On Monday, the J-Hawks dropped two games to Linn-Mar, both by scores of 3-1. Linn-Mar won the defensive battle and sent the J-Hawks home disappointed and on a sour note. Tuesday saw another rainout as Bettendorf was scheduled to come to town. That game will not be made up. Jefferson looked to get their swings back against Clinton, a possible substate opponent in the playoffs.
Jefferson pounced on Clinton immediately with a leadoff hit by Jared Eivins and a double by Tyler Roeder. Lucas Larson hit a sacrifice fly to score the first run, but the scoring did not stop there. Manny Olutunde added a single, and Cam Frazier stepped up with the big hit scoring two more. The second inning was much of the same, as Roeder and Spencer Van Scoyoc hit back to back singles to begin a two out rally. With the bases loaded, Olutunde smoked another single to centerfield to add a pair. Olutunde would add another RBI in the fourth inning as he and Larson again hit clutch two out hits. Many more balls hit by the J-Hawks were pounded and just did not find space, but kept the Clinton defense working. Sam Meyer and the defense worked in sync all night long. Meyer threw a complete game, allowing only one unearned run and striking out five. He surrendered only three hits and two walks. First baseman Colton Knox ended up with 12 putouts, an impressive sign of many groundball outs. The J-Hawks ended with 7 runs and 11 hits, winning impressively 7-1.
The JV J-Hawks set the tone for the Varsity beforehand, winning their first JV game in two years by a score of 9-1. The JV played 19 players, which creates difficulties at times for all players to get many repititions and get in a groove. However, the JV played a solid team game on Wednesday to defeat the River Kings. At the plate, Jarred Wood had a double and two RBI's, as well as a sacrifice fly. Zach Weger had a single and a run, Zach Szabo hit a double, RBI, and scored a run. Connor Carlson also had a big hit driving in two. On the mound, Zeb Render, Szabo, Fowler, and Weger all threw scoreless innings. Brock Hunt surrendured only one run, and Brayden Frazier finished the game with a scoreless 6th inning. Defense helped out the pitchers, committing one error while Clinton was held to just two hits. The JV has one game left against Davenport North next week.
The J-Hawks are now 20-6, 12-4 in conference play. They play again Thursday at home in a doubleheader against Waterloo West, and Friday as well at home in a doubleheader against Waterloo East.