JEFFERSON’S bid to repeat as Region 8-AA baseball champions has begun in earnest.
The Dragons (7-3) whipped Riverside Military Academy 7-1 Tuesday night at home to move to 3-0 in region play.
Max Ford, who gave up a first-inning run, threw six innings for the win, allowing five hits and striking out 11.
“He got a lot of guys out,” Jefferson coach Tommy Knight said. “He was around the plate with his fastball and was able to move in and out. That’s what made him successful.”
Knight added that Ford — who has 26 strikeouts in his last two outings — had more success with his breaking pitches in the fifth and sixth inning.
Taylor Wilkes came on and worked the final inning.
Jefferson built a 3-1 after the second inning and added an insurance run in the fourth, two in the fifth and one in the sixth.
It was a special evening for Christian Hutch, who went 3-for-3 with a double and two RBIs against a Riverside team coached by his father, Mike Hutch.
Micah Carpenter also had a big night, going 2-for-4 with an RBI.
Knight was generally pleased with this team’s performance, but still thinks his squad can hit the ball better than it has thus far.
“We scored seven runs tonight (Tuesday) and I shouldn’t really have a reason to fuss, but we’re still leaving some opportunities (out there), giving away some at bats and swinging at some bad pitches.”
But Knight added, “we’ll get there ... We’re just not swinging it well right now.”