Two shutouts, romp over Applemen leave Cougars at 19-2
Last week, Jefferson moved its record to 19-2 with shutout wins over Grafton and Hampshire and a 13-5 victory against Sectional rival Musselman.
It took a five-run first inning to stop Hampshire, 5-0, as pitcher Austin Bulman fired a two-hitter at the Trojans and struck out 12.
The explosive first inning saw Paul Witt walk and Bulman get hit by a pitch after one out. Charlie Barnholt doubled into right field to drive in a run, and Nick Chorney doubled to left to plate two more runs. After a walk, Grant Reed was safe on an error and two more runs scored.
Bulman did the rest.
Jordan Beans had a pinch hit and Bailey Dodson had a double in the win.
The Cougars then erupted for 13 runs against Musselman. Jefferson’s win over the Applemen left the Cougars with a 4-0 record against Sectional teams and the No. 1 seed in the three-school Sectional Tournament.
There were 14 Jefferson hits and Musselman pitchers allowed four walks. The Applemen defense committed eight errors.
Chorney went 3-for-4, scored a run and had an RBI. Bulman was 2-for-4, scored twice and drove in three runs. Cameron Alvarez was 2-for-4, scored once and had an RBI.
Witt had a hit and scored twice. Austin Cross was 1-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI, while Grant Reed was 1-for-3 and scored two times.
Dylan Carroll worked five innings, allowing five hits, three runs and fanning four. Beans pitched the final two innings, yielding four hits and two runs.
In a hastily arranged game, the Cougars bounced Grafton, 11-0, in Grafton on Saturday.
Bradley Davis had a complete game two-hitter and fanned seven. The game went only six innings and was curtailed by the 10-run mercy rule.
Witt was 3-for-4 with two doubles and drove in three runs while scoring twice. Bulman was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Bailey Dodson had a three-run home run, while pinch hitters Hunter Palmer, Cory Roman and Beans all delivered hits. Alex Tennant was 1-for-1 and scored two times.
A win in any of their three scheduled games this week would shove the Cougars over the 20-win mark for the 40th straight season.