West Jones’ student section waved a broom in anticipation. The baseball team made sure it wasn’t in vain.
West Jones completed the sweep of county rival South Jones with a 5-3 victory Friday night in Soso to finish unbeaten in Region 5-5A. The Mustangs clinched the region title last week with a 12-0 win over Laurel after beating South Jones in two straight games the week prior. The sweep was the first of its kind for West Jones since South Jones joined 5A in 2011.
Click on the link to see video highlights of the game and hear from West Jones head coach Trey Sutton: https://youtu.be/h9CRtNLIBT0
A big three-run fourth inning put West Jones in position for the win. A fielders choice RBI by Hayden Bryan with the bases loaded started the three-run bottom half inning. Walker Thompson followed with an RBI single, and a run-scoring groundout by Colson Harris added the two other runs. Thompson led West Jones at the plate with two hits and an RBI, while Harris finished with a team-high two RBI.
Evan Bynum also claimed two hits at the plate. Dustin Dickerson, Adam Bassett and Bryan each had a solo hit in the win too.
Kris Riley collected his third win on the mound. The senior RHP went five innings and gave up two earned runs on two hits and fanned five South Jones batters. Bynum closed the game out to earn his first save of the season, pitching two innings of perfect ball in six batters faced. Bynum allowed no runs on no hits and struck out four.
South Jones three runs came on solo frames in the third, fourth and fifth innings. Bryson Sumrall and Nate Conliff recorded the only two hits for the Braves.
Reid Golemon took the loss on the hill. The PRCC signee started the game and tossed 3.1 innings, giving up four earned runs on four hits while collecting two strikeouts. Ricky Boleware and Tyler Ducksworth pitched in relief.
West Jones improves to 21-1 on the season and finishes 9-0 in Region 5-5A. South Jones falls to 10-9 overall and concludes 5-5A with a 5-4 record. The Mustangs earned a first-round bye in the upcoming Class 5A playoffs and the Braves with face Stone County in the first round set to start on Friday, April 20.