SHENANDOAH JUNCTION — Jefferson scored in every inning in defeating Middleburg Academy, 15-5, in the first game of a Friday doubleheader that was abbreviated by the mercy rule. The Cougars won the nightcap, 14-6, in a game that went 4.5 innings.
The opener saw Kyle Boone and Kalen Nehler each drive in three runs. Andrew Grove, Brandt Petrie and Anthony DiAmario all had two RBIs. Nehler, Andrew King, Casey Billmyer and Petrie all had two hits. Blake Johnson was the winning pitcher.
In the second game, Dennis Jackson, Grove, Nehler and Petrie all had two RBIs. DiAmario, King and Grove all had two hits. King was the winning pitcher.
After five innings, Jefferson was locked in a pitcher’s duel between its A.J. Boyd and Hedgesville’s Cody Butts.
The Eagles had a 1-0 lead on the cold, windy night in Hedgesville.
But when the Eagles added another three runs to their precarious lead in the sixth, Jefferson’s only two runs in the top of the seventh meant little because Hedgesville had a 4-2 win to begin its baseball season.
Matt Frye delivered a three-run double in the sixth to boost the Hedgesville lead to four runs.
Boyd and one-inning reliever Logan Maloney combined to limit the Eagles to just three hits, but there were enough walks and infield errors to get Hedgesville the runs it needed.
Jefferson had five hits, but Butts didn’t walk enough for the Cougars to score without help.
Kalen Nehler and Kyle Boone had hits in Jefferson’s two-run inning.
Jefferson’s record was evened at 2-2 with its second straight loss.