Caleb Riordan | Ameritime Sports Writer
The Jefferson R7 Blue Jays Varsity Baseball team lost to the Priory Ravens 7-4 on Saturday.
The Blue Jays fell in a hole early on in this one and couldn’t climb back out. Priory did the bulk of their damage in the first and second innings. The Ravens picked up two runs in the first inning and three in the second to take a 5-0 lead.
Jefferson showed some fight in the bottom of the second, as Will Schnitzler scored on a dropped third strike that was ruled as a wild pitch. However, Priory wasn’t done scoring. They added their sixth run in the top of the fourth and their seventh run in the top of the fifth.
The Blue Jays put together a little rally in the bottom of the fifth, as Colby Ott drove a ball into left field that brought Dylan Schnitzler around to score. Dawson Jakoubek then hit an RBI single that brought Ott around to score. Jefferson trailed 7-3.
The Blue Jays added one more run off the bat of Jakoubek in the bottom of the seventh, but ultimately came up short. They ultimately lost 7-4, which sank their record to 2-4.
“We really seemed to just be in the wrong place at the wrong time,” Head Coach Robert Kuehnle said. “We hit the ball hard and made plays, but just couldn’t seem to get that big hit when we needed it.”
Jakoubek and Ott led the way for the Blue Jays at the plate. Each of them went 2-4 with two singles. Ott had an RBI and scored two runs, while Jakoubek had two RBIs. Will Schnitzler was 1-3 at the plate, and drew a walk and scored a run. Daylen Whitener went 1-3 and had an RBI. On a positive note, the Blue Jays outhit Priory 10-7 as a team. They just couldn’t find the clutch at-bat to get them over the hump.
Cole Robinson started the game on the mound for Jefferson. He threw 60 pitches through one and two-thirds innings, allowed five runs and walked five batters. Sam Stokes was the first out of the bullpen. He pitched two and one-third innings, allowed one run and struck out four batters. Jakoubek finished off the last three innings. He allowed one run, two hits and had three strikeouts.
The Blue Jays sit at 2-4 with room to improve. Kuehnle remains optimistic about what this team is capable of achieving. They will look to turn things around and get back into the win column Monday, March 29th against Hickman.