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Jackson baseball takes third place in Troy Classic

The Jackson Indians baseball team (5-1) has continued its success into the second week of this year’s season. The Indians wrapped up their first tournament of the spring with a 2-0 victory over the Christian Brothers College Cadets (3-2) to claim third place in the Troy Baseball Classic.

In the game, Jackson was led at the mound by senior pitcher Carson McDaniels, who threw seven strikeouts in five innings before being relieved by sophomore pitcher Drew Parsons. Parsons finished the game with an additional four strikeouts in his two innings pitched.

The Indians scored both of their two runs on an error by the Cadets when junior right fielder Peyton Kight hit a ground ball to bring home senior shortstop Jaiden Glency and senior designated hitter Owen Osborne.

After finishing pool play in the Troy Classic on March 16th, the Indians were 3-0 heading into their first bracket play matchup against the Ft. Zumwalt West Jaguars (5-0). Jackson fell to the Jaguars 4-2 in a scoring drought.

The Indians marked their first run off a sacrifice hit by Glency in the first inning. However, they did not score again until the fifth inning when senior center fielder Garrison Brown was able to score on an error by the opposing team.

Following the tournament, the Indians continued on the road in their first regular-season SEMO Conference matchup against the Dexter Bearcats (8-1). Osborne produced two hits and scored two runs in the 8-1 victory. In addition, junior left fielder Cooper Rhodes added two runs batted in with a double in the second inning.

Sophomore pitcher Carter Shipman started at the mound for the Indians in the contest. Shipman pitched three of the seven innings, struck out three batters and only gave up one hit before senior pitcher Brynson Garcia took over, marking an additional three strikeouts in only two innings.

Jackson will continue regular-season play with their home opener today against the Farmington Knights (6-1). If you miss them tonight, the Indians will play back-to-back home games with a Thursday matchup against the Northwest Lions (3-2) to finish off the week.

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