By KEVIN HARRIS
The Jeffersonville baseball team started its season on the right foot on Friday night by defeating perennial state power Fort Wayne Carroll in five innings, 10-0.
Red Devil senior Mark Meyer pitched a two-hit shutout, striking out seven and walking two.
“Mark did a decent job. Once he got some first-pitch strikes, he dictated the at-bats,” Jeff coach Derek Ellis said.
The Class 4A No. 2 Red Devils jumped on the Chargers early, scoring five runs in the top of the first inning. Ellis thought it was a solid opener for his troops against Carroll, which won Class 4A state championships in 2010 and 2011.
“We’re very pleased,” Ellis said. “It was a good win against a great team. We swung the bats extremely well.”
NEXT: Jeff (1-0) will host Louisville Trinity, Monday.
• Highlanders roll past Southern: Derek Despain went 2-for-4 with four RBIs, including a fourth-inning grand slam, to lead visiting Floyd Central past Louisville Southern on Friday in six innings, 13-2.
Cody Sunderhaus was the winning pitcher for the Highlanders in their season opener. He allowed two runs (both earned) on five hits in four innings, striking out eight.
NEXT: Floyd Central (1-0) hosts South Dearborn and Fort Wayne Carroll, today.
• Highlanders start new era with win: The Scott Castleberry coaching tenure at Floyd Central began on Friday with a 12-2 victory in five innings over Edgewood at the Bedford North Lawrence Tournament.
Taylor Batliner had a huge game for the Highlanders. She went 3-for-4 with two doubles, a home run and six RBIs.
Floyd Central pitcher Caroline Cato went the distance in getting the victory. She gave up two runs on three hits with eight strikeouts and one walk.
NEXT: Floyd Central (1-0) plays Greene County and New Washington at BNL Tournament, today.
• Red Devils blank Lanesville: Kayleigh Thomas tossed a one-hit shutout to lead host Jeff past Lanesville on Friday, 5-0. Thomas struck out 10 and walked none.
At the plate for the Red Devils, Courtney Shepherd went 3-for-3 and Emma Coons was 2-for-4 with a triple.
NEXT: Jeff (1-1) will host Louisville Holy Cross, Monday.
• Mustangs fall to Bedford in BNL Tourney: Ashley Johnson went 3-for-4 and had five stolen bases as New Washington lost its first game of the Bedford North Lawrence Tournament to the host Stars on Friday, 9-5. Teammate Coari Robertson was 2-for-3 with two doubles and two RBIs, while the Mustangs’ Kayla Sexton went 2-for-3 with a pair of RBIs.
NEXT: New Washington (0-1) plays New Albany and Floyd Central at BNL Tournament, today.