Northeast Jones suffered its fourth loss in a row.
Tuesday night was difficult for Northeast Jones head coach Jeremy Parker to watch. A night dosed with problems on offense, defense and a shaky start on the mound, Northeast Jones fell to Region 5-4A foe Northeast Lauderdale 4-2 at home in The Jungle.
The loss was the Tigers’ third in region play over an eight-day period, including two losses to West Lauderdale last week. Northeast Jones travels to Northeast Lauderdale on Friday night to complete its series with the Trojans. A win Friday night and a sweep of Mendenhall would allow the Tigers to finish in second place in 5-4A, but that’s easier said than done.
Click on the link to see Tuesday night’s highlights and a post-game interview with Coach Parker: https://youtu.be/y4fw_m66bpU
A three-run inning by Northeast Lauderdale in the third was enough to put away Northeast Jones Tuesday night. Braxton Lee’s two-out RBI double put NEL on the board first. Later in the inning, two NEJ errors in the field added two more runs to the Trojans’ lead.
Lee also earned the “W” on the mound, getting in four full innings of work while striking out three.
NEJ answered in the fourth, scoring two runs on a double by Reid Reynolds. It was the only runs of the contest for the Tigers.
NEL pushed its lead to two runs, 4-2, in the fifth when NEJ reliever Dylan Greer pegged a Trojan batter at the plate with the bases juiced.
Four NEJ pitchers took to the mound in the loss. Starter Reid Reynolds lasted the longest, going 2.2 innings. Reynolds, who took the loss, gave up one earned run on five hits and fanned five NEL batters.
Patrick Little, Brady Blackwell and Dayvis McLeod had multiple hits for NEJ. The Tigers had nine hits in the contest and stranded nine runners on base, including three straight innings in which they stranded a pair.
NEL improves to 9-8 overall and 4-3 in Region 5-4A. NEJ falls to 15-5 on the season, 4-3 in 5-4A.