On Thursday night the J-Hawks began their normal playing schedule in a non-conference game versus the 3A Solon Spartans. Coming off the Metro Tournament Championship, Jefferson rested a couple of their starters along with testing their pitching depth. Jefferson planned on using several pitchers throughout the game. However, injuries and substitution challenges led to the J-Hawks using 18 different players throughout the night. Although mainly used as a relief pitcher, Senior Colton Knox made his first start of the season tossing 3 innings, surrenduring only one run. Zach Szabo made his first pitching appearance followed up with a strong 2 innings giving up no runs. Tyler Davidson, making his first Varsity appearance and start at Catcher, was injured after being hit by a pitch in the helmet. Collin Steimer replaced him, also making his first Varsity appearance, but too was injured later in the game with a knee injury. Fortunately, neither injury is expected to be long-term. The J-Hawks created one solid inning at the plate in the 3rd. With a runner on second, Spencer Van Scoyoc was intentionally walked for the third time this year. Lucas Larson, who had come up with a big hit in each of the two times following an intentional walk to Van Scoyoc, made it happen again as he doubled to right field scoring two. Brayden Frazier later would double that inning scoring two more. While it may not have looked like an intelligent move to walk Van Scoyoc, he would go on and hit a tall homerun to right field in the 5th inning, his first of the year. After Brock Hunt, Tyler Roeder, and Brayden Frazier made their first pitching appearences of the season, the J-Hawks surrendured 7 runs in the 6th due to walks and errors, and fell to the Spartans 8-5.
The J-Hawks are back in action Monday, June 1st to begin their MVC Conference Schedule. The Iowa City West Trojans will face the J-Hawks in a Varsity Doubleheader beginning at 5:00 at the Jefferson Baseball Field. These will sure to be two strong teams, as both are ranked and expectations are high.