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Ola beats J-boro to keep streak alive

By Doug Gorman

dgorman@news-daily.com

Ola baseball coach Ryan Parejko has talked to his team about approaching the season one game at time.

No wonder the Mustangs aren't looking ahead to Monday's game at Alcovy in the battle between the two state-ranked teams.

Wednesday afternoon, No.5-ranked Ola extended its winning streak to 11 straight with an 11-1 victory over Region 4-AAAA foe Jonesboro in a game called after five innings.

With the victory, Ola improved its record to 11-1 overall and 4-0 in Region 4-AAAA play.

Jonesboro, which lost by just a run to No. 9-ranked Alcovy on Tuesday, fell to 5-7 overall and 1-2 in Region 4-AAAA play.

The Mustangs benefited from strong pitching performances from starter A.J. Sunstrom and Grant Perkins. Together the duo limited the Cardinals to just two hits. over the five-inning game, called early by the mercy rule.

Sunstrom struckout the side in the third inning and Perkins fired three strikeouts in the fifth to end the game.

"We know we can't overlook anybody," Parejko said. "We did a good job of hitting the ball and our pitchers came through for us."

The Mustangs have a date with Dutchtown on Friday. Dutchtown lost 14-0 to Alcovy on Wednesday.

Alcovy and Ola are expected to battle it out for the Region 4-AAAA title this season, and will meet for the fist time this season in Covington on Monday.

Against Jonesboro, Ola opened the game with four runs in the bottom of the second.

The Mustangs sent nine men to the plate in the inning to take control of the game. DeCota Cole delivered an RBI double and Cody Adkins, Cameron Lewis and Neal Gandee each knocked in runs in the inning.

Ola added three more runs in the fourth inning to increase the margin to 7-0.

Adkins started the inning by walking, stole second and went to third on a wild pitch. Cole knocked him in on a base hit,

The big blow of the game came when designated hitter Bobby Woodall blasted a two-run homer.

The Cardinals cut the lead to 7-1 in the sixth inning, scoring its only run of the game when Toby Veal reached on a fielder's choice and later came home on an Ola error.

The Mustangs ended the game with three more runs in the fifth. C.J. McDowell knocked in the first run of the inning with a double and Gandee later knocked in two runs with a single to clinch the 10-run victory.

Despite its loss, Jonesboro catcher Mario Cummings threw out two Ola base runners trying to steal.

Ola was paced by catcher Brad Blount's 3-for-3 performace. Cole and Gandee each had two hits.

Blount also threw out a Cardinal base runner trying to steal.