FULL FORCE: Dean Jones has left nothing in the tank after leading the Ipswich pitching duties.
FULL FORCE: Dean Jones has left nothing in the tank after leading the Ipswich pitching duties. Inga Williams

Mr. Resilient juggles new-born and Muskets role

IPSWICH pitcher Dean Jones does most of his talking on the baseball mound.

With the Musketeers in line for another finals berth, Jones has been taking on the lion's share of the pitching duties for last year's grand finalists.

Despite the added workload, the veteran has managed to come through unaffected by the extra strain.

"It's pretty good actually, which is surprising,” he said. "I haven't gotten a sore arm this year, and I usually do struggle a bit at the start of the season with that.

"I think you've just got to throw more. It's been good so I'll keep going with it.”

Endurance is part of Jones' character. Working two jobs day and night, and with a seven-week-old daughter at home, he knows the value of getting some downtime.

"I get a couple of hours (sleep), just enough,” he grinned. "You get through it, you have to.

"My partner is doing alright and I help out where I can. She's pretty happy to be able to spend some time at home and do it the right way.”

Working long hours means Jones rarely makes a Musketeers training session. Luckily he has a training partner who's always willing to offer some help.

"I train with my old man for a couple of hours, a few times a week,” he said. "We just go up whenever I've got a spare minute. We just work on a lot of throwing and a few exercises.

"He was a pitcher as well and he still enjoys coaching.”

After a 17-1 victory against Western Districts on Friday night, the son of Musketeers Old Boy Clive Jones, was given a welcome rest in yesterday's second game.

The move didn't slow Ipswich down, as the visitors went on to record a 21-1 final score to take full points from the weekend round.

Just like they did last year, Windsor have emerged at the top of the Major A League ladder, setting up a fight for second place between Ipswich and Carina Redsox.

"We're sitting in third at the moment so we've got to hold it at least,” he said. "If we string a few wins together we could possibly make second.

"You get a second chance but if you finish third you get a home game in the first week. It doesn't matter though, you still have to win.”

Windsor defeated the Musketeers in a nail-biting grand final at the end of the previous season and Jones has tipped them as the side to beat if Ipswich wants the make amends.

With two rounds left to play against the Padres and Surfers Paradise, he remained confident in his teammates ability to finish the season in good form for the finals.

"We kind of throw a team together each week and try to get the job done,” he said. "It's a shame Josh (Roberts) is catching this year because he was pretty good for us pitching last year.

"Windsor will definitely be there again and hopefully our guys are up to the task on the day.”



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