Jefferson off to South Carolina
Bradley Davis stumped Washington’s lineup with a one-hitter through six innings … and Jefferson needed his shutout pitching performance because it had managed only one run in its five turns off Patriot right-hander Robert Cross.
In the Jefferson sixth, four of the first five batters reached safely against Cross and all of them scored as the Cougars were able to lift the pressure of a 1-0 game and went on to a 5-0 win that kept them unbeaten in three games.
Davis encountered one-out problems in the Washington seventh when he walked only his second man and was touched by Cameron Pine’s single. Austin Cross, another strike-throwing left-hander like Davis, replaced the Jefferson starter and induced lefty-swinging Timmy Joy to hit into a well-turned double play that ended the game.
Davis had gone six and two thirds innings, allowing just two hits and two walks while facing only 23 men.
Before seeing his ill-fated sixth inning, Robert Cross silenced Jefferson’s lineup for the most part, limiting the Cougars to only five hits and five base runners in the first five innings.
Grant Reed’s opposite-field hit was the game’s lone RBI through five innings.
Davis was given more runs in the sixth when Paul Witt (who had two hits as did Austin Cross) began the four-run uprising with a single and was immediately followed by Cross’s single.
After Charlie Barnholt successfully sacrificed both runners along a base, Austin Bulman was walked intentionally, loading the bases for first-year starter Alex Tennant.
Tennant lined Robert Cross’ last pitch of the windy evening to right for a two-run single.
Nathan Kerr replaced Cross … and his first pitch sailed to the backstop allowing Bulman to score from third. Jordan Beans grounded to third and a wide throw to catcher Pine saw Tennant slide in safely with Jefferson’s fifth run.
The Cougars were 3-0 and the Patriots – winners against St. Maria Goretti and Mercersburg Academy – were 2-1 overall.
Before going South to Myrtle Beach, the Cougars tamed Moorefield in a doubleheader, beating the Yellowjackets, 12-3 and 11-6 in their first road games of the infant 2016 season.
Cameron Alvarez, Witt, Bulman, Barnholt and Cross were the hitters who did in Moorefield while Dylan Carroll and Bulman were the starting and most effective pitchers in the doubleheader sweep.
Jefferson was scheduled to play at least four times in Myrtle Beach and could have a fifth game on Saturday if it wins its four-team bracket and advances that far. It will face teams from New York, South Carolina and Alabama in its first three games along the Atlantic coast.