Jamestown coach John Cole speculated last week it may take senior pitcher Ryan Devine some time to get back in baseball mode after helping the Eagles' basketball team to the Group 4A final.
Devine looked like he may be on the right track Tuesday, tossing a three-hit, complete-game shutout with no walks and 10 strikeouts in an 8-0 win against rival Lafayette at Warhill Sports Complex.
"I thought he got ahead (in the count)," Cole said, "0-1, 0-1, 0-1. And he was able to keep the ball in. He did a real good job locating in which opened up the slider on the outside."
After starting 1-2, Jamestown (2-2, 1-2 Bay Rivers District) needed a win and wasted no time giving Devine some run support with three quick runs on Lafayette starter Chase Bauer (3 IP, 5 hits, 1 ER). One of them was earned, courtesy of E.A. Woolwine's rip to right-center field that scored Michael Schmidt after he got on base via a walk.
Matt Lansford, Andrew Barrow and Spencer Pietruszynski each collected two hits for Jamestown and Barrow had a double and 3 RBIs.
Jared Antle, John Keane and Chase Smith scattered hits for Lafayette (1-2, 1-2 Bay Rivers), which could have also used a win. But it's far too early in the season for coach Rich Schenk to panic.
"I'm not worried about (our record) because I'm playing a lot of guys," Schenk said. "The last three games I emptied my bench all three games. I'm not worried about that, but I am worried about my pitching right now."
JAMESTOWN 8, LAFAYETTE 0
JAMESTOWN: 310, 002, 2 – 8 10 0
LAFAYETTE: 000, 000, 0 – 0 3 3
WP: Devine, LP: Bauer. Standouts: Jamestown, Devine complete game (3 hits, 0 BB, 10Ks), Lansford 2-4, Barrow 2-3 (double, 3 RBI), Pietruszynski 2-4 (RBI), Woolwine 2-3 (RBI). Records: Jamestown 1-2, 1-2; Lafayette 1-2, 1-2.