|Wednesday, April 24, 2013 1:13 PM|
Troy Warnecke took the loss for the Blue Jays (3-7, 0-2 MAC). He had the only run batted in. Curtis Geise and Ryan Buescher had the hits.
The Bulldogs used a combination of strong pitching and hitting to run-rule their Putnam County League foe. Grove put up four runs in the third and fourth innings and scored in every frame in the shortened contest. Trey Roney went 2-for-3 with an RBI, while Brandon Benroth celebrated his birthday with a 2-for 4-performance, knocking in a pair.
Alex Vetter was 2-for-2 for the Musketeers.
Blake Hoffman led off the game with a double, moved to third on a wild pitch and came around to score on a Benroth fly to left.
The ’Dogs added another run in the second when Kody Griffith reached on an error, then scored on a Trent Vorst single, making it a 2-0 game.
Columbus Grove pitcher Josh Verhoff faced the mininum number of batters in the first three innings. He gave up a walk to Dylan Van Loo in the first but was caught stealing; Vetter singled in the second but Ryan Rau hit into a 6-4-3 double play to end the second inning.
The Bulldogs sent nine batters to the plate in their half of the third frame, with four crossing the plate. Matt Jay walked, followed by a Roney single. Brady Shafer, Verhoff and Trent Vorst (2-for-3, 2 RBIs) all had base hits, with Verhoff and Vorst knocking in runs as the hosts had a 6-0 advantage.
Fort Jennings threatened in the top of the fourth. Jared Hoersten drew a 2-out walk and Kurt Warnecke followed with a single. It looked as if the Musketeers were going to dent the plate when Vetter singled to center but a strong throw by Hoffman to Jay cut down Hoersten at the plate to leave a zero on the board for the guests.
In the top half of the fifth the Musketeers staved off the run rule when Rau led off with a single and came around to score when Zach Finn reached on an error in what looked like a for-sure game-ending double play but a wild throw by the Grove second baseman kept the game alive for the guests at 10-1.
Fort Jennings pitcher Warnecke came back out to the mound in the home half with his pitch count at 100. He walked Hoffman to lead off the inning the Bulldog center fielder moved to second on a wild pitch before Benroth celebrated his birthday with a game-ending single.