Fresh off an 8-2 beat-down of the Edwardsville Tigers at Busch Stadium last night, the Jackson Indians kept the line moving with a six-inning 10-0 victory over Marion High School.
The Battle at Busch was an impressive revenge victory for the Tribe, but the win over Marion was just as dominant, if not more so. It also gave the Indians their sixth consecutive victory, as this team continues to prove that adversity from a bump in the road consistently translates to success down the line.
Today’s game against Marion was just another link in the chain of the results from that line of that sentiment, and Jackson wasted no time showing the results. Literally. On the first pitch they saw on offense, Henley Parker squared up and smoked a homer over the right field wall for a 1-0 lead.
Cooper Rhodes then followed up a with a double the next at-bat, stole third and scored on a balk. Caden Bogenpohl walked, stole second, advanced on the balk and then came in to score on a Baden Hackworth RBI groundout. That made it 3-0 Indians and set the tone for the game.
Bogenpohl got the call on the bump, and did not disappoint. He went five strong for the win and allowed just two hits and two walks with nine Ks. Naturally, it was a clean sheet with the 10-0 end result.
Jackson got another run in the second to increase their lead and then tacked on a pair in the third, thanks in large part to a Bogenpohl lead-off triple. He came around to score on a Hackworth sac fly and then Landon Watkins blasted a double to drive in another run. After three it was 6-0 Indians.
The fourth inning featured another crooked number with a Rhodes RBI single and a Quinton Borders sac fly to make it 8-0. The Tribe added one in the fifth and just needed one more in the sixth to not only trigger the mercy rule, but put up at least a run in every inning. A Borders run-scoring base-knock did just that, and Jackson walked it off at home.
Bogenpohl was huge in this one with, not only the dazzling performance on the mound, but a 3-for-3 effort at the plate to lead the team in hits. Parker was huge as well with the solo shot to get things started and he also added a double in four trips. Watkins and Rhodes each had two hits and an RBI. Borders was 1-for-2 with a pair of ribbies and two runs scored.
Jackson will get a bit of a breather, but don’t expect them to cool off. They will travel to Poplar Bluff on Thursday to take on the Mules and see if they can make it seven straight.