From Staff Reports
Jefferson High School’s baseball team gave up 8 runs to Redwater in the seventh inning Monday, but rallied in the bottom of the frame to salvage a 10-10 tie.
“We started off looking good then made some mistakes and gave up those runs in the seventh,” Coach Don Cupples said after the game played on the Bulldog’s home field.
T.J. Foster saved the day with a double scoring two runs in the bottom of the seventh on the cool, damp night. Foster had moved from behind the plate to the mound to help stop the bleeding in the top of the seventh.
“After that inning we called it a tie,” Cupples said. “Both teams have tournaments this weekend. JHS is scheduled to play in the Nathan George Texas/Louisiana Shootout in Denton, La., if weather permits.
Trace Smith notched 11 strikeouts as he pitched the first four innings. Mason Reese came in for two innings. Blaze McMullen had the misfortune of being on the mound when the Dragons broke loose.
“I’m very pleased with our effort early,” Cupples said. “We have to find a way to finish.”
The Dawgs jumped out front with 5 runs in the first inning helped with a timely single by Dylan Polver.
“Polver (who also had a double and scored in the second) swung it well,” Cupples said. The coach also recognized Smith’s work at the plate as well as the mound.
“We got a little bit lax in middle innings,” Cupples said..
The JHS coach did not want to ignore what the visiting team accomplished.
“Redwater hung tough,” Cupples said. “We let them hang around.”
Cupples’ take away from the first game was positive.
“We’ll learn from this,” Cupples said.
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