By TREY WILLIAMS
East Tennessee State commit Brogan Jones outdueled Middle Tennessee signee Cole Torbett and Daniel Boone surprised defending state champion Science Hill with a 10-4 victory Tuesday at TVA Credit Union Ballpark. Jones, a right-handed junior, pitched a complete game. He gave up seven hits and three walks while striking out nine. Two of the four runs were unearned.
Oozing composure and confidence with a determined gaze, Jones evoked images of his brother Gavin, who was Boone’s ace last year. Gavin is 7-1 with a 2.73 ERA at Milligan this year.
“Brogan’s just like his brother,” Boone coach Scott Hagy said. “They compete when they get out there. They love to play and they love to compete. And that’s what he did.
“When you’ve got kids like that on the mound for you, they play different. Absolute- ly, it (confidence) is infectious.”
Boone had lost eight straight after dropping a 10-3 decision to Science Hill in Gray on Monday, April 11.
“My slider was working well on the corners,” Jones said. “I felt really comfortable with it tonight, probably relied on it more tonight than I ever have. … One through nine, it’s definitely a good lineup for them. It’s definitely the best hitting team in the conference, probably, and re- ally fun to pitch against them. Great opportunity. It was just great to pull out the win.”
Science Hill transfer Aiden Roller went 3-for-3 and catcher J.T. Sipos was 3-for-4.
Torbett allowed 10 hits and seven runs (five earned) while walking none and striking out eight in 4 2/3 innings.
“We knew what we wanted to attack and kind of what we wanted to let slide,” Hagy said. “And we didn’t miss a lot of ‘em. We missed some. I thought our plate discipline was so much better today than it was yesterday, and I thought yesterday was an im- provement from the last two weeks. We hit it hard, and it’s good to see.
“And, you know, that’s a quality pitcher. I mean he looked like he’s picked up some velocity since last year. He struck out the first five, six or seven in a row.”
Tim McGonigle was 3-for- 5 with an RBI for Boone.
“Tim’s just a little sophomore that gets after it,” Hagy said. “He doesn’t know any better. He just plays and he has fun doing it, and we like that about him.”