|Stephenson 1-hits Jefferson, paces Panthers to tourney win|
|Sunday, May 12, 2013 11:32 PM|
By JIM METCALFE
SHAWNEE TOWNSHIP — Parkway senior ace right-hander Jordan Stephenson one-hit Jefferson Saturday afternoon, pacing the Panthers to a 6-0 Division III sectional baseball triumph at Shawnee Field.
Stephenson (5-3) only allowed three base-runners in his 92-pitch, 64 for strikes, effort: a Ross Thompson solid single to right with one out in the Jefferson sixth; a free pass to Jordan Herron with two down in the fifth; and Austin Jettinghoff, who got aboard on a two-out error in the fourth.
Number seven hitter Kane Pontsler and number nine Cameron Roehm led the Panthers (14-9) at the pate with 2-for-3 performances, each scoring a run, to back Stephenson’s gem.
Three Jefferson (14-11) right-handers: junior starter Tyler Rice (5-4; 3 2/3 innings), senior Zach Ricker (2/3) and senior Drew Kortokrax (1 2/3) combined to give up seven hits and six runs but only one was earned. They struck out three and did not walk anyone, issuing one run-scoring balk.
“We pitched decently. We knew it would be by committee today. That wasn’t the problem,” Jefferson coach Doug Geary said. “We didn’t play well defensively. You can’t give extra outs to teams at this stage, especially like Parkway. They did a good job of manufacturing their first runs. They did what they had to do.”
For Parkway mentor Mike Schumm, the defense backed a great pitching performance.
“Jordan is a bulldog. He wants the ball and I like that out of a pitcher,” he explained. “He changed speeds and locations very well and was throwing all his pitches for strikes. He got ahead in the count to almost every batter and that makes it easier for him. Defensively, we were outstanding behind him outside of one error.”
Parkway got a two-out single by Austin Adams in the bottom of the first. Pontsler beat out a two-out infield single in the second.
The Panthers received their first run in the third on a leadoff double by Roehm, a sacrifice bunt by Cody Depweg and a sacrifice fly to center by Tanner Bates.
Parkway plated three more run in the home half of the fourth, all unearned, in chasing Rice. An error set up three hits, including a run-producer by Roehm. Previously, a ground out by Jarret O’Neill plated Brandon Moorman and a balk on Ricker pushed Stephenson home for a 4-0 edge.
Parkway added two more unearned runs in the fifth — chasing Ricker for Kortokrax — on two errors, a sacrifice fly by Moorman and a line shot by Jack Roth. That accounted for the final score.
“We couldn’t get anything going against Stephenson. I give him all the credit,” Geary said. “He was really mixing it up with the fastball and a good curve. We’ve been struggling at the plate the last couple of weeks and that continued today.”
On the other side, the Panthers made it happen offensively.
“We haven’t hit a home run this year, so we don’t have a lot of power. We have to create things,” Parkway’s Schumm said. “We got people on, moved them around and got them in however we had to. We have to have an aggressive mentality for us to be successful at the plate.”
Parkway will play Bath at 5 p.m. Friday in tournament play.
In the regular season, both teams hit the diamonds again at 5 p.m. today: Jefferson at Elida (makeup game from April 24) and Parkway versus Wayne Trace.
Ross Thompson ss 3-0-1-0, Zach Ricker 2b/p 3-0-0-0, Austin Jettinghoff c 3-0-0-0, Drew Kortokrax rf/p 3-0-0-0, Zavier Buzard cf 3-0-0-0, Seth Wollenhaupt lf 2-0-0-0, Jordan Herron 3b 1-0-0-0, Josh Teman pr 0-0-0-0, Tyler Rice p 1-0-0-0, Tyler Wrasman 2b/rf 1-0-0-0, Gage Townsend-Schleeter dh 2-0-0-0, Ryan Bullinger 1b 0-0-0-0. Totals 22-0-1-0.
Cody Depweg cf 2-0-0-0, Tanner Bates ss 2-1-0-1, Austin Adams dh 3-1-1-0, Tommy McDonough 1b 0-0-0-0, Brandon Moorman 3b 2-1-0-1, Jack Roth 2b 3-0-1-1, Jarret O’Neill c 2-0-0-1, Jordan Strader ph 1-0-0-0, Kane Pontsler lf 3-1-2-0, Jordan Stephenson p 3-1-1-0, Cameron Roehm rf 3-1-2-1. Totals 24-6-7-5.
Score by Innings:
Jefferson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0
Parkway 0 0 1 3 2 0 x - 4
E: Ricker, Wollenhaupt, Herron, Wrasman, Pontsler; DP: Jefferson 1, Parkway 1; LOB: Jefferson 2, Parkway 3; 2B: Roehm; SB: Bates, Adams, Moorman, Roth; Sac: Depweg; SF: Bates, Moorman.
IP H R ER BB SO
Rice (L, 5-4) 3.2 6 4 1 0 1
Ricker 0.2 1 2 0 0 0
Kortokrax 1.2 0 0 0 0 2
Stephenson (W, 5-3) 7.0 1 0 0 1 5
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