|Geise spins complete game vs. Flyers|
|Monday, April 29, 2013 8:48 AM|
DELPHOS — St. John’s senior Curtis Geise had come off a tough 3-0 loss to Midwest Athletic Conference power Minster Monday when he took the mound versus fellow MAC foe Marion Local on a pleasant Friday afternoon/evening at Stadium Park.
Working on 3-days’ rest, he proved to be a bulldog as he went the distance in leading the Blue Jays to a 7-4 triumph.
Though he didn’t have his best stuff, tossing 136 pitches (76 strikes), he ceded seven hits and four runs (3 earned), walking three and fanning seven.
Geise got out of the first inning after giving up a leadoff walk to Jordan Riethman. A sacrifice bunt (Dustin Riethman) and a passed ball put him at third but Geise made a great defensive play on an attempted suicide squeeze by Troy Homan, nailing J. Riethman at home.
The Jays (4-7, 1-2 MAC) took advantage of their leadoff walk in the bottom of the first against righty starter Connor Unrast (4 IPs, 8 hits, 5 earned runs, 3 BBs, 4 Ks). Geise led off with that free pass, stole second and scored on a 1-out knock to left by Troy Warnecke. Drew Wagner (2-for-4) blooped a 2-out single to left but both runners were stranded.
The hosts went up 5-0 in the home half of the second. Clay Courtney (2-for-2) grounded a single off the glove of diving third sacker Cole Griesdorn. Craig Klausing bunted him up a base and a passed ball put Courtney at third, from where he scored on Ben Wrasman’s RBI liner to left. Geise grounded a single into center to send Wrasman to third and the batter took second on the throw to third. Metzger (2-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs, 3 stolen bases) knocked both in with a slice to center. He stole a pair of bases, one on a strikeout, and scored as Ryan Buescher grounded a single into left.
The Flyers got a leadoff walk to Austin Albers in the third.
The Jays sought to add to their lead in the bottom half as Gage Seffernick walked and Courtney got aboard in beating out a bunt, with an error sending both runners up a base. An out later, Wrasman walked to juice the sacks. Geise then bounced into an inning-ending twin-killing.
The guests reduced their deficit to 5-1 in the fourth but a big defensive play prevented it from being more. Homan got aboard via an error and Peyton Kramer lined a 1-out single to right. Blake Benton forced Homan at third but an error on the play allowed Kramer to hustle home and put the batter at second. Griesdorn blooped a hit to center but Andrew Metzger came up throwing and nailed Benton at home.
Metzger was hit by a pitch to commence the fourth and stole second but got no farther.
The visitors doubled their score in the fifth on an error, a wild pitch and a pair of hits, including an infield hit to short by J. Riethman to plate Aaron Nietfeld, with an error on the play allowing the batter to reach second. D. Riethman bounced to third and third sacker Craig Klausing caught J. Riethman too far off second, with a well-executed resultant rundown nailing the runner.
The Jays played small-ball to perfection to get a run in the home fifth. Seffernick walked, moved up on a Courtney sacrifice and a wild pitch. Klausing walked. He took off for second and drew the throw, with Seffernick sliding in to home; Klausing got into a rundown between second and third and was ruled safe at third on interference. However, he didn’t score.
The Flyers got within 6-4 in the sixth on a pair of errors and three hits, including a bases-loaded run-scoring liner to left by Nietfeld. J. Riethman also brought Benton in on a bases-loaded sacrifice fly.
The Jays scored an insurance run in the home half. Metzger blooped a hit to center, stole second, took third on a 1-out comebacker by Buescher and scored as Wagner blooped a hit to short right.
“We struggled hitting the ball in our two MAC games this week, so we talked about simply putting the ball in play. Good things happen when you put the ball in play and make a defense get you out,” Coach Warnecke added. “We made solid contact today, especially the first couple of innings. Defensively, we are fielding the well. Our mistakes are coming on throwing, so we have to concentrate through to the end.”
Geise got the Flyers 1-2-3 in the seventh, including striking out the last two.
St. John’s visits Van Wert 11 a.m. today; Marion Local takes on New Knoxville 5 p.m. Monday.
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