|Rice hurls Wildcats past Lancers in ACME|
|Thursday, June 20, 2013 12:16 AM|
By JIM METCALFE
DELPHOS — Tyler Rice, the ace of the Jefferson spring baseball team, lived up to that billing Wednesday night at Wildcat Field as he threw a complete game against Lincolnview and grabbed a 5-3 ACME summer-baseball triumph.
Rice threw 106 pitches (75 for strikes) as he ceded eight hits and three runs (one earned), walking none and fanning seven as the Wildcats finally had a more-complete team in improving to 1-6.
The Lancers threw a trio of pitchers: starter Austin Leeth (three innings, eight hits, two earned runs, two walks, two Ks), losing reliever Kyle Williams (one IP, one hit, three BBs, three earned runs) and lefty Dalton Hines (two IPs, one walk).
The Lancers led 3-2 to start the bottom of the fourth when the Wildcats rallied with a three spot. With one down, Gage Mercer (2-for-3, two runs scored) walked and Adam Rode (2-for-2) sacrificed. Back-to-back bases-on-balls to Austin Jettinghoff and Tyler Talboom loaded the bases. Rice unloaded with a full-count bases-clearing three-run double down the left-field line.
Lincolnview got a two-out single to right center by Conner McCleery in the fifth.
Troy Patterson beat out an infield hit up the middle with one down in the Lancer sixth and advanced on a comebacker by Leeth.
The Wildcats left two on in the sixth: one-out hit batter (Rode) and two-out walk (Talboom) and a wild pitch.
The visitors scored once in the visiting first. With one out, Eli Farmer got aboard on an error, stole second and scored on a two-out tough-bounce single by McCleery (2-for-3) that handcuffed third sacker Damien Dudgeon.
The Red and White loaded the bases in the bottom of the first. Mercer led off with a single but was caught stealing by Tyler Richey. Rode singled, Jettinghoff doubled and Talboom (three walks) walked. However, Leeth got out of the inning without ceding a run.
The Lancers made it 2-0 in the second. Derek Youtsey singled to left and Patterson lined to right. Leeth laid down a bunt but an error on the throw to third allowed the bases to be loaded. Two outs later, Farmer beat out an infield hit to short that scored Youtsey but Patterson was gunned down at home trying to score by Jordan Herron.
Delphos tied it in the second. Dudgeon singled up the gut but was eliminated on a one-out grounder by Ryan Goergens. Mercer got aboard on a wicked-hop single that hit shortstop Williams in the face and got to the outfield. A wild pitch advanced both and both scored on a chopper up the middle by Rode.
Derek Friesner singled to commence the visiting third and advanced to second on a one-out comebacker by Jalen Roberts.
Delphos missed a chance to add to its lead in the home third. With one gone, Rice (2-for-4, three RBIs) singled to left and Herron singled to left center. Dudgeon walked to juice the bases but Kurt Wollenhaupt bounced into a 1-2-3 double play.
The visitors scored their final tally in the fourth to make it 3-2. Patterson beat out an infield hit to the hole at deep short and pinch-runner Cole Schmersal stole second. A 1-out wild pitch moved him to third and he scored on a groundout to short by Richey.
Jefferson hosts Columbus Grove 6 p.m. today; Lincolnview hosts Van Wert 6 p.m. Friday.
Kyle Williams ss/p 3-0-0-0, Dalton Hines p 1-0-0-0, Eli Farmer 3b 4-1-1-1, Derek Friesner rf 3-0-1-0, Troy Neate rf 1-0-0-0, Conner McCleery 1b 3-0-2-1, Jalen Roberts cf 3-0-0-0, Derek Youtsey lf 3-1-1-0, Troy Patterson 2b 3-0-3-0, Cole Schmersal pr 0-1-0-0, Austin Leeth p/ss 3-0-0-0, Tyler Richey c 3-0-0-1. Totals 30-3-8-2.
Gage Mercer c 3-2-2-0, Adam Rode lf 2-0-2-2, Austin Jettinghoff ss 2-2-0-1, Tyler Talboom cf 1-1-0-0, Tyler Rice p 4-0-2-3, Jordan Herron 1b 3-0-1-0, Damien Dudgeon 3b 2-0-1-0, Kurt Wollenhaupt 2b 3-0-0-0, Ryan Goergens rf 2-1-0-0, Christian Stemen ph/rf 1-0-0-0. Totals 24-5-8-5.
Score by Innings:
Lincolnview 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 - 3
Jefferson 0 2 0 3 0 0 x - 5
E: Rice, Dudgeon; DP: Lincolnview 1; LOB: Lincolnview 6, Jefferson 9; 2B: Jettinghoff, Rice; SB: Farmer, Schmersal; CS: Mercer (by Richey); Sac: Rode.
IP H R ER BB SO
Leeth 3.0 8 2 2 2 2
Williams (L) 1.0 1 3 3 3 0
Hines 2.0 0 0 0 1
Rice (W) 7.0 8 3 1 0 7
WP: Leeth, Hines, Rice; HBP: Rode(by Hines).