Tigers take down pair

NEJ’s Brady Blackwell drives in a run in the fifth inning. (Photo by Mark Thornton)

Northeast Jones had the bats and arms working over the weekend, pitching back-to-back one-hit shutouts while scoring more than two dozen runs in 10 innings.

In The Jungle on Saturday, junior Tyler Harper had seven RBIs on three hits, including a bases-clearing double. Dayvis McLeod went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and Reid Reynolds went 2-for-2 with a double. Cole Mozingo, Alex Harrison, Brady Blackwell and Dalton Tanner all had RBIs and Dawson Brooks legged out a triple.

“I’m really proud of the way we’re swinging the bats,” NEJ coach Jeremy Parker said. “We’re barreling up on more balls.”

Tanner, a freshman, struck out seven, walked two and allowed only one hit in four innings to pick up the win and sophomore Shelby Nowell pitched the final inning.

At Richton on Friday, Mason Smith went 2-for-2 with a double and three RBIs and Keagan Ward also drove in three runs in a 14-0, five-inning win. Reynolds and Harper also had a pair of hits each and Harper had an RBI. Harrison had two RBIs and Tanner also drove in a run. Mozingo and Jonathan Blackledge doubled in the win.

Patrick Little pitched the win, striking out six and walking one in four innings and Blackwell struck out three and walked one in an inning of relief.

The Tigers (5-1) host Wayne Academy at 2 p.m. Thursday and Lamar Christian at 5 p.m. Friday in the NEJ Tournament.

South Jones

The Braves (1-4) picked up their first win of the season in convincing fashion, pounding Harrison Central 11-3 on the coast Saturday. Ricky Boleware went 3-for-5 with two RBIs to lead the winners’ offensive onslaught. Tyler Ducksworth had a two-run double, Bryson Sumrall went 2-for-5, Max Sharp went 2-for-4 with a double, Nate Conliff drove in two runs and Ben Welch and Mark Diers had an RBI apiece.

Sharp picked up the win, striking out five and walking one in five innings and Reid Golemon struck out three in two innings of relief.

The Braves were hosting Jefferson Davis County on Monday then going to Tylertown at 6 p.m. today (Tuesday). They will host Wayne County at 7 p.m. Friday in the region opener.

Laurel

The Tornadoes (4-3) swept Quitman in a Saturday doubleheader, 7-4 and 6-1. In the opener, they scored four in the bottom of the sixth to overcome a one-run deficit and knock off the Panthers. Jquan Johnikin homered, going 2-for-4 with two RBIs, while Zarian Richardson and Keno Shelby each had two hits and one RBI. Rasaad Pettis, who picked up the win in 1-2/3 innings of relief, also drove in a run. Shelby got the start.

The Nader bats got started earlier in the second game, scoring all six in the first two innings and holding on for the victory. Johnikin cranked out a triple and a double for two RBIs and Shedrick George went 2-for-2 with two RBIs. Tyree Bester and Richardson also drove in a run each. Jaylen Smith pitched the win, giving up a run in the first inning them tossing six shutout innings.

West Jones

The Mustangs (4-1) suffered their first loss of the season, a 4-0 decision to Hattiesburg at George County on Saturday. The Tigers (4-2) scored the first runs that WJ pitchers had allowed this season.

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