Bob Jones (17-24) 3, James Clemens (18-17) 2: Playoff berths may not have been on the line but that didn’t take away from the rivalry game as Bob Jones hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the 7th to defeat James Clemens 3-2 for their 4th straight win over the Jets.
Bob Jones struck first with a run in the bottom of the 1st inning to lead 1-0. Caden Rose led off the game with a double down the left field line. Rose moved to third when Connor Daly reached 2nd on an error. Ben East followed with a deep sacrifice fly to right field to score Rose.
James Clemens would tie the game at 1-1 in the top of the 3rd inning after a 1-out double by Jared Barnes. Barnes stole 3rd base and scored on a ground out to third.
Rose then broke the 1-1 tie with a 2-out solo home run to left-center field to give the Patriots a 2-1 lead. The Jets would answer with a run of their own in the top of the 6th inning. Tommy Crider led off the inning with a triple off the center field wall. The next hitter drew a walk and Collin Brown then bunted to score Crider after starting pitcher Ford Luttrell flipped it to the plate a second to late. Another walk loaded the bases with no outs. Luttrell dug deep to strike out consecutive Jets before inducing a 6-4 ground out to escape with the game still tied at 2-2.
This would set the Patriots up for the walk off victory in the bottom of the 7th inning. Mitch Daly drew a walk to lead off the inning. Thomas Mitchell then sacrificed Chase Smith who was pinch running for Daly to 2nd base. James Taylor grounded to short to move Smith to 3rd with 2 outs. Consecutive intentional walks to Rose and Connor Daly loaded the bases with 2 outs and brought junior Ben East to the plate. East immediately laced a single to right field to score Smith and give the Patriots the dramatic one run victory.
Luttrell (5-2) picked up his 5th win of the year with a complete game 3-hitter with 12 strikeouts, 4 walks, and 1 HBP in his final start as a Patriot. This gave Luttrell 90 strikeouts in 52 innings pitched for the season.
Rose and Luttrell had two hits a piece while East’s single rounded out the Patriots’ hit total for the night.
Bob Jones will conclude their season with a doubleheader at James Clemens at 4:00 and 6:30 on Friday.