ASHLAND – The Ashland Senior Legion baseball team put together a 3-1 stretch on the diamond last week.
They started with a 13-8 slugfest win over West Point on the road on June 4.
After a scoreless first inning, the Bluejays scored one run in the second inning and three in the third and added six more in the fourth to lead 10-0 and appeared to be cruising to an easy win.
But suddenly, the Ashland pitchers lost the strike zone, walking six batters in the fourth, with the Cadets taking advantage to get back in the game at 10-5.
The Jays added a run in the sixth, but the Cadets cut the Ashland lead to 11-7 with a pair of runs in the sixth.
Ashland gave themselves some breathing room with a pair of runs in the seventh and held on to win.
Brayden Whitehead sailed through the first three innings before losing the strike zone in the fourth, walking the first four hitters. Ian Mayer relieved Whitehead and pitched into the sixth, picking up the win in relief. Jake Rice pitched the rest of the way.
Grant Anderson led the Jay hitters going 3-for-5 with a double. Hayden Hanna had two hits including a triple, Whitehead had two hits including a double and Hayden Lewis had a double. Kyle vonRentzell, Hunter Tucker and Jake Rice each had one hit.
The Wahoo Warriors cruised to an easy 9-0 win over Ashland on June 5 in Ashland.
The Warriors totally dominated this game scoring three in the second, two in the third and added four in the fifth inning to put the game away.
Lewis started on the mound for the Bluejays and struggled to locate his fast ball in taking the loss, his record falling to 1-1. Hanna relieved Lewis in the fourth and pitched the rest of the way.
Whitehead was 2-for-2, and vonRentzell and Lewis each had doubles.
The Bluejays scored 11 runs in the first inning and cruised to an easy win over the Crete Cardinals on June 7 in Ashland.
Mayer pitched a complete game and picked up his second win of the week, his record going to 2-0.
Lewis had two hits including a double, and Washburn had a pair of singles. VonRentzell and Anderson each had doubles, and Whitehead and Rice each had one hit.
Ashland defeated the Millard Black Sox 13-5 on June 8 in Ashland.
The Black Sox scored a single run in the first to take the early lead. But the Bluejays took advantage of two walks, a hit batsman and two errors to score five runs in the second on one hit to take a 5-1 lead.
The Jays added a pair of runs in the third. The Black Sox battled back with a run in the fourth inning, scored a pair of runs in the fifth and got within 7-5 with a single run in the sixth.
But, once again Ashland took advantage of free bases by Black Sox pitchers to score six runs in the sixth and win going away.
In all, the Jays scored 13 runs on just five hits and won despite being outhit 11-5.
Rice pitched the first five innings for the Jays and despite giving up 10 hits, kept the damage to a minimum by not walking a batter in picking up the win. Washburn picked up a save in relief.
Tucker was 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles and three RBI. Anderson and vonRentzell each had one hit.