Northeast Jones picked up where they left off.
Delivering Mendenhall an 11-0 loss on Tuesday night, Northeast Jones continued in like fashion Friday night with a 16-1 win in “The Jungle” to sweep the Region 5-4A series between the two teams.
Tigers head coach Jeremy Parker said his team’s playing some of its best baseball right now.
“The way we played tonight, and this whole week is how we anticipated on playing all year long,” said Parker. “Maybe we just had a slow start getting through the Spring Break and those first 11 games [this season] because we looked sloppy.”
For video highlights and a postgame interview with Tigers head coach Jeremy Parker, click on the link: https://youtu.be/CxNFw2o6hJI
Northeast Jones jumps above .500 on the season with an overall record of 7-6 and more importantly 4-0 in Region 5-4A play.
Like teammate Brady Blackwell’s no-hit performance from the mound Tuesday night, Dalton Tanner had a commanding night on the bump Friday. The sophomore southpaw allowed one run on two hits in four complete innings of work. Tanner’s most dominant inning came in the second, striking out all three batters he faced.
“We’ve gotten two really good performances on the mound this week – Blackwell on Tuesday night and Dalton Tanner, and even Shelby Nowell tonight,” said Parker. “And we’ve played more solid baseball [behind them] with good defense.”
Northeast Jones managed to score multiple runs in every stanza of the four and a half inning contest, including a five-run third that gave the Tigers a commanding 13-0 lead. Senior Tyler Harper added the Tigers last three runs in the fourth on a three-run home run over the wall in left field. Harper finished with three hits on the night.
“We put the ball in play and put pressure [on Mendenhall],” said Parker. “Regardless of the score, Mendenhall is a good team. They split with Northeast Lauderdale last week, who finished second in our region last year. So we didn’t take them lightly. We put the ball in play and put the pressure on them.”
Dayvis McLeod also had a multi-hit night, including a double in the second and a single in the third. Dylan Greer and Patrick Little also had hits in the win.
In regards to region play, Parker said his team is focused on next week’s series with Newton County.
“Newton County is always tough to beat,” Parker said. “Last year was the first year since I’ve been here that we’ve been able to beat them at their place. They’re a good team and a tough out.”
Tuesday night’s game at home and Friday’s game at Newton County are scheduled to start at 7 p.m.