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Monday, April 29, 2013 1:39 PM

By JIM METCALFE

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DELPHOS — Lima Central Catholic got the bats out early and kept them going as they rallied for a 9-5 Northwest Conference baseball triumph on a pleasant Saturday afternoon at Wildcat Field.

Nick Watkins (3-2) went six innings for the Thunderbirds (11-5, 5-0) in ceding five hits and five runs (2 earned), walking three, hitting two and fanning one. Colin Stolly threw an inning of 1-hit relief. LCC committed three errors behind them but also turned three double plays.

Colin Stolly led the 12-hit LCC attack with a 3-for-5 day (2 runs), along with Connor Dee and Tom Judy (2-for-3), Corey O’Dowd (2-for-4, 2 runs) and Watkins (2-for-5).

Tyler Rice (5-1) took the loss for the Wildcats, going 4 1/3 innings (10 hits, 8 runs, 5 earned, 1 BB, 2 Ks). Zach Ricker finished up (2 2/3 IPs, 2 hits, 1 earned run, 1 K).

Ricker had the only multi-hit day for the hosts (12-6, 2-3 NWC), going 2-for-4.

“They hit the ball well 1 through 9 in the order. That puts a lot of pressure on your pitching and defense,” Jefferson head man Doug Geary commented. “Plus, when you give them (6) extra outs, you aren’t going to succeed. Our errors are more mental mistakes than anything at this point.”

The visitors scored the first two runs of the game in the top of the first on three hits, including a run-scoring hit by Watkins (Stolly), a sacrifice bunt and a sac fly by Drew Jennings (Sam Huffman).

Jefferson put up a 4 spot in the third, batting around. Zavier Buzard walked and stole second, moved up on Seth Wollenhaupt’s groundout and scored as Rice lofted a sacrifice fly to left. Ross Thompson got aboard via an error and got to third on a balk and infield hit by Zach Ricker, with the batter reaching second on an error. Jefferson got aboard on a throwing error, plating Thompson and putting runners on the corners. Jettinghoff stole second and after Zach Kimmett walked to load the bases, Drew Kortokrax whapped a 2-run double to deep center to a 4-2 edge.

The guests scored four in the fourth to take a 6-4 edge. They did so behind an error, a walk and three hits, including run-scorers by Stolly (Ben Stolly) and Dee (Judy), a wild pitch (C. Stolly) and a sac fly by Huffman (O’Dowd).

The Wildcats got a run back in the home half. Buzard beat out an infield hit to shortstop and Wollenhaupt bunted his way aboard. Buzard stole third on a pickoff play and scored as Thompson grounded a hit up the middle to get within 6-5. A wild pitch advanced both runners but they could get no farther.

The T-Birds made it 8-5 in the fifth with two errors and two hits, including back-to-back RBI doubles by O’Dowd (B. Stolly) and Judy (O’Dowd) that finished Rice’s stint on the mound.

Kimmett walked to start the home fifth but was eliminated on a grounder by Kortokrax. In turn, the latter was eliminated on a grounder by Jordan Herron and when Kortokrax was ruled for runner interference, a double play was called.

With one down in the Delphos sixth, Wollenhaupt was plunked. Rice flied out to short left and O’Dowd threw to first to just nab Wollenhaupt for a twin-killing.

LCC tacked on an insurance tally in the seventh on another miscue, two hits and a suicide squeeze by Huffman (Jacob Judy), making it 9-5.

Ricker blooped a single to center with one down in the last half inning but Jettinghoff was robbed by a nice diving catch in center by Huffman and Kimmett lined out hard to first to end the game.

 

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