HEDGESVILLE – After defeating the Eagles 6-0 in their first meeting, Hedgesville changed up their tactics in the second meeting – namely, they put Chase DeLauter on the mound. John Lowery responded to the Eagle’s move by putting in his top pitcher, Taylor Tennant. What ensued was a battle between two of the best pitchers in the state
The Eagles put up a solo run in the first inning – a grounder by Brady Weaver to push in Ryan Frye. Neither team would score until the third when Jefferson put up a run to tie the game.
With two outs Cory Daly tripled to right field, driving in Isaiah Morris from first. Hedgesville responded in the bottom of the inning with two runs from a homer by Weaver.
The Cougars would face three 1-2-3 innings through the seventh inning, whereas they only closed out one half inning with a 1-2-3.
DeLauter pitched a 16 strikeout, two walk, two hit game against the Cougars. Tennant was just behind giving up five hits, one earned run, two walks, and picking up eight strikeouts.
After Tuesday’s game Tennant (5-1) holds a .923 ERA and 1.220 WHIP. He has allowed 12 walks, four earned runs and struck out a total of 39 batters. Tennant has held batters to a solid .217 average through his seven pitching appearances.
DeLauter (6-0) has allowed just 20 hits, nine walks and four earned runs in 30.2 innings pitched. He’s struck out 60, and holds a .913 ERA and .946 WHIP. The Eagle phenom holds batters to a low .177 average.
Jefferson returns to action Wednesday afternoon at 4:30 when they travel to Washington High for their second rivalry game of the season.