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Friday, June 28, 2013 12:13 AM


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VAN WERT - All nine Van Wert hitters shared the wealth Thursday night as the Cougar ACME squad blasted Fort Jennings 11-1.

Van Wert is now 11-5. The Musketeers are 0-10.

The Cougs scored at least one run and had at least two hits in every inning.


Van Wert starter Jacob Braun struggled with an arm issue but managed a 1-2-3 top of the first.

The hosts took a 1-0 lead in the bottom half on an infield single by shortstop Justice Tussing, a sacrifice bunt by third baseman Cody Keirns and a single through the third/short hole by centerfielder Brant Henry.

The Musketeers made a brief threat in the top of the second. Third baseman Alex Vetter led off with a flare single to right center and rightfielder Jared Hoersten walked. Catcher Sam Vetter plated Alex Vetter with a single through the third/short hole. With a 1-2 count on second baseman Ryan Rau, the sore-armed Braun was relieved by Ethan Williams, who promptly retired Rau and the next two batters, slamming the door for good on the visitors. Williams then allowed only one base-runner per inning in the third, fourth and fifth.

Van Wert scored four unearned runs in the second. Although Musketeer starting lefty Dylan Van Loo retired the first two batters, the next five batters reached. Two left-handed hitters: second baseman Joe Lisa and catcher Ryan McCracken; blooped singles to right. Although McCracken was caught trying to go to second on the throw to get Tussing, the second throw was wild, allowing McCracken to escape and the inning to continue. Tussing then walked, filling the bags. Keirns blasted a triple to the right-centerfield gap, scoring Lisa, McCracken and Tussing. Henry’s shot to short was then bobbled, plating Keirns and making it 5-1 after two.

With Williams firmly in control on the mound, that would be plenty.

The Cougs got another one in the third on a single by first baseman Kevin Agler, single by leftfielder Jacob Williams, walk to Lisa and RBI single by McCracken.

They added two in the sixth on a single by rightfielder Tyler Williams, an Agler double, an Ethan Williams single and a Lisa single.

Van Wert run-ruled it in the fifth off of reliever Alex Sealts via four consecutive hits — Tussing single, Keirns single, Henry 2-run triple and Tyler Williams’ walk-off single to the fence in right center.

Van Wert piled up 16 hits, with Tussing, Keirns, Henry, Tyler Williams, Agler, Lisa and McCracken getting two each. Keirns and Henry drove in three runs apiece and both of them had triples. Tussing scored three times.

Ethan Williams picked up the win, throwing four innings of shutout baseball while giving up only two hits, striking out two and walking one. Of his 48 pitches, 32 were strikes.

Sam Vetter led Musketeer hitters, going 2-for-2 with an RBI.

Fort Jennings (ab-r-h-rbi)

Metzger cf/ss 3-0-0-0, Sealts ss/p 2-0-1-0, Wittler 1b 3-0-0-0, Alex Vetter 2-1-1-0, Hoersten rf 0-0-0-0, Bankey rf 1-0-0-0, Sam Vetter c 2-0-2-1, Rau 2b 2-0-0-0, Hellman lf/cf 2-0-0-0, Van Loo p/lf 2-0-0-0. Totals 19-1-4-1.

Van Wert (ab-r-h-rbi)

Tussing ss 3-3-2-0, Keirns 3b 4-2-2-3, Henry 4-1-2-3, Tyler Williams 4-1-2-1, Agler 1b 3-2-2-1, Braun p 0-0-0-0, Ethan Williams p 3-0-1-0, Williamson lf 3-0-1-0, Lisa 2b 2-1-2-1, McCracken c 3-1-2-1. Totals 29-11-16-10.

Score by Innings: R H E

Ft. Jennings 0 1 0 0 0 - 1 4 2

Van Wert 1 4 1 2 3 - 11 16 1

WP Ethan Williams; LP: Van Loo. 2B: Agler. 3B: Keirns, Henr. LOB: Fort Jennings 5, Van Wert 8.

Last Updated on Friday, June 28, 2013 12:26 AM

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