ELKHORN – The Ashland Junior Legion baseball team finished with a record of 1-2 last week.
The week started with an 11-5 loss on the road against the Plattsmouth Blue Devils on July 1 at Jack Anderson Park in Ashland.
The Blue Devils took a 7-0 lead after two innings and never looked back.
The Bluejays put up a five-spot in the third to cut it to 7-5, but could get no closer as Plattsmouth won going away.
Levi Kennedy was hit hard in suffering his first loss of the season, his record falling to 4-1. Cody Grauerholz relived Kennedy in the third and pitched the rest of the way.
Carter Washburn and Lane Zimmerman had the only two hits for the Bluejays.
Ashland used a seven-run second inning to cruise to an easy 9-0 win over the Louisville Lions on July 2 in Louisville.
Three pitchers – Max Bendler, Riley Kasuske and Zimmerman – combined to pitch a shutout for the Jays, with Zimmerman picking up the win.
Washburn led Ashland at the plate with a single, double and triple. Kennedy, Caleb Juedes, and Grant Buller each had two hits. Grauerholz had a triple and Archer Vogt had a double.
The Elkhorn Mount Michael Knights used a three-run sixth inning to break open a close game in defeating the Bluejays 5-2 on July 5 in Elkhorn.
The Knights broke a scoreless tie with a pair of fourth inning runs. Ashland cut it to 2-1 with a run in the fifth prior to the fateful sixth.
The Bluejays scored one run in the seventh and had the bases loaded with one out before a double play killed the rally.
Brody Maack went the distance on the mound and pitched well despite taking the loss, his record falling to 1-3.
Kasuske and Grauerholz each had two hits for the Jays and Washburn, Zimmerman, Bendler and Maack each had one.