JEFFERSONVILLE — Jeffersonville pitcher Trent Astle struck out 14 Providence batter and allowed just one hit in a 3-0 Red Devil victory at Don Poole Field Monday.
Astle faced just 23 Providence batters in his seven innings of work. He walked just one Pioneer in the win, his first of the year.
The one-hit shutout comes on the heels of a bad Astle start against Castle on Friday in which the Jeff hurler was pulled from the game in the first inning.
“I took an approach today that I haven’t took with any team I’ve ever had. Our team, we’re 1-3 and we haven’t been mentally prepared for any game that we’ve been in,” Jeffersonville coach Matthew Rigsby said. “So we got here early today and I made (Astle) go through a 30-minute meditation session. Trent, he actually went through every batter in his head before the game started. He’s a really smart kid and his only problem is sometimes he overanalyzes himself.
“Today, he came out and was just calm. He knew exactly what he wanted to do to each hitter and it showed.”
Jeffersonville scored the game’s first run in the fourth inning with Astle on third base and two outs. Hayden Robb drew a walk and immediately — and deliberately — got caught in a rundown between first and second base that allowed Astle to come home.
The Red Devils padded their lead when sophomore shortstop Drew Ellis led off the home sixth by knocking a 2-0 pitch over the left-center wall.
“I swear... and you can call me crazy, but I knew he was going to do it when he got up,” Rigsby said. “One thing about Drew, you can see it before he goes to bat. You can see the fight in his eyes, because he wasn’t having a good day at the plate.”