HENDERSON — Jacksonville took part in the fifth installment of the Mahlon Acres Memorial Baseball Tournament, hosted by Henderson High School, over the weekend by posting a 1-2 record, but the Tribe played much better than their record indicated as they factored into each game played.
Jacksonville returns home to play Chapel Hill at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.
Jacksonville 5, Rusk 2
Jacksonville, who is coached by Judd Guidry, knocked off Rusk, 5-2, on Friday to get things started on solid footing.
Mason Smith closed the door on the Eagles by giving up four hits in five frames of work. He walked one and fanned six, while allowing two runs, both earned.
Bradley Triplett came on in relief to work the last two segment. He did not give up a run or hit to the Eagles.
Offensively, Dylan Sexton went 2-for-4 at the plate and drove in a run.
Jacob Tucker went 1-for-2, with a run scored and a stolen base.
Triplett had a hit in three official trips. He also drove in a run and stole a base.
Other Indians that had a hit in the game included Cash Cleaver (1-for-4), Jacob Tucker (1-for-2) and Dylan Walker (1-for-3).
Henderson 7, Jacksonville 4
The Lions touched up Jacksonville starter Cleaver for six runs (three earned) on nine hits.
Cleaver pitched 4.1 innings and walked one and struck out three.
Tucker gave up Henderson's final two runs, after coming on with one out in the sixth.
Cundieff, Walker and Richie Gutierrez picked up safeties for the Tribe.
Gutierrez also knocked in two runners.
Nacogdoches 1, Jacksonville 0
District rivals Jacksonville and Nacogdoches met in a game that does not count towards the standings. The contest turned into a pitcher’s duel, with the Dragons able to slip in a run to clip the Tribe.
Cundieff tossed six innings for the Tribe and allowed Nacogdoches' lone run off of four hits.
He walked four and whiffed five Dragons.
Mason Smith, Christian Edwards and Walker had hits for the Tribe.