|Spencerville scores 5 in 5th to defeat Jays|
|Tuesday, April 08, 2014 8:15 PM|
By LARRY HEIING
DELPHOS — Play Ball!
That’s two words that Coach Ryan Warnecke and his Blue Jay baseball team have been waiting to hear after five games in a row were washed out by rain.
After opening the season with losses to powerhouses Wapakoneta and Crestview, two games at Jefferson, a doubleheader at Antwerp and a game at Shawnee were all rained out.
Spencerville scored five runs in the fifth inning Tuesday night at Stadium Park to break a 4-4 tieand eventually grab a 10-5 victory to improve to 3-2 on the season, while the Jays dropped to 0-3.
The Bearcats loaded the bases in top of the fifth inning without a hit after three straight walks. James Schaad’s fielder’s choice scored Hunter French from third base to break the deadlock. An error by the St. John’s infield led to two more unearned runs and Coach Warnecke to grab a bottle of antacids as the Blue Jays’ fielding woes continued. After pitcher T.J. Hoersten recorded two outs, a grounder to shortstop appeared to get the final out of the inning. The throw to first sailed over Jesse Ditto’s head at first base and the Bearcats led 9-4.
The Bearcats scored once more in the seventh inning as Bubba Shimp singled to center with two. French’s grounder to short was overthrown at third base to score Shimp and Spencerville’s lead was six runs. The Bearcats’ scoring was halted by a great defensive play when Wyatt Krouskop’s grounder found its way to Ben Wrasman in center field. Wrasman’s laser throw to teammate Hoersten at second base nailed the Spencerville runner for the final out of the inning.
St. John’s didn’t go down without a fight as they rallied in the bottom of the inning. With one out, J.R. Keirns singled to right field but was gunned down at third base on Jesse Ditto’s grounder. Josh Warnecke’s single to left center plated Ditto to cut the lead in half 10-5. Austin Heiing walked and Hoersten singled to left to load the bases. The game ended when Wrasman’s roller down the base-line was grabbed by the third baseman, who stepped the bag to secure the win.
Bearcat head coach Troy Montenery was pleased with his young team’s performance.
“We started four freshman and four sophomores and we beat a good MAC squad tonight. We had great pitching from Jacob Meyer and Thad Ringwald as they kept us in the game. That fifth inning was big as we came up with some big hits to score five runs to break open a close game,” he explained.
Blue Jay starting pitcher Jacob Youngpeter struck out the first two batters he faced in the first inning to open the game. Meyer walked and stole second and third base and came come on an RBI double by Shimp.
The home team scored in the bottom of the first when Hoersten singled, Wrasman walked and Buddy Jackson hit a double to score Hoersten.
The Jays took the lead in the next inning after holding Spencerville scoreless. Ditto singled to right and Heiing scorched a double to left. Hoersten followed with another double to score both runners and the Jays led briefly 3-1.
Krouskop tied the score in the next at-bat for Spencerville with a pair of runs batted in on a single to center field.
The back and forth scoring continued as the Jays took a 4-3 lead on a sacrifice fly by Gage Seffernick and Spencerville came right back after loading the
bases to even the score at four after four innings.
After the game, Coach Warnecke was pleased by the pitching of his staff.
“This was the first time out for Jacob Youngpeter and he did a good job with five strikeouts and limited innings. T.J kept us in the game and Jorden Boone had a good outing. It’s the same story in the loss; mental mistakes in the field cost us the game,” he added.
St. John’s left the bases loaded twice in the contest and left a total of 11 runners on base. Spencerville left nine runners on base.
The next game for St. John’s will be tonight at Stadium Park against Lima Central Catholic.
Spencerville hosts Bluffton Thursday.
Spencerville ( 10)
David Wisher ss 4-0-1-0, Thad Ringwald 1b 4-0-1-0, Jacob Meyer p 2-2-1-0, Bubba Shimp 2b 4-1-2-1, Hunter French c 3-2-1-0, Wyatt Krouskop rf 3-1-1-2, Nick Freewalt 1-2-0-0, James Schaad 4-1-2-1. Totals: 25-10-9-7.
St. John’s (5)
Austin Heiing lf 4-1-2-0, TJ Hoersten 4-1-3-2, Ben Wrasman 3-0-1-0, Buddy Jackson 2-1-1-1, Andy May 4-0-0-0, Kyle Pohlman 3-0-0-0, Gage Seffernick 2-0-0-1, Jesse Ditto 3-2-2-0, Jacob Youngpeter 1-0-0-0, JR Keirns 2-0-1-0, Josh Warnecke 2-0-1-1, Jorden Boone 1-0-0-0. Totals: 31-5-12-5.
Score by Innings
Spencerville 1-0-2-1-5-0-1 — 10
St. John’s 1-2-1-0-0-0-1 — 5
WP: Jacob Meyer, LP: Jacob Youngpeter BB: Spencerville: Meyer (3), Carpenter, French, Krouskop, Freewalt, Ringwald; St. John’s, Jackson (2), Wrasman, Heiing. 2B: Shimp, Jackson, Heiing. Sac: Hoersten, May. SB: Meyer (2), Schaad, Freewalt. HBP: Wisher, Wrasman.