Walsh subdues Patriots; Daly, Rose, Tennant lead offense
Jefferson had gotten a shutout win over Washington on Monday. Then came postponements on both Tuesday and Wednesday. On Thursday, the two teams met again, with sophomore James Walsh pitching for the upwardly mobile Cougars.
Walsh lost his bid for a shutout in the first inning, but he baffled the Patriots in the game’s last six innings as teammates Cory Daly, Zac Rose and Taylor Tennant each had three hits, and Jefferson had a 9-1 win to continue a late-season of progress as the postseason fast approached.
An unearned run was all Washington could accomplish against Walsh, who limited the Patriots to six hits, while never issuing a walk nor hitting a batter. He fanned six.
Nathan Kerr, Washington’s senior left-hander, wriggled out of a troubled second inning, but couldn’t do the same in the third when Daly grounded a double to left and rode home on David Dinges’ game-tying, RBI single.
It was a 1-1 game moving to the last of the fifth. After an out, Daly legged out an infield single and Dinges drew Kerr’s second walk of the evening.
Rose delivered a go-ahead single to give the Cougars a 2-1 lead. When Tennant was safe on a Baltimore Chop single, the bases were loaded. With two strikes on him, Cory Roman lifted a long drive toward right-center that cleared the bases and had him at third after a slide that eluded the third baseman’s tag.
Once the loud cheering from the home side had subsided, the Cougars had a 5-1 lead, which quickly was advanced to 6-1 on Cullen Horowicz’s RBI ground out. Kerr left after five innings and allowing nine hits.
Walsh hurried through the fifth and sixth innings, facing only seven batters and getting two of them on strikes.
Daly towered a home run to left with Hayden Stang aboard to increase Jefferson’s mounting lead to 8-1, and Dinges scored his second run of the game before the sixth inning closed.
In a 72-hour period, with no games in between, the teams had used their two most useful pitchers against each other. And Jefferson had two wins over its archrival.