Tennant pitching gives Cougars doubleheader split
Six innings of shutout pitching by Taylor Tennant in the opener of a Jefferson vs. Moorefield doubleheader gave the Cougars a split of the twinbill played in Moorefield on Saturday.
Tennant allowed six hits while fanning four and permitting only one walk in lifting the Cougars to a 5-0 win over the homestanding Yellowjackets. Two Moorefield pitchers combined to limit the Cougars to just one hit in the nightcap, where the Yellowjackets won 9-1. The loss was Jefferson’s first of the season after opening with three wins.
In the Tennant-pitched opener, Jefferson scored single runs in the second, third and fourth innings to take a 3-0 lead. Stevie Lee and Hayden Stang both went 2-for-3 in that game. Cory Daly was on base four straight times and went 1-for-1.
Danny Brennan drove in two runs. Brennan and Daly both stole two bases, but Brennan was caught stealing one time. Moorefield committed five errors in the opener.
Jefferson fielded a vastly revamped lineup in the second game and found itself dominated by two Moorefield pitchers, who combined for a one-hitter and struck out 12 Cougar batters. Tennant had Jefferson’s only hit.
Jefferson starting pitcher David Dinges and relievers Cameron Winston and Brooks Lowery were all roughed up by the Yellowjacket lineup, which had 11 hits. Only pitcher James Walsh (two hitless and scoreless innings) fared well in the second game loss.
Moorefield had a 6-0 lead after only three innings and completed its scoring with a three-run fifth inning.
The Cougars are scheduled to face Sectional rival Washington tonight at 6 p.m. in Shenandoah Junction. Next week, the Cougars play at least four games in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, in the yearly Easter Week tournament.