Boys Varsity Baseball · Jets Win 7 of 8 Over Break

The James Clemens varsity baseball team started spring break with a trip to Fort Walton Beach, Florida and ended it in Chattanooga, TN. Along the way were two stops in Jemison and Birmingham where the Jets played at historic Rickwood Field. Overall, the Jets went 5-1-1 over the break. Below are game summaries courtesy of


Jets drop game Thursday night in Fort Walton Beach
The varsity Jets team lost 9-2 to a very strong Fort Walton Beach High School team. The two teams pair up again Friday night in Florida, and the Jets will head north Saturday with a game at Jemison HS at 2:00.



Jets Varsity avenges loss to Ft. Walton
On Friday night in Ft. Walton Beach, the varsity Jets came back strong after a tough game Thursday, winning 12-2. The Jets pounded 3 home runs in the game, including 2 long shots by Canon Clark and one from Collin Brown. A 6-run 3rd inning, with run-scoring hits by Clark, Jacob Evans and Austin McGhee, put the Jets in front 8-2. From there JCHS coasted behind strong pitching by Zach Toth. Clark had a monster night with 2 HR, a single and a double and at least 5 RBI.


Jets roll on Saturday
On Saturday afternoon, the Jets defeated the Jemison High Panthers, 18-2 in five innings behind strong pitching by Jackson Reece. The Jets pounded the Panthers’ pitching all afternoon, with pretty much everyone getting in on the action. The hits came early and often, with JCHS scoring in every inning. Tommy Crider hit a solo homer in the 3rd that put the Jets up 5-0, and big 3rd and 4th innings put the game out of reach.
Reece went the distance, giving up no earned runs on only 1 hit and 1 walk, while striking out 8.
The Jets now stand at 8-8 for the season and will play a doubleheader at Rickwood Field in Birmingham on Wednesday.



Jets win twice at Historic Rickwood Field
Good pitching and timely hitting led the Varsity Jets to a double-header sweep of Ramsay HS on a beautiful Wednesday afternoon in Birmingham. The first game was a tight defensive battle with good pitching and good plays in the field, going to the top of the 6th at 1-1 with Collin Brown pitching very well for the Jets. In the 6th, Tommy Crider hit a sacrifice fly to put the Jets up 2-1. Then in the top of the 7th, Crider ripped a clutch 2-out, 3-run double to provide some insurance. Brown went 6 innings and Tyler Legere pitched a quick 7th to close it out with a 5-1 victory.  The second game was a bit easier for the Jets, as the Ramsay pitching and defense was not as tight as in the opener. Canon Clark opened things up with a 2-run double in the first, and a 5-run second gave the Jets a comfortable lead. Landon Gray, Will Gard, Cory Haygood and Dylan Kridner kept Ramsay at bay, with the final score being 10-4 Jets. The Jets now stand at 10-8 for the year and go on another road trip today (Thursday) to Chattanooga for 4 games in 3 days. Can’t wait for some home games!



Jets win opener of Chattanooga tournament, 9-2 over Soddy Daisy
The JCHS Jets cruised Thursday night over Soddy Daisy HS, TN by a 9-2 final. Tommy Crider got the Jets on top in the first with a solo home run. In the 2nd, Laken Lansdell made it 2-0 with a sacrifice fly. Connor Cantrell’s 2-run double in the 3rd extended the lead, and the Jets added 2 more in the 4th, making the score 6-1. Zack Hopkins drove in a run in the 6th and Cantrell capped the scoring with another single, his 4th hit of the night. Zach Toth was sharp on the mound for the Jets, pitching into the 7th inning, allowing only 1 earned run on 4 hits. Dylan Kridner got the last 2 outs to close it out with a 9-2 final.



Jets fight to 1-1 tie with McMinn HS
In an exciting pitchers’ duel, the Jets and McMinn (TN) HS ended in an 8-inning 1-1 tie on Friday afternoon at Central HS. With Tyler Legere mowing down the McMinn batters (who had pummeled Hixson 20-6 Thursday night), the game was scoreless until the bottom of the 6th. Tommy Crider led off the 6th with a walk and was replaced by courtesy runner Chris Sanders. With one out, Canon Clark also walked, putting runners on 1st and 2nd. Then, with 2 outs, Connor Cantrell lined a double deep to center field, scoring Sanders.
Leading 1-0 in the top of the 7th, the Jets were 2 outs from the victory when a McMinn hitter lifted a long fly to left that hit the foul pole for a home run, tying the score 1-1. In the bottom of the 7th, the Jets put 2 runners on base, but the rally was snuffed out, pushing the game to extra innings. Legere stayed on the mound in the 8th, retiring McMinn quickly. The bottom of the 8th got crazy. Tommy Crider led off with another walk and Sanders ran for him. After a line-out by Collin Brown, Sanders stole second. Clark was then hit by a pitch, putting runners on first and second. The Jets then pulled off a double steal, and McMinn decided to intentionally walk Laken Lansdell. After an unsuccessful suicide squeeze play, Cantrell hit a line drive, but it was caught by the second baseman, ending the inning and the game. The Jets have 2 games scheduled on Saturday, at 9:30 and 3:30 at Hixson High School.


Jets cruise for two wins Saturday
At Hixson HS, TN, the varsity Jets rolled on Saturday, 13-2 over Ooltewah and 6-1 against Cleveland, TN. In the morning game, the Jets displayed strong pitching and hitting, while Ooltewah pitchers helped matters with a lack of control. Jackson Reece went the distance (6 innings), allowing only 1 hit and 2 walks while striking out 8. Home runs by Collin Brown, Laken Lansdell and Tommy Crider provided 6 runs for the Jets. Brown and Connor Cantrell each had 3 hits.
The second game was a much cleaner contest. Lansdell started on the mound for JCHS, who scored one in the top of the second on a single by Jackson Taylor and a double by Austin McGhee. In the third, doubles by Cantrell and Zack Hopkins plated 2. Tommy Crider provided some insurance in the 6th with an RBI double, putting the Jets up 6-0. Cleveland scored their only run in the bottom of the 6th. Lansdell pitched 6 innings and allowed no earned runs on 3 hits, while striking out 6.
For the Chattanooga tourney, the Jets went 3-0 with one tie, and are now 13-8-1 on the season. They are undefeated in their last 8 games.