West Jones head baseball coach Trey Sutton spoke in plain terms Friday night. “At the end of the night, it’s about scoring more runs than your opponent.”
West Jones did that in Game 1 of its second-round Class 5A playoff series vs. Brookhaven. Its solo run in the bottom of the fifth proved to be the game-winner Friday night in Soso as West Jones collected its 24th “W” on the year with a 3-2 win over Brookhaven.
West Jones travels to Brookhaven Saturday night for Game 2 of the series. First pitch is slated for 7 p.m.
Click on the link below for video highlights from Friday night’s game and a post-game interview with Trey Sutton: https://youtu.be/JGRj8a7qhH8
Junior RHP Dustin Dickerson earned his seventh win on the mound, tossing a complete game and striking out a total of 11 Panther batters. Through he gave up two runs – one earned – on five hits and walked three, Dickerson proved clutch, especially in the third. With two down, bases loaded and a full count with the runners on the move, Dickerson forced Brookhaven to fly out to left field and ended the threat. His 11 K performance was his best of the season, topping his 10 strikeout outing vs. Richland back on March 12.
Evan Bynum led West Jones at the plate with two base hits. Bynum’s leadoff double off the left-field wall in the fifth led to the Mustangs’ go-ahead run. Sley Lyon, who came in to pinch run for Bynum, later scored on a passed ball. It gave West Jones the 3-2 lead.
Garrett McLaurin and Sam Hill recorded back-to-back RBI singles in the fourth to put West Jones on top 2-0. In the next frame, Brookhaven tried the game, 2-2, by taking advantage of two passed balls in the dirt. Both runners reached base on back-to-back hits to start the fifth.
Senior LHP Trace Owen took the loss on the mound for Brookhaven. Owen tossed a complete game as well, giving up three runs – one earned – on five hits and five strikeouts. The senior lasted the whole night without giving up a walk.
The Panthers fall to 18-9 on the season. West Jones improves to 24-2 overall.