The Sophomore J-Hawks lost another heartbreaker to an in-town rival, this time battling Kennedy to 10 innings before falling short again, this time by a score of 5-4. Errors haunted Jefferson, as the J-Hawks committed 5 errors in the game. After falling behind 2-0 in the first inning, Connor Van Scoyoc sparked the J-Hawks in the second inning with a leadoff bunt single. Chaise Donner reached on an error, and Isaiah Smith followed with a single. Rhett Thompson stepped up with a sharp single to right to score two. Tyler Unkel squeezed a third run in. Kennedy would score one run in both the second and third innings. Kane Kramer and Van Scoyoc put the ball in play in the third inning to score another run. After the third, the score was 4-4 which it woudl remain all the way until the 10th inning. Trey King tossed the first 5 innings of the game, followed by 3 innings by Donner. Although Kennedy would pressure the J-Hawks, including a bases loaded situation in the 7th, Donner and the defense worked out of it. Dakota Hulsing entered in the 9th inning. A hard line drive created a tough play for rightfielder Thompson and the runner made it all the way to third with no outs. Jefferson brought the infield in as well as moving leftfielder Donner to a rover position and realigning the infield. The batter hit a low line drive at shortstop Kramer's feet, which he caught. The runner at third stepped too far off, and Kramer tossed over to third base for a big double play. A flyball back to Thompson was caught to end the inning. Kennedy would also make great play sof their own, and for 4 straight innings the J-Hawks were held to the minimum at the plate. In the 10th, Cole Ingalls came to pitch. The cleanup hitter for Kennedy hit a hard single up the middle and stole second. A groundball to the shortstop was fielded, but miscommunication sent the ball to the wrong base and the winningn run would come around to score for the Cougars.
Even though the J-Hawks record is not sparkling, they have played with every team they have faced this season and stayed the course. The Sophomores play tomorrow night at Davenport North, and Friday in a doubleheader at home against Cedar Falls.