SHENANDOAH JUNCTION— An early lead was parlayed with the stingy pitching of Blake Johnson when Jefferson defeated visiting Urbana, 5-1, on Wednesday. The win was Jefferson’s third straight in three evenings and improved its record to 22-7 overall.
Johnson’s route-going outing saw him strike out nine and yield only six hits. He walked three.
Anthony DiAmario contributed two hits and had two RBIs from his leadoff spot in the Cougars’ batting order. Corey Mangold and Dennis Jackson each drove in a run.
Jackson’s double in the first plated Fraser Brown, who had tripled. In the Jefferson second, Matt Ballou scored on a passed ball after walking in front of walks to Casey Billmyer, and Andrew Grove. Later in that inning, DiAmario doubled to deep center with Billmyer and Grove both scoring.
Corey Mangold had a double to the wall to drive in DiAmario.
Jefferson did not commit an error in the game.
Urbana’s only run came in the third.
The Hawks were 9-8 with the loss.
Johnson improved his record to 7-1.
On Thursday, the Cougars had a 6-0 lead in Berkeley Springs against the Indians in the top of the third inning when a rain storm hit and the game had to be stopped.
Brown had drilled a three-run homer in the first with DiAmario and Mangold scoring in front of him. Jefferson scored three more runs in the second.
A.J. Boyd had blanked the Indians, using only 14 pitches to retire them in two innings.
When the field became unplayable, the game was called and became “no contest”. It will not be made up.