Cougars reel off four quick wins; go to 8-2

Jefferson second baseman Fraser Brown successfully steals second base in the Cougars’ 6-3 win over Hampshire.

ROMNEY— Matt Ballou had three hits and Dennis Jackson worked six innings as Jefferson defeated homestanding Hampshire, 6-3, last week in Romney. The Cougars had 11 hits off the combined pitching of two Trojans.

Anthony DiAmario collected two hits, and Fraser Brown, Michael King, Corey Mangold, and Matt Henshaw all had hits. Jackson, Brown, and King all had RBIs.

In his six innings of work, Jackson allowed eight hits and only one walk. He fanned six. Brown pitched a scoreless seventh to earn another save, his fourth.

A three-run third inning gave the Cougars a 3-0 lead and Jefferson was in front, 6-0, before Hampshire scored three times in the sixth.

The next night, the Cougars fought off repeated rallies by Millbrook to post a 10-9 win over the Pioneers.

When Jefferson starter Logan Maloney was replaced, Millbrook had a 6-1 lead. A. J. Boyd fashioned four scoreless to get the pitching win.

Brandt Petrie’s grand slam homer in the fourth closed the Jefferson gap to 6-5. Boyd shut out the Pioneers until the seventh when Brown was tagged for three runs, bringing a 9-9 tie to the bottom of the seventh.

In the Jefferson seventh, Henshaw drew a leadoff walk. DiAmario drew a one-out walk to give the Cougars runners at first and second. A passed ball moved both runners up a base. Mangold was intentionally passed to load the bases. Brown gave the Cougars the last-inning win when he singled home the Cougars’ 10th run.

On Saturday, Jefferson walked past Moorefield, 13-1, and then used another large number of walks to win the nightcap of a doubleheader against the Yellow Jackets, 9-5.

Sean Spotts was the first game’s winning pitcher, going five innings while yielding six hits and only one walk.

Jefferson plated two runs in the first and then moved on away from the Yellow Jackets with a seven-run inning. Jackson collected two hits, DiAmario checked in with two hits, and Mangold had a two-run single. Brown was walked five straight times.

In the 9-5 win, Jefferson’s first five batters were walked. All those free passes led to a five-run Jefferson first inning.

Andrew King pitched three innings and surrendered three runs in the first. Blake Johnson followed King with three shutout innings. Cody Butts pitched the Moorefield seventh and yielded two runs.

The Cougars were in front only 5-3 when Brown had a two-triple to advance the lead to four runs again.

Casey Billmyre had three hits in the two games combined.

The win was Jefferson’s fifth straight and left the Cougars with an 8-2 record.

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