Close losses nag Cougars in Myrtle Beach tourney
Jefferson has made a sumptuous living winning one- and two-run games for more than 40 years now.
But last week and in the last game before leaving for the annual Mingo Bay Classic tournament in Myrtle Beach, the Cougars lost every one-or two-run game they played. And there were four in number.
On Saturday, April 15, the Cougars fell behind visiting Greenbrier East by four runs after only 1.5 innings before making a comeback that had them trailing only 4-3 in the last of the fifth. With two outs in that productive turn the Cougars had runners at second and third and two outs. An outfield fly ended the threat. And Jefferson never threatened again, losing for only the second time this season.
In Myrtle Beach, the Cougars opened play on Tuesday against Cave Spring (Virginia) . . . and dropped a 3-1 decision as they were limited to five singles. Dylan Carroll was victimized by an early-game home run and took the loss, pitching two innings. Dalton Jamison blanked Cave Spring for five innings, allowing only four hits and fanning six.
Last Wednesday, the Cougars stopped Brockport (NY), 11-2, doing so with a six-run second inning.
Austin Bulman was 2-for-3 with two RBIs, Cole Walker was 2-for-3 and scored twice and Jamison was 1-for-2 with an RBI and two runs scored.
Taylor Tennant was the starting and winning pitcher, going 4.2 innings and yielding just two hits and two walks along with two earned runs.
On Thursday, Jefferson fell behind Pigeon Forge (TN), 5-3 and then 11-6, before rallying for four runs in the seventh only to fall, 11-10. Singles from Cory Roman, David Dinges and Dalton Jamison were the key hits in the four-run seventh.
Bulman got the start and went three innings. He allowed four hits and four walks along with four earned runs. Bulman struck out six in absorbing the loss.
The last game of the tournament week saw the Cougars lose, 4-3 to Waccamaw, South Carolina.
With Austin Cross as the starting pitcher, the Cougars took a 3-2 lead into the bottom of the seventh.
But Waccamaw rallied for two runs, scoring the winning run with two outs in the seventh.
Cross was replaced by Dylan Carroll, who walked a man and allowed a hit without retiring any batters.
Jefferson returned from South Carolina with a 16-5 overall record and had scheduled games – all on the road – at Hedgesville on Tuesday, at Sectional rival Hampshire on Wednesday and at Martinsburg on Thursday. The Cougars are scheduled to play Bridgeport at Sager Field today.