Walsh, Trunnell pitch shutouts against Greenbrier
Jefferson’s schedule took it to Lewisburg for three games in less than 24 hours.
The Cougars responded with similar shutout victories over Greenbrier East, using the complete-game, four-hit pitching of James Walsh to get an abbreviated 13-0 win, and the next morning had Jordan Trunnell notch his own shutout with a complete-game 11-0 win where he allowed only two hits in besting the Spartans, a Class AAA team with a winning record.
The Cougars stole five bases in the 13-0 blanking of Greenbrier East, and came back the next morning and stole six bases in another shutout win.
Walsh pitched all five innings in the mercy-rule win on April 20. Trunnell went seven innings because the Cougars scored the last two runs of that 11-0 victory in the top of the seventh.
David Dinges had two RBIs, one fewer than Cory Roman, who homered, as the Cougars managed 13 hits in Walsh’s pitching victory. Dinges had three hits, while Danny Brennan had two. Roman, Cory Daly, Hayden Stang and Brennan all scored two runs, and Zac Rose drove in two runs.
In Trunnell’s masterpiece, it was his two-hitter that paced the win. He did walk four and hit two batters. Dinges, Rose and Brennan each drove in two runs. Dinges and Roman had two hits and Daly scored twice. Jefferson scored all its runs in the last four innings after scoring five runs in the first inning of the 13-0 win over the Spartans.
In its third game on the road trip, Jefferson had only five hits in a 7-2 loss to Cabell Midland. With Dinges keeping Cabell Midland scoreless through three innings, the Cougars had 1-0 lead. The Knights scored twice in the fourth and then had a four-run fifth inning to chase Dinges, taking a 6-1 lead.
Neither Rose nor Winston, who replaced Dinges, fared well in their short relief stints. Dinges was 2-for-3 at the plate and Daly had a hit and an RBI. Jefferson committed four infield errors to make four of the Knights’ runs unearned.
Before traveling to Greenbrier County, the Cougars posted a homefield 10-3 win over Martinsburg, as Taylor Tennant went the distance on the mound and surrendered no earned runs against the Bulldogs. Tennant fanned 11 in a dominating performance. He allowed only four hits, but was hurt by the three errors the Cougars committed.
Jefferson stole seven bases in that win. Hayden Stang doubled among his three hits while scoring two runs and driving in two runs. Michael Jeffries had two RBIs and scored a run, while Rose scored twice and was on base every time he batted.
In its first game of last week, the Cougars dropped a 4-2 decision to Hedgesville, getting only five hits and committing three errors.
Dylan McCartney, Jeffries, Tennant, Daly and Rose had Jefferson’s hits.
Trunnell (four innings, five hits, two earned runs) went four innings and Dinges finished up with his two scoreless innings where he yielded only one hit.