South Jones won one inning short of a complete game Friday night by way of mercy-rule.
On 13 hits and eight Taylorsville errors, the Braves beat the Tartars 13-2 in six innings at the Northeast Jones Baseball Invitational.
“I’m proud of my guys,” said South Jones baseball coach Jordan Rogers. “Offensively, we put pressure on [Taylorsville] and did what we do. It was a team effort. We had guys coming off the bench to run and play defense.
"That's the same ole Taylorsville," said South Jones head baseball coach Jordan Rogers. "They're a gritty team. I said the same thing about them three years ago, and they ended up in the state championship."
South Jones moves up to 3-3 on the season. Taylorsville falls to 2-5.
Senior south-paw McCain Walters held Taylorsville to one hit in 5 innings pitched. He struggled with balls and strikes early, walking the first three batters he faced, but settled in after a two-run Taylorsville bottom first and collected his first win on the season from the mound.
"Walters settled in there and made some quality pitches," Rogers said. "And that is what you want to see. He is a senior, but as the season progresses, you want him to grow, as he did tonight. He made several pitches with runners on and one or two outs that were critical to letting him back in the ball game or putting [Taylorsville] away."
Walters finished with seven strikeouts.
“I’m ecstatic at that performance by him,” added Rogers.
Sophomore Blaine Causey closed out the six, striking out one Tartar batter.
“I’m proud of [Blaine] Causey,” said Rogers. “He’s another young arm of ours. He was able to come out and get some quality work against a quality team.”
At the plate, South Jones scattered 13 hits from eight different batters. Seven-hole hitter Reeves Crowder led with three hits and three runs batted in. Matthew Martinolich also had three hits. Jamari Dease and Cody Walters finish with multiple hits as well with two-apiece. Walters drove in a pair of runs to go along with his two hits.
Taylorsville struggled defensively, committing five of its eight errors in the first two innings. South Jones took full advantage, scoring five runs in the first and four in the second of Tatar errors and timely hitting.
"Some of our runs did come after errors, but that's what good teams do," said Rogers, "they put pressure on the defense. It seems like every time Taylorsville committed an error; we'd come back with a good barrel. And some of those were with runners in scoring position."
South Jones added one run in the fifth and three runs in the sixth to invoke the mercy-rule.
South Jones travels to West Marion (3-3) on Saturday for a game with the Trojans at 1 p.m.
Taylorsville plays West Lauderdale at 4 p.m. on Saturday at the Stringer Spring Break Tournament.
Taylorsville’s starting pitcher Ky Buckley tossed three innings, giving up nine runs, one earned, on nine hits and struck out three. Tadrick Page and Ford Eason threw in relief.