|Cavaliers pound out MAC triumph over Jays|
|Wednesday, May 15, 2013 12:23 AM|
By JIM METCALFE
The Cavaliers (22-4, 8-1 MAC) pounded out 18 hits and garnered 10 free passes and two hit batters in posting their numbers. Matt Selhorst went 4-for-5 (and a sacrifice fly) with seven runs batted in, while lefty-swinging Drew Otten was 3-for-4 (sac fly; 3 RBIs, 2 runs), Christian Schramm (2 RBIs) and Matt Kramer both 2-for-3, lefty Grant Muhlenkamp 2-for-4 (2 runs) and Brody Hoyng (3 runs) and Malave Bettinger (2 runs) both had three walks.
The Jays held their Senior Night for Curtis Geise, Troy Warnecke, Ryan Buescher, Andrew Metzger, Clay Courtney, Craig Klausing, Drew Wagner, Andrew Grothouse, Aaron Beck and Dylan Stump.
“Coldwater is a nice-hitting team. They seem to hit it wherever the ball is pitched — inside or out, up or down — and put it where they want to,” St. John’s coach Ryan Warnecke noted. “We hit the ball, too, but we couldn’t keep up with their offense. Our defense seemed to play scared tonight; we were afraid to make a play.”
Coldwater coach Brian Harlamert was pleased with his team’s overall effort.
“We came out ready to get good swings and only briefly went into a bit of a lull in the middle innings,” he added. “We also showed great discipline at the plate; that shows a lot of guys that know how to play the game of baseball.”
The Cavaliers took a 2-0 lead against Jays’ starter T.J. Hoersten in the first on three hits, including a run-scoring single by Selhorst (plating Otten). A passed ball scored the first run.
The Blue Jays (8-14, 3-6 MAC) had a chance to retaliate right away against Coldwater righty Greg Gilliland (5-0) on a single by Geise, a walk to Buescher and a run-scoring single by Warnecke. Metzger forced Buescher at third but Courtney walked to load the bases. The next two batters were retired to leave a 2-1 deficit.
The Cavaliers went up 4-1 in the second on three more safeties, including a 2-run liner to right by Otten.
Three more hits, a hit batter and an error produced three more runs in the third, chasing Hoersten for Drew Wagner. The error scored the first run, a triple by Muhlenkamp plated Selhorst and a double — greeting Wagner — by Schramm scored Muhlenkamp for a 7-1 advantage.
The Jays got within 7-3 in the third on a walk and two hits, with the big blow a 2-run double to right center by Courtney (Buescher and Warnecke).
Coldwater got a single tally in the fourth on a walk and three hits, including Selhorst’s RBI knock to right (Bettinger).
The hosts got two on with two down in the fourth (Klausing and Buescher).
The guests tacked on two more runs — making it 10-3 — in the fifth on two errors, a walk and one hit by Selhorst that scored Otten. Earlier, a sacrifice fly by Mitch Henye (3 RBIs) got Hoyng home.
The hosts battled back within 10-5 in the home half against reliever Derek Thobe on three walks, a double-play grounder by Wagner (scoring Metzger) and an infield hit by Klausing that got Courtney home.
The visitors kept on coming in the sixth against the third St. John’s hurler, Gage Seffernick. They compiled one hit, four bases-on-balls — one bases-loaded to Heyne — and sacrifice flies by Otten (Blake Splanger) and Selhorst (Hoyng) that put the scoreboard at 13-5, Coldwater.
The Cavaliers finished their scoring with six in the seventh, sending 10 to the dish. An error helped open the door but two walks — one with the bases juiced to Heyne (Splanger) — and four hits finished the job. One was a bases-clearing double by Selhorst, as well as an RBI double by Schramm and a run-producing single by Splanger.
Both teams return to action in the tournament Thursday: St. John’s versus Waynesfield-Goshen (Division IV Perry) and Coldwater vs. Lima Central Catholic (Division III at Shawnee).
Brody Hoyng cf/lf 3-3-0-0, Drew Otten 2b 4-2-3-3, Malave Bettinger dh 3-2-1-0, Greg Gilliland p 0-0-0-0, Derek Thobe p 0-0-0-0, Mitch Heyne 1b 2-2-1-3, Matt Selhorst 3b 5-1-4-7, Grant Muhlenkamp rf 4-2-2-1, Jason Bills ph 1-0-0-0, Christian Schramm lf 3-1-2-2, Mitch Schoenherr pr/cf 2-0-0-0, Matt Kramer c 3-1-2-0, Blake Splanger c 1-2-1-1, Adam Klosterman ss 5-3-2-0. Totals 36-19-18-17.
ST. JOHN’S (5)
Curtis Geise ss 4-1-1-0, Ryan Buescher c 2-1-2-0, Troy Warnecke 2b 3-1-1-1, Andrew Metzger cf 3-1-0-0, Clay Courtney rf 1-1-1-2, Aaron Beck ph 1-0-0-0, T.J. Hoersten p/1b 2-0-0-0, Andrew Grothouse ph 1-0-0-0, Drew Wagner 1b/p 3-0-0-1, Gage Seffernick p 0-0-0-0, Dylan Stump ph 1-0-0-0, Craig Klausing 3b 2-0-1-1, Ben Wrasman lf 3-0-0-0. Totals 26-5-6-5.
Score by Innings:
Coldwater 2 2 3 1 2 3 6 - 19
St. John’s 1 0 2 0 2 0 0 - 5
E: Geise 3, Wrasman 2, Wagner, Klausing; DP: St. John’s 2; LOB: Coldwater 11, St. John’s 8; 2B: Schramm 2, Courtney; 3B: Otten, Selhorst, Muhlenkamp ; SB: Hoyng, CS: Otten (by Buescher); SF: Otten, Heyne, Selhorst.
IP H R ER BB SO
Gilliland (W, 5-0) 4.0 4 3 3 4 2
Thobe 3.0 2 2 2 3 3
Hoersten (L) 2.0 7 7 6 1 0
Wagner 3.0 6 3 1 3 2
Seffernick 2.0 5 9 5 6 1
Hoersten pitched to 3 batters in the 3rd
WP: Hoersten 2, Wagner 2; PB: Buescher; HBP: Klausing (by Gilliland), Heyne (by Hoersten), Muhlenkamp (by Wagner).
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