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PITCHER OF THE YEAR: Brandon Jackson

Photo by Derrick Mahone
Brandon Jackson had a county-best 8-2 record with a 2.01 ERA for Jonesboro, which finished fourth in Region 4-AAAA.

Photo by Derrick Mahone Brandon Jackson had a county-best 8-2 record with a 2.01 ERA for Jonesboro, which finished fourth in Region 4-AAAA.

Highlight of the season: “Pitching in that first game of the season. Although we lost to Locust Grove, 1-0, it was still a good outing. I struck out six batters and the run they got was unearned. I think that game gave me a lot of confidence for the season. We played good against one of the top teams in our region.”

What area did you improve on: “I think for me it was with my hitting. In the past, I wasn’t known on the team for my hitting. I think I did a good job this season in getting some hits at key times. I think I developed into a consistent pitcher and was able to help the team.”

Overall impression of the season: “Yes, we were disappointed not to make the playoffs, but I think it was a good season overall. The seniors were able to lead this team and show the younger guys about leadership. We were real close to making the playoffs, but we beat some good teams this season. The biggest thing is that we showed the younger players that they will have to lead next season.”

Key information: The senior pitcher had a 2.01 ERA with a 8-2 record. He had 79 strikeouts and only walked eight batters the entire season. Jackson threw two one-hitters.

Who else was considered: Kenneth Wiggins of Mount Zion and Darian Alston of Jonesboro.

What’s next: Jackson has yet to sign a scholarship, but has several schools interested. He will make a choice between Albany State, LeMoyne-Owen, Brewton-Parker, Virginia Wesleyan and Paine.

Coach Dan Maehlman says: “B.J. was a very consistent pitcher for us. When he didn’t pitch, he was starting at first base. He is one of those kids that just plays baseball, and he has a good baseball I.Q. He has developed into a good leader.”