INWOOD— Jefferson’s early lead did not hold up. Though it was only a slender lead, the Cougars could never secure it. And so Musselman erased a one-run deficit in the last innings to get a 5-4 win. The loss was Jefferson’s second straight after three early-season wins. The Applemen improved to 6-0.
Dennis Jackson scored Jefferson’s first run after getting a single and moving to third base. He scored on an infield ground out.
Jefferson was able to plate two runs in the third when Corey Mangold and Fraser Brown had RBI hits.
The Cougars held a 3-2 lead into the fourth. Musselman had seen its rallies end short of success and had already stranded seven runners by the end of the fourth.
Musselman tied it in the fifth and then went on top, 4-3, before it could be retired in the inning. The Applemen got a two-run single from Chance Allen.
Trailing by a run in the top of the sixth, the Cougars made it 4-4 when Brown had a triple and then rode home on Jackson’s sacrifice fly.
In the Musselman sixth, Evan Woolum was at second and Jacob Whitmore was at first when Denver Luttrell produced an RBI single off Cougar reliever Logan Maloney that snapped the tie and pushed the Applemen into a 5-4 lead.
When the Cougars couldn’t score again in the seventh, they had suffered a second straight loss — both to area schools — and had a 3-2 overall record. Matt Henshaw and Anthony DiAmario had two-out singles in the last inning but Mangold popped out to end the threat.
Jefferson collected nine hits and made only one error. But the Cougars suffered eight strikeouts.
DiAmario had two hits, Brown had a double and triple, and Henshaw had two hits. Jackson, Blaine Petrie, and Mangold all contributed hits.