by Jeff Whitener

Jefferson College Baseball Recap – 3/7 – 3/13

Jefferson College put up 5 runs in the 5th inning on its way to an 8-1 victory over Lindenwood JV last Tuesday. Matt Schark, C.J. Cepicky, Jordan Duncan, and Matthew Albritton each had RBIs in the big inning. Schark drew a walk, scoring 1 run, Cepicky drew a walk, scoring another run, Duncan drew a walk, scoring a run, and Albritton doubled on the first pitch of the at-bat, scoring 2 runs.

Dalen Stewart led things off on the pitcher's mound for Jefferson College. The starter went two innings, allowing 0 runs on 2 hits, striking out 2, and walking none.

The Vikings scattered ten hits in the game. Jack Matousek, Josh Gibson, and Albritton all managed multiple hits for Jefferson College. Albritton, Gibson, and Matousek each managed two hits to lead Jefferson College.

The Vikings were at home Thursday, hosting Region 16 for Three Rivers.

The Vikes took game 1 in dramatic fashion on a walk-off home run in the late innings. The game was tied at 3 with Jefferson College batting in the bottom of the 8th when Matthew Albritton hit a solo homer, triggering a walk-off celebration and a 4-3 victory.

The Raiders scored three runs in the first inning thanks to a 3-run homer. Jefferson College evened things up at 3 in the bottom of the 3rd inning when Jordan Duncan's sac fly scored the tying run for Jefferson College.

Jefferson College tallied 3 runs in the 3rd. The Vikings’ bats were led by Joe Hamilton and Duncan, all knocking in runs in the inning.

Pitcher Alex Logusch went the distance for Jefferson College. Logusch allowed 6 hits and 3 runs over eight innings, striking out 6 and walking 1. The Vikings tallied 5 hits in the game. Hamilton and Albritton all managed multiple hits for Jeffco.

Jefferson benefited from more Matthew Albritton heroics in game 2 as the Vikings shut out Three Rivers 4-0. Tanner Parry and Hesston Gray combined to earn the shutout.

Perry earned the victory on the mound for Jeffco. The hurler went 4 innings, allowing zero runs on two hits and striking out four. Gray threw 3 innings in relief out of the bullpen. Gray recorded the last 9 outs to earn the save.

Albritton smacked a 2-run homer in the 6th inning following a leadoff double from Gideon Antle. Joe Hamilton then walked, and Colby Ott moved him to 2nd base with an infield hit. Peyton Howard delivered a 2-run single to make it 4-0 and the Vikings never looked back.

Jefferson College racked up 8 hits in the game. Payton Howard and Colby Ott each collected multiple hits for Jefferson College. Howard went 3-for-4 at the plate to lead the Jeffco offense.

The 4-game series next moved to Poplar Bluff, where the Vikings and Raiders would play a doubleheader on Sunday.

 

The Vikings took game 1 by a score of 7-0 as two pitchers combined to throw a shutout. Jordan Duncan and Gavyn Dockery combined for the shutout, scattering 5 hits for the Raiders on the day. Duncan led things off on the hill. The right-hander allowed 4 hits and zero runs over 5innings, striking out 2 and walking zero.

Jefferson College fired up the offense in the 2nd inning, when C.J. Cepicky singled on a 3-2 count, scoring 1 run. In the 5th, Josh Gibson singled home Bryce Miller to plate another run. The Vikes tallied 3 runs in the 6th inning. Two walks and a double by Mathew Albritton loaded the bases. Antle raced home on a wild pitch. With 2 runners on, Jack Matousek stroked a 2-RBI double to give the Vikings a 5-0 lead. Gideon Antle capped off the scoring in the 7th, hitting a 2-run homer with Josh Gibson aboard.

Cepicky, Matthew Albritton, Gibson, Antle, and Matousek each collected 1 hit to lead Jefferson College.

Jefferson College took the final game of the day 9-5 to sweep the 4-game series. In the 1st inning, the Vikings’ Matt Schark got things started, doubling on a 3-2 count, scoring 1 run. Schark then scored on an error. Jordan Duncan singled, moving Joe Hamilton to 2nd base. Hamilton then stole 3rd and came home on a force-out, giving the Vikings 3 runs in the 1st frame. Base hits by Mathew Albritton and Matt Schark scored single runs in the 3rd and 5th innings.

Jefferson College connected for 13 hits. Schark, Josh Gibson, and Joe Hamilton each managed multiple hits for the Vikings. Gibson and Schark each collected three hits to lead the Jeffco attack. Jeffco would extend their lead with 2 runs in the 8th and a single tally in the 9th. With the score 9-3 in favor of the Vikings, Three Rivers tried to mount a comeback in the bottom of the 9th. After plating 2 runs, the Raiders had 2 runners on with 2 outs. Right-hander Charlie Pratt entered the game and closed the door on Three Rivers, inducing a fly ball for the final out.

Jacob Roettgen got the start for Jefferson College. The hurler allowed 2 hits and 1 run over 5 innings, striking out 6. The Vikings used 5 pitchers in the game before Pratt got the final out.

Shortstop Josh Gibson went 3 for 6 at the plate with 3 runs scored and an RBI. Matt Schark was 3 for 5 with a run and 2 RBI.

In the 4-game series against Three Rivers, The Vikings scored 25 runs on 31 hits. The baseball Vikes are now winners of their last 7 games, improving their overall record to 11-9, and are 7-2 in Conference play.

The Vikings welcome in Mineral Area College for a Conference doubleheader on Saturday. The 1st pitch is scheduled for 1 PM. Come out and support your Vikings!

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