Justin Jackson improved to 3-1 with a complete-game victory for the Chiefs (14-2). Jackson allowed four hits, two runs (one earned), walked four and struck out eight.
“This is the fourth time in a row Justin has beaten (Cascia Hall),” said Berryhill head coach Brian Hailey. “That says a lot about him because they are such a tough team.”
The Commandos (8-3) didn’t go quietly in the bottom of the seventh inning. Conner Nelson drew a leadoff walk, and, after a Jackson strikeout, Kelby Hern drew another walk.
Jackson, however, induced a double-play grounder to end the game. It was especially huge as Cascia Hall star catcher Bryce Carter was looming in the on-deck circle.
“We think Bryce may be the best player in the state,” said Hailey. “He can do everything. That was obviously a crucial double play.”