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Originally published: 2014-05-13 18:49:04
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Jones hits second home run vs. Crawdads

by Steve Behr Sports Editor

HICKORY -- Ryder Jones did for the Augusta GreenJackets the past three games what he did for the Watauga Pioneers during the 2013 baseball season -- hit for power.

Jones, a former standout shortstop and pitcher at Watauga, belted two home runs for Augusta in the four game series played between the two teams.

Jones cracked a three-run home run in the fifth inning of Augusta's 9-4 victory over Hickory at L.P. Frans Stadium Sunday. Augusta won three out of the four games during the series.

Jones' hit his first home run of the season Sunday when he took a 0-1 fastball from Hickory starter Nick Wiper and put it over the left-centerfield wall.

"The first pitch was a fastball in," Jones said. "He missed too far in, so I took it. We had guys on first and second, so I was looking for a fastball over the plate and he gave me one middle-out(side), so I drove it to left-center."

Augusta ended up scoring five runs in the inning to take a comfortable 7-3 lead and finished with a 9-4 victory.

Jones added another home run Tuesday with a two-run shot in Augusta's 11-1 victory over the Crawdads. Jones went 2-for-5 in that game, which raised his season batting average to .267 after starting the weekend in Hickory, which began Saturday at .256.

Hickory won the game on Monday 12-7. Jones went 1-for-5 and drove in a run, giving him seven RBIs for the four-game series.

Jones also showed he could play defense on Sunday. Augusta pitcher Christian Jones took a no-hitter into the eighth inning Sunday before the Crawdads got back-to-back singles with one out in the inning.

Ryder Jones, who plays shortstop for the GreenJackets, extended the no-hitter by making a spectacular play in the field. Jones charged a slow-rolling grounder and threw to first base to get the out just before the runner got to the base.

Jones went 2-for-5 from the plate Sunday. He also singled in the seventh inning. In his first at-bat, Jones hit a line drive to right field, but it was caught for the second out of the first inning.

"The one in the first inning, I hit really well," Jones said Sunday. "You couldn't tell because it was hit pretty hard, but it had a little topspin in the end and that's just me and my hips going too quick. I hung in there on the home run and the ball had some backspin and it lifted."

Hickory won a pitcher's duel 3-0 on Saturday against Augusta after scoring three runs in the eighth inning.

Jones went 0-for-4 in the game. Augusta was held to just three hits, while Hickory had just five.