Wanting to take on some solid competition, the Jacksonville Red Devils played an unscheduled game against the Cabot Panthers and came away with a 7-2 win Friday evening in Cabot.
James Tucker got the start for the Red Devils, and scattered eight hits over six innings of work, while striking out a pair of doing his regular job of pitching his way out of jams.
Offensively, Courtland McDonald hit the first pitch of the game for a double, but was stranded as Gavin Tillery got out of the jam.
The Red Devils watched their next seven batters go down in order before breaking through in the third inning.
Deaundray Harris hit a single in the third to begin the rally, followed by McDonald drilling another single. Brandon Hickingbotham was hit by a pitch to load the bases.
Kaleb Reeves brought in two runs by stroking a single, followed by Greg Jones knocking in two more by pounding a double.
Cabot scratched a run across in the fourth inning after a pair of singles and a sacrifice fly to cut the lead to 4-1.
Jacksonville scored their final three runs in the fifth inning to take control of the game 7-1. Reeves singled, stole second and advanced to third on a passed ball to start the inning. Tucker would single in Reeves, then later score after singles from Derek St. Clair and Blake Perry.
McDonald finished his night 3 for 4 with a pair of doubles and a run, while Reeves was 2 for 4 with two RBIs and two runs.