West Jones junior Kris Riley is congratulated, after hitting a home run. (Photo by Mark Thornton)

Riley rallies Mustangs; tough luck for Tigers

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Starting pitcher Kris Riley finished off a five-run, fifth-inning rally with a three-run homer as West Jones beat Southeast Lauderdale, 6-2, on Saturday for its 12th consecutive win.

The Mustangs (17-1) were trailing 1-0 when Hayden Bryan hit the first of his two RBI doubles to tie it. Walker Thompson and Dustin Dickerson followed with bloop singles before Riley stepped up and launched a shot to left-center to make it 5-1.

Riley, a junior left-hander, struck out seven and allowed only one hit in four innings but Evan Bynum picked up the win in two innings of relief. He struck out two, walked two and allowed one hit. The trio combined to allow only two hits.

Riley went 2-for-3 with a home run and a double and three RBIs and Bryan went 2-for-3 with two doubles and two RBIs. Dickerson also drove in a run for he Mustangs, who had eight hits.

Ryan Smith took the loss and Cooper Johnson drove in broth runs for the Tigers (10-7), who had only four hits.

Northeast Jones

The Tigers (15-4) had two tough-luck road losses on Saturday.

After dropping a 9-0 decision to perennial power West Lauderdale in The Jungle on Tuesday, the Tigers (15-4, 4-2 region) went to Collinsville on Saturday for the rematch of region leaders, but they came up short, 2-1.

Ben Ethridge, a Southern Miss commit, struck out 11 in a complete-game one-hitter. Alex Harrison’s single with one out in the seventh prevented Ethridge from pitching a perfect game. Harrison scored on Tyler Harper’s sacrifice fly.

Patrick Little (5-1) took his first loss after allowing only four hits to the Knights (16-2, 6-0 region). He struck out seven and walked two in 5-1/3 innings.

The game had been postponed from Thursday because of rain. After that tough loss, the Tigers went to Wayne County that evening for their regularly scheduled game and lost, 3-2.

    Brenon Sehon earned the complete-game win, striking out five walking three and allowing five hits. The War Eagles were trailing 2-1 going into the bottom of the seventh, but plated a pair of runs for the come-from-behind victory.

    Tanner Johnson and Tanner Wells both had RBIs for the War Eagles (12-6), who had only one hit on the day. No statistics were posted for the Tigers.

This week’s games

Today (Tuesday)

7 p.m. Laurel at West Jones

7 p.m. South Jones at Wayne County

7 p.m. NE Lauderdale at NE Jones

7 p.m. Laurel Christian at Wayne Acad.

Thursday

5 p.m. Wayne Acad. at Laurel Christian (DH)

Friday

7 p.m. West Jones at Laurel

7 p.m. Wayne County at South Jones

7 p.m. NE Jones at NE Lauderdale

Saturday

11 a.m. Sumrall at West Jones

1 p.m. D’Iberville at West Jones

11 a.m. South Jones at Jefferson Davis

2:30 p.m. *South Jones vs. Perry Central

5 p.m. South Jones at Hattiesburg

4 p.m. NE Jones at Wayne Academy

* at Hattiesburg

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