SHENANDOAH JUNCTION – After the Spartans fell 14-4 to Hedgesville, they had to turn around and play two more games against the-then 11-1 Cougars (13-1).
Game 1 wouldn’t bode well for the visiting Spartans, facing another 10-run defeat at the hands of Jordan Trunnell and the Cougars.
Jefferson was the first to post runs on the board, tacking five on in the bottom of the second. With two on base, Chase Anderson started things off with a line drive single to center field to bring in Taylor Tennant and Mason Lantz. Hayden Stang followed with a double to push Anderson to third, and Cory Daly knocked a single toward third base on his next at bat. Daly logged the hit off error, ultimately making it to second while Anderson and Stang cruised into home. Then, with two outs, Zac Rose was walked after Daly scored on an error at home plate.
Greenbrier East would respond in the top of the third with two runs – first on a pickoff attempt by Trunnell and then on a single by David Hofmann to push in Chris Hulmes from third.
Jefferson would be quiet in the bottom of the third, but picked up another five runs in the fourth to push the score to 10-2. They would end things with solo runs in the fifth and sixth innings – a score on a pass by Gonzalez and a bases-loaded grounder by Malaki Meadows to push in Isaiah Morris.
Cullen Horowicz had the big night for the Cougars with a three-run homer in the bottom of the fourth. He logged just three RBI on the night with a 1-3 record at the plate. Anderson (1-3, 1 R) accounted for two more RBI on the night.
Trunnell picked up the win with a solid four inning show. He gave up just two earned runs and one walk, striking out six in the process. He faced 20 batters before Dylan McCartney relieved him on the hill.
Hunter Ridgeway took the loss for Greenbrier East, pitching four innings and giving up seven earned runs and six walks. He struck out just four batters through 27 faced.
The Cougars denied the Spartans the joy of scoring in the second game of the day, rolling over them 9-0 through 6.5 innings.
Jefferson themselves would go scoreless through two innings, but picked up four in the third, three in the fourth and two in the fifth.
Daly scored first on a dropped third strike, allowing Rose to cruise to third base unimpeded. Rose scored on the next hit, a single by Dalton Reed that also brought in Horowicz. Titus’ sac fly on the following at bat pushed in Reed after he stole second and third base.
Jefferson ended their scorning with Michael Jeffries scoring on a pass followed by Lantz scoring on a balk by Bailee Coles.
Reed (1-3, 1 R) and Titus (1-2, 0 R) led the Cougars on the plate, both logging two RBI.
James Walsh (2-1) won the game for the Cougars. He held batters to a .053 average in six innings, giving up just one walk and striking out 10 – a single game high for Jefferson. He eclipsed Tennant’s single game nine strikeouts from Thursday’s game against Hampshire.
David Ickes took the loss for the Spartans. He pitched four innings, giving up four earned runs and four walks while striking out five.