|Jefferson baseballers open with shutout of Kalida|
|Tuesday, April 01, 2014 12:00 AM|
By JIM METCALFE
KALIDA — A more veteran Jefferson baseball squad ruined the head coaching debut of Kalida’s Joe Recker with a solid overall performance in an 8-0 opening-game shutout on a gorgeous spring afternoon and early evening Monday at Holy Name Ballpark in Kalida.
Jefferson senior right-hander Ross Thompson (1-0; 5 innings pitched, 1 hit, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts) and fellow senior Jordan Herron (2 IPs, 1 hit, 4 BBs, 2 Ks) combined on the 98-pitch 2-hitter (56 strikes).
Jefferson worked its way for eight hits and eight walks against a trio of Kalida hurlers — sophomore southpaw starter Austin Swift (3 IPs, 1 hit, 2 earned runs, 5 BBs, 1 K, 1 wild pitch), sophomore Trent Gerding (1 IP, 5 hits, 5 ERs, 1 BB, 1 WP, 1 hit batter) and senior Randy Zeller (3 IPs, 2 hits, 1 ER, 2 BBs, 2 Ks, 1 HBP).
The only Kalida hits came from freshman Noah Lambert — one a double — while junior Brent Hovest had a pair of walks.
Junior Ryan Bullinger had the only multi-hit game, going 2-for-2 (1 run, 1 run batted in), while senior Austin Jettinghoff slapped a 3-run dinger in the 5-run fourth inning, Thompson walked three times (2 runs), sophomore Josh Teman two times and freshman leadoff hitter Jace Stockwell was plunked twice.
Jefferson 0 2 0 5 0 1 0 - 8 8 1
Kalida 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 2 0
Winning pitcher — Ross Thmpson (1-0); Losing pitcher — Austin Swift (0-1). Doubles: Ryan Bullinger (D), Noah Lambert (K). Stolen Bases: Thompson 2, Jordan Herron (D), Ryan Bullinger (D). Caught Stealing: Josh Teman (D) - by Brent Hovest, Tyler Rice (D) - by Hovest, Hovest - by Nick Fitch. Wild pitch: Swift, Trent Gerding (K). Passed ball: Hovest 2.
(Longer article and box score in Wednesday’s paper).