SHENANDOAH JUNCTION — One first-year starter on Jefferson’s baseball team has settled into his new role as an outfielder and been the team’s most consistent hitter.
Senior Kyle Boone is listed as a catcher. He didn’t start the season’s first few games, but once inserted into the lineup in left field Boone has provided consistent firepower for the Jefferson offense.
Last Thursday, it was Boone going 3-for-4 and driving in four runs and scoring three as the Cougars literally repelled Thomas Johnson’s repeated attempts at erasing their lead.
In the end, Jefferson’s three multi-run innings outweighed the Patriot rallies in an 11-4 Cougar win at frigid Sager Field.
Just in front of its annual spring trip to Myrtle Beach, the Cougars moved their overall record to 7-2 while Thomas Johnason slipped to 1-2 in its three early-season games.
Boone’s first two RBIs came in a four-run third where the Cougars brushed aside a run scored off their starting left-hander, Brad Davis, in the top of the inning.
In the two-run fifth, Boone had a lead-off single and rode around to score on Anthony DiAmario’s infield single.
With the Patriots back within three runs of the Jefferson lead at 6-3 and Davis gone in favor of Logan Maloney, the Cougars rallied for five runs on five hits in the sixth.
It was Boone driving in another two runs and then scoring for the third time in that productive inning.
Not only had Boone done yeoman work for the offense but the Cougars rall all over the bases, taking an extra base almost at will and also stealing them with abandon.
The Jefferson defense made mistakes with errors, but it was able to stop the Patriots from doing much damage by executing a pickoff play at second and throwing out a would-be base stealer.
Jefferson continually choked the bases with scoring chances as it had 21 baserunners from the 39 batters it had in its six turns.
Davis got the win with help from Maloney and left-hander Andy Disque.
But it was Boone as well the two hits each from DiAmario, Andrew Grove and Brandt Petrie that were most featured on an evening tailor-made for frostbite.