Four Northeast Jones pitchers combined for a one-hit performance on the mound Saturday night at Wayne County. But it was the walks and hit batters that doomed the 15-4 Tigers.
Five straight free passes – three consecutive hit batters sandwiched in between two walks – issued by NEJ pitchers awarded Wayne County a 3-2 walk-off win in the bottom of the seventh.
Click on the link to see game highlights and a post-game interview with NEJ head coach Jeremy Parker: https://youtu.be/Zp0by7JD-pY
Dalton Tanner, who started the game on the mound, tossed three complete innings without giving up a single hit. Wayne County scored its first run during Tanner’s time on the mound, but it was an error in the field that allowed the run. Tanner recorded four strikeouts and received a no-decision for his part in the 3-2 loss.
Wayne County’s only hit, a double by Tre Williamson, came in the bottom of the sixth off NEJ reliever Brady Blackwell. Blackwell pitched 2.2 innings of relief, allowing no runs on the one hit and struck out two.
After NEJ tied the game, 1-1, in the fifth on a Wayne County error, senior slugger Reid Reynolds put the Tigers on top 2-1 in the top of the seventh with his solo home run over the left field wall.
A disastrous bottom frame by the Tigers on the mound followed the home run by Reynolds and led to the walk-off win for Wayne County.
Wayne County starting pitcher Brenon Sehon earned the win, tossing the complete game. He gave up two runs on five hits and struck out five.
It was the second loss of the day for NEJ and third of the week. Earlier on Saturday, the Tigers dropped a 2-1 decision to West Lauderdale in Region 5-4A.
NEJ resumes region play next Tuesday night vs. Northeast Lauderdale at home.