MARTINSBURG — Jefferson pitched well and ran well against Martinsburg.
With senior right-hander A.J. Boyd notching one shutout inning after another and baserunners stealing or taking extra bases from the outset, the Cougars blanked the Bulldogs, 7-0, last Wednesday at cold P.O. Faulkner Park.
The win was Jefferson’s fourth straight and made its record 6-2. The Bulldogs were 4-3 with the loss.
The Cougars had a 5-0 lead after three innings. They had already stolen four bases and helped cause several Martinsburg errors with aggressive baserunning.
Jefferson’s most productive inning was the third when it had hits from Anthony DiAmario and Andrew Grove and hurried around the bases much to the chagrin of the mistake-making Bulldog infielders and catcher.
Kalen Nehler had a RBI double and Kyle Boone drove in a run with a single as the Cougars stretched their lead to five runs.
Jefferson was able to add a run in the fifth and another in the sixth to move its lead to 7-0.
Boyd went six innings through the miserable cold. He struck out seven and allowed five hits. Logan Maloney had a shutout inning. Boyd’s task was made harder by the four errors the Cougars were charged with, but he was helped by his curveball which he used to extricate himself from jams often enough to see Martinsburg strand a total of eight runners.