Four-run inning, walks spell win for Patriots over Cougars

Jared Silva went the distance in beating Jefferson.

Jared Silva went the distance in beating Jefferson.

Jared Silva scattered his three walks and Washington used three first-inning walks to good advantage in scoring its only four runs as the Patriots dealt Jefferson a 4-1 loss April 17.
The few walks Jefferson received and the definitive four-run inning were the two major factors in the Washington success that gave it a victory to match Jefferson’s earlier win in the county high school baseball series.
The victory pulled the Patriots up to 7-8 overall and left Jefferson with a third straight defeat and six losses in their last 10 games. The Cougars were 14-8 overall after a 10-2 start to the season.
Silva was solved for three of the six singles he permitted in the first two innings. But the Cougars stranded four runners in those two tries.
All of Washington’s runs off Blake Johnson came in the first when Ryan Mumaw, Hunter Weaver and Drew Hetzel had walks and Silva, Blake Wilt and Seth Campbell had hits. Campbell’s double drove in two runs.
Those three hits were half of Washington’s total as Johnson went five-plus innings before being replaced after Drew Hetzel’s single led the Patriot sixth.
Silva would allow a run in the third when Andrew King (three of Jefferson’s hits) scored Paul Witt, who had singled.
Silva fanned five, including Anthony DiAmario and Witt to end the game.
Both sides fielded well and kept the mental mistakes to a minimum as the game hurried along.

Blake Johnson was Jefferson’s starting pitcher in the Cougars’ 4-1 loss to Washington. Johnson was effective after the first inning but his teammates could only score one run.

Blake Johnson was Jefferson’s starting pitcher in the
Cougars’ 4-1 loss to Washington. Johnson was effective after the
first inning but his teammates could only score one run.

And later they would begin a best two-of-three series for the Sectional championship.
Washington had used Silva’s strikes to even the series with Jefferson at 1-1. And Jefferson had questions concerning its offense that were not even partially answered in the 4-1 loss.

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