KINGSPORT — Sullivan East’s baseball team was one pitch away from beating Elizabethton on Monday night before losing a wild Three Rivers Conference game in extra innings.
On Tuesday, the Patriots didn’t appear to be in the mood to leave anything to chance.
East’s hitters smacked three home runs, Jordan Jackson allowed just three hits and the Patriots picked up a 14-1 win over Sullivan North in a five-inning conference tilt.
Golden Raiders coach Steve Dixon said he was expected East to have a bit of a hangover after coming out on the wrong side of a lengthy game that lasted until after 10:30 on Monday evening.
“I thought they might have a little bit of one, but they just came out swinging the bats, ready to go,” Dixon said.
Ryan Flick got things going with a three-run shot in the top of the first inning, part of a four-run frame that sent Jackson to the mound with a sizable cushion. Christian Watson’s grand slam in the second knocked North starter Chase Arnold from the game and doubled East’s lead.
Cory Rowe finally put the Raiders on the board with a solo shot onto the tennis courts beyond the right-field wall in the bottom of the third, but the Patriots added a six-spot in the fourth and Jackson cruised from there.
Will Ellis’ three-run homer in the fourth highlighted East’s prolific fourth frame.
After burning through some pitching Monday, East coach Mike Breuninger said Jackson’s outing Tuesday was just what the doctor ordered.
“That definitely helps out. We have three more games this week.” he said. “This season has been awful, weather-wise. Now everyone is playing every day.”
Jackson (3-2) gave up a run on three hits in five innings of work to earn the win. Watson also had a double for East (7-9, 4-5) to go with his grand slam.
Arnold and Ryan Anderson each singled for North (5-11, 1-6).
Breuninger was pleased to see his players bounce back after the way their four-game winning streak ended Monday.
“We came out and played really well,” he said. “I was really worried about that coming in after the type of game we had (Monday).”
As for North, Dixon said there was little his team could do to cool down an East team that finished with 13 hits.
“They came out swinging the bats. There’s nothing you can do about it when that happens,” he said. “You just have to sit there and watch them.”
Dave Ongie is @KTNSportsOngie on Twitter.