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Nine days, 22 hours and fives minutes later Northeast Jones officially gets its win over Northeast Lauderdale. Rain suspended the inevitable on April 6 with Northeast Jones three outs away from a mercy-rule victory. The Tigers scored eight runs in the top of the fifth to take a 13-3 lead before the rain fell and play was suspended. 

It took 16 pitches from Northeast Jones relief pitcher Cole Monzingo Monday evening to complete the contest in the fifth. The 13-3 win secures the No. 2 seed spot for the Tigers in Region 5-4A.

“It’s the first time I’ve had to come into a game and finish it up like this,” said NEJ head baseball coach Jeremy Parker. “And I really didn’t know what to expect. We tend to start slow and I was afraid we might give up a run, but Cole [Mozingo] did a good job of finishing. He came out, threw strikes and got the ground balls for us to get out of here.”

 


 

After striking out Northeast Lauderdale’s lead off batter in three pitches, Mozingo gave up a single then followed it with a five-pitch walk. Mozingo forced a ground ball four pitches later as the Tigers’ defense turned a 4-6-3 double play to collect its 18th win of the season.

For more on the first half of the game played on April 6, click the link for the story: http://sports601final.wpengine.com/index.php/2018/04/07/rain-forbids-ending-to-likely-nej-win-in-region-5-4a/

“We made a quick day of it,” Parker said. “We’re now 18-5 on the season and finish second in district. We’ll match up with St. Stanislaus this weekend [in the playoffs]. We haven’t played them since 2010. They’re always a good program down on the coast and so there are this year. We play them Friday night at home at 7 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. down there and if necessary Monday back at our place at 7 p.m.”

Northeast Jones concludes regular season play Tuesday night against Lamar Christian on the road. First pitch is slated for 4 p.m.