The Jackson Indians won their third game in three days on Wednesday and did it in the most convincing of fashions. Hosting Ste. Genevieve on Senior Night in Jackson, the Indians did so much damage offensively in the first three innings that the game was called via the 15-run mercy rule. Jackson needed just seven outs to complete the 15-0 drubbing.
The offensive onslaught forced Head Coach Josh Roach to get creative with the lineup since a team loaded with 12 Seniors only had three innings to get everyone into the game, but he managed to pull it off. It was limited time for some, but don’t expect to hear any member of the Tribe complaining about a blowout victory.
Not only was this game special for the 12 Seniors on the roster, but it was another special outing for Junior ace JP Sauer as well. After throwing a perfect game in his first start of the season last week, he followed that up with three more brilliant innings in this one. It wasn’t quite perfect, as a runner finally reached base against him, but it was on an error and he was immediately wiped out on the base paths.
So Sauer has now had two starts comprised of nine innings pitched, with both resulting in Ws, and has yet to allow a hit or a walk. He has also fanned 13 0f the 24 batters he’s faced.
As for the Senior Night blowout against Ste. Gen, the Indians scored early and often. They put up seven runs on the first, two more in the second and six in the third when the game was called via mercy rule with just one out in their half of the inning.
Some of the bigger plays in the game were RBI singles by Quinton Borders and Steven Schneider in the first and Grant Dotson and Borders again in the third. Baden Hackworth had a two-RBI double in the final inning as well as an exclamation point on the day.
Borders, Hackworth and Clayton Ernst each had two hits and Borders, Hackworth, Landon Watkins, Schneider and Dotson all had two RBI. Jackson Wyatt and Borders each had two steals. That’s a lot of deuces for just 2.1 innings of offense.
You already know what happened on the bump, but Sauer’s official line was 3 IP, 0 H, 0 BB, 6 Ks, W and nine batters faced.
It was a festive evening, especially for the 12 Seniors, and it looks like Jackson is back in full force after a brief two-game skid. They are now 6-2 on the season and will look to win their 7th game on Saturday against Hazelwood West.
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