Baseball: Jacksonville whips Quitman, 20-2; Thompson strokes grand slam

Mar. 4—GRAND SALINE — Hayden Thompson blasted a grand slam in a 14-run 5th inning as Jacksonville rolled to a 20-2 win over Quitman Saturday on the last day of the Grand Saline Tournament.

Later in the day the Indians played West Rusk to a 6-6 draw in a game that was called after five innings due to the tournament time limit.

Jacksonville (4-4-1) is off Tuesday and will open play at the Hallsville-Reich Builders Classic at 11 a.m. Thursday by taking on Longview.

Jacksonville 20, Quitman 2

Already ahead 6-0, the Indians exploded for 14 runs in the fifth inning to blast Quitman (2-8) in a game that featured 14 hits by the Tribe.

Jayden Boyd also went yard for Jacksonville. He belted a two-run round tripper over the center field wall in the fifth inning.

Thompson, Ryan Walker and Max Briley all had a multi-hit game for Jacksonville. Thompson went 3-5 and drove in five runs, Walker collected three hits, including a double and drove in a run and Briley picked up pair of hits.

Khai Canady and Karson Showmaker each singled and drove in a run.

Hunter Nance earned the win on the mound. He worked three innings and didn't allow a run on a single hit. Nance walked one and didn't strike anyone out.

Jacksonville 6, West Rusk 6 (tie)

With West Rusk in front, 6-2, after two complete, Jacksonville plated two runners in the bottom of the fourth and fifth frames to tie the score.

Jacksonville outhit the Raiders, 9-7.

Thompson and Briley each went 2-3. Thompson clubbed a couple of doubles and Briley had one two-base knock.

Other hitting leaders for the Indians were Canady (double, RBI) and Shoemaker (single, RBI).

Walker, one of three Indians pitchers that saw action in the affair, pitched four innings for the Tribe. He surrendered four earned runs on five hits and fanned six while not walking a batter.