PURCELLVILLE, Va. – Jefferson faltered in their first game against Woodgrove, Va., picking up their eleventh loss of the season by a 16-2 margin.
Jefferson took the plate first, picking up three outs in four batters. Woodgrove kept on that momentum to put up five runs in their time at bat, starting with a bases clearing single and capped with a single-run double to right field.
The Cougars would face adversity at the plate as they did in the first through the next two innings, while Woodgrove put up their final 11 runs. Woodgrove’s big inning came with nine runs in the third. Ashtin Hoover started the inning with a hit by pitch and two walks before being relieved by Karli Snyder. Off of Snyder’s first pitch Grace Szalay hit a grounder to the mound, picking up a hit off error while Carly Bradley scored.
A follow up walk put in Woodgrove’s ninth run, while a single on a 2-2 count broke the 10-mark. Two straight outs seemed as if the inning would end there, but six more runs capped by Natalie Peed double to right field brought in the final two runs of the 16-run game.
Jefferson attempted to chase Woodgrove, hoping to keep the early game from closing but would find just two runs thanks to Lacie Lewis’ single. With one out and a 2-1 count, Lewis sent the ball screaming to center field to put in Maddy Edwards and Makenzie Daniels.
After holding Woodgrove scoreless in the fourth inning, and with one final chance in the fifth to put up four runs, Jefferson would see three quick outs through four batters to finish their first game of the doubleheader.
Hoover took the loss for Jefferson, pitching two innings and giving up 10 earned runs and four walks. She had no strikeouts and pitched into five groundouts and one flyout.
Amanda Daniels picked up the win for Woodgrove, getting two strikeouts and giving up two walks.
Woodgrove picked up the sweep in Game 2, holding the Cougars to another two-run game and putting up double digits.
The Wolverines started out the second game with a three-run first inning before putting up six combined runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings.
Jefferson was held scoreless until the fourth inning when they found their only two runs on a grounder by Emilie Mason and Mason’s score on catcher error at home plate.
At the plate, Jaimee Hardy and Amanda Nielsen led Woodgrove with three-RBI shows. Hardee was nearly perfect, going 4-for-5 and picking up a double and logging five total bases on the day. Nielsen batted .500, but picked up a double and single.
Snyder picked up the loss for Jefferson, pitching all seven innings and giving up just two earned runs and four walks. She struck out one.
Hardy locked down the hill for the Wolverines, striking out eight batters and giving up a low three walks. Hardy gave up no earned runs and only had six hits against her.
The two losses mark the end of Jefferson’s regular season barring their Friday afternoon rivalry game at Washington is rescheduled for Monday. If it isn’t the Cougars record heading into the postseason is a 10-12, a modest regular season ratio.