BLUFFTON — Bluffton’s Nathan Risner outdueled Jefferson’s Tyler Rice Friday night, leading the host Pirates to a riveting 2-1 Northwest Conference baseball triumph over the Wildcats in Bluffton.
Risner threw an efficient 77 pitches (44 strikes) in his complete game, ceding only one hit, one unearned run, two free passes and fanning two in fanning 26 batters.
Rice tossed 90 pitches (60 for strikes) in his gem, giving up six hits and two unearned runs in also facing 26 batters.
After neither team scored for 5 1/2 frames, the Pirates got their two tallies in the home half of the sixth. With one out, James Harrod singled and advanced as Drake Lugibihl’s fly ball was dropped. Brett Rumer’s single loaded the bases. Michael Sheehan got on board via an error, allowing Harrod and Lugibuhl to score and putting runners at second and third. Rice bore down and got the next two batters to bounce out to keep the Wildcats (13-8, 2-5 NWC) within striking distance.
Tyler Wrasman bunted his way aboard to lead off the Delphos seventh but was eliminated on a Drew Kortokrax grounder. The latter advanced on a Jordan Herron groundout and a misplayed grounder hit by Zavier Buzard. Buzard stole second and a wild pitch scored Kortokrax. However, Seth Wollenhaupt was retired to end the contest.
Jefferson visits Crestview 5 p.m. Monday.
Ross Thompson ss 3-0-0-0, Zach Ricker 2b/1b 2-0-1-0, Austin Jettinghoff c 3-0-1-0, Zach Kimmett 1b 1-0-0-0, Tyler Wrasman 2b 1-0-1-0, Drew Kortokrax dh 3-1-0-0, Jordan Herron 3b 3-0-0-0, Zavier Buzard cf 3-0-0-0, Seth Wollenhaupt lf 3-0-0-0, Tyler Rice p 2-0-0-0. Totals 24-1-3-0.
Trent Phillips ss 3-0-1-0, Austin Bricker 2b 3-0-0-0, Chris McClain 1b 2-0-0-0, James Harrod 1-1-1-0, Drake Lugibuhl cf 3-1-1-0, Tyler Belcher c 2-0-1-0, Brett Rumer c 1-0-1-0, Michael Sheehan rf 3-0-0-0, Nathan Risner p 3-0-1-0, Jordan Skilliter 3b 3-0-0-0, Josh Bracy dh 2-0-0-0. Totals 26-2-6-0.
Score by Innings:
Jefferson 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 - 1
Bluffton 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 - 2
E: Thompson 2, Wollenhaupt, Skilliter; LOB: Jefferson 4, Bluffton ; SB: Ricker, Buzard, Lugibuhl; POB: Ricker (by Belcher).
IP H R ER BB SO
Rice (L, 4-2) 6.0 6 2 0 0 0
Risner (W) 7.0 3 1 0 2 2
WP: Rice, Risner.