Leaving Myrtle Beach, Cougars win 5 straight

After dropping its final game on Friday, April 13 in the Mingo Bay Tournament in Myrtle Beach, SC, the Jefferson baseball team reeled off five consecutive wins last week to improve its overall record to 17-6.

The Cougars fell, 11-4, to Conway (SC) to finish the week-long South Carolina trip with a 3-2 overall record.

A.J. Boyd started on the mound but was replaced by Casey Billmyer and left trailing, 4-0.

Jefferson right-hander Blake Johnson improved his record to 5-1.

Jefferson managed to get even at 4-4 but then Conway scored the game’s last seven runs.

Anthony DiAmario had a two-run double to help get the game back to even at one point.

Upon returning to West Virginia, the Cougars began a week filled with games by defeating Thomas Johnson (Md.), 8-7, as a resurgent Corey Mangold provided the difference with a three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh.

Jefferson actually trailed, 7-1, before rallying for the win.

Dennis Jackson was the Cougar starting pitcher but he left after yielding two home runs.

Logan Maloney replaced Jackson in the third. Meanwhile, the Cougars rallied to trail only 7-5 going to the seventh.

Blake Johnson retired the Patriots in order in the top of the seventh, even getting the first man he saw after inheriting a 2-0 count.

Mangold’s three-run homer pulled out the win. Mangold had three hits and four RBIs and Fraser Brown had two hits and two RBIs.

The next night the Cougars defeated visiting Musselman, 12-2, in a mercy-rule game.

Sean Spotts had a no-hitter for 4.2 innings. A high, infield chopper ended the no-hitter and Musselman went on to score two runs but still trailed, 9-2.

Spotts did not allow any walks. He improved his record to 4-1.

In the sixth, the Cougars rallied for another three runs to end the game on the 10-run mercy rule. DiAmario’s sacrifice fly plated Cody McDowell, who had gotten a pinch-hit single, with the run that ended the night early.

After being rained out on Wednesday in a home game scheduled against Mercersburg Academy, Jefferson moved to Hedgesville and trimmed the homestanding Eagles, 7-4, as Johnson pitched a complete-game victory. Johnson’s record was 5-1.

Jefferson led, 6-0, until the last of the fifth when an infield error helped open the gates to a four-run Hedgesville inning.

DiAmario had led off the top of the first with a double and Mangold followed with a two-run homer. Later, Andrew Grove scored a run with good baserunning when a Hedgesville infielder failed to hustle after a grounder he had already booted.

Johnson worked through a troublesome seventh. After the first two batters had reached base, the tying run was at the plate. Johnson was able to retire the next three men to register the win.

On Friday, the Cougars went on the road and played a pair of games at North Marion High — one game against the host school and another against Morgantown High.

In a 16-8 win over Morgantown, a three-run first inning helped get the Cougars off to a quick start. However, Morgantown chased Jefferson starting pitcher Cody Butts after only one-third of an inning. The Mohicans took a 6-3 lead.

Casey Billmyer replaced Butts and went 3.1 innings in relief. Then Maloney relieved Billmyer and pitched 3.1 innings himself.

After seeing the Mohicans score six runs, Jefferson answered with a six-run second inning.

Brown had three hits. Matt Ballou had three hits. and Mangold also contributed another three hits. Billmyer had a key RBI-hit and DiAmario also had an important-RBI hit.

In the second game on Friday night, the Cougars defeated North Marion, 15-7, to win their fifth straight game of the week.

Boyd had a shutout for four innings and Jefferson was in front, 10-0.

North Marion scored six runs in the fifth to avoid the 10-run, mercy rule.

Spotts replaced Boyd. After getting tagged himself, Spotts gave way to Butts. Butts threw two shutout innings to effectively silence the home team.

Brown, who has collected 38 RBIs this season, had two hits. Mangold, who has already scored 35 runs, also contributed two hits.

The Cougars took their 17-6 record against Washington on Tuesday night in a Sectional game.

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