Jefferson Downs Tatum, 8-5

Trace Smith (#4) covers the plate in the first inning because of a passed ball.  Photo by Wayne Grubbs.

From Staff Reports

Despite a rocky start, the Jefferson High School baseball team came away with an 8-5 district victory over Tatum Tuesday.

A pair of errors in the first inning opened the door for an early score by Tatum, but the Bulldogs roared back with 4 runs in the bottom of the frame when Dog batters momentarily diagnosed Eagle chunker Luke Lister’s junk balls.

Lister’s pitches arrived at the plate at what former Texas Ranger Manager Johnny Oates once described as “below hitting speed.”

Against the curve ball assault, Camden Simpson had three hits, Dylan Polver two hits and Trace Smith two walks. TJ Foster had two RBIs and Simpson collected two RBIs, as well.

Smith, with 15 strikeouts in six innings, picked up the win. Mason Reeves pitched the seventh, allowing the Eagles 4 runs after Smith reached his pitch limit.

Lister also went six innings.

“We have to find a way to finish,” Bulldog Coach Don Cupples said after the game. “I think offensively we are swinging a little better. We’re making progress.”

In the Waskom tournament last weekend, JHS won all three games behind three different pitchers. Reeves, Foster and Blaze McMuller all threw complete games, defeating Arp and Harleton.

“We played well,” Cupples said. “Harleton was a good test for us.”

The Bulldogs play Ore City at 6 P.M.



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in Ore City, Friday. Only a varsity game is planned. On Tuesday a key district matchup with Hughes Springs will be at home.

“It’s going to be a big showdown,” Cupples said.


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