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July 16, 2014

Mustangs move into district finals

EDDYVILLE — The rule of thumb in baseball is, when a pitcher is throwing a no-hitter, no one says a word about it.

Unless you’re the team being no-hit. In which case, maybe it wouldn’t hurt to say something out loud to evoke the mythical jinx on the pitcher.

Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont was more than happy to let Davis County junior Jacob Jones know full well his situation as he took the mound in the sixth inning of the Class 2A, District 13 semifinal tilt between the South Central Conference rivals.

“I didn’t realize I had a no-hitter going at that point until I heard their dugout,” Jones said. “They were telling each guy coming up to break up the no-no.”

It didn’t faze Jones in the sixth as the Mustang hurler set EBF down in order for the fifth-straight inning. Not much seemed to faze Jones, not even a late rally by the Rockets.

After allowing his first two hits and two runs, Jones suddenly had to deal with the potential tying run Tuesday night after being staked to a 6-0 lead. One blast away from seeing the lead completely disappear, Jones fired three-straight strikes past Rocket catcher Clay Lathen to clinch a 6-2 win over EBF, earning Davis County’s first postseason win since the 2012 Class 2A State Tournament.

Jones was just a freshman on that 42-2 squad that featured dominant pitching performances from players like current Iowa Hawkeyes Calvin Mathews and Josh Martsching. On Tuesday, Jones gave a dominant postseason showing of his own on the mound, striking out 13 EBF batters while retiring 18-straight Rocket hitters after issuing a lead-off walk to open the contest.

“I thought that, maybe, I had a perfect game going until I remembered I walked their very first batter,” Jones said. “I was just a base runner two years ago on that team with Calvin and Josh. I can’t remember exactly if they had near no-hitters or not.”

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