Reds remain perfect, win streak now at 30 games

From Herald Staff Reports

After their first ever undefeated regular season last year, the Jasper Reds are once again off to another impressive start. With their doubleheader sweep against the Saline County (Ill.) Monarchs on Friday night at Alvin C. Ruxer Field, the Reds are now 9-0 on the season which ups their regular season win streak to 30 consecutive games.

The Reds started the night with an 8-1 victory and then absolutely dominated in the nightcap with an 18-1 win in five innings thanks to a 12-run fourth inning.

In the opening contest, the Jasper Reds jumped out to a 5-0 lead before the Monarchs could get on the board. A two-run home run from starting pitcher Ben Lambert in the bottom of the sixth inning helped to seal the deal as Jasper held on to win 8-1.

Lambert pitched a complete game victory on the mound as he struck out eight batters while giving up just one hit. He’s now 3-0 on the season. Offensively, LaWan Rollins led the way with an incredibly successful game as he finished 4-for-4 with a triple and three singles.

In the final game of the doubleheader, Jasper jumped out to a 6-0 lead immediately in the first inning. However, the dagger came in the fourth inning as the Reds scored 12 runs — most of them coming with two outs.

Kris Weisheit recorded his first victory of the season as he pitched a complete game, striking out three batters and walking only one. Offensively, Reece Bauer had a double and a triple while Noal Luebbehusen also added a double. Trever Zink and Austin Simmers both had three singles a piece while Rollins added two singles.

The Reds will be back in action on Sunday at the Jasper baseball JV field as they face the Avon A’s. The first game of the doubleheader will begin at 1:30 p.m.

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