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Williams’ Tate Jones tames Western in baseball victory


By Bob Sutton

Special to The Alamance News

Tate Jones took a no-hitter into the final inning as Williams registered a 6-0 victory against visiting Western Alamance in Central 3-A Conference baseball Friday night.

Tate Jones

Dylan Brooks, Vince Coker, Aiden Pulliam and Jones all had two hits as the Bulldogs won their fourth game in a row.

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Jones struck out six batters with one walk while 61 of his 91 pitches were strikes. Western’s only hit came on Noah Huffine’s single to lead off the seventh.

“I was just feeling it,” Jones said. “My change-up was real good.”

The outcome completed a Williams sweep of Western, which fell 7-4 in nine innings earlier in the week at home.

“We played to our potential the full week,” said Brooks, the left fielder. “We always pitch well. It’s just if the bats are hot.”

Williams (14-4 overall, 6-4 Central 3-A Conference) scored in four of the six innings when it went to the plate. Jones, who tripled and scored to help the offense, took care of the rest from the mound.

“He had it working,” Williams coach Brent Haynes said. “When we give him the ball, we feel pretty comfortable.”

Williams coach Brent Haynes

Western had costly fielding blunders after failing to convert by putting runners at first and third base with one out in the first inning.

“That was pretty much all she wrote,” Warriors coach Mitch Carter said of the scoring chance. “Too many mistakes.”

Williams, which is in third place, has a week without a conference game before two remaining league games.

The Bulldogs were coming off a 10-0, six-inning triumph a week ago Wednesday against visiting Southeast Alamance in a non-league game. Coker logged the four-hitter and added three hits at the plate and Pulliam drove in three runs.

“It’s always a good week when you go 3-0,” Haynes said.


More baseball results …

Western (8-12, 2-7) dropped Tuesday’s 2-1 decision to visiting Cedar Ridge.

  • Eastern Alamance topped visiting Roxboro Person 6-3 in Tuesday’s Central 3-A Conference game as Tate Young knocked in two runs and Jarrett Newell and Conner Horner handled the pitching.

The Eagles lost their previous two games, falling 5-1 to visiting Greensboro Grimsley in last week’s non-league game and unable to complete a conference sweep of Cedar Ridge with a 12-6 loss Friday.

  • Southeast Alamance swept visiting Graham 17-0 and 19-3 in Friday’s Mid-Carolina Conference doubleheader and followed that with Monday’s 7-3 home victory against non-league foe Carrboro.


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