ALBANY -- Monroe senior Demontrez Jones had a simple approach to pitching Thursday -- the old throw to contact technique.
Jones' mound strategy worked well in the Tornadoes' 12-1 win over Kendrick High in five innings at Paul Eames Park in a non-region contest.
"I was just trying to ease it on down there and give the man something to hit (then) let my teammates field," said Jones, who has won all three of his starts this season. "It was basic BP (batting practice)."
Jones allowed just four hits and one run in five innings, while striking out two. Justin Mims, Alvin Butler, DeMarcus Amos and Andrew Kegler all drove in two runs for Monroe (8-2) to back up Jones on the mound.
"By the grace of God and help of my teammates, I was able to do well out there," the senior pitcher said.
For Jones, who is considered Monroe's No. 3 pitcher, the start was another against a non-region opponent. He's been pushing head coach Cecil Williams for a chance to pitch in a bigger region game, though.
"We want to play him in the bigger games, (but) I don't think he wants those too much," Williams joked in earshot of Jones.
Jones shot back with a laugh: "Coach, don't do me like that in The Herald."
Williams finally conceded, "He'll be able to hold his own."
Thursday's game was played in a late afternoon drizzle during the early innings in a howling wind that played havoc with flyballs. Monroe got two hits in the first on popups that had Kendrick defenders running all over the field.
Kendrick was thrown out at home three times in the first two innings, including one play where Mims gunned down Brandon Forte, who was trying to score from third on a single.
Mims went 3-for-3 with three runs scored. Johntavius Strum was 2-for-3 with a RBI. Kegler was 2-for-3 with three runs scored.
Kendrick's Terrez Samuel went 1-for-2 with a run scored.