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Hounds pound Woodland before season shuts down

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The Greyhounds improved to 2-1 in region play with a 16-5 victory at Woodland-Stockbridge last Wednesday, rallying from a slow start with a big finish.

Jones County collected eight hits and took advantage of eight walks and three errors by the Wolfpack to win.

Woodland jumped out to a 4-0 lead with three runs in the first and another in the second, but the Greyhounds countered with two big innings, scoring seven runs in the third and clinching the game with eight more in the sixth.

A walk, an error and a pair of two-out doubles put Woodland ahead 3-0 in the first. A pair of walks and another error brought in another run in the second.

But the Greyhounds staged their own two-out rally in the third. After an error and hit batter allowed two Jones County runners to reach base, C.J. Whitehead singled in both. After Kendall Wood walked, Dom Bass singled in a run. Garrett Baughman followed with a two-run double. Jacob Thompson then walked, and Trent Hardy doubled in two more runs.

Woodland scored its last run in the bottom of the third on a walk and two errors.

Jones County got that run back in the top of the fourth on a pair of walks and an error.

The Greyhounds put it away with eight runs in the sixth.

Keagan Baxter was hit by a pitch and stole second and third. Whitehead singled him home. Wood was hit by a pitch and Bass walked to load the bases.

Baughman reached on an error that allowed two runs to score. Thompson doubled in Bass. Baughman scored on a passed ball, and Hardy singled in Thompson.

Logan Miller and Gabe Johnson walked to load the bases. Hardy scored when Baxter grounded out to first, and the final run came in on a wild pitch.

Whitehead got the victory, giving up three hits and four walks in four innings. Garrett Williams and Bailey Taylor each pitched a scoreless inning in relief.

Friday’s rematch with Woodland in Gray was postponed indefinitely when the season was suspended due to the coronavirus scare.

Jones County was 3-9 on the season when the break came.

Junior varsity

Tucker Mix got the walk-off hit in a 10-9 victory over Perry at home last Tuesday for the Jones County junior varsity team.

Damari Grant, Aiden Payne, Colin Chapman, Austin May and John Alan Richter also had hits, coach Ryan Belshan reported.

Bryce Harrison, Austin Lowe, Gage Hubbard and Landen Califf pitched.

The Hounds lost 5-4 to Houston County at home on Thursday. Califf, Richter and Javious Bond had hits for Jones County, and Dawson Harris, May and Chapman pitched.

Middle schools

Gray Station won two games last week, whipping Henderson 18-1 and downing Monroe County 5-2.

Coach John Abernathy said Evan Cribb, Cohen Barfield and Austin Hester had the hot bats for the Hounds. Devin Edmonds and Carter Lewis were defensive leaders, and Noah Robinson and Griffin Maki pitched well for the team.

Clifton Ridge split in two games, falling 3-0 to Monroe County but beating Henderson 18-5.

Kris Bonner pitched four strong innings, and Marlin Mills and Chris Garey had hits for the Cougars against Monroe, coach Trey Smith reported.

Against Henderson, Zac Jones had four hits and two RBIs, Mills had two hits and four RBIs, Chris Garey had two hits and two RBIs, Caden Faulk had two hits and an RBI, Bonner had a hit and two RBIs and Jaylan Garey had a hit and two RBIs. Trae Pelt struck out nine in four innings.