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Jackson baseball team starts off 2024 swinging following historic campaign

Jackson junior left fielder Cooper Rhodes recorded one home run and three runs batted in during a 12-1 run over Ft. Zumwalt West Saturday in Troy. Submitted photo

Following a record-break 2023 campaign, the Jackson Indians baseball team (3-0) kick-started its season over the weekend. The Indians first set of games took place in the Troy Baseball Classic, which began Friday.

Last season was one for the record books as Jackson made its first-ever state final four appearance and finished third place in the Class 6 tournament.

After losing a huge graduating class of 12, there are big shoes to fill for this year’s team. Luckily, there are several players who have proved they can do just that.

The Indians marked their first victory of the year in pool play against the Francis Howell Vikings (2-1). Jackson outscored their opponents 7-0, doing big things at the plate. They racked up 10 hits in their victory.

Senior designated hitter Owen Osborne and junior first baseman Drake Weber both contributed two hits and two runs batted in to keep up the momentum on the offensive side of the game.

In its second game of pool play, Jackson brought in 12 runs while only allowing the opposing team one run throughout six innings. Ft. Zumwalt North (1-2) was no match for the batting ability of the Indians.

Junior left fielder Cooper Rhodes marked the first home run of the season in the victory and produced three of the Indians 12 runs off of RBIs. Sophomore pitcher Drew Parsons struck out six batters in the effort.

As for their third and final pool play game, the Indians defeated the Hannibal Pirates (0-3) by a score of 15-8. Senior shortstop Jaiden Glency put on a show in this contest, producing four hits from five at bats, with four RBIs to lead the team to victory.

With three games under their belt, the Indians continued the Classic on Monday against Ft. Zumwalt West (3-0). Jackson wrapped things up in the final round on Tuesday (look for final results in next week’s issue).

The Indians will continue its regular season against the Dexter Bearcats (1-0) tomorrow on the road.

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