A Saturday meeting between Dubuque Senior and the J-Hawks paired two strong teams against each other, both in the MVC Mississippi Divison and both in Substate #4. Starting at 10:00 AM, the J-Hawks came off the bus ready to play, pouncing on a Senior team short on pitching. In game one, Jefferson pounded two singles immediately, eventually loading the bases. Manny Olutunde singled in a run in the first. The rest of the game was much of the same, as Jefferson filled the box score with runs in each inning. The fourth inning broke the game open as Tyler Roeder, Lucas Larson, and Caleb Stekl hit three consecutive singles. A big two RBI double by Tyler Konigsmark along with Colton Knox's second RBI single, his third hit of the day, put the J-Hawks up by 10. Several pinch hitters entered in the fifth inning. They found a way to manufacture another run. Zeb Render walked, Zach Weger also walked, Jarred Wood hit a solid single to center, and Zach Szabo executed with a sacrifice fly ball. Max McChesney, Jacob Beaton, and Zach Weger made their first varsity at bats in the inning. Sophomore Jarred Wood had a great outing, allowing only two baserunners through the first four innings. Brayden Frazier finished the game, and the J-Hawks took the first game 11-1 in 5 innings. Wood bumped his record to 3-0 with a 1.81 ERA over 19.33 innings pitched.
Connor Van Scoyoc, looking to rebound after tough losses in his previous two appearances, took the hill in game two. Van Scoyoc commanded the strike zone and dominated the Senior hitters. He opened the game with two strikeouts and finished with 7 K's in 5.33 innings, allowing zero earned runs. The bats came to support Van Scoyoc as well. The offense began in the second inning scoring three against a knuckleball pitcher. Olutunde, Cam Frazier, and Brayden Frazier hit consecutive singles, with Knox adding a single for another RBI. The Frazier brothers sparked the J-Hawks again in the sixth inning with a single and a walk. Tyler Fowler utilized his first varsity at-bat, hitting an infield single to load the bases. Jared Eivins would hit a high fly ball to right field which was misplayed, and the Frazier brothers would come around to score. The J-Hawks pushed two more across in the seventh for insurance. Sam Meyer came into the game in the sixth inning to pitch. He would finish the game with 1.67 innings pitched, allowing only one base runner. J-Hawk defense continued to play well across the diamond with Eivins, Larson, Roeder, and Knox eating up many tough hops. The game would end in the J-Hawks favor 7-2.
The J-Hawk hitters stayed strong and continued to show why they lead the state in many offensive catagories. Eivins finished with 3 hits and 3 RBI's. Roeder had 4 more hits and 3 runs. Olutunde added four hits, two runs, and an RBI. Cam Frazier had a great day at the plate with 3 hits, two runs, and added an RBI. The best day at the plate came from the 9 spot as Knox hit 5-6, a run, and two RBI's.
The J-Hawks are now 19-4, 12-2 in Conference play. Senior is now 14-11, 7-9 in Conference play and fell in the Substate seeding standings.