Just how well is the West Jefferson baseball team swinging the bats these days? They just pounded the ball to the tune of 17 hits against one of the best pitchers not only in Central Ohio but the entire state.
The Roughriders (10-3, 5-1) banged around London starter and Bowling Green State University signee Zac Carey in a 9-4 victory over the host Red Raiders (3-9, 1-5) Monday, April 21.
West Jeff coach Jason Bogenrife knows how good the standout Carey is and knows how impressive his team’s performance was.
“It was a great win for us,” the coach said. “A lot of people look at London and their record and maybe not think it was a good win. But with Carey on the mound that’s a good team.
“He’s an exceptional kid and a very good pitcher, so to put up 17 hits and score nine runs off of him was something. We’re really coming together offensively and we’re starting to hit the ball very well.”
The Roughriders wasted no time jumping on the scoreboard, plating three runs in the top of the first inning, they added another in the third to go up 4-0. The idea of getting a chance to go toe-to-toe with one of the state’s top pitchers was a motivating factor for West Jeff.
“Our kids are tough and gritty and like the challenge,” Bogenrife said. “He’s one of the best we’ll see this year. He’s got really good stuff but we talk about going to the plate with a purpose and we did that (Monday).
“All the credit goes to our guys. They were ready to play.”
West Jefferson is tied atop the Mid-State League Ohio Division with Columbus Academy, and while he’s happy with the way his team is playing, Bogenrife knows his team has a long way to go to reach its goals.
“We’re happy with where we are, but we’ve got a tough stretch coming up,” the coach said. “We’ve got a good Bexley team (Wednesday, April 23), we’ve still got Academy at our place and will face London again. We’re playing well right now but we’ve got a long way to go.”
London rallied from the 4-0 deficit to tie the game 4-4 in the bottom of the fifth, but the Roughriders answered with two runs in the sixth and three more in the seventh.
Zach Campbell and Alex Wihl were on the mound for the Roughriders, limiting the Red Raiders to just seven hits.
Columbus Academy 6,
The Golden Eagles (3-10, 1-5) traveled to MSL co-leader Columbus Academy (10-3, 5-1) Monday, April 21, and came home with a tough 6-3 loss.
Plains’ pitcher Nate Jeffers allowed single runs in each of the first four innings and two more in sixth in the loss.
Coach Zach Durban’s team scored all three of its runs in the third inning. Madison-Plains will be back in action Wednesday, April 23 when it travels to Grandview. It will be home Thursday, April 24 against Fredericktown and will host Whitehall Friday, April 25. All three games will start at 5:15 p.m.
Shekinah Christian 8,
Gahanna Christian 4
The Flames (1-9) picked up their first victory of the season with a 8-4 triumph over host Gahanna Christian Monday, April 21.
Mitchell Yoder was 2 for 4 at the plate with two runs scored, Eric Troyer was 3 for 4, while Trent Helmuth was 2 for 4 and also picked up the win with a complete game pitching effort. He allowed eight hits, surrendered three earned runs and struck out five.
The game was tied 4-4 heading into the the seventh inning when the Flames rallied for four runs.
Jonathan Alder 3,
The Pioneers continued to improve on the season as they picked up a victory over Westland Monday, April 21.
Alder won two of the three singles courts and split the doubles courts to improve its overall record to 4-2 on the season. It was the fourth straight win for the Pioneers.
Logan Woods defeated Bryan Moreno 6-3, 6-4 at first singles and Nick Beachy topped Grant Bare 6-7, 6-2, 6-2 at second singles. Lucas McClaskie came up short 6-4, 6-4 against Zach Prak at third singles.
The doubles pair of Anthony Dresvyabbikov and David Salzer sealed the team win with a 6-3, 6-2 triumph at second doubles. The first doubles pair of Dermot Hutchinson and Sam Recker fell 2-6, 6-4, 6-4.
Chris Miles can be reached at (740) 852-1616, ext. 18 or via Twitter @MadPressSports.