By GREG MENGELT
> SOUTHERN INDIANA —
Jeffersonville ace pitcher Trent Astle held Class 3A No. 1 Jasper to one run on six hits as the Red Devils’ baseball team defeated the Wildcats 2-1 on Friday at Don Poole Field.
Astle threw a complete game and struck out 13 while walking just two Jasper batters.
“Trent, the kid just competes,” Jeff manager Derek Ellis said. “He has a gigantic heart. He just goes out and gets the job done.”
Jeff got just enough offense against Jasper ace Mark Giesler to win its sixth straight game. The Wildcats scored a single run on back-to-back doubles by Nick Gobert and Giesler to take a 1-0 lead in the third and they held the lead until the seventh.
“Jasper’s a great team,” Ellis said. “We knew it would be a tough game and it lived up to its billing.”
In the bottom of the last frame of regulation, Nolan Fertig singled home pinch-runner Damin Smith with one out to send the game into extra innings.
After Astle shut down Jasper (14-2) in the top of the eighth, the Red Devils’ Dallas Bott reached on an error to open the bottom of the inning. Drew Ellis followed with a single to extend his hitting streak to 12 games. After Astle walked to load the bases, Chandler Dale was hit by a Giesler pitch to score Bott with the winning run.
Giesler — a University of Dayton recruit — had a pair of doubles for the Wildcats and picked up the hard-luck loss.
Jeff (9-3) will travel to Clarksville on Tuesday and will try to extend its winning streak to seven.
• Pioneers take care of Generals: Ben Shahroudi struck out seven and walked none in four innings to lead Class 2A No. 6 Providence over city rival Clarksville at Memorial Field on Friday in six innings, 11-1. Cristian Ensley and Justin Starr collected at least two hits apiece for the Pioneers.
NEXT: Providence (10-2) at South Oldham (DH), today; Clarksville at Brownstown Central, Monday.
• Gray, Nelson lead Devils past Corydon: Emily Gray surrendered just one run on five hits and Janel Nelson was 2-for-3 as host Jeff defeated Corydon Central 3-1 on Friday.
Gray struck out six Panthers and Nelson scored twice in the victory.
NEXT: Jeffersonville (7-6) hosts Bloomington North and Bloomington South, today.
• Clarksville offense explodes in win: Clarksville’s offense exploded for 13 runs on 17 hits and the Generals ended their eight-game losing streak with a 13-2 win at Southwestern on Friday.
Summer Dees went 4-for-5 with two doubles, a triple, two runs and an RBI. One of Dees’ hits was 15 feet from being a home run, which would have given her the cycle.
Bailey Sharp had eight strikeouts and earned the win. She also went 2-for-5 with a home run and four RBIs.
NEXT: Clarksville (5-9) at Henryville (DH), today.
• Borden tops Orleans: Tony Wagoner III shot a 43 and Reilly Gray a 44 to help lead Borden past Orleans at Paoli Country Club on Friday.
Kamden Hurst and Elijah Franklin each shot a 47 for the Braves.
“We had a good team effort, especially with the conditions,” Borden coach Tony Wagoner Jr. said. “I thought Elijah and Reilly played really well, shooting their best round of the year so far. Kamden tied his best round of the year.”
NEXT: Borden at Bud Bennett Memorial Invitational (Old Capitol), today.
• Silver Creek blanks Salem: Silver Creek improved to 6-0 in the Mid-Southern Conference with a 5-0 win at Salem on Friday.
The Dragons three singles players won in straight sets and the No. 2 doubles team of Faith Perry and Olivia Schettler each earned their first varsity win.
NEXT: Silver Creek (7-4, 6-0 MSC) at North Harrison, Monday.
• Generals defeat Eastern: On Thursday, visiting Clarksville defeated MSC rival Eastern, 4-1. Clarksville swept the doubles events, both in straight sets. The Musketeers’ win came from No. 1 singles, where Krista Roberts beat the Generals’ Jackie Slaten in three sets, 6-7, 6-0, 6-4.
NEXT: Clarksville will host Corydon Central, Monday.