By KEVIN HARRIS
JEFFERSONVILLE – Archrivals New Albany and Jeffersonville were involved in their second consecutive low-scoring pitchers’ duel in their longtime series Wednesday night at Don Poole Field.
And for the second time in a row, the Bulldogs came out on top.
Junior Ryan Robison led New Albany on the mound and the plate in its 3-1 victory over the Red Devils. In the last meeting between the Ohio River foes last May, the Bulldogs (5-6) edged Jeff 1-0 in the 2016 Class 4A Floyd Central Sectional championship game. The Red Devils’ winning streak ended at four games.
Robison pitched a complete-game win to even his record at 2-2. The left-hander surrendered one earned run on seven hits with five strikeouts and one walk. In the batter’s box, he went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI.
The Red Devils (4-4) got on the scoreboard first. They scored their lone run in the bottom of the fourth inning, when Jeff starter Gabe Bierman collected an RBI single to plate junior Bailey Falkenstein.
The Devils collected three of their seven hits in the frame. All of the knocks were singles.
New Albany tied the game at one in the top of the fifth. Jonah Boone delivered a double that reached the left-field fence, knocking in Dylan Clark.
The Bulldogs’ final two runs came in the top of the sixth. Jacob Mullins scored from second base on Jeff’s second error of the frame to put New Albany up 2-1. The Bulldogs got an insurance run later in the frame when Steven Thom came home on a Robison sacrifice fly.
Bierman went the distance, giving up three runs (one earned) on four hits. The Indiana University commit recorded seven strikeouts and issued three walks as his record fell to 1-3. Bierman and Falkenstein each went 2-for-3.
Both teams will be back in action Saturday. New Albany will travel to Evansville to face Evansville Reitz (10-3) at 11 a.m. EDT at legendary Bosse Field. Jeff will visit Hoosier Hills Conference foe Bedford North Lawrence at 11 a.m.
NEW ALBANY 3, JEFFERSONVILLE 1
New Albany 000 012 0-3 4 1
Jeff 000 100 0-1 7 3
W – Ryan Robison (2-2). L – Gabe Bierman (1-3). 2B – Jonah Boone (NA), Robison (NA).
Records – New Albany 5-6, Jeff 4-4.