VIRGINIA BEACH, Va.– John Lowery keeps tacking on the wins.
In 42 years, the Cougars (20-5) have never dropped below 20 season wins – an accolade only a handful of high school coaches can hang their hats on.
They met the mark with a runaway 14-0 win over Bishop Sullivan Catholic High in Game 1 of the Virginia Beach tournament, picking up six runs in the first two innings and eight in the fourth and fifth.
Three batters were perfect at the plate for Jefferson; Taylor Tennant and Dalton Reed both went 2-for-2, while Mason Lantz picked up a hit on his only at bat. All three accounted for one RBI each, while Cullen Horowicz (0-2), Zac Rose (1-3) and Michael Jeffries (0-2) had two RBI shows.
Zac Rose was dominate on the plate to hold off Bishop Sullivan, downing nine batters and having just two hits against him through 60 pitches.
Adam Sanchez picked up the loss for Bishop Sullivan through three innings, giving ups three earned runs and two walks while striking out just two – the only strikeouts of the game through four total pitching changes.
In a low scoring, game of attrition, Jefferson came out with their 21st win over Pendleton County.
Tied up in the top of the seventh, Stevie Lee would be the hero with a walk-off single in the bottom of the inning.
Jefferson got on the board first with a single run in the bottom of the second off of Horowicz’s ninth home run on the year.
The Wildcats would respond two innings later with a solo RBI by Josh Wagoner – a single to right field to bring in Tim Thorne.
A quick three 1-2-3 halves later, Pendleton County found their second run off of the bat of Wagoner once again. Wagoner’s ground ball found its way into a beautiful defensive series for the Wildcat’s second out – a flip from Walsh to Cory Daly who then tossed it to Tennant at second base. During the defensive show, Cameron Kisamore found home to take the lead at 2-1. Walsh picked up the ninth strikeout of the day with the next batter faced to end the Wildcat’s time at bat.
It seemed as if Jefferson would go out with another 1-2-3 inning to their name after a ground out and fly out, but a walk on Lee would give the Cougars some breathing room to work. After the walk, Coleson Titus stepped into the box for a double to center field, driving in Lee to tie things up. Then, after Horowicz was intentionally walked and Daly picked up a hit, Rose delivered a double back out to center field for two runs.
In the key seventh inning for the Wildcats, they tacked on two runs to knot the game at four-all. Dylan McCartney and Rose would stop the Wildcats, though, picking up the final out off of a grounder to the mound.
In the final half of regulation, Kole Puffenberger started out with a walk on designated hitter Reed. Reed was replaced on first by McCartney, and on his next at bat Hayden Stang stepped up for a single to right field, putting Tennant in position to end things in a perfect inning. His line drive to Thorne at second base would sting, though, as the Wildcats picked up a double play at second and first.
With McCartney at third, one of the Cougars’ best hitters stepped up to the plate with the task to end the game. With all of the weight on his shoulders, Lee singled on a hard grounder to first base putting in McCartney to stave off extra innings.
McCartney picked up the win for the Cougars, coming in for one inning and allowing two earned runs and three walks. He had no strikeouts through seven batters faced.
The Cougars return to action on Monday with a road game at Spring Mills. Game time is set for 7 p.m.