Caleb Riordan | Ameritime Sports Writer
The Jefferson R-7 Blue Jays Varsity Baseball team took home a Class Three District Four championship with a 7-3 win over the St. Pius Lancers on Wednesday.
Jefferson beat Pius 10-0 at the beginning of May, and the Lancers came into this game looking for revenge. They put themselves on the board in the second inning and took an initial 2-0 lead.
It didn’t take long for the Blue Jays to answer. In the top of the third, Dylan Schnitzler drove a double into center field that brought both Ethan Boyer and Dawson Jakoubek around to score. That evened the game at two, and they weren’t done there. Colby Ott smashed another double into center that brought Schnitzler in to score. Jefferson led 3-2 after the third.
Pius showed some fight and evened the score at three with an RBI single in the bottom of the fifth inning, but Jefferson answered right away. Colton Richardson ripped a three-RBI single into the gap in center field that brought Ott, Schnitzler and Sam Stokes in to score. That put Jefferson ahead 6-3.
The Blue Jays added one more run in the top of the seventh on a sacrifice fly. That made it 7-3 for the victory and Jefferson was crowned Class Three District Four Champions.
“It took a lot of dedication to each other,” Ott said. “We started off the year pretty rough and it would’ve been easy to pack it in. But we all kept going and started playing for each other instead of ourselves and really turned the season around.”
Schnitzler and Ott led the team with two hits each. Schnitzler was 2-4 with two runs scored and two RBIs. Jakoubek was 1-3 with a run scored and an RBI. Richardson was 1-3 with three RBIs. The Blue Jays outhit the Lancers 7-4.
Daylen Whitener started the game on the mound. He threw four innings, allowed two runs on two hits and struck out one batter. Ott finished off the last three innings. He allowed one run and struck out seven batters.
With the district championship now accomplished and in the rear view mirror, the Blue Jays have more challenges ahead. They now take on the Class Three State Tournament, which begins on Tuesday, May 25th.