Reds open season with two victories

From Herald Staff Reports

The Jasper Reds semipro baseball team kicked off their 2019 season with two home victories over the Saline County (Ill.) Monarchs on Sunday afternoon.

The Reds were victorious in the first game 4-0 thanks to a no-hitter by pitcher Devon Franz while they held on for a 9-4 victory in the second game of Sunday’s doubleheader.

As is usually the case, the Reds’ roster is chock full of local talent and many of the area’s best players were the reason why Jasper started the season off 2-0.

In the opening game, Northeast Dubois’ standout Reece Bauer had a double and a single while Southridge graduate Colin Smith also added a double to help pad the Reds lead.

However the standout player in the opening game was Franz. Franz, a Boonville product and current Oakland City athlete, threw a no-hitter while striking out 11 Monarch batters. He did allow five walks and also allowed two batters to reach base via hit-by-pitch but was able to work around those mistakes to ensure the no-hitter (and victory) survived.

In the second game of the day, a few recent Jasper baseball grads helped spur the Reds to victory.

Josh Weidenbenner was Jasper’s winning pitcher in relief of starter Kris Weisheit while Trevor Krapf had two key doubles in the victory to help pace the Reds’ offense.

Forest Park alum Trever Zink added a double in the win while Bauer finished 4-of-6 at the plate.

The Reds will be back in action this upcoming Sunday as they host the Pittsboro Sluggers in a doubleheader at Ruxer Field. First pitch is the opening game is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.

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