By JIM METCALFE
KALIDA — A more veteran Jefferson baseball squad ruined the head coaching debut of Kalida’s Joe Recker with a solid overall performance in an 8-0 opening-game shutout on a gorgeous spring afternoon and early evening Monday at Holy Name Ballpark in Kalida.
Jefferson senior right-hander Ross Thompson (1-0; 5 innings pitched, 1 hit, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts) and fellow senior Jordan Herron (2 IPs, 1 hit, 4 BBs, 2 Ks) combined on the 98-pitch 2-hitter (56 strikes).
The only hits came from Kalida freshman Noah Lambert — one a double — while junior Brent Hovest had a pair of walks.
Jefferson worked its way for eight hits and eight walks against a trio of Kalida hurlers — sophomore southpaw starter Austin Swift (3 IPs, 1 hit, 2 earned runs, 5 BBs, 1 K, 1 wild pitch), sophomore Trent Gerding (1 IP, 5 hits, 5 ERs, 1 BB, 1 WP, 1 hit batter) and senior Randy Zeller (3 IPs, 2 hits, 1 ER, 2 BBs, 2 Ks, 1 HBP).