Pitching and defense were the keys to a twin killing Friday night at the home of the Clover Blue Eagles. The junior Jacket pitchers really came up big when they needed to continue their winning ways as Jacket hitters could only manage nine hits on the night. Game one of the doubleheader was tight all game as the Jackets came out on top of a 1-0 pitcher’s duel. Game 2 was also a close one as defense and pitching were keys to both wins. The Jackets stretched their winning streak to ten with 4-1 victory in game two.
Game one starting pitcher Dylan Helms persevered in a strong performance scattering three hits over four innings while fanning four. The Blue Eagle leadoff hitter walked to start the game. Catcher, JT Marr gunned down the would be thief trying to steal second. This was a recurring theme, as twice Marr would cut down Blue Eagle base runners on the night. The Blue Eagles managed to load the bases in the home half of the fourth but Helms stuck out the number seven hitter with a high fastball to end their only real threat in the game.
Alan Stevens would lead off the Jacket third with a line shot double to the right field gap. Helms would then move him over to third with a ground out to second. Mikey Tepper would finally drive him in on a field’s choice for winning run of game one. AJ Jaworski would come in to close out the win, pitching the fifth to gain his first save on the year.
Game two early on looked as if this may be the end of the Jacket winning streak as Clover took a 1-0 lead in the opening frame. It was the first time all year the young Jackets faced a deficit. Charles Miles got his first start of the year and battled through four innings picking up his first victory on the season. Miles surrendered two straight singles to start the game and an uncharacteristic error gave the Blue Eagles an early 1-0 lead.
In the visitor half of the fourth Ethan Miller got things started lining a double over the center fielder’s head followed by a single by JT Marr, moving Miller to third. Alan Stevens lined a double that scored Miller and pinch runner Joey Kong, who was running for Marr. The Jackets plated a run in the fifth to clinch the 4-1 victory.
The Blue Eagles refused to go down without a fight. Coach Jones called on Justin Kell to come in and close out the game and pitch the final home half. Three walks would load the bases with one out. Kell came back strong striking out two of the last three batter. The final hitter was called out on a full count curveball to end the game and gain Kell his first save of the year.
The junior Jackets have a bit of a break and get back into action next week as they travel to Chester on Thursday the 30th with game time at 5:00 PM