|Wildcats close home baseball season on winning note|
|Friday, May 10, 2013 12:27 AM|
By JIM METCALFE
The Wildcats used five pitchers in setting up their rotation and getting them ready for the second season, getting a 5-3 Northwest Conference triumph.
Six Wildcat seniors present at the game played their home finales: Zach Ricker, Drew Kortokrax, Seth Wollenhaupt, Dylan Haehn, Tyler Wrasman and Gage Townsend-Schleeter.
The Wildcats (14-10, 3-6 NWC) turned the first of their two double plays in the top of the first, doubling up Gabe Sutton, who’d gotten on via a 1-out single against Wildcat freshman starter Josh Teman (1-0).
Brenden Szippi got aboard via a 1-out error in the second and reached third with two down but couldn’t score.
Kortokrax got to second with a leadoff single and stolen base in the Delphos second but got no farther.
The Bulldogs (2-14, 0-7) got runners to third (Brayten Sautter) and second (Sutton) with two outs in the third but they became two of the 11 the guests left stranded. Ross Thompson got a 2-out infield hit to short and a steal in the Delphos third.
The Wildcats finally got Ada southpaw starter Connor English (0-6; 81 pitches, 52 for strikes, in his 6-inning complete game) on a single by Austin Jettinghoff, a run-scoring triple by Kortokrax — with an error on the play making it 2-0 — a double by Zavier Buzard, a bounce-out by Wollenhaupt and a sacrifice fly by Jordan Herron for a 3-0 edge. Ada mounted a major challenge in the fifth, putting together a walk (Mason Acheson), two bunt singles (Austin Cobb and Cory Kellum) — chasing Teman in the process (for Zach Ricker). An infield hit by Sautter scored Acheson but Ricker retired the next three to keep it a 3-1 Jefferson lead.
Thompson went yard over the 320-foot (approximately) mark of left field with one down in the fifth to make it 4-1, Jefferson. Ada put together a 2-run sixth frame against third Wildcat pitcher, Thompson, benefitting from two miscues, two hits — the second of which by Cobb scored Brady Pitney) — and two walks, one a bases-loaded to Sautter (plating Acheson). However, Thompson got the next two out to keep the score at 4-3, hosts.
Jefferson made it 5-3 in the home sixth on a 1-out error on Buzard’s grounder, a stolen base, an error and a perfectly-executed suicide squeeze by Wollenhaupt. Ada got the first two men on in the seventh against Tyler Rice: infield single by Hunter Waller and single by Szippi. After an out and sacrifice bunt by Acheson, Jefferson coach Doug Geary summoned Kortokrax from right field and he promptly fanned Cobb to end the game and gain his first save of 2013.
“We wanted to get our pitching ready for Saturday, getting an inning or so. Josh did a great job for a freshman; he did all we asked of him,” Geary explained. “Defensively, we turned a couple of double plays but we also have some things to address before Saturday. We talk a lot about understanding situations, whether in the field or at the plate. We did execute some things, like Seth’s suicide squeeze. We didn’t execute other things, so we have to address those. For us, 90 percent of our struggle has nothing to do with our opponents; we have to do what we’re supposed to.”
For Ada coach Jason Campbell, it was a microcosm of the season.
“You had two things that have been a struggle all year. One, we can’t take advantage of the opportunities we have at the plate,” Campbell explained. “We get guys on, so we’re fine there, but we can’t come through to get them in. The second is when we make a mistake, it costs us runs; we’re getting guys on and the other team is scoring. Connor did a great job on the mound today and we played a great game against an excellent team.”
Jefferson plays Parkway 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Shawnee in Division III tourney action: Adam goes against Ridgemont at night in Division IV play at Findlay.
Brayden Sautter 2b 3-0-2-2, Gabe Sutton cf 3-0-1-0, Connor English p 4-0-0-0, Hunter Waller c 4-0-1-0, Blake Willeke pr 0-0-0-0, Brenden Szippi 3b 4-0-1-0, Brady Pitney rf 3-1-0-0, Ben Neville ph 1-0-0-0, Mason Acheson 1b 1-2-0-0, Austin Cobb ss 3-0-2-1, Cory Kellum lf 3-0-1-0. Totals 29-3-8-3.
Ross Thompson ss/p 3-1-2-1, Zach Ricker 2b/p/ss 3-0-0-0, Austin Jettinghoff c 3-1-1-0, Drew Kortokrax rf/p 3-1-2-1, Zavier Buzard cf 3-2-1-0, Jordan Herron 3b 2-0-1-1, Adam Rode pr 0-0-0-0, Josh Teman p/rf 2-0-0-0, Tyler Wrasman 2b 1-0-0-0, Tyler Rice p 0-0-0-0, Gage Townsend-Schleeter dh 2-0-0-0, Ryan Bullinger 1b 0-0-0-0. Totals 24-5-7-4.
Score by Innings:
Ada 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 - 3
Jefferson 0 0 0 3 1 1 x - 5
E: Waller, Cobb, Thompson, Ricker, Jettinghoff, Herron; DP: Jefferson 2; LOB: Ada 11, Jefferson 11; 2B: Buzard; 3B: Kortokrax; HR: Thompson; SB: Sautter, Sutton, Szippi, Thompson, Kortokrax, Buzard; Sac: Acheson, Wollenhaupt; SF: Herron.
IP H R ER BB SO
English (L, 0-6) 6.0 7 5 4 0 3
Teman (W, 1-0) 4.0 4 1 1 3 5
Ricker 1.0 1 0 0 1 1
Thompson 1.0 1 2 0 1 1
Rice 0.2 2 0 0 0 1
Kortorkax (S, 1) .1 0 0 0 0 1
Teman pitched to 3 batters in 5th.
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