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DOVER — Normally, collecting one hit off an opposing team’s ace and relying on a hitter with an official stat line of 0-for-0 for the winning run is not a recipe for success.
But for Strawberry Crest, that combination earned a 2-0 win over district foe Jefferson on Tuesday, the third-year program’s first win over the Dragons.
“We’re not a big offensive team,” said Chargers coach Eric Beattie. “We rely on our pitchers to do well, we rely on our defense to do well, and we try to scrap together a few runs.”
Strawberry Crest (10-4, 4-3), which lost to Jefferson 12-2 on Feb. 24, was buoyed by a three-hit shutout from senior ace Wes Carter, who has orally committed to Wallace Community College in Alabama. Carter appeared to pitch better as the game went on — after striking out two Jefferson batters through four innings, he struck out six over the final three.
“I was feeling the win,” Carter said, “and just got in a rhythm.”
Jefferson (14-4, 6-1) got an inspired performance from its senior ace, Jimmy Herget, as well. Herget, a USF commit, gave up only one hit in six innings while walking six and striking out 12, his season high for a single game. Three of those walks went to the Chargers’ leftfielder, Paul John Roundtree, and he stole five bases, including third in the second inning.
When the wild pitch got away from the Jefferson catcher, he kept running and scored the first run. Tanner Thompson added the insurance run in the fifth inning on the Chargers’ only hit, an RBI single to rightfield.