Boys Varsity Baseball · Patriots Hit Eleven Home Runs in Three Wins


Bob Jones exploded for eleven home runs during three wins on Thursday and Saturday.  Five different players hit a long ball with Michael Strickland leading the way with four homers.  Dylan Ray added three, Cam Hill hit two, and Caden Rose and John Michael Riley both went deep once.  Patriots begin area play on Tuesday at 7A #10 Austin at 5:30.

Bob Jones (23-5) 6, Sparkman (5-10) 5:

In game 1, Sparkman jumped out to a 5-0 lead after 1 inning before Bob Jones snagged a late lead and defeated Sparkman 6-5 on Thursday.  Brett Brosnan tied the game in the 6th inning with a sacrifice fly which scored John Michael Riley.  Caden Rose immediately singled on the first pitch of the next at bat to score Colten Carver for the go ahead run.

Riley earned the victory on the mound as he went six and two-thirds innings, allowing five runs on three hits and striking out eight.  Luke Tralongo got one out during the bottom of the 1st inning as Riley struggled before Riley returned to dominate the rest of the game.  Riley allowed 5 runs on 3 hits in the 1st inning but didn’t allow another hit the rest of the game.

Bob Jones smacked two home runs on the day with eight hits total. Dylan Ray had a four bagger in the third inning. Rose went yard in the third inning.  Rose went 3-for-3 at the plate with a homer, double, 3 RBI, and 3 stolen bases.   Riley had a double and a single to help his cause while Slate Alford and Carver added singles.

Bob Jones (24-5) 15, Sparkman (5-11) 3:

In Game 2 on senior night, seven Bob Jones seniors all shined in a 15-3, 5-inning victory over Sparkman.  John Michael Riley, Colten Carver, Michael Strickland, Tanner Troutt, Austin East, Andrew Wright, and Luke Tralongo all contributed to the victory which was their 59th win over a 2-year span.

Bob Jones jumped out to an early lead on a double by Caden Rose, single by Cam Hill, a single by Colten Carver, an error, a single by Brett Brosnan, and a home run by Michael Strickland in the first inning for a 6-1 lead after 1 inning.

Bob Jones tacked on nine runs in the fourth inning. Bob Jones put the pressure on, lead by a walk by Tanner Troutt,  a single by Logan Hittle and Tyler Jones, a home run by Hill, and a double by Caden Rose.

Austin East was credited with the victory with three runs on one hit over four innings, striking out seven. Luke Tralongo and Andrew Wright entered the game out of the bullpen and helped to close out the game in relief with two strikeouts for Tralongo and one strikeout for Wright.

Bob Jones launched two home runs on the day. Hill went yard in the fourth inning and Strickland hit his 1st homer of the year in the 1st inning.  Bob Jones saw the ball well today, racking up 12 hits in the game.  Rose, Hill, and Carver each collected two hits while Strickland, Hittle, Riley, Jones, Brett Brosnan, and Slate Alford all pitched in hits.

Bob Jones (25-5) 23, Fishers, IN (2-3) 6:

The Patriots lived by the long ball with seven home runs which led to a 23-6 win over defending 4A State Champs, Fishers, IN.  Michael Strickland drove in eight runs on three bombs to lead the Pats. Strickland hit homers in three consecutive at-bats with two deep balls in the 3rd inning and one in the 5th inning.  Hill put one out in the first inning. Ray went yard in the first and third innings. John Michael Riley had a long ball in the fifth inning.
The base paths were crowded in this high-scoring game as the Pats collected 21 hits.  In the first inning, Bob Jones  got their offense started when Cam Hill homered to score two runs.  Nine runs scored in the third inning with Strickland, Hill, Mitchell Daly, and Dylan Ray powering the big inning with RBIs.

Ray got the win in relief as he surrendered one run on one hit over three innings, striking out four and walking one. Logan Hittle and Andrew Wright entered the game out of the bullpen and helped to close out the game in relief.  Wright had two strikeouts.  Nick Brown started the game and allowed three runs on three hits over one-third of an inning, striking out one and walking one.

Riley, Strickland, Ray, Caden Rose, Slate Alford, Thomas Ballard, and Hill each racked up multiple hits for Bob Jones.