Cougars take top seed, 20-12 record into Sectional
The last week of the regular season saw Jefferson wobble a bit but still win a 20th game.
There were three wins -over Spring Mills, Keyser and Pendleton County – and three losses – Woodgrove, Hampshire and Musselman.
The week began with James Walsh’s pitching taming Spring Mills, 6-1. Walsh fired a complete game three-hitter. The Jefferson offense featured a home run and double from outfielder Cory Roman. Cory Daly also doubled.
Spring Mills committed four errors. Jefferson owns a 10-0 record against the Cardinals in the five years Spring Mills has existed.
The next night, the Cougars overcame ineffective pitching in the first inning versus Keyser, and rode Cameron Winston’s relief pitching for 5.2 innings, until the score was Keyser 5 and Jefferson 3.
Jefferson rallied emphatically in the seventh for eight runs. Daly stole four bases as the Cougars finished with six steals. David Dinges drove in three runs with two hits, while Taylor Tennant, Stevie Lee and Daniel Brennan each had two hits. Zac Rose contributed a home run to Jefferson’s 13-hit total.
Woodgrove (Va.) defeated the Cougars, 7-3, on Wednesday night. Woodgrove reversed a 3-1 deficit in the top of the fifth, using three Jefferson errors and its eight hits along the way.
Dinges was 2-for-5 with two RBIs and Rose was 2-for-3 with a double. Hampshire got a rare win over the Cougars on Thursday, winning 5-4 against Tennant’s pitching. The Cougars had two errors as Tennant allowed two earned runs among the five he permitted.
The Trojans led 5-1 going to the seventh, where Jefferson’s three runs weren’t enough. Lee was 2-for-3 and Tennant was 1-for-2.
Also on Thursday, the Cougars reached the 20-win plateau with a 5-3 win over Pendleton County. The Cougars scored two times in both the fourth and fifth innings to overcome the five errors they committed.
Dinges pitched four innings for the win and Rose finished the game with his three innings of work to earn a save. Tennant was 2-for-3 and Cullen Horowicz was 2-for-3 for the Cougars.
On Friday, the Cougars completed the regular season schedule, losing to Musselman, 8-2, for the first time in 14 games against the Applemen.
Walsh suffered the loss, going five innings, allowing seven hits and two walks. Only one of the four runs he yielded was earned. Hayden Stang was 2-for-3. Jefferson had seven hits.
The Class AAA Sectional tournament began this week, with Jefferson drawing a first-round bye while Washington (13-11 overall) and Hampshire (12-11 overall) met at Washington. The double-elimination format carries through the rest of the week, with the event’s survivor playing the Section 1 winner in a best-of-three series for the Regional title.