Lawson Odom reacts to his two run double.

In a post-game speech to his team, West Jones head coach Trey Sutton praised their performance in what he called "their most complete game of the season." West Jones scored nine unanswered runs to beat East Central 9-2 Friday night in Soso for a third-round playoff sweep of the Hornets.

"I told our kids that tonight was the most complete game they've played all year," said Sutton. "East Central punched us in the mouth early, but our guys chipped away in the middle frames and put it away towards the end."

The Mustangs play Pascagoula next week in a best-of-three series for the 5A South State title and the right to defend their 2019 title at Trustmark Park in Pearl.

West Jones is the reigning 5A champs due to COVID-19 ending the 2020 season early.

"Pascagoula is very athletic," said Sutton. "They have kids that can swing the bat well. They're hot at the moment. We tell our kids not to look at records and seedings at this point in the year because it doesn't matter at this point. Pascagoula is playing good baseball, and they'll be a challenge for us."

Tied 2-2 in the fourth, West Jones grab the lead on back-to-back doubles by J.T. Elias and Lawson Odom for a three-run frame. Odom led West Jones at the plate with three hits and two RBIs. Elias finished with two hits and one RBI.


Kace Matthews pitches against East Central.

"J.T. swung the bat well for us in the middle of the year but then started to struggle," said Sutton. "We went with him in the lineup tonight, though. He's been working while he's been sidelined, and it showed tonight.

"And that's what we tell our kids: you may not be in every game, but you have to be ready when you're name is called."

Clayton Widener had a multiple-hit night as well.

His first hit of the contest tied the game a two-apiece in the third, and his second — a two-run double in the sixth — put West Jones up 8-2.

Like Cole Tolbert in Game 1, Kace Matthews went the distance on the mound and grabbed the win.

“Kace threw the ball well all night,” said Sutton. “It was a tough challenge for him with all of [East Central’s] lefties in the lineup.”

Matthews allowed two earned runs on five East Central hits and struck out nine. He allowed just one walk, despite getting behind in the count on several occasions.

West Jones improves to 25-6 on the season