JACKSON, Miss. -- The Mineral Area baseball team brought plenty of offense along for its opening doubleheader under new head coach Blake Jones.
The Cardinals collected 30 hits overall Saturday afternoon while posting an initial 12-6 victory over Hinds and subsequent 14-10 triumph against Meridian.
Sophomore catcher Connor Davault notched three singles in each contest while freshmen Charlie Palmer and Cory Lubinski homered for Mineral Area (2-0).
The opener saw MAC post five runs in the second inning, and extend a 6-5 lead with a pair of 3-run frames. Winning pitcher Jake Moore (1-0) pitched 2 1/3 innings and allowed one run in relief.
Logan Bradley earned two RBI on three hits, and Palmer drove in three runs. Cole Kaiser reached base four times with a double, single and two walks.
Lubinski matched Kaiser with three runs scored while adding two singles, and Brad Cuyos chipped in a double, Potosi graduate Dakota Glore singled twice in each game.
Mineral Area pushed across three key insurance runs in the sixth inning to outlast Meridian following a chaotic opening frame.
The Cardinals instantly pounced for six runs, only for Meridian to answer with seven tallies off starter Justin Murphy (1-0), who struck out nine and walked none.
Palmer, a native of Mississippi, added a single to a long ball while Lubinski compiled a team-high four RBI.
Joey Johnson protected an 11-9 margin with three solid innings on the mound, allowing one run and five base-runners for the save.
Hunter Leeper and Corey Huskey produced two hits and RBI in the victory. Kaiser added two more singles.
Mineral Area will play two games Sunday at Itawamba College in Fulton, Miss. The Cardinals are scheduled for 20 consecutive contests away from home.