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  • Utica pitcher Jeremy Jenkins throws a pitch in the first inning of Monday’s game against Danville. The Redskins won, 14-2, in a run-shortened game.
    Utica pitcher Jeremy Jenkins throws a pitch in the first inning of Monday’s game against Danville. The Redskins won, 14-2, in a run-shortened game.
    Photo by Geoff Cowles
  • May 3, 2011 10:48 am EDT

DANVILLE — The rain held off long enough on Monday to heat up the race for the Mid-Buckeye Conference title. The Utica Redskins (12-8-1, 8-3 MBC) exploded for nine runs in the first inning en route to rout the Danville Blue Devils in six innings, 14-2.

Utica rightfielder Cayman Paulson smacked a pair of doubles in four trips to the plate to drive home three runs. He also scored two times.

Utica starting pitcher Jeremy Jenkins was in command as he held the Blue Devils to four hits and a single earned run. He walked one while striking out seven. Three of those strikeouts came with the bases loaded and nobody out in the second inning to stop Danville’s biggest threat cold.

“My curveball was on tonight,” said Jenkins. “My fastball felt good and I was trying to get the change-up in there, but it wasn’t working.”

gcowles@mountvernonnews.com

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