By KEVIN HARRIS
Mark Meyer had another solid outing on the mound and Jeffersonville scored all of its runs in the fourth through sixth innings in its 5-2 victory over New Albany on Wednesday night at Don Poole Field.
Meyer threw six-plus innings, allowing both of the Bulldogs’ runs (both earned) on four hits. The senior right-hander had five strikeouts and one walk.
Meyer pitched five innings of no-hit ball. But he wore down a little bit in the sixth and seventh innings, where New Albany (6-4) scored a run in each frame. It was Meyer’s first career start against the archrival Bulldogs.
“He did a great job,” Jeff coach Derek Ellis said. “He was on fumes there toward the end. He even told us that when we went out to talk to him [in the seventh].”
The Red Devils put three runs on the board in the bottom of the fourth. After Drew Ellis led off the inning with a double to right-center field, Trent Astle drove him in by lacing a double down the left-field line.
New Albany starting pitcher Garrett Sherrell then knocked in the next two runs by issuing two walks with the bases loaded.
“That kind of took a little bit of the pressure off knowing that we got on the board before they did. I think Mark settled in after that, as well,” Coach Ellis said. “Putting a three spot on there was a good inning to do that.”
Jeff tacked on another run in the bottom of the fifth. Ellis led off the frame with a single to shallow right, followed by Sherrell throwing back-to-back walks to Astle and Chandler Dale. After Casey Gibson popped up to shortstop, Nolan Fertig hit a sacrifice fly to center to knock in Ellis from third.
Sherrell was pulled after walking Dale in the fifth. The Bulldog right-hander yielded four runs (all earned) on four hits with six walks and five strikeouts.
“Outside of one inning, he is pretty dang close to what I think Garrett can be,” New Albany coach Chris McIntyre said. “Walks have been his problem his whole career, but he threw the ball really good. I thought his velocity was pretty good and he had a pretty good breaking ball. He just lost it against four or five hitters.”
The Bulldogs finally got on the board in the top of the sixth. Dylan Cook broke up Meyer’s no-hit bid with an opposite-field single to right to start the frame. Then with two out, Logan Striegel collected an RBI single to plate Cook and cut Jeff’s lead to 4-1.
Jeff (6-3) got back up four in the bottom half when Nick Gallagher blasted a two-out solo home run down the right-field line.
New Albany chased Meyer in the top of the seventh. Sherrell and teammate A.J. Nixon collected back-to-back singles, and each player moved up a base on a wild pitch. Then Meyer walked the Bulldogs’ Shane Robison to load the bases, forcing Derek Ellis to pull Meyer for reliever Chandler Dale.
After Dale struck out the first two batters he faced, he walked Jarius McClure to drive in Sherrell. But Dale got the save when Tucker Marcum lined out to Red Devil third baseman Josh Burke.
Drew Ellis went 2-for-3 with two runs scored. Jeff mustered only five hits and left seven men on base.
“There were a couple of times I think we left a man on first and second or with the bases loaded, and we’ve got to drive those runs in,” Coach Ellis said.
New Albany collected only four hits, but McIntyre felt his players did hit the ball hard at times.
“In the first couple of innings, we didn’t hit it too well. But then we hit some balls pretty hard and they made some nice plays,“ McIntyre said. “We weren’t great offensively, but we had some pretty good at-bats. Our guys competed until the end.”
Both teams will hit the road on Saturday. Jeff will play a single game at Bedford North Lawrence, while New Albany will face Evansville Reitz in a doubleheader at Bosse Field.
JEFFERSONVILLE 5, NEW ALBANY 2
New Albany 000 001 1—2 4 1
Jeffersonville 000 311 x—5 5 0
W — Mark Meyer (3-1). L — Garrett Sherrell (1-2). S — Chandler Dale (1). 2B — Drew Ellis (J), Trent Astle (J). HR — Nick Gallagher (J).
Records — New Albany 6-4, Jeff 6-3.