Fri 13 Jul 2012
The Jaxx, playing without 10 of their players, including their two top catchers, have managed to win the first two games of the Senior Babe Ruth Northwest Region Championships in Kent, Washington.
“It’s been a gutsy performance all around. Great defense and pitching, and today our bats came around,” said Jaxx head coach John Cox. “We’re one win away from reaching the region semi-finals.”
The Jaxx started the tournament with a rather bizarre win on Thursday. They were no-hit, but managed to take down the Wilder Baseball Club from Port Angeles, WA, 2-1. Wilder was last year’s regional runner up.
Going into the second inning, the Jaxx trailed 1-0, but took advantage of five walks and a couple of sacrifice bunts to tie the game, according to Cox. Cade Parker brought Dylan Morris home on sacrifice fly for what would prove to be the winning run.
Aiden Hagarty recorded the complete game win. Cox pointed out great defensive play by Jake Mekeel as a key part of the victory.
It was another improbable win for the Jaxx on Friday. After four innings, the Jaxx trailed Casper, Wyoming 7-2. However, the Jaxx put up eight runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to take a 10-7 lead. Dustin Jochim, Michael Elfgen, and Cade Parker hit consecutive singles to start the inning, loading the bases. According to Cox, the other key plays in the inning were a single by Tanner Schaefer, Jake Mekeel being hit by a pitch, and a 2-RBI double by Andrew Campbell. The Jaxx went on to win the game 12-8.
Mason Mekeel pitched the final three innings and notched the win for the Jaxx, striking out six of the 10 batters he faced.
On Saturday, the Jaxx who are the Southern Oregon champions will face the North-West Washington champion Columbia Basin Riverdogs from Ephrata.Share on Facebook