parker and Devin May all had hits for Stringer.