It was a bad streak of softball for the Jefferson R-7 Blue Jays who lost six in a row, as they fell to 3-18 on the season. The Blue Jays bats cooled off significantly recently, and stayed cold for the week of September 27th. The team struggled to find a way to manufacture runs, and just couldn’t manage the pitching to keep it close.
On Monday of last week the team was mercy-ruled 21-0 after three innings, and only managed one hit in the game in the loss to Hillsboro.
Tuesday was modestly better, as the Blue Jays did score four runs on six hits, but were defeated 21-4 by the Cuba Wildcats. Jefferson hung tough for the first few innings, but the Wildcats pulled away, racking up eight runs in the final inning.
Saxony Lutheran was the opponent on Wednesday, and the Blue Jays fared better. In fact, after four innings, Jefferson was only behind by one, 4-3. However, Lutheran would pull away in the later innings, winning the game 11-5.
On Thursday the team lasted all seven innings in a game against Festus, but still were defeated by ten runs 16-6. The bats were better, as the Blue Jays managed 12 hits, but that wasn’t enough to earn the win.
Then on this past Monday, October 4th, the team lost again, getting shutout by Kelly 13-0.
However, Jefferson finally managed to snap the streak. This past Tuesday, October 5th, the Blue Jays faced the De Soto Dragons in an important district match, and flipped the script. The game was a high scoring affair quickly, and remained close after just two innings, with Jefferson earning a two-run lead 11-9. However, the bats heated up big time in the fourth inning as they rallied for five runs, and got scorching hot in the fifth as they tallied up 10 more runs to earn the “mercy-rule” victory 26-12. The win moved the team to 4-18 on the season.
Head Coach Robert Kuehnle commented on the game, “We played well. We had some trouble throwing strikes at firs,t but our pitchers battled and got us through it. Our offense exploded and put up 26 runs, and at the end of the day you have to be happy about that.”
The Blue Jays need to stay hot as they will now face North County on Thursday, October 7th.