|Wildcat baseballers walk past Polar Bears|
|Wednesday, April 02, 2014 8:16 PM|
By JIM METCALFE
DOLA — Sometimes the game of baseball is about hitting.
Sometimes it’s more about patience.
Jefferson’s crew only garnered seven hits but earned 15 walks and four hit batters en route to a 15-2 5-inning rout of Hardin Northern on a pleasant overcast Wednesday in Dola.
“We showed good patience at the plate but one of the things we need to address is being mentally focused from the start. We need to pay attention to such things as the opposing pitcher’s warming up and seeing what he’s got,” Jefferson coach Doug Geary began. “We need to make adjustments from that: some did and some didn’t and you could tell the ones who didn’t because they weren’t staying back. That is something we need to learn because those types of mistakes cost you in close games.”
The Wildcats (2-0) loaded the bases in the top of the first against Polar Bear (0-2) starter Colton Spearman (0-1; 2 1/3 innings pitched, 3 hits, 9 runs, 8 earned, 8 bases-on-balls, 2 hit batters, 1 strikeout) on a 1-out walk to Austin Jettinghoff — forced at second by Ross Thompson, who then stole a base — a hit batter (Nick Fitch), a double steal and a walk to Hunter Binkley but they remained loaded.
Jacob Gossard got aboard on an error to lead off the home half against Jefferson sophomore Josh Teman (1-0; 3 IPs, 3 hits, 2 ERs, 2 BBs, 4 Ks) and reached third on a Kyle Lamb sacrifice and a stolen base but couldn’t score.
Jefferson went up 1-0 in the second. Teman led off with a walk, stole second, took third on Ryan Bullinger’s blooper to right and scored on an error on the play. Jace Stockwell then bunted his way aboard but was eventually called out by the home-plate umpire for running outside the base-paths.
Rylie Drumm singled to start the second and advanced on a 1-out pickoff error but was then picked off by Teman for the second out.
Jefferson erupted for 11 runs in the third and sent 17 batters to the dish against three pitchers. Thompson (walk) and Fitch (hit batter) started and stole the next base. Binkley beat out a slow roller to third to load the bases. Jordan Herron’s comebacker scored Thompson. Teman walked to juice the sacks and Fitch scored on a wild pitch. Back-to-back free passes to Tyler Rice and Bullinger plated Binkley for a 4-0 lead.
Stockwell then plated Teman and Rice with a single to center to make it 6-0. Jettinghoff walked to reload the bases and end Spearman’s stint on the mound, bringing in Brett Roby. An out hence, Fitch grounded a 2-run single into right and Jettinghoff took third on an error on the sequence. Binkley was plunked to load the sacks once more. A wild pitch plated Jettinghoff for a 9-0 edge.
An error on a Herron grounder scored Fitch and a hustling Binkley. Consecutive free passes (Teman, Rice, Bullinger) got Herron home for a 12-0 edge, bringing Riley Drumm to the mound to register the final out.
The Polar Bears got their only two runs in the home third. Thomson walked to commence the frame and took second on a 1-out wild pitch. Gossard hit a sinking single to center to put runners at first and third and then stole second. Both scored on a 2-run double to right center by Roby.
Jettinghoff started the Wildcat fourth with a triple to deep center and scored on a wild pitch. Thompson walked and Fitch was again plunked, bringing Cory Thomson to the mound. An out later, Adam Rode forced Fitch at second. Teman lined a single up the gut to get Thompson home for the ’Cats’ 14th run.
HN got runners aboard against Jettinghoff in the fourth on a 1-out single (Storm Drumm) and a 2-out free pass (Bradlee Watts) but failed to take advantage.
Delphos got its finale this night in the fifth. With one down, Stockwell lined a shot to center and Jettinghoff walked. The latter was forced on a Thompson grounder and Fitch walked to juice the bases. An outfield error on a fly ball hit by Binkley allowed Stockwell to score for a 15-2 edge.
Binkley hit pinch-hitter Zack Logan with two outs in the Polar Bear fifth but left him there.
“Josh did a nice job in settling down. Toward the third inning, he was popping the fastball,” Geary added. “We got some other pitchers in to get them an inning. Defensively, we were OK after we got ourselves into the game more. Again, we need to be ready to play, no matter our opponent; we can’t take anything for granted.”
Polar Bear coach Brady Mast knew this one was going to be a toughie from the start.
“We have our senior ace and threw him Monday. Today was a try-out for the rest of our staff,” Mast explained. “Our starter is a senior and had never pitched before. He showed some progress but the third inning caught up to him. Our second pitcher had never pitched before, either, and neither did our last pitcher. He did OK for his first time on the mound.”
Both teams return to the diamond today: Jefferson in its home-opener versus St. John’s and Hardin Northern versus Fairbanks.
Jace Stockwell ss 5-2-2-3, Austin Jettinghoff 2b/p 2-2-1-0, Ross Thompson 1b/3b 3-2-0-0, Nick Fitch c 1-2-1-2, Hunter Binkley lf/3b/2b/p 3-2-1-0, Jordan Herron 3b 3-1-0-1, Adam Rode 1b 2-0-0-0, Josh Teman p/cf 1-2-1-1, Tyler Rice rf 1-1-0-0, Kurt Wollenhaupt lf 1-0-0-0, Ryan Bullinger cf 1-1-1-2, Jesse Stemen rf 1-0-0-0. Totals 24-15-7-9.
HARDIN NORTHERN (2)
Jacob Gossard cf/3b 3-1-1-0, Kyle Lamb ss 2-0-0-0, Brett Roby 3b/p/1b 2-0-1-2, Paul Grayden ph 1-0-0-0, Colton Spearman p/cf 1-0-0-0, Zach Logan ph 0-0-0-0, Rylie Drumm 1b/p/rf 3-0-1-0, Cam Deckling c 2-0-0-0, Storm Drumm 2b 2-0-1-0, Cory Thomson rf/p 1-1-0-0, Bradlee Watts lf 1-0-0-0. Totals 18-2-4-2.
Score by Innings:
Jefferson 0 1 (11) 2 1 - 15
Har. North. 0 0 2 0 0 - 2
E: S. Drumm 2, Stockwell, Fitch, Spearman, Thomson; LOB: Jefferson 12, Hardin Northern 6; 2B: Roby; 3B: Stockwell; SB: Thompson 3, Fitch 2, Gossard 2, Teman; POB: R. Drumm (by Teman); Sac: Lamb.
IP H R ER BB SO
Teman (W, 1-0) 3.0 3 2 2 2 4
Jettinghoff 1.0 1 0 0 1 1
Binkley 1.0 0 0 0 0 0
Spearman (L, 0-1) 2.1 3 9 8 8 1
Roby 0.1 1 3 0 3 1
R. Drumm 0.1 1 2 2 1 0
Thomson 2.0 2 1 0 1 0
WP: Teman, Spearman, Roby, R. Drumm; HBP: Fitch 3 (by Spearman 2, by R. Drumm), Binkley (by Roby), Logan (by Binkley).