JACKSONVILLE BASEBALL | Red Devils head to Orlando for tournament

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The Jacksonville Red Devil baseball team is hardly relaxing on the couch over spring break.

Jacksonville took a trip Orlando, Fla. for a large showcase tournament with teams from all over the nation competing. The Red Devils were 1-1 at the tournament by the middle of the week, with at least two more games remaining.

The Red Devils lost 1-0 to Alabama powerhouse Hillcrest in the first game of the week, then came back against a much smaller school for a blowout 16-0 win.

Hillcrest came into the tournament with a 22-4 record in the state’s largest classification, but were shut down by Jacksonville’s Derek St. Clair.

St. Clair allowed the leadoff batter in the first inning to reach base and score and grounders, but then faced the minimum batters the rest of the game.

“That was one of the best teams in Alabama,” said Jacksonville coach Larry Burrows. “Derek threw great against them.”

St. Clair gave up the one run over six innings while fanning seven.

Jacksonville was mostly quiet at the plate, with the exception of catcher Greg Jones. Jones went 3 for 3 at the plate. James Tucker came in for a pinch-single as well.

In Jacksonville’s second game, St. Clair did his damage with the bat, driving in six runs while going 3 for 4 at the plate with a double, triple and scoring four runs.

Deaundray Harris also went 3 for 4 with a double and RBI. Brandon Hickingbotham got the start, was the winning pitcher, and went 3 for 5 at the plate with a run.

Caleb Reeves was 2 for 2 with a double, a pair of walks and three runs. Jones finished 1 for 2 with a walk, two runs and two RBIs. Courtland McDonald and DJ Scott both with 1 for 4 with an RBI, while Ryan Mallison scored two runs and added an RBI.

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