Northeast Jones kicked off the 2019 season with a 7-5 win over Stringer Monday night in the opening game of the annual West Jones Classic. The seven-inning contest featured four lead changes and an assortment of Stringer errors and mishaps that led to four NEJ runs.
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Following an uneventful first inning, Northeast Jones reached base on an infield error committed by Stringer and a single off the bat of senior Dylan Greer in the top of the second. Two passed balls later, the Tigers found themselves on top 2-0.
Two more Tiger runs came across in the sixth and seventh inning as a result of passed balls and Stringer fielding errors.
Senior Tyler Harper led Northeast Jones offensively with two hits, including an RBI double off the centerfield wall in the third inning to put his team back on top, 3-2. Harper’s second hit, a single in the sixth, put the senior on the base path where he later scored the Tigers’ final go-ahead run, 6-5.
Junior Mason Smith also had two hits in the Baseball Classic opener. Dayvis McLeod, Brady Blackwell and Dylan Greer also added base hits for NEJ.
For Stringer, Jackson Parker scored the bulk of Stringer’s runs, blasting a three-run bomb over dead-center in the bottom of the third. The three-run home run put Stringer in the lead, 5-3.
All of NEJ top arms show action on the mound. Senior right-hander Patrick Little started the game and later relieved by Brady Blackwell after three full innings of work. Mason Smith closed out the win to collect his first save of the season. Blackwell earned the win in three innings of relief, allowing no runs on no hits and striking out five Red Devil batters.
Conner Hicks, Jackson Parker and Andrew Nix took the hill for Stringer. Parker took the loss in two and two-thirds pitched, allowing one run on two hits while striking out five Tiger hitters.