Jack Jacobs had two hits and knocked in a pair of runs to help his own cause in a 16-0 win over visiting Crestwood on Tuesday.
Jacobs finished the day 2-for-3 with three runs scored and he also allowed just one hit in a five-inning complete game shutout and he struck out five Crestwood batters.
“I was mainly focused on hitting different spots, getting ahead in counts, and letting the defense work, which was a huge part of today’s game,” Jacobs said. “After my success on the mound, it makes me walk up to the plate ready to go, with more confidence than ever.”
Berkshire scored two runs in the bottom of the first inning on two hits and a pair of walks.
Jacobs drew a leadoff walk and moved to second on a single by Blake Jenkins. Jake Brown then hit an RBI single and Jenkins, who moved to third on Brown’s hit, stole home to make it 2-0.
The Badgers broke it open with 12 runs in the second.
Max Janssen drew a one-out walk and J.T. Bergmeier and Jacobs hit back-to-back singles to make it 3-0. Jenkins reached on an error to load the bases and Brown and Brian Brent followed with back-to-back singles. Chris Groudle walked and Evan McDermott reached on an error.
Following a Garrett Bosse walk, Janssen, Bergmeier, Jacobs, and Jenkins singled. Brown followed with an RBI double that pushed the Berkshire lead to 14-0.
Brown singled home two runs in the third to close out the scoring. He finished the game 3-for-3 with three runs batted in.
Jacobs, Jenkins, and Bergmeier each finished the game with two hits for the Badgers.
With the win, Jacobs improved to 3-0 on the mound with a 1.69 earned run average. That success carries over to the plate, where he’s batting .404.
“I am pretty confident out there, especially knowing that I have a defense that can back me up,” Jacobs said. “These big games also give me a lot of confidence knowing that I have room to work.”