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Jays baseball starts River City Festival 0-2

Jays baseball starts River City Festival 0-2

April 19th, 2019 by News Tribune in Sports Prep

LAWRENCE, Kan. — It took a no-hitter by a future Nebraska Cornhusker to end Jefferson City's eight-game winning streak.

Ethan Bradford, a left-handed pitcher for the Lawrence Free State Firebirds, didn't allow the Jays to get the ball out of the infield in a 1-0 win against Jefferson City in the River City Festival at Hoglund Ballpark.

The only baserunners Jefferson City got against the Nebraska signee were a walk to Blake Terry in the third inning and a walk to Joe Hoerchler in the seventh.

Bradford finished with eight strikeouts, including striking out the side in the sixth inning.

The Firebirds had their own troubles at the plate against Justin Wood, who kept Free State off the board until Colter Maldonado's sacrifice fly in the sixth inning.

Wood escaped a bases-loaded jam in the third with an inning-ending strikeout. A single, catcher's interference and a walk loaded the bases.

Wood allowed five hits, walked one and struck out three. He sent down the side in order in the second and fourth innings.

In the nightcap, Blue Valley defeated Jefferson City 2-1 in eight innings.

Blue Valley scored the deciding run on Chase Jans' sacrifice fly in the top of the eighth inning.

Andrew Dennis finished it off by retiring the Jays in order in the bottom half with a groundout and two strikeouts.

Dennis had five strikeouts in two innings of relief.

Carson Liggett pitched the first six innings, striking out 13.

Jack Shinkle got the start for the Jays, allowing a run with seven strikeouts in 6 innings.

Blue Valley got on the board first in the sixth when the runner at third scored on an error.

Jefferson City tied it at 1 in the bottom half when Wood reached on a dropped third strike, allowing courtesy runner Nick Williams to score.

Jefferson City (13-6) will continue play in the River City Festival at 11:15 a.m. today against Olathe Northwest.