Solid pitching as Cougars exceed 20 wins again
With its pitching aligned after returning from Myrtle Beach, where it lost three of four games, Jefferson used Dylan Carroll, Austin Bulman, Austin Cross and Taylor Tennant to win four of the five victories it had last week. In working its way to five wins in four days, the Cougars improved their overall record to 21-5.
Carroll was the complete-game winner in the 3-1 verdict over Sectional rival Hampshire. He allowed only five hits and one walk while fanning six. The lone run scored by the Trojans was earned.
Jefferson managed only three hits with Cross going 2-for-3 and Bulman and Bailey Dodson driving in runs.
Bulman limited Martinsburg to only two hits and dominated the Bulldogs with his 15 strikeouts. Jefferson had just four hits and made two errors. The Bulldog run was unearned. Bulman walked only one man.
Cory Roman was 2-for-3, scoring one run and driving in a run. David Dinges was 1-for-2 and scored a run. Dalton Dodson had a hit and one RBI.
Against Bridgeport, the top-ranked Class AA team in the state, Cross – like Carroll and Bulman – had a complete-game win. He yielded six hits to the Indians. He walked only one and fanned four. Neither of Bridgeport’s runs was earned.
Bulman had a solo home run while Alex Tennant was 2-for-3 with two RBIs. Cole Walker had an RBI.
Jefferson took the lead for good with a two-run rally in the fourth.
Taylor Tennant continued Jefferson’s complete-game efforts when he limited Berkeley Springs to four hits and the Cougars used a five-run third inning to coast home with a 7-1 win.
Jefferson had nine hits with Cross going 2-for-3 and pitcher Tennant going 2-for-2 with two RBIs. Dalton Dodson was 1-for-3 and scored twice.
On Saturday, the Cougars trailed 6-1 after five innings to a Hedgesville team they had beaten, 17-0, much earlier in the season. Jefferson scored three times in the top of the fifth, but was still behind, 6-4, going to the seventh inning.
Another three-run inning saved a loss . . . and when Brady Hamilton kept the Eagles from scoring in their half of the seventh, Jefferson had a 7-6 win.
Alex Tennant was 2-for-4. Bulman was 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Bulman and Dalton Dodson had doubles.
The Cougars are scheduled to be in Cooperstown, New York this weekend to complete the regular season. They have the No.1 seed in the three-team Sectional tournament and will have a first-round bye while Washington and Hampshire play. Jefferson’s first two games in the Sectional tournament will both be played at Sager Field in Shenandoah Junction.