|Wildcats ride 2-hitter from Herron, Teman to whitewash Jays|
|Wednesday, July 03, 2013 12:07 AM|
By JIM METCALFE
DELPHOS — The 2013 ACME Congress Summer Baseball tournament (Van Wert County) got underway Tuesday in Delphos (postponed from Monday) at Wildcat Field and Stadium Park.
Before the rains hit just before 6 p.m., the Wildcats had ridden the combined 2-hitter of Jordan Herron and an 11-hit attack to bounce the Blue Jays 10-0 in five innings.
Herron (4 innings, 2 hits; 60 pitches, 41 strikes) sent down the Jays 1-2-3 in the first two frames.
Jefferson got rolling with three tallies in the bottom of the first against Jays’ starter Ben Wrasman. Josh Teman (2 walks, 2 runs) walked to get it started, stole second (one of 12 by the team), went to third on Jace Stockwell’s sacrifice and scored on Ross Thompson’s (2-for-3, 2 runs) triple to right. In turn, Thompson scored on Zavier Buzard’s infield hit to the hole at short. He stole a pair of bases and scored on Austin Jettinghoff’s blooper to right. In turn, he stole second and advanced to third on a bounceout by Herron but couldn’t score.
Jefferson made it 5-0 in the second. With an out, Gage Mercer (2-for-2, 2 runs) singled up the gut, burgled second and touched the dish courtesy of a 2-out single to right by Stockwell. Thompson singled up the gut, sending Stockwell toward third; an error on the play allowed him to score and put the batter at second. He was caught stealing third to end the inning at 5-0, Jefferson.
The Jays had their first real threat in the top of the third. With two outs, J.R. Keirns singled to right, followed by a free pass to Andy May and a liner to left by Austin Heiing to load the bases. However, they remained that way on T.J. Hoersten’s comebacker.
The Red and White made it 9-0 in the fourth. Jake Pulford singled to right center and pinch-runner Adam Rode stole second. He went to third on a bunt single by Mercer and the latter stole second. Back-to-back wild pitches scored both. Teman walked and stole second and third. An out later, Thompson was safe on a fielder’s choice and quickly swiped second. Buzard (2-for-3, 3 RBIs) knocked both of them in with a slice to right but he was doubled-up on a pop-up by Jettinghoff on an ensuing run-down.
The Jays had their final chance in the fifth against Wildcat reliever Teman. Brandon Slate walked but Chad Etgen bounced into a 6-4-3 double play and the final out was record.
Jays’ reliever Slate got the first two outs of the fifth but Tyler Rice singled and stole second. Mercer walked and when Teman’s fly ball to the outfield was dropped, Rice scored to end the game.
Shortly after the completion of the game, the skies opened up and forced postponement of the nightcap between Jefferson and top-seeded Crestview to be postponed to today at a site and time to be determined.
The Jays will play the loser of tonight’s continuation of the Lincolnview/Van Wert matchup (postponed from Tuesday) at a time and site TBA.
ST. JOHN’S (0)
Andy May cf 1-0-0-0, Ryan Hellman 2b 0-0-0-0, Austin Heiing lf 2-0-1-0, T.J. Hoersten ss 2-0-0-0, Ben Wrasman p/cf 2-0-0-0, Kyle Pohlman 1b 2-0-0-0, Jesse Ditto 1b 0-0-0-0, Gage Seffernick 3b 2-0-0-0, Brandon Slate 2b/p 1-0-0-0, Chad Etgen rf 2-0-0-0, J.R. Keirns dh 2-0-1-0, Owen Baldauf c 0-0-0-0. Totals 16-0-2-0.
Josh Teman lf/p 2-2-0-0, Jace Stockwell ss 2-1-1-1, Ross Thompson 3b 3-2-2-1, Zavier Buzard cf 3-1-2-3, Ryan Goergens cf 0-0-0-0, Austin Jettinghoff 2b 3-0-1-1, Kurt Wollenhaupt 2b 0-0-0-0, Jordan Herron p 2-0-1-0, Tyler Talboom rf 1-0-0-0, Hunter Binkley rf/lf 2-0-0-0, Damien Dudgeon ph 1-0-0-0, Jake Pulford dh 2-0-1-0, Adam Rode pr 0-1-0-0, Ryan Bullinger 1b 0-0-0-0, Tyler Rice ph/1b 1-1-1-0, Gage Mercer c 2-2-2-0. Totals 24-10-11-6.
Score by Innings:
St. John’s 0 0 0 0 0 - 0
Jefferson 3 2 0 4 1 - 10
Two outs in fifth when game-ending run scored
E: May, Etgen; DP: St. John’s 1, Jefferson 1; LOB: St. John’s 3, Jefferson 4; 3B: Thompson; SB: Teman 3, Buzard 2, Mercer 2, Thompson, Jettinghoff, Herron, Rode, Rice; CS: Thompson (by Wrasman).
IP H R ER BB SO
Wrasman (L) 4.0 10 9 8 2 1
Slate 0.2 1 1 0 1 1
Herron (W) 4.0 2 0 0 1 6
Teman 1.0 0 0 0 1 0