|Redskins erupt for 5 in 9th to oust ’Cats in ACME|
|Saturday, July 13, 2013 12:08 AM|
BY JIM METCALFE
ST. HENRY — Jefferson forced extra innings in its M.A.V.S. ACME District losers’-bracket contest versus St. Henry Friday night at St. Henry’s Wally Post Athletic Complex.
Alas for the Wildcats, the Redskins put up a 5-spot in the top of the eighth to grab a 10-5 victory and eliminate them (7-13).
Jefferson had trailed 5-2 after 4 1/2 innings before rallying with two tallies in the home fifth and a solo tally in the seventh to force the eighth inning tied at 5-5.
However, expected spring ace Tyler Rice (7 1/3 innings, 10 hits, 9 runs, 7 earned, 3 walks; 115 pitches, 70 for strikes) ran out of gas on this brilliant but warm summer evening. He retired the first batter but then surrendered a double (Andrew Lundvall, back-to-back free passes (Mitchell Dorner and Brian Kremer) and then a 2-run single by Austin Bills (Lundvall and Dorner) to center through a drawn-in infield for a 7-5 lead. That brought Jordan Herron in to pitch and he ceded a line single to right by Jared Everett; an error on the play allowed Kremer to score and put runners at second and third. An out later, Garrett Stout slashed a tough-hop single down the third-base line to get Bills and pinch-runner Paul Stammen home for a 10-5 edge.
That gave Kremer the victory in relief in three frames of relief (3 hits, 1 earned run, 4 Ks). He gave up a 1-out blooper to right by Tyler Talboom.
The Redskins, the visiting team on the scoreboard, scored a run in the top of the first against Rice: 1-out liner to right center by Brian Holloman, stolen base, single to left by Paul and a sacrifice fly to center by Lundvall.
Jefferson took its only lead in the home half against starter Jeff Paul (5-plus IPs, 2 hits, 4 runs, 3 earned, 8 free passes, 5 Ks; 97 pitches, 49 strikes). With one out, Jace Stockwell was safe on a fielding error and Austin Jettinghoff walked. A wild pitch moved both runners up a base and both scored as Jake Pulford (3-for-3, 3 runs batted in) doubled to right center. An out hence, Nick Fitch and Talboom walked to load the bases but the Wildcats could not inflict any more damage to lead 2-1.
The ’Skins tied it 2-2 in the second. Kremer walked, scooted to third on a throwing error on a ground ball by Bills and scored as Josh Osterholt bounced into a 6-4-3 twin-killing (no RBI).
Hunter Binkley walked with one down in the home second but was gunned down by Holloman trying to swipe second.
St. Henry took the lead 5-2 in the third. Stout singled, swiped second, advanced on a Holloman bounceout and touched the dish on Paul’s triple to deep center. In turn, he scored on Lundvall’s liner to right. He stole second, took third on Dorner’s liner to center and scored on a miscue on the sequence.
Rice retired 12 of the next 13 Redskins batters, only ceding a leadoff single to left by Holloman, as he only tossed 34 pitches in that span.
Pulford singled with one down in the home third but Herron bounced into a 6-4-3 double play.
Jefferson began its comeback in earnest in the fifth. Ryan Bullinger walked to start off; Binkley sacrificed. After Stockwell walked, he was forced at second on Jettinghoff’s grounder that moved Bullinger to third, from where he scored on a wild pitch; Jettinghoff hustled all the way to third, from where he scored on a wild pitch for a 5-4 deficit. Pulford walked but went no farther.
Fitch walked on four straight pitches to commence the Delphos sixth, ending Paul’s stint on the mound for the flame-throwing Kremer, who struck out the side in 10 pitches.
Jefferson tied it in the seventh. Binkley beat out an infield hit to short, Stockwell bunted him up a base, Jettinghoff’s comebacker pushed him to third and he scored on Pulford’s grounder into center.
“We kept coming back. That’s all you can ask for any time,” Jefferson ACME coach Mark Jettinghoff noted. “We had a great summer and got an awful lot of young guys playing time at this level; we were missing three or four position players tonight. Tyler (Rice) just ran out of gas on a warm night; he gave me everything he had and kept us in the game.”
“I’m thankful we finally started to hit again but it was an ugly game all-around. It was the best we’ve hit all tournament long,” St. Henry ACME coach Andy Mikesell noted. “We have some position players missing and we moved people around. I figured Jeff might struggle because all our pitchers are rusty right now.”
St. Henry (19-6) awaits the winner of the Anna-Minster tussle (later Friday) for an 11 a.m. matchup today.
ST. HENRY (10)
Garrett Stout cf 5-1-2-2, Briar Holloman c 5-1-2-0, Jeff Paul p/ss/rf 4-1-2-1, Andrew Lundvall lf 3-2-2-2, Mitchell Dorner ss/2b 3-1-1-0, Brian Kremer 2b/p 2-2-0-0, Austin Bills dh 4-1-1-2, Jason Jacobs 1b 0-0-0-0, Josh Osterholt rf 2-0-0-0, Jared Everett rf 1-0-0-0, Derek Lange 2b 1-0-1-0, Paul Stammen pr 0-1-0-0, D.J. Kunkler 3b 4-0-1-0. Totals 34-10-12-7.
Hunter Binkley cf 2-1-1-0, Jace Stockwell ss 2-1-0-0, Austin Jettinghoff 2b/3b 3-2-0-0, Jake Pulford dh 3-0-3-3, Kurt Wollenhaupt pr 0-0-0-0, Ryan Goergens rf 0-0-0-0, Jordan Herron 3b/p 4-0-0-0, Nick Fitch c 2-0-0-0, Tyler Talboom lf 3-0-1-0, Tyler Rice p/2b 4-0-0-0, Ryan Bullinger 1b 3-1-0-0. Totals 26-5-5-3.
Score by Innings:
St. Henry 1 1 3 0 0 0 0 5 - 10
Jefferson 2 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 - 5
E: Kunkler, Binkley, Herron, Goergens; DP: St. Henry 1, Jefferson 1; LOB: St. Henry 4, Jefferson 7; 2B: Lundvall, Pulford; 3B: Paul; SB: Holloman 2, Stout, Paul, Lundvall; CS: Binkley (by Holloman); POB: Kunkler (by Rice); Sac: Binkley, Stockwell; SF: Lundvall.
IP H R ER BB SO
Paul 5.0 2 4 3 8 5
Kremer (W) 3.0 3 1 1 0 4
Rice (L) 7.1 10 9 7 3 0
Herron 0.2 2 1 1 0 0
Paul pitched to 1 batter in sixth
WP: Paul 3.