Mixed results from local teams in Day 1 of the Dixie Pre-Majors and Majors State Tournament
by James Pugh
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Brent Phillips watches his RBI single carry into the outfield Saturday night for the Laure/Jones County Majors. (Photo by James Pugh)
Brent Phillips watches his RBI single carry into the outfield Saturday night for the Laure/Jones County Majors. (Photo by James Pugh)
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Mixed results came on Day 1 of the Dixie Pre-Majors and Majors State Baseball Tournament for Laurel/Jones County teams at Wooten Legion Field in Laurel on Saturday.

The Laurel/Jones County Pre-Majors fell to the Gulf Coast All-Stars 6-5 in nine innings late Saturday evening, while the Laurel/Jones County Majors won the night-cap game over Southeast Mississippi, 4-2.

Gulf Coast 6, Laurel/Jones County 5 (Pre-Majors)

Two outs away from a potential 5-1 victory over the Gulf Coast All-Stars, Laurel/Jones County surrendered four runs in the bottom of the seventh to allow for extra innings late Saturday evening in the Dixie Pre-Majors State Baseball Tournament. LJC allowed Gulf Coast to load the bases in the bottom of the ninth and a hit-by-pitch, that found the back of the helmet of Ian Flurry, allowed the game-winning run to score.

Walker Gable took the loss of the mound for LJC, but Brady Blackwell pitched the majority of the game. Blackwell entered the game in relief early in the first inning after starting pitcher Cole Mozingo allowed a walk and hit two consecutive Gulf Coast batters.

LJC scored four runs in the top of the fourth to take a 4-1 lead. Kelton Keene led LJC at the plate with one hit and two RBI. Keene helped LJC achieve its four-run fourth inning with an RBI single. An RBI by Keene in the top of the seventh gave LJC its fifth and final run of the contest.

Gulf Coast hit four singles in the bottom of the seventh that led to four runs and forced the game into an extra-inning affair.

Laurel/Jones County fell into the losers bracket and will play Petal All-Stars Sunday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. Gulf Coast advanced to the winners bracket where they will face the Pinebelt All-Stars at 5 p.m.

Laurel/Jones County 4, Southeast Mississippi 2

Two former Northeast Jones products, Miles Smith and Brent Phillips, led Laurel/Jones County to victory Saturday night as the Laurel/Jones County Majors defeated Southeast Mississippi 4-2 in Game 1 of a best-of-three series in the Dixie Majors State Baseball Tournament.

Smith, who started the game on the mound for LJC, lasted five innings and gave up no runs on one hit and struck out four Southeast Mississippi batters.

Phillips, batting leadoff for LJC, went 3-for-3 at the plate including a run scored and an RBI. After scoring on a wild pitch in the first inning, Phillips scored former Northeast Jones teammate Jarred Herrington from third on an RBI single in the second to give LJC a 2-0 lead.

LJC added a run in the fourth on a SE Mississippi error.

The all-stars from SE Mississippi cut into the lead with a run in the fifth and sixth inning, both on LJC errors.

An insurance run by LJC in the bottom portion of the sixth inning proved to be the last run scored on the night.

Zane Nichols, another former Northeast Jones standout, got the save on the mound for LJC with two innings of relief.

Game 2 is slated for Sunday night at 7:30 p.m. The LJC Majors are a win away from a trip to the Dixie Majors World Series in Monroe, Louisiana.
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