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Thursday, May 09, 2013 12:20 AM


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LIMA — With the baseball second season starting Saturday, teams are looking to get rolling toward the tournament.

St. John’s and Lima Central Catholic were trying to do that Wednesday at Players Field at LCC, even enduring a 1-hour, 15-minute weather delay to get their makeup game in.

The host Thunderbirds broke out of a mid-season batting slump and got solid pitching from a pair of hurlers to crunch the Blue Jays 12-2 in five innings.


LCC combined for 12 hits and eight walks against a pair of Blue Jay hurlers.


“We didn’t throw strikes; that’s what it came down to tonight. If you can’t throw strikes, you don’t keep teams form scoring and don’t give your defense a chance,” St. John’s coach Ryan Warnecke explained. “Then they hit the ball real well. Offensively, we had some hits and chances but didn’t come through with enough crucial hits. We’re trying to get focused for the tournament, which starts for us next Thursday, and get ourselves right, especially at the plate.”

Curtis Geise led off the Blue Jay (5-13) first against Sam Heider rehabbing starter by scoring small-ball style: free pass, stolen base, 1-out stolen base and throwing error on the play for a 1-0 edge.

The Thunderbirds (14-9) took the lead for good with two in the home half — with the game delayed when umpires saw lightning with cleanup hitter Ben Stolly at the dish with a 1-1 count — against Jays’ southpaw Drew Wagner (0-5), who struggled with control: two walks and two hits, with Corey O’Dowd’s (2-for-3, 2 runs) liner to left plating Drew Jennings (2-for-2, 2 run) for a 2-1 edge. Earlier, an error on a sacrifice bunt by Jennings plated Sam Huffman.

The Jays mounted a challenge in the second: leadoff walk to T.J. Hoersten, a Clay Courtney sacrifice and a Wagner bloop to left center and subsequent steal. A 2-out walk to Ben Wrasman loaded the sacks but Geise lined out hard to centerfielder Huffman to leave them that way.

LCC put up a 5-spot in the second, chasing Wagner for Gage Seffernick. They compiled four bases-on-balls, including a bases-loaded one to Jake Williams; three hits — with RBI liners from Nick Watkins and Brad Stolly (2-for-3, 2 RBIs) — and a sac fly by Tom Judy, plating Ben Stolly. A wild pitch that scored Heider was the first run of the half frame. When the final out was recorded on a throw from leftfielder Ben Wrasman to Buescher at home to nab Williams, the score was 7-1, hosts.

The Jays got within 7-2 in the third against reliever Trevor Hoff (2-0): Troy Warnecke leadoff single, force-out grounder by Ryan Buescher, Double to the left-field corner by Andrew Metzger and a wild pitch.

LCC put two more up in the home half on a 1-out sacrifice fly by Watkins (scoring Heider) and three hits, one a 2-out double that hit the base of the fence in center by Ben Stolly, scoring Jennings for a 9-2 edge. The T-Birds made it 11-2 in the bottom half of the fourth on two walks, a run-scoring single by Brad Stolly (Williams) and a 1-out Huffman sacrifice fly (Hoff). St. John’s got two on with two out in the fifth: Buescher (hit by pitch) and Metzger (free pass); but left them stranded.

With one in the LCC fifth, O’Dowd nearly ended it with a walk-off homer to left but hit just under the yellow line for a double; he scored as pinch-hitter Ethan O’Connor singled to right to end the game.

“Sam (Heider) has been battling shoulder problems, so we wanted to see what he could do; he was a on a strict pitch count and when the weather came, we took him out,” LCC coach John Schneiders noted. “What we saw out of Trevor tonight was what we saw in the gym this spring; a very capable pitcher. We snapped out of an offensive slump over the last 4-5 games; we weren’t even getting sacrifices in that span. We’ve got some guys banged up and got some nice swings out of our younger backups and we had great patience at the plate.”

Both teams return to action at home tonight: St. John’s versus Wayne Trace and LCC welcoming in Crestview.

ST. JOHN’S (2)


Curtis Geise ss 3-1-0-0, Troy Warnecke 2b 3-0-1-0, Ryan Buescher c 2-1-0-0, Andrew Metzger cf 2-0-1-0, T.J. Hoersten 1b/3b 2-0-0-0, Clay Courtney rf 1-0-0-0, Drew Wagner p/1b 1-0-1-0, Aaron Beck ph 1-0-0-0, Gage Seffernick 3b/p 1-0-0-0, Andrew Grothouse ph 1-0-0-0, Ben Wrasman lf 1-0-0-0. Totals 18-2-3-0.



Sam Huffman cf 3-2-2-1, Drew Jennings 3b 2-2-2-0, Nick Watkins 2b 1-1-1-2, Jamal Hairston ph/2b 1-0-0-0, Ben Stolly 1b 2-1-1-1, Liam Stolly 1b 1-0-0-0, Corey O’Dowd lf 3-2-2-1, Jake Williams dh 0-1-0-1, Ethan O’Connor ss/ph 1-0-1-1, Tom Judy rf 1-0-0-1, Trevor Hoff p 0-1-0-0, Brad Stolly c 3-0-2-2, Jacob Judy pr 0-0-0-0, Luke Baumgartner c 0-0-0-0, Sam Heider p 2-2-1-0. Totals 20-12-12-10.

Score by Innings:

St. John’s 1 0 1 0 0 - 2

Lima CC 2 5 2 2 1 - 12

1 out in bottom of fifth when game ended

E: Warnecke, Hoersten, Br. Stolly, O’Connor; LOB: St. John’s 6, Lima Central Catholic 8; 2B: Metzger, Be. Stolly, O’Dowd, Heider; SB: Geise 2, Wagner, Heider; Sac: Courtney, Jennings, Watkins; SF: Huffman, Watkins, T. Judy.



Wagner (L, 0-5) 1.1 4 7 6 6 1

Seffernick 3.0 8 5 5 2 1


Heider 2.0 1 1 0 2 1

Hoff (W, 2-0) 3.0 2 1 1 1 4

WP: Wagner, Hoff; HBP: Buescher (by Hoff).

Last Updated on Thursday, May 09, 2013 12:21 AM

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