Taking the mound with just one day of

By Eric Clutter Record-Courier correspondent Published:

Taking the mound with just one day of rest at Kent Roosevelt Monday, Jackson spun a complete-game one-hitter against the Rough Riders, leading the Ravens to a 4-0 Western Reserve Conference South Division win.

Saturday in a 4-1 win over Akron East, Jackson, a junior right-hander, came within one out of a complete-game victory and surrendered only four hits.

Playing a hunch, Tontimonia gave him the ball again Monday and Jackson showed no apparent fatigue, throwing 115 pitches and striking out eight.

"He's a gamer and wanted the ball," said Tontimonia. "He said he wanted to finish the game. He came out smoking, took charge and never gave in.

"It was a big win. The team is really coming together. It was a great game."

The only hit that Kent Roosevelt (11-12, 2-7 WRC South) could manage was Colin Gentry's double to centerfield with one out in the bottom of the third. Gentry advanced to third on a sacrifice fly, but Jackson fanned Matt Kruger.

Roosevelt nearly got on the board in the seventh, putting runners at the corners with two outs. With some gas still in his tank, however, Jackson got Steve Beers on a third strike to end the game just before the rain started up again.

"We weren't on the ball today, we weren't ready to play," said Kent Roosevelt coach Joe Shaw.

Ravenna (8-12, 1-8 WRC South) got only four hits off Roosevelt starter Jessie Michel and reliever Steve Bzomowski but made the most of the opportunities presented them.

In the top of the first, Jeremy Mothersbaugh drew a one-out walk and moved to second on Jeff Kiel's base hit. Matt Hogan then flew out for the frame's second out.

With Jason Short at bat, Roosevelt attempted to pick off Mothersbaugh at second. The throw went into center allowing Mothersbaugh to scamper to third. When an ensuing throw from the outfield went out of play, Mothersbaugh was awarded home plate and the contest's first run.

Short subsequently coaxed a walk and Jackson followed with a run-scoring single.

The Ravens tacked on some insurance in the seventh. After loading the bases with one out, a wild pitch brought in Mike Medina and a Kiel fly out pushed Chris Allen across the plate.

"(Michel) did what we wanted him to do _ he pitched well," said Shaw of his starter who struck out five and walked four before leaving with one gone in the seventh. "We didn't back him up. We only had one hit."

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