'Jackets spoil Jays' Senior Night

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ALEX BOYER ALEX@LEBANONDAILYRECORD.COM

JEFFERSON CITY— The Lebanon High School baseball team didn't care to play the spoiler role for the Jefferson City Jays’ Senior Night on Tuesday as the ‘Jackets were victorious over the defending Missouri Class 5 state champions, 5-1.

“Getting to play the defending Class 5 state champions gets your blood flowing pretty well, and I was proud of the way our guys came out and played (on Tuesday),” Lebanon head coach Dustin Young said. “I felt like our defense was good with just one error, but I thought we played solid.

“It was a great team effort all the way through and a great day to get a win.”

Despite losing much of its talent from last years team, Jefferson City (14-9) still has plenty of good players on the squad and have played solid competition this season.

“This win means a lot especially with this coming at their yard,” Young said after the game. “The arm that they threw did a really good job and was sneaky quick. You know whenever you play Jefferson City that it doesn’t matter what they have on their team or what they did last year, they are always going to be a quality program and you are going to get their best.

“I think we are starting to recognize that we can be a very successful program and when we start to do things the right way in all of the areas of the game we are going be tough to beat.”

Lebanon (15-3) got on the board in the top of the first inning when senior Cole McBride was caught in a rundown on a double steal attempt, but stayed in the pickle long enough for sophomore Tyler Paul to come across the plate to score to give the ‘Jackets a 1-0 lead.

“When you can get the first punch in a ball game like this it is huge for momentum purposes,” Young said. “Cole actually got picked off there and did a good job of staying the rundown long enough for Paul to come score and he (Paul) did a good job of getting a nice jump and get that run in early.”

Jefferson City had a chance to answer in the bottom half of the inning, but a double play turned by senior Keaton Winfrey and junior Jayton Cromer kept the ‘Jays from being able to execute.

In the seventh inning, Lebanon was able to get much-needed insurance runs as Cromer delivered a two-run double with one out to extend the ‘Jackets’ lead to 4-1 and McBride would double down the left field line to score Cromer to cap the scoring.

Lebanon got another quality start from sophomore Troy Reynolds who threw all seven innings, giving up just one run on five hits and struck out nine batters. Reynolds (4-0) finished the game with 94 pitches thrown and never ran into trouble until the last inning, but was able to escape the damage.

“Troy Reynolds did a phenomenal job on the mound,” Young said. “That is something that we have came accustom to seeing recently with him being able to get ahead of hitters and keeping guys off-balanced.

“He kind of wore down in the seventh inning, but did a good job of staying strong in the later innings and was able to deliver the knockout punch.”

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