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Lancers can’t keep up with Jones

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Lancers can’t keep up with Jones

EU catcher Wade Morten taps home for the front half of a 5-2-3 double play.

BRANDON PETERSEN/The Bulletin/


POSTED March 25, 2009 4:38 a.m.
With almost as many professional scouts on hand as parents Tuesday afternoon at Agostini Field, Oakdale’s southpaw ace Justin Jones gave them what they came to see, tossing six innings of three-hit ball and striking out eleven in an 11-0 shutout of East Union.

Jones handled a formidable Lancer lineup with relative ease, mixing up his speeds and locations masterfully.

About the only annoyance for Jones Tuesday was his oversized cap, which flew off his mop top on almost every fastball delivery.

“(Jones) was pitching well,” East Union head coach Dan Triglia said. “He was changing his speeds, he was changing his locations.

“He made it very difficult for us to put the ball in play.”

Ryan Sage poked a couple of well-hit singles and finished the day 2 for 2 with a base on balls.

Garrett Fisher was the only other Lancer to reach on a base hit, a chopper up the middle in the top of the second.

Meanwhile, Oakdale raked to the tune of 11 knocks, walked three times and put up six in the third to break the game open at 8-0.

“They hit the ball well,” Triglia said. “Obviously, they’re well coached.”

Steven Weddington lasted three frames, allowing eight runs on six hits and striking out four.

Frank Bailey mopped it up, allowing three runs on five hits and striking out three.

With the series shifting to Oakdale Thursday, Triglia pointed out that no matter how good Oakdale is, they’re not infallible.

“It’s going to take a total team effort,” he said. “We’re going to have to play our best game. We just have to keep grinding, keep believing in each other. We’ll see what happens.

“Thursday is another day, another opportunity.”

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