Taylor Tennant calms Tornado with no-hitter
Jefferson pitcher Taylor Tennant baffled Keyser’s lineup with nine strikeouts and never had anything hit hard off his assortment of strikes as he produced a five-inning, mercy-rule no-hitter against the Golden Tornado.
The Cougars did just like they had in Saturday’s first-game win over Berkeley Springs: They produced only four hits. but careened around the bases enough to notch a 10-0 win that lasted only through the bottom of the fifth.
Tennant struck out at least one Keyser victim in every inning, getting batters to miss both his fastball and breaking pitches. He worked confidently from the outset, but then disposed of the Golden Tornado batters in rapid-fire order after being handed a 4-0 lead after only three innings.
Jefferson’s four hits included Cory Daly’s long home run, which slammed off a metal storage unit in deepest left center. Otherwise, the Cougars often romped around the bases on the seven walks they culled from the combined pitching of three Keyser throwers, a pair of hit batters, five wild pitches, three stolen bases and even a balk.
With Tennant wading through the Keyser lineup like a scythe through a golden field of barley, Jefferson’s 4-0 lead after three innings seemed like a much larger margin.
Ahead 4-0, the Cougars had one hit in a three-run fourth and one more hit in a three-run fifth.
Daly finished with three RBIs and pinch-hitter Stevie Lee drove in two runs. Hayden Stang drew three walks, Daly was on base two times and Michael Jeffries reached safely two times.
The Cougars took a 5-2 record to Myrtle Beach this week for at least four scheduled games around the area.
Tennant and Zac Rose, who blanked Berkeley Springs in Saturday’s first game, are sure to see more time on the mound against an assortment of teams in South Carolina in search of warmer baseball weather and competition, unlike what they face in places like New Jersey, Ohio, northern Virginia and Tennessee.