|Thunderbirds goose-egg Blue Jays|
|Wednesday, April 09, 2014 8:10 PM|
DELPHOS — For the second time in eight days, the St. John’s varsity baseball team took the field against a 2014 state high school basketball champion.
Last week, the Blue Jays were shut out 12-0 by Division IV champion Crestview in five innings.
Wednesday evening at Stadium Park, St. John’s played host to Lima Central Catholic with four players from the Division III champion squad and were shut out 10-0.
The first three innings of the battle on the diamond was a pitching duel between St. John’s junior Gage Seffernick and Jamaal Hairston for the Thunderbirds as both pitchers had goose eggs on the scoreboard.
Seffernick walked the first two batters he faced to open the fourth inning. A perfect sacrifice bunt by Drew Jennings put runners at second and third with only one out. Liam Stolly knocked in the first run of the contest with a single to center, scoring Jake Williams. On the play, Luke Baumgartner tried to score from second base but was gunned down at the plate on a strong throw from Ben Wrasman to Buddy Jackson for the final out of the inning.
The Thunderbirds scored four runs to open the fifth inning and sent Seffernick to the dugout. T.J. Hoersten faced runners on the corners with only one out as he came out of the bullpen for Coach Ryan Warnecke. Hoersten escaped the jam, allowing only one run and leaving the bases loaded.
Lima Central Catholic extended the lead to 7-0 in the sixth inning with a perfectly-executed hit-and-run by Williams to score Collin Stolly from second base. Josh Warnecke became the third Blue Jay pitcher of the game and retired all three batters he faced in the inning with a pair of strikeouts and a pop out.
Another very familiar last name in the L.C.C. tradition, Ethan O’Connor, came in to pitch the final two innings for the Thunderbirds. O’Connor struck out four Blue Jays and only allowed one hit by Eric Vogt to earn the save.
Thunderbird head coach John Schnieders said “he is feeling better about his team after an 0-3 start. I’m not making any excuses but with the late start with basketball, the weather and some nagging injuries, we just weren’t playing well. We finally got our whole team together for the first time on opening day and we started coming together. We are playing with confidence and energy combined with great defense to win three games in a row.”
The Thunderbirds stranded a dozen base-runners but could have had many more as the Blue Jays turned a pair of double plays during the contest.
St. John’s collected only four hits on the evening and had a total of six runners left on base.
After the Jays dropped to 0-4 for the season, Coach Warnecke explained “we are getting closer. The final score doesn’t reflect it but we played a good game tonight. We just need to put together a full seven innings and combine it with our good pitching and we’ll turn it around.”
The Blue Jays get a chance to get their first victory of the season as they travel to Shawnee tonight for a make-up game that was rained out on Monday.
Lima Central Catholic (10)
Collin Stolly ss 4-1-2-1, Jacob Judy lf 3-1-1-3, Jake Williams cf 2-2-1-2, Luke Baumgartner c 2-0-1-0, Drew Jennings 2b 4-1-1-1, Brad Stolly dh 3-0-0-0, Liam Stolly 1b 3-0-1-1, Aiden O’Connor 2-1-2-0, Jamel Hairston p 2-1-0-0, Aaron Wilker pr 0-1-0-0, Joey Watkins c 2-0-0-0, Trevor Hoff 1-1-1-0, Derrick Wolfe 0-1-0-0. Totals: 28-10-10-8.
St. John’s (0)
Austin Heiing lf 3-0-1-0, T.J. Hoersten 1b 3-0-1-0, Ben Wrasman cf 2-0-0-0, Buddy Jackson c 2-0-0-0, J.R.Keirns 3b 2-0-1-0, Gage Seffernick p 1-0-0-0, Andy May rf 3-0-0-0, Eric Vogt 2b 3-0-1-0, Josh Warnecke ss 3-0-0-0, Kyle Pohlman 2b 1-0-0-0, Jesse Ditto 1b 1-0-0-0. Totals: 24-0-4-0.
Score By Innings:
L.C.C. 0-0-0-1-5-2-2 (10)
St. John’s 0-0-0-0-0-0-0 (0)
SB: C.Stolly, Judy, Williams, Jennings, Wrasman. BB: Williams(4), Baumgartner, A.O’Connor(2), L.Stolly, Wolfe, Judy, Jackson. Sac: Jennings, Stolly, Seffernick. 2B: Judy. HBP: Hairston/Judy (by Seffernick), Wrasman (by Hairston).
IP H R ER BB SO
Hairston (W) 5.0 3 0 0 4
E. O’Connor 2.0 1 0 1 4
Seffernick (L) 4.1 5 4 4 0 0
Hoersten 0.2 3 1 2 0 0
Warnecke 2.0 2 3 4 2 0