Coming off two big wins against Kennedy, Jefferson struggled a bit on Wednesday night to recreate the energy. Fortunately, senior Lucas Larson had something big to play for and ignited a J-Hawk rally in the sixth inning. Sam Meyer kept the Davenport North Wildcats at bay, hurling a complete game for the J-Hawks. He held the Wildcats to only 3 hits and 1 walk while striking out 6. Meyer poured in strikes with all of his pitches which resulted in only one unearned run to score.
Down 1-0 heading into the top of the sixth, Larson needed just two assists to become the career assists record holder in J-Hawk baseball history. The second batter hit a hard chopper to the shortstop. Larson fumbled it twice before picking it up and firing a low throw over to firstbaseman Colton Knox. Knox made a fantastic scoop to save Larson from an error. The very next batter, another groundball was hit to Larson. This time, Larson handled it easily throwing a dart to Knox to take the record. The team congratulated him outside the dugout while Knox handed him the ball for a keepsake.
With the record behind him, the team found life in their senior leader and rallied in the bottom of the inning. Spencer Van Scoyoc continued to find his stroke, blasting a double over the centerfielder. Larson followed up with another big double down the leftfield line, but Van Scoyoc had to hold at third. After Olutunde's big hits on Tuesday, he was intentionally walked to load the bases for catcher Caleb Stekl. Stekl, who struck out looking the inning before, had his revenge smoking a single to the left-center gap to score two runs and take the lead. The Frazier brothers continued to hit well, with Brayden Frazier hitting a sharp line-drive to the thirdbaseman which was just barely caught. Cam Frazier picked him up with a hard single to the right side to score two more and finish the rally.
The J-Hawks will have their first non-rainout weekday off in what seems like a month and will come back on Friday traveling to Cedar Falls for a doubleheader beginning at 5:00. Saturday, Jefferson heads to Burlington for a Sophomore/Varsity doubleheader. Senior night for the J-Hawks will be Monday against Dubuque Hempstead in their final conference doubleheader and final regular season match before heading into substate.