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6-12 @ East Sac 7-6 W (7-6) (4-3)

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6-12 @ East Sac 7-6 W (7-6) (4-3)

                One of the craziest games the Jaguars have had in a while and most intense one this season came as the Jaguars traveled to Sac City to face the East Sac Raiders to avenge an early season loss.   Uncharacteristic of the Jaguars as they scored two runs in the first inning to take an early lead.  Then in the third inning the Jaguars exploded with a huge five run inning batting through the order and taking a commanding seven run lead.  It was short lived as a miscommunication on an easy infield fly lead to the first runner reaching base, followed by a few hits, an error and a walk lead to the Raiders scoring four runs and gaining all the momentum the jaguars gained in their half of the inning.  There the game stayed as Senior Jackson Housken took the mound in the seventh.  Jackson threw admirably the whole game giving up seven hits, 6 runs but only two of them were earned.  More importantly Jackson only allowed two walks during his pitching while striking out 9 batters.  In the seventh Jackson allowed hit and then followed by a questionable hit batter.  This brought in Rhett Grandfield once again to come in and get the save for the Jaguars.

                Before the end of the game recap the Jaguars did score seven runs. Leading the offensive explosion was Coledon Bethel going 2-2 with two walks and one run. Kolson Kruse went 1 for 4, scoring 1 run, Xavier Nichols went 2 for 3, 2 runs, 1 double while also recording an RBI.  Jacob Slininger was 2 for 4, crossing the plate once, with a double and 3 huge RBI’s.  Hunter Sorenson also had his first varsity start playing well center field and getting his first Varsity hit.  With a three run lead going into the seventh inning the Jaguars had control of the game.  However with some hits and 2 questionable hit by pitch calls, the Jaguars had no outs, bases loaded and only ahead by two runs.  Pitcher Rhett Grandfield on the mound got a groundball to Max Davis at second who made the play getting one out.  Now with runners on third and second still with one out, it looked like the Raiders only needed a single to win the game.  The Jag crowd was on nerves much like the coaching staff as Rhett Grandfield got a huge strikeout allowing the jag defense to play back and cover ground.  Now with two outs and the winning run on second, the game became even more intense.  Facing the 9 batter, Rhett came through with a huge pitch which was hit towards senior shortstop Coledon Bethel who cleanly fielded the ball and threw it towards Xavier Nichols at first for the final out of the ball game!  A lot of good things a few bad that allowed the game to be with in reach but the Jags found a way to finish the game with huge performances from Jackson and Rhett to gain their 4th conference win of the year.

JV ACTION: 5-4 W (5-4-1)

                Xavier Nichols and Jacob Slininger started on the mound for the Jags JV team.  Giving up four runs on 5 hits but it was enough as the Jag scored five runs to take the win.  The Varsity game star Rhett Grandfield started off his day with a huge JV game.  Rhett was 2 for 3 with 3 huge RBI’s.  Other Jags gaining hits were Chase Kamp, Parker Garica, Zack Miller, Caden Larson, and Lucas Jondle.  Memphis Simpson also scored twice and could have possibly had the Jaguars first home run of the season but it was called just foul as he hit a towering shot that looked like it was gone, but hard to tell call lead to a long foul ball.  A huge win for the Jaguar JV team again going with the trend of a JV win followed by a Varsity win!

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