|Jefferson, Bath split baseball DH|
|Monday, April 15, 2013 1:56 PM|
DELPHOS — Jefferson and Bath split a baseball doubleheader on a cold, damp, windy and mostly dreary Saturday afternoon at Wildcat Field in Delphos.
The visiting Wildcats rode the 13-strikeout 2-hitter of southpaw Eric Jordan to a 12-0 5-inning shutout.
In the nightcap, the Red and White got a complete-game 4-hitter by Tyler Rice to grab a 4-1 triumph.
In the opener, Jordan tossed 92 pitches (60 for strikes) and gave up singles to Ross Thompson (leadoff) and Seth Wollenhaupt, hitting a batter (Zavier Buzard) and walking one (Zach Ricker).
For the Bath attack, Jordan (2-for-2, 2 runs scored, walk, sacrifice) helped his cause with a grand slam in the 6-run third inning that blew the game open, while Doug Sanders went 3-for-4 (2 runs), Caleb Norton (2 runs, 3 RBIs) and Jared Davis each went 2-for-3 and Eric Heffner 2-for-4.
Jefferson used three hurlers: starter Jordan Herron (0-2), Zach Kimmett and Tyler Wrasman.
In the second contest, Rice (4-0) was even better, throwing 92 pitches (61 for strikes) in fanning six and walking none. He gave up an unearned run.
Drew Kortokrax led the Wildcats with a 2-for-4 game, while Kimmett knocked in two.
Doug Sanders took the loss.
Both teams had a runner reach second in their respective half-innings in the first: Heffner (1-out single and Jordan sacrifice) and Thompson (leadoff single and an error on a pickoff play); but both were stranded.
The visiting Wildcats put a 4 spot on the board in the second against Herron (2 1/3 IPs, 7 hits, 8 earned runs, 2 walks, 2 Ks, 2 hit batters), compiling them on two walks, a sacrifice and four hits, including a run-scoring double by Seth Collins (Sanders), a 2-run single by Norton (Cody Schuerman and Collins) and an RBI 2-bagger to left by Heffner (Norton). Nine men went to the plate as Bath led 4-0 at the end of their half-frame.
The Red and White ’Cats mounted their final real challenge in the home half: a 2-out hit batter (Zavier Buzard) and a line single to left by Seth Wollenhaupt, with Buzard stealing third with Gage Townsend-Schleeter up to bat. However, he was retired by Jordan.
Jordan retired nine of the next 10 batters he faced in the next three innings (a 1-out free pass to Zach Ricker in the third), with seven of them strikeouts.
Bath put up a 6 spot in the third, this time sending 11 to the dish. They garnered three hit batters: Tyler Stahr and then Schuerman with the bases loaded (Herron) to plate Jared Davis and Gossard (Kimmett); two walks, a sacrifice fly by Collins (Sanders) that finished Herron on the mound (for Kimmett) and three hits. The big blow was a grand slam by the lefty-swinging Jordan that got caught up in the wind toward right-center field and plated Stahr, Schuerman and Norton for a 10-0 edge.
Bath made it 11-0 in the fourth on a 2-out run-scoring double to left by Norton (scoring Schuerman after a hit and stolen base) but he got tagged at third on a Townsend-Schleeter to Thompson to Herron relay.
The visitors tacked on their final run in the fifth against Wrasman with a bases-loaded single up the gut by Sanders, scoring Jordan.
“Our bats weren’t there the first game. We took five called third strikes and that isn’t good,” Jefferson coach Doug Geary said. “Last week we didn’t play well in the first game, either. Bath hit the ball well today; they’re a good team and a good measure for us.”
With the sun attempting to peak out on occasion as the nightcap got underway, Jefferson got off to a better start, with Rice retiring the Bath side in order.
In their half against Bath starter Sanders (5-plus IPs, 7 hits, 4 runs, 2 earned, 4 Ks), the Wildcats started it with two down. Drew Kortokrax got aboard on a 2-base error on his fly ball, advanced on a wild pitch and scored on Kimmett’s liner to left. Austin Jettinghoff singled to center but both were stranded.
Bath tied it 1-1 in the top half of the second on a leadoff double by Gossard and a 2-out 2-base error on a fly ball hit by Bronson Best.
Jefferson got a 2-out infield hit to second by Kortokrax in the third.
The visitors got a leadoff single in the fourth by Jordan but couldn’t bring him home.
Herron lined a knock to center with one down in the fourth and advanced on a grounder by Buzard but could go no farther.
Jefferson went up 3-1 in the fifth. Wrasman blooped a hit to center to start it and Thompson was hit by a pitch. Ricker laid down a sacrifice and an error on the play left the bases juiced. Kortokrax scored Wrasman on an infield hit up the gut and Kimmett was plunked, scoring Thompson.
Bath tried to rally in the sixth by getting a leadoff bunt single by the speedy Norton but he was eliminated by a Heffner grounder. An error on Jordan’s grounder and then a 2-out wild pitch (with Cam Jenkins up at bat) moved them both up a base. However, Rice got out of the inning unscathed.
Delphos tacked on an insurance run in the home half. Wollenhaupt lined a hit to left to finish Sanders (for Norton), Wrasman sacrificed him to second and he scored as Thompson, who was injured sliding back into third in the fifth, stung a shot up the middle for a 4-1 spread.
Bath again tried to challenge in the seventh, getting a 1-out liner to center by Best and a misplayed grounder hit by Davis but Rice fanned Collins and induced Norton to fly out to left to end the day.
“I liked how we responded; we needed to bounce back and we did. That shows a lot,” Geary added. “Tyler gave us the pitching we needed. He is starting to move up in our pitching ranks to second or third. We made some plays behind him and we created enough offense to win the game.” Jefferson (7-3) visits Lincolnview 5 p.m. today.
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