Matt Miller’s stellar performance on the mound led the Washington Blue Jays (8-6) to a 5-0 baseball victory over host Winfield on Friday.
A junior lefty, Miller allowed no runs and just two hits and five walks in 6.1 innings on the bump for Washington, striking out four in earning the win.
Washington’s Brian Trigg went 2-4 at the plate, reaching on singles in the first and third innings. Austin Finder drove in two runs, and Camron Shipley scored twice.
The Blue Jays got on the board in the first inning. Trigg singled to center, and then stole second and third. He came home on a sacrifice fly by Sam Katzung.
Washington added a run in the second. Shipley singled and went to second on a sacrifice by Matt McGilvray. A ground out by Finder allowed Shipley to go to third. He later scored on a wild pitch for a 2-0 lead.
The Blue Jays added an insurance run in the third when Seth Bollman reached on a fielder’s choice and later scored on a wild pitch.
Washington extended its lead in the top of the sixth. After a walk, Miller reached on a fielder’s choice, with Ryan Becszlko pinch-running. Shipley was hit by a pitch, and then McGilvray singled to load the bases. Finder then drove in two runs with a single to left, making it 5-0.
The run support was more than enough for Miller, who earned the shutout victory. Nick Thiel recorded the final two outs for the Jays.
Winfield had just two hits in the contest.
Kirkwood Tops Jays
The Blue Jays were unable to win on back-to-back days, as Kirkwood defeated Washington 5-1 on Saturday.
Both teams struggled offensively, as Washington had just four hits in the game, with Kirkwood only producing three hits.
Washington’s Chris Bethal threw well in defeat. A senior southpaw, Bethal allowed no earned runs, walked only one and struck out four. He didn’t allow a hit in four innings of relief duty.
Shipley took the loss for the Blue Jays, going two innings and allowing five earned runs.
Kirkwood scored two runs on an error and a sacrifice fly in the first inning. Kirkwood then added three more runs in the second for a 5-0 advantage.
Washington’s lone run of the game came in the sixth.
Brian Trigg was hit by a pitch and then stole second. McGilvray singled to left, with Trigg advancing to third. Katzung’s sac fly got the Blue Jays on the board.
Unfortunately for Washington, that would be the only run of the game for the visitors.
Aaron Meyer, McGilvray, Finder, and Katzung had one hit apiece for Washington.
The Blue Jays are now 8-6 on the season.