After five innings, Jefferson had struggled to take a one-run lead in its game against visiting Hampshire. In a flurry of walks and a hit batter by its pitchers Logan Maloney and William Viands, the Cougars had given away three runs to the Trojans and when reliever Shane Ellis protected the late-inning lead, Hampshire had a 7-5 win.
Leading 5-4 moving to the top of the sixth, Jefferson’s Maloney, who had held Hampshire in check for 2.1 innings, walked Ethan Turner and then hit Dane Heavener with a pitch.
William Viands replaced Maloney. In no time, Viands walked both David Delawder and Bucky Timbrook to force in a run.
When both Josh Crawford and Ennis produced sacrifice flies, Hampshire had a three-run inning without a hit . . . and a two-run win over the Cougars, then 17-11 overall with the loss.
Andrew King came on to get the last six outs while fanning four and allowing no walks or hit batsmen.
Crawford (five innings) and Ennis combined to strike out nine.
Jefferson’s Paul Witt was 1-for-2, scored two runs, and had an RBI. Witt, Kyle Boone and Andrew Grove had Jefferson’s only RBIs.
Hampshire received six walks and had a batter hit by a pitch.
Ennis was 2-for-4. Delawder and Dale Bryson each scored two runs.
Jefferson starting pitcher Blake Johnson went 2.2 innings, yielding seven hits and two walks. Two of the four runs scored off him were earned. Maloney replaced him in the third.
Hampshire was 17-1 overall.