The Northwest Jaguars baseball team has found the groove as the team begins to prepare for a post-season run. The Jags have won six straight and nine of their last 10 games.
On Saturday, after a week of rain, the Jags took to the field at Northwest to scratch out a 3-2 victory over the Blair Blazers to notch their 11th win of the season. The win brings Northwest to 11-5 on the season and drops Blair to 9-7.
The Jags got five good innings out of junior pitcher Mac Adelman, who allowed two runs on three hits, and struck out four batters. Adelman didn’t allow Blair baserunners in the first two innings sitting the Blazers down in order through seven batters, allowing the only baserunner, with a walk in the third inning.
While the Jags threatened getting baserunners in early innings, it wasn’t until the fourth inning that the scoring began. It was a double by Ben Teachum which got the rally started for the Jags. Teachum’s double led to a Nick Phelps getting on base after being hit by a pitch. A double to left by Michael Yuille would score Teachum and move Phelps to third base. Phelps would score on a wild pitch by Blair’s Ian Donaldson to stake the Jags to a 2-0 lead at the end of the fourth inning. Donaldson would allow two runs, on three hits and four walks over four innings.
The Blazers would get on the board in the top of the fifth as Scott Gahart hit a drive to right for a base hit. He would move the second on a wild pitch, and be driven home by Ian Donaldson’s base hit. The Jags would take a thin 2-1 lead into the bottom of the fifth inning.
Northwest's Ryan Kennington would reach with one out in the fifth on a ground ball which was mishandled by the Blazers second baseman. He would advance to second on a wild pitch from new pitcher Scott Gahart, and come home on a sacrifice ground ball by Mac Aldelman. The run gave the Jags a 3-1 lead going into the sixth inning.
Adelman would start the sixth but give up a triple to the Blazers first batter Ryan Bratton. Adelman was replaced by Justin Violette, who allowed one hit, one walk, and struck out two in the sixth inning. However, Bratton would score on a single to cut the lead to 3-2 going into the bottom of the sixth inning.
The Jags would threaten in the sixth but were unable to bring Michael Yuille, who reached on a double home in the inning.
In the top of the seventh, the Jags brought in Griffin Bubb to close out the game. Bubb faced three batters and struck out one while getting the other two to hit flyball outs to secure the victory for the Jags.
The 11-5 Jags will close out the regular season on the road against cross-town rivals 7-7 Seneca Valley on Monday evening. Seneca Valley is riding a four game win-streak after defeating Springbrook 6-2 on Thursday, May 5.
Top: Northwest’s Mac Adelman (12) delivers a pitch during Saturday’s 3-2 victory over Blair. Adelman struck out four and allowed three hits over five innings.
Next: Jags’ junior Nicholas Phelps (8) looks at a pitch during Saturday’s game. He scored one of the Jags’ three runs.
Next: Northwest’s junior catcher Alex Madoo (27) behind the plate.
Photos by Mark Poetker for Germantown Pulse.