From Staff Reports
The Jefferson High School Bulldogs notched steady wins over Daingerfield and Waskom without having to use staff ace Trace Smith on the mound to advance their 15-AAA record to 5-1.
Although Coach Don Cupples allowed Smith to rest his arm, the lanky Panola College signee smashed a two-run homer in the top of the first, Tuesday, to get the scoring started against Waskom.
The Dawgs eventually won the contest 7-2 with Mason Reeves going six innings on the mound. Reeves collected nine strikeouts in a solid night’s work. Blaze McMullen finished up the seventh for Jefferson.
In addition to Smith’s two RBIs, Dylan Polver had a pair and Brennan Varnell had one.
In Friday’s game at Daingerfield, a huge seven-run second inning paved the way for an 11-0 victory for Jefferson.
Reeves and Polver, each, had two RBIs while T.J. Foster picked up one RBI on three hits. Foster was also the winning pitcher, going all five innings with nine strikeouts.
The Bulldogs play New Diana at home on Friday and Elysian Fields at home on Tuesday.
“We hit the ball better against Daingerfield on Friday evening and took advantage of some miscues by Daingerfield,” Cupples said.
The Bulldog skipper also noted how the team’s pitching is taking shape.
“We have been pitching well all season and it has carried over into district play,” Cupples said. “TJ (Foster) threw the ball very well against the Tigers and was able to limit them to just two hits. I was very pleased with his outing.”
Resting Smith was definitely something that factored in the equation, Cupples admitted.
“Having an abundance of starting pitching really helps us,” he said. “There is very little drop off from one pitcher to another.”
Smith has proven to be a quality number one for the Dawgs all season, but the other guys have shown themselves to be pretty dang good, too
“I was very proud of our effort against Waskom,” Cupples said.
Reeves threw the ball very well Tuesday night, and JHS was able to pick up a hard fought 7-2 win.
“We have a huge ball game coming up Friday at home vs New Diana,” Cupples said. “That game will be for 1st place in the district. We are currently sitting in second place and need to play well to beat a quality Diana squad.”
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