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Jones Throws No-No in 1st Start for Mustangs

Jake Jones struck out three and walked one in Friday's win over Branson.
(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) Jake Jones made a good impression on his new teammates in his first start of the season for the Mustangs.

The pitcher tossed his first career no-hitter on just 69 pitches as St. Joseph blanked Branson 3-0.

"It was awesome," Jones said. "Guys showed me a lot of support even though it was my first time out. It was a cool experience."

After the St. Joseph offense dominated the opening game of the doubleheader scoring 18 runs on 13 hits, Jones stole the show in round two.

Branson didn't have a base runner until a walk with two out in the sixth. The only other National to reach base came on a seventh inning error by Matthew Johnson, but he was later erased on a double play.

Jones recorded three strikeouts in the win, two coming in the fifth, right around the time where he knew a no-hitter was possible.

"I started kind of looking at it in the fifth, but I really just tried to keep my mind pretty clear of that stuff."

Jones is the third St. Joe pitcher to toss a no-hitter.

Bullpen coach Cody Cunningham and former Mustang Adam Maddox accomplished the feat in 2011 on the way to the team's first MINK Championship.
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