Clutch hitting helps ‘Jackets down Red Devils, 18-0
WILLIAMSTOWN — The Williamstown Yellowjackets were clicking in every phase of the game Thursday evening as they played host to Ravenswood.
The ‘Jackets batted around in each of the first three innings, made just one error defensively and got five shutout innings from winning pitcher Braydin Coleman as they dismantled the Red Devils 18-0.
WHS scored six times in the bottom of the first and five more in the second and third innings to pick up their seventh victory in twelve decisions.
“Everything clicked for us today that’s for sure,” said Williamstown head coach Levi Maxwell. “Hitters one through nine put the ball in play with runners in position and that was something that we haven’t been able to do consistently this year.”
After Coleman put a goose egg on the board in the top of the first inning against the Red Devils, the ‘Jacket offense wasted little time getting to Devil starting pitcher Peyton Wolfe in their half of the first.
Shortstop Maxwell Molessa got things going when he tripled to the fence in deep right center field on the very first pitch he saw and came into score on a run-scoring single by Chase Barkley.
Leewood Molessa drew a walk and catcher Trevor Powell doubled to plate the second run.
Brady Ankrom followed with a two-run single and after Ethan Holbert drew a walk, Coleman helped his own cause when he singled to plate the fifth run of the inning.
Coleman and Holbert closed out the early scoring barrage when they executed a perfect double steal to give the ‘Jackets a 6-0 lead after one inning of play.
Coleman worked out of a two-on, two-out jam in the second and the Yellowjackets went right back to work in their half of the inning.
Barkley led off the inning with a base-hit and later came into score on a two-run single by Holbert.
Two more runs came into score on a Ravenswood fielding error and later a double off the bat of Harbor Haught plated the fifth run of the inning and gave the home team an 11-0 lead.
The ‘Jackets added five more in the third with the big blow coming when Powell sent a drive over the Fenton Gift Shop sign in deep left center field for a three-run home run.
“That was his first home run so he was kind of excited and it couldn’t happen to a better kid,” said Maxwell.
“We usually courtesy run for him since he is our catcher so he got to run the bases for himself on that one.”
While his offense kept piling up the runs, Coleman continued to pile up the zeros on the mound as he escaped a bases-loaded, none-out jam in the fourth by retiring the final three Red Devil hitters in order without allowing a single run to game.
After the ‘Jackets took advantage of the third Ravenswood error of the game to score twice on RBI-hits by Ankrom and Holbert in the bottom of the fourth, Coleman retired the Devils in the bottom half on just three pitches to bring an early end to the contest.
All told Coleman allowed just three base hits while walking three and striking out one.
“When you have a big lead like we had the name of the game is to attack the zone and Braydin (Coleman) did a great job of that tonight,” said Maxwell. “He threw strikes and kept his pitch count down by attacking the zone and when they put the ball in play we made the plays behind him.”
The loss was the loss number 10 for the Devils against just one victory.
Ashton Miller, Dalton Moore and Drew Hunt were the owners of the three hits for the visitors.
Powell drove in four runs in the game while Ankro and Holbert knocked in three apiece for the winners.
The Yellowjackets are right back at it today as they travel to Bridgeport to take on South Harrison in the McDonald’s Classic.