West Jones breezed through opening night in Region 5-5A baseball. Behind Kris Riley’s performance on the mound and a big offensive night by Dustin Dickerson, West Jones shutout 5-5A rival Laurel 12-0 Thursday night in a shortened five-inning mercy-rule contest.
West Jones improves to 9-1 overall and 1-0 in Region 5-5A. Laurel falls to 1-5 and 0-1 in region play.
Head coach Trey Sutton said it was good to see Riley back on the mound and in control.
“It was a good win,” said Sutton. “Kris threw the ball well. I was proud of him. He had a bad outing last time, and for him to come back and throw the baseball the way he did, that’s the Kris Riley we know.”
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Riley pitched four solid innings, striking out 10 of the 14 Laurel batters he faced. Francisco Elvira closed out the game in the top of the fifth for Riley.
Dickerson highlighted a six-run third inning with a grand slam to give West Jones a 9-0 lead. The Southern Miss signee also had an RBI double in the first and a run-scoring single in the second.
Adam Bassett also finished with multiple hits for West Jones. Luke Leggett, Cole Tolbert, and Logan Kelly added solo hits.
West Jones plays at home again Saturday morning against Gulfport – weather permitting. First-pitch is scheduled for 11 a.m.