MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Jefferson improved its winning streak to eight games when it used the five-hit, complete game, shutout pitching of A.J. Boyd to edge Pleasure Ridge (KY), 1-0, in its first game in the weeklong Mingo Bay Classic tournament.
Boyd was helped by the Jefferson defense and his control as he only fanned one and walked but two.
Facing University of Tennessee signee Hunter Johnson, the Cougars were limited to four hits and scored when Pleasure Ridge committed two throwing errors in the fourth. Casey Billmyer had bunted for a hit and was able to score after Johnson’s errant pickoff throw and an outfield throwing error that sailed by the third baseman as Billmyer advanced from first.
Jefferson was 10-2 and Pleasure Ridge was 5-2.
The Cougars fell, 3-2, in 10 innings to Socastee (SC) in their second game.
Socastee trailed, 2-1, in the bottom of the seventh when it got a two-single that was touched by the Jefferson left fielder to score the tying run and force extra innings.
The winning run in the 10th came after Jefferson miscues. The Cougars committed six errors in the loss.
The Cougars managed only two infield hits, those by Anthony DiAmario and Brandt Petrie. Petrie drove in both Jefferson runs.
Brad Davis was Jefferson’s starting pitcher. He threw 83 pitches. Logan Maloney (27 pitches), Andy Disque, William Viands (30 pitches), and Andrew King followed Davis. Viands suffered a blown save and also took the loss.
The Cougars defeated Capital (WV), 6-1, with Blake Johnson going six innings for the win. Andrew King had three hits while Paul Witt and Andrew Grove each had two hits.
In its fourth game, Jefferson was blanked, 8-0, by Glouchester Catholic (NJ). Starting pitcher Dennis Jackson was troubled by walks, his own errant pickoff throws, hits, and even a balk. Jefferson managed only two hits and committed four errors.
In Jefferson’s fifth and final game it defeated Bishop McClancy, 3-0, using five pitchers in the Saturday finale. Boyd went three innings and Davis got the win. Anthony DiAmario drove in two runs in the three-run third inning. The Cougars managed only two hits.
Jefferson was 3-2 in the Mingo Bay Classic and returned with a 12-4 overall record.