From Staff Reports
The Bulldog baseball team kept their playoff hopes alive with a pair of wins over district opponents, downing Hughes Springs on Friday and Daingerfield on Tuesday.
“We are currently in third place in district (tied with Hughes Springs at 8-4) and can make a deep playoff run if we can stay focused and continue to pitch well and get some timely hits,” Dawg Skipper Don Cupples said after Tuesday’s win.
The 2-0 win over the Daingerfield Tigers came behind one of the rarest of baseball accomplishments.
“Against Daingerfield the story of the night was obviously Blaze McMullen,” Cupples said. “Blaze had a dominant outing throwing a no-hitter and allowed just three base runners via the walk and struck out 10. He really kept them off balance and did an outstanding job for us on the mound.”
The coach shared in the joy of the moment.
“I was so happy for that young man,” Cupples said. “Throwing a no-hitter is a very special night and he earned it.”
Mason Reeves and Trace Smith had a hit each for JHS while Brennan Varnell and T.J. Foster each had a pair of walks.
Jefferson scored once in the second and once in the third against Daingerfield for the winning margin.
The Hughes Springs contest was also a struggle.
“I was very proud of our guys’ resolve against Hughes Springs,” Cupples said of the 10-7 victory. “That was a huge win for our team and our program. The guys really hung tough against a good team and we were able to string a few hits together and had a big inning.”
Smith and Camden Smith each had three RBIs on a very productive night.
“We were able to get some timely hitting there in the sixth inning and scored six runs and held on for the win.
Reeves pitched five innings and Foster mopped up the last two stanzas.
“I was proud of our pitching, that has been a strength for us all year,” Cupples said. “Our pitchers has kept us in every game so far and we came through with some big hits when we needed them.”
Cupples hopes to see better production at the plate.
“Offensively we need to be a little more aggressive and put the ball in play with more regularity,” Cupples said.
The coach knows what the Dawgs need to do to improve.
“Going forward into the playoffs, we need to clean up some defensive things and be more productive at the plate and take advantage of situations when they are presented,” Cupples said. “Once the postseason starts, it is anyone’s game. At that point it is all on the line and there is no tomorrow for us.”
The Bulldogs play Waskom here with the first pitch set for 7 P.M.
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