Bob Jones traveled to the Hoover Met for 4 games in 3 days in the Perfect Game High School Showdown over the weekend and finished with an impressive (3-1) record. Maxpreps rated the tournament the 2nd most difficult high school baseball tournament in the country.
Bob Jones (7-2) 3, Sumrall, MS (7-1) 1: In game 1, Bob Jones took the lead late and defeated Sumrall 3-1 on Thursday. The game was tied at one with Bob Jones batting in the bottom of the fifth when Kros Sivley induced John Michael Riley to hit into a fielder’s choice, but one run scored. The pitching was strong on both sides with Patriot pitchers striking out six, while Sivley sat down seven.
Austin East (3-0) earned the win for the Patriots as he lasted six and two-thirds innings, allowing two hits and one run while striking out six. Caden Rose threw one-third of an inning in relief out of the bullpen to pick up his 2nd save of the year.
Bob Jones only managed 2 hits with Rose hitting 2 doubles. Rose, Brett Brosnan, and Cam Hill scored the only runs of the game with RBIs by Slate Alford, Mitchell Daly, and Riley
Cartersville, GA (8-1) 2, Bob Jones (7-3) 0: In game 2, Bob Jones watched the game slip away early and couldn’t recover in a 2-0 loss to Cartersville on Thursday. Cartersville took the lead on a home run in the second inning and added a run in the 3rd inning as they cruised to a 2-0 victory. It was a pitching duel as both teams only managed a combined 8 hits while Cartersville pitchers struck out seven, while Bob Jones sat down nine.
One bright spot on offense for the Patriots was a double by Slate Alford in the second inning. Mitchell Daly, John Michael Riley, Caden Rose, and Cam Hill added singles for the Pats.
Cam Hill (1-1) took the tough loss for the Patriots as he surrendered one earned run on three hits over five innings, striking out nine and walking one. Andrew Wright pitched a scoreless inning in relief.
Bob Jones (8-3) 6, Houston County, GA (5-6) 0: The story of Game 3 was Junior Nick Brown on the mound for the Patriots. Brown didn’t allow a single run as Bob Jones defeated Houston County 6-0 on Friday. Brown allowed just one hit.
Brown (1-1) was credited with the victory for Bob Jones as pitched a complete game 1-hit shutout while striking out eight and walking zero. Brown faced the minimum number of batters (21) as the only hitter who reached was thrown out by Edge trying to stretch a single into a double.
All of the scoring for the Patriots came in the 5th inning as they erupted for six runs. The offensive onslaught by Bob Jones was led by Mitchell Daly, Dylan Ray, Slate Alford, and John Michael Riley, all sending runners across the plate with RBIs in the inning. Caden Rose, Cam Hill, Stuart Edge, Daly, Riley, and Ray all scored runs in the inning.
The Patriots totaled six hits in the game. Riley and Rose collected two hits each for Bob Jones. Daly and Ray added singles to round out the hit total.
Bob Jones (9-3) 9, Winder-Barrow, GA (8-3) 8: The most exciting game of the tournament came in the final game for the Patriots vs Winder-Barrow, the #1 team in 6A in Georgia. The Patriots trailed 5-0 entering the 5th inning before scoring 3 runs to make it 5-3. Winder-Barrow added 3 more runs for an 8-3 lead entering the bottom of the 6th. The Patriots exploded with 6 runs in the 6th to pull away with a 9-8 victory.
Trailing 8-5 in the bottom of the sixth inning, Dylan Ray hit a 2-out grand slam to give the Pats the lead. Ray drove in 5 runs on the day with a 2-for-4 performance at the plate. Ray drove in runs on a single in the fifth and a grand slam in the sixth.
Luke Tralongo (1-0) was the winning pitcher for Bob Jones with one-third of an inning of relief, allowing zero runs on one hit and walking zero. A number of pitchers entered the game as relief, with Andrew Wright, Caden Rose, Sam Maynard, Stuart Edge, and Ray all securing outs and ultimately the victory. Rose recorded the last three outs to earn his 3rd save of the year. John Michael Riley started the game on the mound for the Patriots with two hits allowed and one earned over three and a third innings, striking out two and walking zero.
Patriot hitters tallied eight hits on the day with Ray and Rose each collecting multiple hits. Slate Alford added a double while Colten Carver, Cam Hill, and Riley added singles. Carver, Hill, and Rose all had RBIs along with Ray’s five. Riley stole 3 bases during the game while Edge and Carver added 1 a piece.
The 7A #2 Patriots (9-3) return to action on Monday versus Ardmore at home at 5:00.