Britton went six innings on the mound, allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits and one walk, striking out eight.
SBL jumped on Britton early with two runs in the first, but could muster just one more in the third. The Jays' offense scored one in the fourth and one in the sixth to close the gap, but never recovered from the early defecit.
Coach Marty Kurth said that the pitching has been good through the first weeks of the season, even better than expected. Now the hurlers need some help from the offense.
"Once again our pitching carried us. Kyle did a tremendous job against a real fine hitting ballclub," said Kurth. "As a whole, our pitching staff has done a far better job than I would have expected at this time. We just hope that they can continue their good pitching and the rest of the game will catch up to them."
Only Joe Wells had more than one hit for Gehlen in the loss at 2-for-4, while Kyle Britton, T.J. Britton and Mitch Kurth all collected one hit for the game.
Coach Kurth said that there were signs of life from the Jays' bats late in the game-enough to force SBL to go to the bullpen to close Gehlen out.
"We played a good ballgame. They needed to bring in one of their aces to close the ballgame because they felt that we were getting on their starting pitcher," said Kurth.
Earning some measure of respect on the offense side from an opponent may be the first step in the right direction for the youthful Jays' lineup, according to Kurth.
"We're awful young. We're going to go through some growing pains and hopefully now, as we get into mid-season here, we've seen enough pitchers that we can get the bats going," said Kurth. "We'd like to put a whole game together-both fielding and batting-to complement our pitching."
The Jays will next play Hinton Wednesday in Le Mars.