|Geise, offense carry Jays past Musketeers|
|Thursday, April 18, 2013 1:50 PM|
Starter Curtis Geise (2-0) got the win with 5 1/3 innings (4 hits, 2 earned runs, 4 bases-on-balls, 10 strikeouts; 100 pitches, 60 strikes), with T.J. Hoersten (2/3, 1 K) and Gage Seffernick (1 IP, 1 BB, 1 K) mopping up for the Blue Jays (3-5).
“Curtis threw well today. They didn’t really get a lot off of him,” Jays’ head coach Ryan Warnecke noted. “He kind of took over the game with his strikeouts. We didn’t have to make a lot of plays behind him but we made the ones we had to.” The Musketeers (3-6) got a 5-inning starting performance from southpaw Dylan Van Loo (1-2; 10 hits, 9 runs, 6 earned, 3 BBS, 2 Ks; 87 pitches, 49 strikes)), with Mark Metzger throwing an inning (1 hits, 1 BB, 1 K).
“We struck out a lot but that has been typical of what we’ve been doing this year. At the same time, we put the ball in play a lot more than we had been,” Musketeer coach Eric Schwab said. “We aren’t getting the live at-bats that we need to get better at the plate but we’re able to get into the gym and at least work on our form and stay in some kind of rhythm.”
Mark Metzger led off the Musketeer first with a single and an out later, moved to second on a grounder by Cody Warnecke. However, he was left there.
Geise started the Jays’ half with a shot to left and swiped second. An out hence, Troy Warnecke got aboard on a 2-base error on his pop-up to short center, scoring Geise after another error on the sequence. An out later, T.J. Hoersten slashed a hit to left to plate Warnecke for a 2-0 lead.
Zach Finn got a 2-out walk in the top of the second but got caught stealing by catcher Ryan Buescher with Spencer Dray up to bat.
Van Loo walked with one down in the third and swiped a base. However, Geise fanned the next two batters.
The hosts went up 3-0 in the home half. With one gone, Andrew Metzger slapped a double to deep left-center field and scored as Troy Warnecke followed with a run-scoring 2-bagger to the same spot.
The Orange and Black got their only runs in the top of the fourth. Cody Warnecke started it off with a bloop to short right field and Bret Clay walked. Alex Vetter singled to right to score Warnecke and put runners on the corners. An out later, Finn bounced out to plate Clay for a 3-2 deficit.
The Jays got those back and more in the home half of the fourth. With one gone, Clay Courtney singled down the left-field line and Craig Klausing followed with a grounder into left. An out later, Geise drove a 2-baser to deep left, scoring Courtney and moving Klausing to third. He scored on Andrew Metzger’s slap single into left; an error on the play plated Geise for a 6-2 spread. Jared Hoersten got aboard with a 2-out walk in the Musketeer fifth and swiped second but couldn’t get any farther.
Vetter got aboard with a 1-out nibbler in the Musketeer sixth and an error allowed him to go to second, finishing Geise (for T.J. Hoersten). The reliever retired the only two batters he faced.
Buescher slapped a 1-out triple down the right-field line off Mark Metzger, eluding a valiant effort by Finn. An out later, pinch-hitter Aaron Beck walked but Courtney grounded out to end the threat.
Pinch-hitter led off the Fort Jennings seventh with a free pass against Seffernick and moved up on a wild pitch. Mark Metzger got aboard on a 2-base throwing error, putting Bankey at third. Jared Hoersten was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Cody Warnecke grounded out to first and Wagner threw home to nab Bankey trying to score to end the game.
“Today was the first game of this year where I can say we put it all together,” Coach Warnecke added. “We had hit the ball well most of the year but not consistently; we hit the ball well for all seven innings today. We made a couple of errors but they weren’t costly; we didn’t let them add up. Again, we just need to keep playing.”
“We need to get playing time at the plate, on defense and on the mound. We haven’t had it consistently,” Schwab added. “Our errors are things we’ve struggled with but we actually improved from how we have been playing there. We got better today.” St. John’s visits Ottoville 5 p.m. today; Jennings hosts Kalida at the same today (both weather permitting).