From Staff Reports
In what Baseball Coach Don Cupples later called, “one of best games I’ve ever been a part of as a coach,” Jefferson High School picked up its first district win of the year.
The Bulldogs overcame a very competitive Elysian Fields squad, 1-0, on home turf Tuesday night, with temperatures dipping into the 30s.
Jefferson ace Trace Smith mowed down the Yellow Jacket batters.
“Smith was unbelievable,” Cupples said.
Smith struck out 11 of the first 12 batters he faced and recorded 19 strike outs while facing just 21 batters before he had to leave the mound in the Seventh.
University Interscholastic League rules limit high school pitchers to 110 pitches per game and Smith had reached his limit.
“Mason Reeves slammed the door shut,” Cupples said. “Reeves threw seven pitches to finish the game.”
Jefferson got one hit and Elysian Fields had two.
“It was a little bit tough on the hitters,” Cupples said, praising the Yellow Jacket hurler.
The only run of the game came on something of a busted play.
In the first inning, third baseman Blaze McMullen had walked and stole second and third on passed balls. When another ball got past the catcher and caromed off the backstop and onto the field, McMullen raced home.
As McMullen executed a head-first slide behind the Yellow Jacket catcher, the pitcher who fielded the ball threw to first, although it was ball four for the batter, Smith.
“This was a big win to start district,” Cupples said.
In the Minden Tournament last weekend, Jefferson dropped all three games. The Bulldogs lost to Minden, 8-7, Bossier City Lakeside, 2-0, and Jonesboro Hodge, 10-8.
JHS will play in the Waskom Tournament, Thursday and Friday. District play resumes here against Tatum, Tuesday.
The JHS JV squad fell 19-1 to Elysian Fields, Tuesday, in a game called after four innings.
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