Snyder leads Gryphons over Ananth
Thomas Jefferson exploded for nine runs in the first two innings and got a solid performance from David Snyder on the mound as they ran past Anath Christian 11-1 Friday at McNair Field.
Snyder, who drew the first start of his high school career allowed one run on three hits while striking out six batters.
“This game was really important for David’s confidence,” said coach Chris White. “He hadn’t started since middle school and we really need to build depth on our staff, so tonight was key.”
TJCA (5-2, 1-0 WHC) went to work early in the contest. With one out in the top of the first, Caleb Bishop reached on a single and took second on error. McKinnon Martin followed with a double to chase him home.
David Mendez then reached on with an infield single to make the tally 2-0. Snyder then reached on a two base error that put the home team up 4-0.
The onslaught continued in the second as the Gryphons sent 10 men to the plate and five crossed home.
Paul Davis came up with the big hit, lining a bases-loaded single up the middle that brought in two runs. Anthony Helton turned the same trick later in the frame as he also brought in two runs with a single.
Tyler Mitchell also garnered an RBI in the inning as TJCA led 9-0. TJCA also added two runs in the third on a RBI hit by Nathanial Devon.
That was more than enough offense as Snyder was in complete control on the mound. He faced the minimum through three innings of work and only surrendered two hits on the night. His perfect game bid was broken up in the fourth inning when Caleb Owens reached on an error and Nick Stamper slapped a single through the left side.
Snyder recovered by fielding his position on the next batter and getting the lead runner with a 1-5 putout.
The visiting Eagles did dent the scoreboard in their final at bat as Josh Owens reached on a single. He moved to third on an error and scored on a wild pitch. TJCA settled down, however and was able to record the final out to win 11-1 in five innings.
TJCA returns to action Tuesday as they host Madison in a crucial conference matchup. First pitch is set for 7pm.
AC: 000 01— 1
TJ: 452 0X— 11
WP: D. Snyder (1-0)