Cole Tolbert and Cade Maudlin combined for a no-hitter on Tuesday night in Ellisville. Combining for 12 strikeouts on a soggy night, the West Jones pitching duo held South Jones to a single run en route to a 7-1 victory in Region 5-5A action.
"It was a good win for us," said West Jones baseball coach Trey Sutton. "[South Jones] has a good ball club, and they'll be good for a while. They have a bunch of young guys that are good ballplayers."
“Cole [Tolbert] threw well. He got a little tired in the fifth or sixth, but he did do for us what he’s done all year. Cade [Mauldin] came in and got the job done there at the end.”
Tolbert struck out 10 South Jones batters throughout 5 2/3 innings while giving up four walks.
South Jones’ only run came in the fourth inning on a sac-fly off the bat of Matthew Martinolich.
"Cole [Tolbert] was about at 90-95 pitches, and we're still at the point in the season where we don't want to overextend our guys too much," said Sutton. "We're looking at the big picture, and we want to be sure that his arm is healthy."
Mauldin entered as relief in the bottom frame of the sixth and got the final out on a fly ball to right field. He struggled in the bottom of the seventh, throwing 12 straight balls to load the bases for South Jones but struck out two and forced a ground ball back to himself to end the game and threat.
Tolbert, Austin Moody, and JT Elias led West Jones at the plate with two hits apiece. Tolbert drove in a game-high three runs on a ground ball in the first, a double in the third, and a single in the fifth.
Lawson Odom and Elias had an RBI apiece as well.
"We did some good things [at the plate]," said Sutton, "and got in some good swings. We still have some things that we have to iron out, but it's still a work in progress offensively, as I said a few weeks ago. But we have a lot of guys doing some good things, and it was enough to scratch seven [runs] across tonight. We'll take seven runs any night of the week."
South Jones committed three errors in the field, one of which added two Mustang runs in fifth.
The Jones County rivals meet again on the diamond Thursday night in Soso. The first pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m.
"Jordan Rogers always does a good job of preparing his guys, and they're always fundamentally sound," said Sutton, "so I know they'll come after us on Thursday. I told our kids after the game tonight that we'll have to match that."