Pitcher’s duel won by Cougars, Disque
Andy Disque quieted the Washington bats. For the most part, Mark McKee silenced the Jefferson offense.
In a rare high school pitcher’s duel it was the Cougars’ left-handed Disque who was the most dominant as he crafted a four-hit shutout win over the hard-luck McKee, who was finally solved for two sixth inning runs in Jefferson’s 2-0 win.
The quickly played game lasted only one hour and 27 minutes and finished just before a rain storm dumped its contents on Sager Field in Shenandoah Junction.
Both Disque and the right-handed McKee refused to walk batters, thus their strikes were rewarded with outs all around.
Disque received quality support from his fielders, beginning when third baseman Miguel Acosta plucked a foul pop fly off a dugout roof for the game’s first out. Outfielder Chase Crockett grabbed several line drives for outs. Disque speared several hot shots right back at him and first baseman Charles Barnholt caught a short-hop throw for another out.
Disque fanned four and stayed completely away from walks. He even picked off a courtesy runner.
In the only inning where the Patriots had two of the four singles they managed off Disque, the threat was gone when a 5-4-3 double play ended the fourth inning.
With the sky black with clouds and impending rain, Disque fanned two batters in the seventh.
McKee allowed seven singles and two walks but was around the plate and forced Jefferson to hit the ball if it was going to score. He fanned only one.
In the sixth, the Cougars got a leadoff walk from Barnholt, who then moved to third on a wild pitch and throwing errorby the catcher.
With the Washington infield playing in for a possible play at the plate, Will Oliver grounded a hit through the middle to drive in the game’s first run. Bradley Davis followed with another single. Then Oliver reached third on a fielder’s choice before counting the second run on a wild pitch.
In the seventh, with the rain holding its breath before driving down, Disque got two of his four strikeouts — and headed for cover as a hard rain began falling
In beating Washington for the second time this season, the Cougars sewed up the No. 1 seed in the pending Sectional tournament, meaning the Patriots and Musselman will play in that double elimination event’s first game.
Strikes and the two pitcher’s throwing them had owned the game.
And Disque had a shutout while McKee had to settle for the pats on the back he received instead of the runs he needed.