|Fifth inning dooms Jays vs. Indians|
|Thursday, April 10, 2014 8:18 PM|
SHAWNEE — “We’re one inning away!” exclaimed St. John’s varsity baseball coach Ryan Warnecke after their 12-4 loss at Shawnee Thursday.
That one inning is the fifth inning for the Blue Jays in their last three games.
In a 10-5 loss to Spencerville, the Bearcats scored 5 runs in the fifth inning to break open a close game.
On Wednesday night, the LCC Thunderbirds took a 1-0 lead into the fifth and scored a handful of runs to cruise to a 10-0 victory.
St. John’s traveled to Shawnee for a make-up game from the game that was rained out on Monday evening. The Indians exploded for eight runs in the dreaded fifth inning to earn their fourth victory of the season.
The Indians jumped out to 2-0 lead in the first inning with only one hit but garnered three walks. The inning had its share of controversy as Shawnee’s Trevor Anderson swung at an apparent third strike, which was dropped by catcher Buddy Jackson. The throw to first was overthrown, which seemed to score Jake Sevitz. Coach Warnecke conferred with
the umpires to determine that Anderson foul-tipped the pitch, making it was a dead ball, and the batter returned to the plate.
The Jays got on the scoreboard in the next inning after all the confusion cleared as Josh Warnecke lead off the second with a walk. Jesse Ditto’s grounder to short was booted and St. John’s was in business with two runners on and no outs. Kyle Pohlman’s sac bunt moved up the runners and Ben Wrasman’s walk loaded the bases. T.J. Hoersten singled to center to score Warnecke and the visitors trailed 2-1.
The home Indians scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the third inning to take a 4-1 advantage.
St. John’s first two batters (Vogt and Wrasman) led off the fourth inning with walks. Shawnee coach Scott Newman replaced his starting pitcher, Blake Cassidy, after the free passes with Taylor Fickle. Austin Heiing greeted Fickle with a double to left to score both runners. Heiing came around to score when Shawnee committed an error on Gage Seffernick’s fly to right field and the score was tied at 4.
Then the Indians scored those eight unanswered runs as they banged out six in the inning along with four walks.
Coach Newman’s squad improved to 4-3 on the season.
“We have a young squad this season as our two pitchers tonight never pitched in a varsity game before. Our team is capable of hitting and I think that finally got through to their heads when they started collecting hits in the fifth inning,” Newman explained. “Our three losses were a doubleheader to Wauseon and to Defiance. Wauseon has two Division I prospects and Defiance always has a few. That’s what makes this game fun as we get to go out night after night and see all these good pitchers.”
Vogt took the loss for the Blue Jays and Cassidy won for the Indians.
“We need to tighten up our pitching and our fielders need to help them out by cutting down on the free passes with errors,” explained Coach Warnecke. “We are
seeing improvements with every game.”
The next game for the Blue Jays will be Monday at Kalida and Shawnee takes on WBL foe Wapakoneta.
St. John’s (4)
Ben Wrasman cf 2-1-0-0, T.J.Hoersten 2b 2-0-1-1, Austin Heiing lf 2-1-1-2, Buddy Jackson c 2-0-0-0, Gage Seffernick 3b 2-0-0-0, Josh Warnecke ss 1-1-1-1, Jesse Ditto p 4-0-2-0, Eric Vogt p 3-1-0-0, J.R.Keirns 1-0-1-0, Andy May 1-0-0-0. Totals: 22-4-6-4.
Jake Sevitz 2b 3-2-3-0, Trevor Anderson ss 1-2-0-0, Blake Cassidy p 0-0-0-0, William Kleffner dh 3-2-2-2, Zack Peake 1b 1-1-0-1, Toby Azeez rf 1-0-1-1, Chase Wilder c 3-1-2-4, Taylor Fickle 3b 2-0-0-0, Brandon Kohl cf 3-0-1-1, Justin Peake lf 3-0-1-1, Alex Lehman 1-0-0-0, Landon DeMoss 1-0-0-0, Justin Fullom 1-0-0-0, Logan Spieles 1-0-1-0. Totals: 26-12-12-9.
Score by Innings:
St. John’s 0-1-0-3-0-0-0 — 4 6 1
Shawnee 2-0-2-0-8-0-x — 12 12 2
BB: Anderson (3), Z.Peake (3), Jackson (2), Warnecke (2), Wrasman (2), Azeez, Sevitz, J.Peake, Vogt. Sac: Hoersten (2), Pohlman, Warnecke, Kleffner. SF: Wilder. SB: J. Peake, Wrasman. 2B: Wilder (2), Heiing, Kleffner. HBP: Heiing (by Cassidy).