Caleb Riordan | Ameritime Sports Writer
The Jefferson R-7 Blue Jays dropped their fourth game in a row to St. Pius on Tuesday.
Jefferson was never able to get its bats going. They did not score a run and were only able to come up with one hit.
An error by Maggie Brunke allowed Pius to get on the board in the first inning. Pius didn’t score again until a two-RBI single in the fifth inning and wound up winning the game 3-0.
“I think we played pretty well,” head coach Robert Kuehnle said. “However they just played better and got the big hits when they needed it. Sometimes you just have to tip your cap, say good game and move on to the next game.”
Megan Payne spent the whole day in the circle for the Blue Jays. She threw 104 pitches through six innings. She allowed six hits, three runs, four walks and struck out 11 batters.
Catryn Cattoor was the only Blue Jay that picked up a hit. Cami Menke and Chloe Vaughn each drew one walk.
“We really just needed to be more prepared when it came to hitting against a faster pitcher,” Brunke said. “That’s exactly what we are now working on in practice. We will be very prepared the next time.”
After the Blue Jays started the season 5-1 their record has now sunk to 5-5. Jefferson will look to get back on track against Cape Central Thursday, Sep. 24.
Junior Varsity also lost to Pius 7-6. This was its second loss in a row after winning three straight.
“Couple of players at the plate really had a day,” Kuenhle said. “Chloe Vaughn did a great job working counts and drew three walks. Amber Degeare had a huge double, but in the end we came up short. Saw some good things tonight though and looking forward to the future.”
They too take on Cape Central Thursday, Sep 24.