It’s not every day that Jacksonville high school baseball gets the SportsCenter treatment.
So Tuesday night’s highlight was one to remember at Raines.
Raines shortstop Nick Joyner picked up a moment of fame in Tuesday night’s High School Heritage Classic, the baseball contest against Ribault that not only raises the curtain for the prep season but celebrates the legacy of the Jacksonville Red Caps, now officially recognized as the city’s first team with major league status.
Joyner produced the night’s biggest highlight, racing backward from the infield for a twisting, diving catch behind second base in the Vikings’ 16-5 victory to retain the A. Philip Randolph Cup.
The result: By the next morning, his catch made it onto the SportsCenter Top 10 for ESPN.
Raines scored six runs in the fourth to pull away in the game, which had been rescheduled after a rain-out early in February.