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Monday, April 22, 2013 1:31 PM


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LEIPSIC — Jefferson had split three previous baseball doubleheaders in 2013 when they headed to Charles H. Bennett Park in Leipsic for another twin-bill on a windy, chilly and partly sunny Saturday afternoon.

The Wildcats were greedy this time, grabbing both ends in five innings each time: 13-3 in game 1 and 12-0 in the nightcap.

In the opener, the Wildcats (11-4 after the sweep) amassed nine hits, three hit batters and a walk against a pair of Leipsic hurlers: Logan Haselman (1-2; 1 2/3 innings, 7 hits, 10 unearned runs, 1 strikeout) and Logan Selhorst (3 1/3 IPs, 2 hits, 3 unearned runs) — hampered by six Viking miscues behind them.

The Wildcats blew it open with an 11-run top of the second inning when they sent 17 batters to the dish.

Ross Thompson and Jordan Herron went 2-for-4 to pace the 9-hit attack but Zavier Buzard had the big blow: a 3-run home run to right field in the uprising, knocking in five runs for the game.

Starter Zach Ricker (2-1) got the win with three innings of work (3 hits, 2 earned runs, 1 K) and Austin Jettinghoff (2 hits, 1 earned run, 1 BB, 1 hit batter, 1 K) in two frames of relief.

The Wildcats got an apparent leadoff double by Thompson but he was ruled to have missed first.

The Vikings went up 2-0 in the bottom of the first on three hits: a 1-out single by Jason Niese (who eventually had to leave the game with an injury), a 2-out base hit by Daniel Delarosa and a 2-run triple by Haselman. Ricker retired the next batter, setting up a run of 10 straight outs. The Wildcats exploded in the top of the second and took the lead for good. With one down, Drew Kortokrax doubled to right center (with the wind blowing that way) and advanced as Herron’s grounder was misplayed. Buzard also got aboard via an error, scoring Kortokrax. A balk moved Herron and Buzard up a base. Seth Wollenhaupt bounced out to second to score Herron for a 2-2 tie and put Buzard at third, from where he scored as Tyler Wrasman drilled a hit to left. He swiped a base and scored as Thompson looped a hit to right center. Ricker followed with a single to right center to put runners on the corners. Jettinghoff got aboard via a throwing miscue, scoring Thompson and putting runners on the corners. Zach Kimmett whapped a 2-bagger to deep center to plate both those runners for a 7-2 spread.

Kortokrax walked and Herron singled up the gut to score Kimmett and put runners on the corners. That finished L. Haselman’s stay on the mound. Buzard greeted Selhorst’s first pitch by going opposite way to the 340-foot mark of right center and an 11-2 edge. The Red and White loaded the bases with two hit batters (Wollenhaupt and Wrasman) and an infield hit to short (Thompson) but left them loaded.

The ’Cats tacked on their final tallies of the opener in the third. With one gone, Kimmett was safe on an error and Kortokrax was plunked. Herron lined a knock to center to get Kimmett home and put runners on the corners. Buzard’s forceout got Kortokrax to touch the dish for a 13-2 lead.

Ricker got aboard on an error with one down in the fourth but got no farther.

The Vikings got one back in the home half of the fifth on a pair of hits: Pierce Henry and Isaiah Lomeli: a sacrifice bunt (Josh Gerten); a walk to Neil Haselman and a 2-out base-loaded free pass to Devin Mangas. However, when Delarosa bounced out, that ended the game.

In the nightcap, Thompson (2-1; 4 IPs, 4 hits, 2 Ks; 39 pitches, 28 strikes) and freshman Josh Teman (1 IP, 2 BB, 1 K) combined for a 4-hit shutout.

The Wildcats garnered 10 hits and a free pass against two  Leipsic  (4-5)  right-handers: starter Neil Haselman (0-1; 3-plus IPs, 10 hits, 12 runs, 4 earned, 1 BB, 4 Ks) and reliever Devin Mangas (2 IPs, 2 wild pitches, 1 K).

Kortokrax led the Red and White at the plate with a 2-for-2 game (2 runs, 2 RBIs), along with 2-for-3 from Ricker (2 runs) and 2-for-4 from Thompson.

Thompson led off with an infield hit to short and advanced to third on a liner to right by Ricker and an error on the play. Jettinghoff flied out to right to plate Thompson and move Ricker to third. An out later, Kortokrax walked. He took off for second and stole the base, occupying the defense enough to allow Ricker to steal home for the second run.

N. Haselman led off the Leipsic half with a single. Delphos made it 3-0 in the second. With one down, Wollenhaupt was safe on an error, burgled second and scored on a 2-out Thompson rip up the gut that glanced off the pitcher.

Back-to-back 1-out hits by Isaiah Lomeli and Dillon Schey posed a Leipsic threat in the home half but an out later, Lomeli was picked off base by Thompson.

The Wildcats made it 7-0 in the third. Jettinghoff got aboard via an error, stole second, took third on an error on the sequence and scored on Kimmett’s line shot into right. Kortokrax doubled to deep left. Herron bounced out to short to plate Kimmett. Kortokrax moved to third on Buzard’s misplayed grounder; after the latter stole second, they both scored as Wollenhaupt lined a 2-run knock up the gut.

The visitors finished the scoring for the day in the fourth. Ricker beat out an infield nibbler to third and Jettinghoff got an infield hit to deep short. An error on Kimmett’s grounder allowed everybody to be safe. Kortokrax cracked a 2-run liner into left (scoring Ricker and Jettinghoff) and putting runners at second and third on the throw home. Herron knocked them both in with his knock up the middle, finishing N. Haselman on the mound. Two wild pitches advanced Herron to third and he scored on a 1-out bounceout by Wollenhaupt (3 RBIs) to make it 12-0.

Schey had a 1-out looper to right in the fourth but the Vikings couldn’t take advantage.

Leipsic threatened in the fifth with a pair of walks (Ross Schroeder and Alex Ellerbrock) around an out but a forceout and comebacker ended the afternoon.

“We got good performances from all three phases today in both games: pitching, defense and hitting. We set up our pitching staff for three NWC games this week and neither starter had to throw a lot of pitches,” Jefferson coach Doug Geary said. “We made all the plays today defensively outside of a miscommunication in the first inning of the first game. We hit the ball well for all 10 innings; it’s everybody in our lineup from 1-9. We’re starting to put it all together; it’s where I thought we’d be after 15 games.”

Jefferson visits Spencerville 5 p.m. Monday, while Leipsic plays Vanlue the same day.


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