By T. Scott Boatright
Braden Jones capped off his high school baseball career doing what he’s done best all along — striking out opposing batters.
Jones played for the East squad in the Louisiana High School Coaches Association/Louisiana Baseball Coaches Association All State game held at Louisiana College in Pineville.
The Choudrant High School graduate, who was the Most Valuable Player in the Aggies Class B state championship win over Elizabeth, struck out a pair of batters in his game-mandated maximum of two innings pitched.
Jones’ East squad won the opening game over the West 6-0 and game two, in which Jones pitched, 4-0.
“It was awesome,” Jones said. “Getting to play with a bunch of great players was a lot of fun. I had a good time getting to hang out with them. And I got to see how I match up with everybody else. It was fun. I loved it.”
Jones said his next focus is on travel ball this summer.
“I’ll be playing in a bunch of tournaments this summer and hopefully get some more exposure for colleges and that kind of stuff,” Jones said. “I’ve got a couple of schools looking at me but I haven’t made up my mind on anything like where I want to go yet.”