With the playoffs looming the Mineola Yellowjackets Baseball Team needed to win their final two games to secure a playoff spot and they were forced to do so against one of their Wood County rivals, the Alba-Golden Panthers.
In both games Mineola put on a dominant performance putting together arguably their best week of baseball all season.
In Friday’s game the Jackets won 16-4 after getting off to a hot start at the plate. Mineola scored four runs in the first inning, but the Panthers responded with four runs of their own in the second inning. Then Mineola put the game out of reach with a huge second inning when they scored nine runs giving them a 13-4 advantage. The Jackets later added three more insurance runs in the fourth inning initiating the 10-run mercy rule after the top of the fifth inning.
Mineola was led by Dalton Rodgers who had two hits, two RBI, a walk and two runs scored. River Simonek also had a solid game with a hit and three RBI and two runs scored. Cody Ford added two RBI and two runs scored. Jake Ford and Jonah Fischer also contributed with two RBI apiece.
In last Tuesday’s matchup at Alba-Golden, both team struggled to score before the Jackets scored two runs in the fourth inning. Mineola then added two more runs in the fifth inning taking a 4-0 lead. A-G then responded in the bottom of the fifth as they scored two runs cutting Mineola’s lead in half.
However Mineola continued their scoring momentum in the final two innings as they scored a run in the sixth and three runs in the seventh to grab the 8-2 victory.
A-G was devastated in the game by their fielding errors as they committed nine errors.
At the plate the Jackets got seven hits from seven different players. Jake Ford had two RBI, Connor Dobbs and Cameron Wise also added an RBI apiece.
At the plate for the Panthers Jacob Dailey had two hits and two RBI, Zane Smith also added a hit and a run scored.
On the mound for Mineola, Ford pitched all seven innings as he allowed six hits, two runs, while he struck out a season high 12 batters and gave up a walk.
For A-G Nick Murray started the game and pitched 5 1/3 innings as he allowed five hits, five runs, and struck out four batters.