CEDAR RAPIDS — A resurgent Jon Hesketh struck out a season-high nine batters over five scoreless innings Tuesday night as the Clinton LumberKings opened a seven-game road trip with a 5-0 win over the Cedar Rapids Kernels at Perfect Game Field. Hesketh (2-1) won his second consecutive start, scattering three hits over his five innings. Since giving up nine runs April 16 against Quad Cities to see his ERA rise to 17.18, the left-hander has allowed just one run over his past 10 innings to lower his ERA to 7.79. It was a big night for Clinton pitching. Three hurlers combined for 16 strikeouts and didn’t walk a batter in the shutout. The LumberKings backed him with a run in the fourth as Nick Franklin reached on a single to right and scored on a two-out double by Vinnie Catricala that landed just inside the right-field foul line. Clinton struck for three more runs against Kernels right-hander Orangel Arenas in the fifth as James Jones tripled and scored on Steven Baron’s single over the drawn-in infield and Franklin knocked home a pair with an infield single up the middle. Baron added a sacrifice fly to score Jones again in the ninth for insurance. After Hesketh’s exit, right-hander Chris Kirkland continued the Kernels’ frustrations. Kirkland struck out five and did not allow a baserunner over three innings. Closer Brandon Josselyn yielded a hit but struck out two in a non-save ninth, finishing off the first shutout win for the LumberKings this season. Daniel Carroll and Franklin each went 2-for-4 atop the Clinton order. Baron finished 1-for-3 with the two RBIs. The LumberKings (9-10) continue the series against the Kernels (8-11) at 6:35 tonight at Perfect Game Field. Right-hander Taylor Stanton (1-1 will make his fourth start of the season for Clinton. Box score/2B
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Jalen Jones is done with basketball — for now, anyway.
The 6-foot-5 Clinton High grad who had committed to play for Nebraska-Omaha, has left the program, and according to his Facebook page, has enrolled at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids.
The enrollment office at the community college confirmed that Jones was registered for classes this fall at Kirkwood. Kirkwood coach Bryan Petersen, a Clinton High graduate, declined to comment and gave no indication that Jones would play basketball for the Eagles this winter.
"College basketball isn't for everybody," Clinton coach Nick Lawrence said. "A little time away might do him some good."
Jones came home to Clinton after spending just a few days with the Mavericks, and enrolled to Kirkwood shortly thereafter.
Jones, the Herald's Player of the Year, averaged 19 points a game for the River Kings in his senior season and finished with the second-most rebounds with 160.
He shot 41 percent on the floor and 28 percent from 3-point territory. He committed to Omaha before last season started in October.
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