Rain delays the likely inevitable.
Northeast Jones poured it to Northeast Lauderdale Friday evening. An eight-run top of the fifth pushed the Tigers to a 10-run lead, 13-3, in a highly important Region 5-4A contest. When Northeast Jones took the field in the bottom of the inning – in hopes to close out the contest with three outs and a mercy rule win – the rain poured instead, and the game postponed to a later date. A date has yet to be established.
Northeast Lauderdale won Tuesday night’s contest 4-2 in The Jungle. It forced an uncomfortable situation for Northeast Jones, who looks to finish second in Region 5-4A. A big win against Northeast Lauderdale would secure such a finish, baring a sweep of Mendenhall next week.
Alex Harrison, Dayvis McLeod and Tyler Harper highlighted the eight-run fifth with two-run hits. Harper’s two-run double with two outs gave NEJ the double-digit lead. Cole Monzingo and Reid Reynolds also scored runs in the inning.
Northeast Jones jumped out to a 5-0 lead with a three-run second inning and a two-run third. Passed balls were a problem for Northeast Lauderdale starter Brock Butler. A passed ball in the second, advanced NEJ runners in scoring position for Cole Mozingo, who doubled to give the Tigers a 2-0 lead. Mozingo later scored in the inning on another wild pitch by Butler.
NEJ added a fifth run in the contest on another passed ball in the third.
Junior hurler Patrick Little, who started the game on the mound, looked to finish the game in the fifth before the rain came.
The game was initially scheduled for a 7 p.m. first pitch but was moved up to 5 p.m. with a plan to complete the game before the bad weather arrived.
Stay tuned to Sports601.com for information regarding the projected finish of the game.