The Jackson Indians are still on the warpath, and this time it was the North County Raiders that stood in their way. The Boys Varsity team laid waste to the Raiders on Monday at their home stadium on Senior Night to the tune of a 16-1 drubbing that bumped their record to 5-0 on the young season.
The game kicked off with a fortuitous bounce in the bottom half of the first, as the Indians plated a couple on an error to jump out to a 2-0 lead. That just set the stage though for the offense to get into gear. After a scoreless second the Indians erupted for nine runs in the third.
A leadoff triple by Caden Bogenpohl got things started before a hit by pitch and a Logan Bruns double drove in another run to make it 3-0. A line drive single by Kyle Richardson scored another two, Tyler Malugen tacked on one more with a looper to right and suddenly it was 6-0. The inning continued with three consecutive walks and a wild pitch prior to Baden Hackworth driving in two more with a laced singled to center. After another wild pitch, Jackson was up 11-0 and creeping into mercy territory.
North County managed to get a man across the plate in the top of the fourth, but the Indians stormed back with five more in the bottom half of the frame to end the contest after retiring just 12 Raiders. Their half of the fourth featured three walks, an error, a hit by pitch, a wild pitch and catcher’s interference, leading to all four runs and the game getting called because of the 15 run lead.
The Tribe plated 16 runs on just five hits in the victory, but took advantage of five North County miscues in the field and worked the strike zone to perfection with nine walks. Hackworth led the way offensively with four RBI and a pair of runs scored in his two plate appearances, and Richardson was key as well with two runs driven in. There were contributions across the board though, as nearly every Indian either scored or drove in a run.
When asked how it felt coming into a Senior Night home opener and getting such a dominant win, Carson Hartlein quipped, “It felt great. The fans were supportive and loud, and the team energy was there. We have high hopes for this team after putting in the work for the last 4 years and it’s finally paying off.”
On the pitching side of things it was a solo effort, as Owen Evans went the distance in this one. He cruised through four hitless innings, allowing just one run after surrendering a pair of walks while striking out three and securing the “W”.
Despite the game being shortened due to Jackson’s offensive dominance, a no-hitter is no small feat. Ameritime Sports caught up with Evans and asked him about the effort toeing the rubber. He responded with, “It felt great to be out on the mound in front of the home crowd and pitch a no-hitter, especially on Senior Night, which makes it even more special to me. Definitely having my teammates behind my back was a big help with that, and our offense did extremely well which helped us win against North County.”
The Indians are plowing through their competition on full throttle, but they will have a tough test coming up this weekend. They travel to CBC on Saturday to take on the Jefferson City Jays and the hosting Cadets. It should be a solid test of their metal.
We learned this week that are going to be able to do a broadcast for the game at Busch Stadium. Let’s make this a memory that lasts a lifetime!