Saturday, March 20th started out as a great day for the Jefferson R-7 Bluejays as three pitchers combined to throw a no-hitter against Bishop Dubourg, winning 6-0. However, a few hours later, the Jays would drop the second game of the day to St. Pius X 4-1.
In game one, a 3:30 P.M. start against Bishop DuBourg, Jefferson came out swinging early, scoring one run in each of the first three innings. In the fifth, Jefferson drove the nail in the coffin, pushing three runs across the plate. DuBourg had no answers and were blanked 6-0, en route to Jefferson’s first win of the season.
Pitcher Dylan Schnitzler earned the win for the Jays, allowing zero hits or runs in four innings. He struck out 10 and only walked one batter. Nolan Roth and Kole Williams came in to finish the final two innings, neither allowing a run nor a hit, combining for an impressive six inning no-hitter.
The Jays drove in six runs on 10 hits, including two hits by Sam Stokes and two by D. Schnitzler. Stokes also was responsible for three RBIs. Will Schnitzler and Colby Ott each had one RBI as well.
Head Coach Robert Kuehnle had this to say about the team’s first game. “Dylan gave us a great outing, and Nolan and Cole did a great job finishing up the game. A three-pitcher no-hitter really set the tone for our staff the rest of the year. Stokes and Dylan both had 2 hits, and the offense seemed to produce runs although we weren’t really firing on all cylinders. It was a good first win for us and I hope that we can build off it.”
However, at 7:00 P.M., the Jays were back at it, this time against St. Pius X. The Jays just couldn’t get the bats moving in the second game of the day, and only managed to score one run in six innings.
St. Pius started the scoring early, plating one in the first inning. Jefferson answered back in the second with a run of their own. The game would remain tied until the bottom of the sixth inning when St. Pius rallied for three runs, ending the game 4-1 in favor of St. Pius.
Will Schnitzler drove in the only run for the Jays in the second inning with a base hit, scoring Dawson Jakoubek who walked to lead off the inning. Jakoubek had two hits in the game as well.
Dalen Whitener was the starting pitcher for the Jays. He lasted five and two-thirds innings, allowing four runs on ten hits, striking out three and walking one batter. Whitener took the loss.
Despite the outcome not working in their favor, Coach Kuehnle had this to say, “It was a great atmosphere and we got a great performance from Daylen Whitener. He really threw the ball well and I think it was something that he can build off of the rest of the year. Colby Ott flashed the leather tonight making some amazing plays at short, and Dawson Jakoubek had a great day at the plate going 2 for 2 with one walk. Its always fun when you get into a rivalry game like that and the atmosphere is electric.”
It was a day of highs and lows for the Jays, but one on which the team will be able to build.