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PREP BASEBALL: Newton's James Jackson scores first win as head coach with rout of Salem
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Coach James Jackson chats with his Newton squad during a recent home game. -photo by Michael Pope

COVINGTON, Ga. — Newton head baseball coach James Jackson got his first career win, defeating Salem 11-1 Thursday night in a run-rule shortened, five-inning non-region game. 

The Seminoles scored the first run of the game in the top of the first, but was shutout the rest of the way, as Newton’s pitching and defense stymied Salem. 

Pitcher Justin Brown drew the start on the hill and Jevarra Martin finished the last two innings, with both hurlers combining for 10 strikeouts in a one-hit performance. 

Israel Dixon and Khalil Wilcox paced the Rams at the plate, as Dixon batted 3 for 4 with three RBIs. Wilcox, the Alabama A&M signee, went 2 for 3 with a pair of singles. 

Newton’s win was almost an exact role reversal of its 10-0 run rule loss Monday to Jackson in the season opener. 

The Rams will next face Tucker Wednesday in a home game with first pitch scheduled for 5:30 p.m. It’ll be the first of a busy week for Newton which will require the Rams to travel to Stephenson on Thursday and Jackson on Saturday for a doubleheader with Jackson and Prince Avenue.