Jackson-Milton avenges tournament losses to Reserve; Blue Jays heading to Districts


The Jackson-Milton baseball team has finally overcome their biggest playoff foe. 

The Blue Jays defeated Western Reserve, 4-3 Saturday in a Division IV Sectional Final at Western Reserve High School. 

With the win, Jackson-Milton advances to the District Semifinals against top-seeded Springfield. Western Reserve ended the Blue Jays season the past three years, all in the District Championship by a combined four runs. 

Jackson-Milton senior Sebastian Lay led the way from the mound, throwing 8 strikeouts, allowing 6 hits with no walks in a complete game effort. Lay also set the school’s single-season strikeout record Saturday, with 129 strikeouts on the season. 

Dom Velasquez threw 9 strikeouts for Reserve, giving up four earned runs in 7 innings of work. 

All of Jackson-Milton’s runs came in the first inning. Joey Williams ripped an RBI single, then Luke Campbell came through with a three-run inside the park home run. 

Western Reserve made it a 4-3 game in the 6th inning, thanks to an RBI single from Caleb Quinn.

Jackson-Milton will play Springfield next Thursday at Cene Park. First pitch set for 4 PM. 

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