|Jays best Big Green in hardball action|
|Wednesday, May 15, 2013 12:16 AM|
By JIM METCALFE
OTTOVILLE — St. John’s scored all four of its runs in the first two innings and held off a late Ottoville charge, grabbing a 4-2 non-conference baseball triumph on a brilliant but chilly Monday at Ottoville High School.
The Blue Jays (8-13) rode the complete game of senior right-hander Andrew Metzger (2-1; 3 hits, 2 earned runs, 5 bases-on-balls, 3 strikeouts; 94 pitches).
The visitors compiled 10 hits against sophomore right-hander Joel Beining (2-2; 4 2/3 IPs, 4 earned runs, 4 BBs, 1 K). Junior Alex Horstman came on in relief in the top of the fifth and retired all seven batters he faced.
“Andrew dug deep today. He pitched very well and had a nice fastball and curve,” Jays coach Ryan Warnecke said. “We played good defense behind him and that has been a trend for the last couple of games; hopefully, it stays that way. Offensively, we came out hitting. Everyone will see what we only scored in the first two innings but we had chances the next three. We have been stressing that the last week or so; making contact and putting the ball in play.”
Even in a loss, Ottoville mentor Tony Castronova was pleased.
“We hit the ball well today, just right at them. You want to see that heading into the tournament,” he added. “We played good defense and we got good pitching. Joel settled down after the first two innings and Alex came on in relief and did a great job. We open the tournament Wednesday and might have been peaking ahead a little bit; kids will do that sometimes.” Senior Ryan Buescher (1 run, 1 run batted in) and senior Troy Warnecke both went 2-for-3 for the Jays, while senior Clay Courtney went 2-for-4. Metzger helped himself with two RBIs, including a run-scoring double in the first.
Senior Bryan Hohlbein was the big bat in the Big Green (8-9) lineup with a 2-for-3 day and classmate Craig Odenweller knocked in both runs with a double in the bottom of the seventh.
The Jays scored twice in the first frame: 1-out singles by Buescher and Warnecke, a run-scoring double to right by Metzger — a heads-up throw by Brandon Boecker nabbed Warnecke at third — and then an RBI-double by Courtney for a 2-0 score.
The only base-runners for Ottoville in the first four frames were via walks: Jacob Turnwald with one down in the first; Derek Schimmoeller (2 walks) with two down in the third; and Luke Schimmoeller to start the fourth. He reached third on two groundouts (Boecker and Jared Fanning) but couldn’t score.
The Jays went up 4-0 in the second, combining a single by Drew Wagner, a wild pitch, a 2-out walk to Curtis Geise, a run-scoring grounder up the middle by Buescher, a hit batter (Warnecke) and a bases-loaded free pass to Metzger that plated Geise.
The Jays, who stranded Craig Klausing in the third, had a chance to add to their lead in the fourth on a 1-out hit batter (Buescher), a wild pitch and a single to left by Warnecke; however, another dead-eye throw — this from Turnwald — nailed Buescher at home.
The Blue and Gold loaded the bases with two down in the fifth. Courtney singled but was gunned down trying to steal by Luke Schimmoeller. Gage Seffernick walked but was eliminated on a Wagner grounder. Klausing walked and Ben Wrasman singled to center to end Beining’s stint on the mound, replaced by Horstman. He promptly induced a groundout to first by Geise to end the threat.
Hohlbein got the first hit for the Green and Gold to lead off the fifth but Odenweller bounced into a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning.
Derek Schimmoeller led off the Ottoville sixth with a walk but went no farther.
Fanning walked to start the home seventh and Hohlbein singled to right with one down. Odenweller then drove a 1-2 pitch to deep left for a 2-run double. After Coach Warnecke visiting the mound and with T.J. Hoersten ready to go, Metzger induced a pop-up by Derek Schimmoeller to end the contest. The Jays return to the diamond tonight at home versus Coldwater and open tourney play Thursday versus Waynesfield-Goshen at Perry.
The Big Green begins its tourney trail 5 p.m. Wednesday at Crestview, facing Lincolnview.
ST. JOHN’S (4)
Curtis Geise ss 3-1-0-0, Ryan Buescher c 3-1-2-1, Troy Warnecke 2b 3-0-2-0, Andrew Metzger p 3-1-1-2, Clay Courtney lf 4-0-2-1, Gage Seffernick rf 3-0-0-0, Drew Wagner 1b 4-1-1-0, Craig Klausing 3b 2-0-1-0, Ben Wrasman cf 3-0-1-0. Totals 28-4-10-4.
Derek Schimmoeller cf 2-0-0-0, Jacob Turnwald lf 2-0-0-0, Luke Schimmoeller c 2-0-0-0, Brandon Boecker rf 3-0-0-0, Jarrod Fanning 1b 2-1-0-0, Alex Horstman 3b/p 3-0-0-0, Bryan Hohlbein ss 3-1-2-0, Cory Fischer dh 3-0-0-0, Joel Beining p/3b 0-0-0-0, Craig Odenweller 3-0-1-2. Totals 23-2-3-2.
Score by Innings:
St. John’s 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 - 4
Ottoville 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 - 2
DP: St. John’s 1; LOB: St. John’s 9, Ottoville 5; 2B: Metzger, Courtney, Odenweller; CS: Courtney (by L. Schimmoeller).
IP H R ER BB SO
Metzger (W, 2-1) 7.0 3 2 2 5 3
Beining (L, 2-2) 4.2 10 4 4 4 1
Horstman 2.1 0 0 0 0 1
WP: Beining 2; HBP: Buescher (by Beining), Warnecke (by Beining).
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