Prep Baseball Report

PBR Illinois Player Of The Week: 3B Sam Jones

By Andy Sroka
Staff Writer

The Indiana commit, Sam Jones, has been propelling Brother Rice offensively all spring long so far and things were no different last week. The Crusaders took a trip down to Kentucky last week and squared off against some of the best programs in the state, including Christian Academy and St. Xavier. Jones was not deterred, however; he was 7-for-13 last week with a home run, a triple, two doubles and he drove in three runs and scored four times.

That home run snapped a 4-4 tie against Christian Academy and allowed Brother Rice to secure a 7-6 win. The Crusaders lost back-to-back one-run games against St. Xavier over the next two days, but Jones did his best to help energize the offense. Jones was 2-for-3 in their first game with an RBI and he was responsible for their only run scored in their second game against Xavier after tripling and scoring on a sac fly.

Prior to the Kentucky trip, Jones was a key contributor in their huge win over Joliet Catholic. He notched another pair of hits and drove in a run in the win.

There were no easy games on Brother Rice’s calendar last week and nonetheless, Jones was a central figure within their offense game in and out.

For his efforts, Jones has been named the PBR Player of the Week for the week of April 2-9.

Stay tuned for our Weekly Diamond Notes that will be published this Friday. There we’ll take a look at players who narrowly missed out on a Player of the Week honor but deserve some recognition nonetheless.