FORT JENNINGS — Seniors Troy Hellman and Nolan Neidert took care of the pitching and the offense finally got untracked as Fort Jennings railroaded Ada 10-0 in a 6-inning non-league baseball affair Wednesday at Fort Jennings Village Park.
Hellman (3-3; 5 innings, 1 hit, 1 base-on-balls, 3 Ks; 51 pitches, 32 strikes) and Neidert (1 IP, 2 hits, 1 BB, 1 K) did their jobs.
In fact, Hellman retired the first 12 Bulldog batters.
“That’s what Troy does; he throws strikes. He had about a 4-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio,” Fort Jennings coach Jeff Swick said, gaining his 100th win. “When we play good defense behind him, like tonight, he wins; when we don’t play good defense behind him, he loses. I wanted to pinch-count him — around 50 — and leave him with enough left for Saturday in case we need him.”
The Musketeers (7-13) got a leadoff single by junior Kurt Warnecke (3-for-4, 2 runs) and a 2-out knock to center by senior Cody Warnecke (2-for-4), 2 runs batted in) against Ada starter Crabtree (3 2/3 IPs, 6 hits, 6 runs, 1 earned, 3 BBs, 1 K) but both were left stranded.
The Musketeers got on the board in the home third. With one down, K. Warnecke lined one that ticked off the glove of leaping second baseman M. Gray for a hit, stole second with two outs and scored as Hellman (2-for-3, 2 RBIs) helped his cause with a base hit to left for a 1-0 lead; he took second on the throw home but was left there.
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