Reds improve to 7-0 with doubleheader sweep

From Herald Staff Reports

The Jasper Reds had some impressive individual performances in their doubleheader sweep on Sunday at Ruxer Field against Owensboro Hardball. The Reds were absolutely dominant in the opening game as they cruised to a 20-0 victory in five innings while the second game was a lot closer with the Reds pulling out a 5-1 win after a late rally in the sixth inning.

In the first game, Jasper jumped out to a 10-0 lead right away in the first inning and never looked back from there as they scored runs in every inning of play. While the Reds notched nine hits, they were helped out by some struggles on the mound for Owensboro. They walked a total of 12 guys and also hit three batters in just four innings.

Bo Daves had an impressive pitching performance on the mound as he didn’t give up a single hit as the Reds only allowed two baserunners all game, one via a walk and one on a fielder’s choice. Offensively, Jasper was led by a solid outing from LaWan Rollins who was 2-for-2 with a single and a grand slam. Trever Zink (2-for-2, two RBIs), Ben Lambert (double) and Austin Simmers (double) all also had impressive games offensively.

In the final game of the day, Jasper found themselves trailing 1-0 entering the bottom of the sixth inning. But then, the Reds went on a big rally to not only take the lead but also gain a significant advantage. It started off with a walk from Rollins who then proceeded to steal a base and move up to third on a throwing error. Then, Jasper alum Jacob Lents drove in Rollins with a triple to tie the game at 1-1 and immediately after that Drew Cusick also recorded a triple that would end up scoring the go-ahead run. Daves also knocked in two runs in the inning with a single.

Lambert was the winning pitcher on the mound for Jasper as he pitched five innings and struck out eight batters after relieving starter Devon Franz. Lents and Cusick had the only extra-base hits of the game for the Reds. With the victory, Jasper improved to 7-0 on the season and the Reds have how won 28 consecutive regular season games.

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