Davis shutout, timely hitting carry Cougars to state title game
Unbeaten (11-0) left-hander Bradley Davis did not issue a single walk in Jefferson’s 5-0 win over Wheeling Park in the Class AAA semifinals of the Charleston-based state baseball tournament.
Of the 83 pitches Davis used in constructing his shutout masterpiece, 58 of them were strikes. He allowed only four singles while fanning six of the Patriots.
With the victory, Jefferson advanced to the state championship game against Nitro, a 3-0 winner over Ripley in the other semifinal game. Jefferson edged Nitro, 2-1, for the 2015 state championship in a game Davis pitched for the Cougars.
Davis was given a 1-0 lead in the top of the first when Austin Bulman had a sacrifice fly. The next time Bulman batted in the third, he produced another sacrifice fly for a 2-0 lead.
The top of the Jefferson batting order was getting hits, but couldn’t score again until the seventh when Bulman, Austin Cross and Charlie Barnholt had RBI hits to pad the lead to 5-0.
Paul Witt was 3-for-4 and scored two runs. One of his hits was a triple at spacious Allegheny Power Park. Barnholt was 2-for-4 with a double.
Bulman went 1-for-2, had the three RBIs and scored a run. Cameron Alvarez scored two runs from his leadoff spot in the batting order. Reserves Dylan Mackey and Josh Colvin both had singles in their only at-bats.
Jefferson improved to 35-3 overall.
On Saturday, June 4, the championship game was delayed by rain. The Class A and Class AA championship games were scheduled to be played that same day at earlier times at Allegheny Power Park.
Should any of the three title games have been delayed by rain they would be suspended and started again at the point of suspension and played until completion.
No championship game would have been less than seven innings unless stopped because of the 10-run mercy rule.
Austin Cross, who last pitched and won in Jefferson’s Regional semifinal win over Spring Mills, was the slated starter against Nitro’s Wildcats.