Person’s Whitfield blanks Griffins in tournament opener

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OXFORD — The Person High School baseball team rode an outstanding pitching performance from Jedd Whitfield to a 4-0 victory against Oxford Prep in the first game of the Oxford Spring Break Tournament at Granville Athletic Park Thursday afternoon.

Whitfield tossed a complete-game, three-hit shutout for his first career win. The sophomore had four strikeouts without allowing a walk, but relied on his defense and took advantage of the Griffins’ aggressiveness at the plate. Oxford Prep batters swung at the first 10 pitches Whitfield threw in the game, including a seven-pitch first inning and only worked their way to three-ball counts three times in 26 total plate appearances.

The Rockets’ took a 1-0 lead after the first inning on a bases-loaded walk by Luke Clayton, but didn’t break the game open until the fifth inning, courtesy of a pair of pinch hitters.

Trey Lunsford came off the bench and ripped a liner to the gap in right field for a double, scoring Clayton from second. Clayton hammered a one-put double to deep left to start the rally. Pinch-hitter Bryceson Tuck followed Lunsford’s double with a two-run single to stretch the lead to 4-0.

Whitfield pitched around three Rocket errors and held the Griffins to just one hit on nine at-bats with runners on base.

Justin Carden and Austin C. Oakley each had two hits, while Austin T. Oakley reached base twice, including a two-out double in the third inning.

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