MARTINSBURG – Down five in the sixth, Jefferson got things rolling but ultimately couldn’t keep up – taking their second loss of the season by a three-run deficit.
Holding each other scoreless through three innings – combining for three 1-2-3 halves – Martinsburg would strike first, putting up three runs in the bottom of the fourth.
Trey Sine kicked it off with a single to Mason Lantz in right field, bring in Trent Sherman. Daryl Pope followed with a double off of an infield fly to Dylan McCartney at second. Jack Reisenweber picked up run number two on the drop, and after Camden Burnett was walked Elijah Banks sent a grounder screaming to center field tot bring in Pope from second. Zac Rose ended the half by striking out Austin Bartley on his following plate appearance.
Jefferson found a quick three outs, and Martinsburg tacked on two more runs off McCartney’s error at second base.
The Cougars put up their first run in the top of the sixth off of error by Banks. After Taylor Tennant’s single to left field, Dalton Reed singled to the same spot to push in Cullen Horowicz. Two outs on the following plate appearances put the Bulldogs back in the dugout.
Trying to chase the ‘Dogs, Jefferson picked up a 1-2-3 to head back into their order. Three strikeouts at the hand of Ashton Staubs, however, would end the Cougars’ hopes of completing the comeback.
Rose took the loss for the Cougars in four innings, striking out eight and giving up three earned runs and a solo walk.
Sine picked up the win for Martinsburg. In five innings he struck out five and gave up one earned run and three walks. He faced 25 batters and threw a .609 strike percentage through 92 pitches.