Drays powers Eagles
WALWORTH — There seems to be nothing stopping Jefferson’s Ian Drays.
The junior infielder/pitcher took his already torrid start to a new level Monday as the reigning Rock Valley North?Player of the Year went 4-for-4 with two singles, a double and a triple, driving in a season-high six runs to lead the top-ranked Jefferson High School baseball team to an 18-1 five-inning RVC crossover win over host Walworth Big Foot.
“He’s a great hitter,” said Jefferson coach Greg Fetherston of Drays.
In six games, Drays is batting an insane .864, going 19-for-22 with eight extra-base hits.
Drays started his big night with an RBI single that scored Cam Anfang during Jefferson’s two-run first. After being walked in the second, Drays delivered a two-run single in the third. He then came up with his biggest hit, emptying the bases with a three-run double in the Eagles’ eight-run fifth, and finished his night with a one-out triple in his second at bat of the fifth inning.
“He’s put in the hard work in becoming a great hitter and is reaping the benefits on game day,” added Fetherston.
Prior to Monday’s game Jefferson learned that it was ranked No. 1 in the first Wisconsin Baseball Coaches Association Division 2 poll, released earlier in the day.
“We’ve been fortunate these last few years to have that target on our back. With that, we know everybody’s going to play their best game against us,” said Fetherston. “We feed off that and continue to focus on the many goals we have as a program — we just want to be playing our best baseball at the end of the year.”
The Eagles (7-0 overall, 6-0 RVC North) were aided by 14 walks issued by Walworth Big Foot pitchers.
“(Big Foot) struggled to find the plate, so it was tough to get good swings when the pitches are all over the place,” Fetherston said. “It’s also tough to pitch to our lineup because 1 through 9 can hit the ball.”
Troy Gleason held the Chiefs (0-7, 0-5 RVC?South) to five hits in four innings, striking out five while not allowing a walk to earn his first win of the spring.
Chris DeKrey pitched a scoreless fifth.
The Eagles are now set up for tonight’s showdown of state powers as they travel to Beloit Turner (6-1, 4-1). Turner is ranked No. 4 in the newest Wisconsin Baseball Coaches Association?Division 2 poll.
Gametime at BTHS is 4:45 p.m.
It will be the second of six games for Jefferson this week as the Eagles also host Brodhead Thursday, before playing three games in the Waupun Tournament Friday and Saturday.