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Sunday, April 13, 2014 8:00 PM

By JIM METCALFE

Staff Writer

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BATH TOWNSHIP — Jefferson’s baseball team faced two different style of pitchers Saturday afternoon in a twin-bill at Bath High School.

The result was the same: two losses.

Bath rode the 1-hit shutout of 6-6 right-hander Taren Sullivan in game 1 to a 10-0 5-inning triumph.

In the nightcap, southpaw Eric Jordan twirled a 6-hitter as the hosts grabbed a 6-1 triumph.

In the opener, freshman Jace Stockwell had the only hit for the visiting Wildcats against Sullivan (5 innings pitched, 2 bases-on-balls, 9 strikeouts, 1 hit batter). He, along with Nick Fitch, earned free passes and Austin Jettinghoff was hit by a pitch.

Freshman right-hander Hunter Binkley made his varsity pitching debut for the Red and White, ceding seven hits and five runs (4 earned), walking two and fanning two in 3 2/3 innings. Adam Rode threw an inning of relief (3 hits, 5 earned runs, 3 BBs).

Colin Gossard went 3-for-3 at the plate for the hosts (4 runs batted in, 2 runs scored), while Bronson Best was 2-for-3 (2 runs) and Cam Jenkins 2-for-4 (3 RBIs).

Stockwell led off the game with a walk but an out later, was caught stealing by Jenkins.

Bath put together two runs in the home first on a 1-out walk (Gossard), an Eric Heffner sacrifice, one hit — a run-scoring single by Jordan — and an error, plating Jordan.

Bath made it 4-0 in the second on four hits, including back-to-back run-scoring doubles by Luke Niebel (Bronson Best) and Gossard (Niebel).

Jefferson had its best chance in the top of the third. Fitch walked; two outs later, Stockwell lined a hit into right. A wild pitch moved both up but to no avail.

Jefferson turned a double play in the bottom of the third to keep within four runs.

Jefferson’s last chance came in the fourth. With one out, Jettinghoff was plunked and stole second. However, he went no farther.

Bath made it 5-0 in the home fourth, chasing Binkley for Rode. They had two hits, one an RBI double by Gossard (Tyler Stahl).

The host Wildcats put it away with a 5 spot in the fifth, totaling two walks — one a bases-loaded free pass to Niebel (Hayden Atkins) — a hit batter, three fielder’s choices, a balk and three hits: two were 2-RBI singles by Gossard and Jordan, the latter ending the contest.

In the second game, Jordan tossed 97 pitches (57 for strikes) in giving up one earned run (4 BBs, 2 Ks).

“We only had seven hits in both games combined but I credit that to their starting pitching,” Jefferson coach Doug Geary noted. “You aren’t going to see two pitchers like that on the same team every game. We struggled getting anything going all day and it’s a testament to their pitching.”

Stockwell went 2-for-3 (BB), while Jettinghoff scored the only run.

Jordan Herron went four frames, yielding four hits and four runs (3 earned), walking two (1 intentional) and fanning two. Brandan Herron mopped up with two innings of 3-hit, 2-run (1 earned) ball.

Best (2 RBIs, 2 runs), Heffner (2 runs, 1 RBI) and Hunter Wise (run) all went 2-for-3 for the hosts.

Stockwell led off the nightcap with a free pass. An out later, he was erased by Tyler Rice’s comebacker and Rice remained stranded.

In the home half, Jordan reached second on an error and balk but remained there.

Delphos had an opening in the top of the second. Binkley walked but was picked off base. An out later, a Jordan Herron single and Josh Teman walk created hopes but they were dashed.

Bath got the first two on base in the second — a Hunter Wise single and a hit batter (Blake McGue) — but couldn’t advance them.

Stockwell beat out an infield hit to the hole at short to commence the Delphos third; an out later, Ross Thompson bounced into an inning-ending double play, the first of two Bath turned this game.

Bath scored its first tally in the home third on a leadoff walk to Heffner, an error on a Gossard ground ball, an error on a pickoff try and an RBI groundout by Jordan. It could have been another run but an alert play by catcher Fitch got Gossard at home trying to score on a pitch in the dirt.

Delphos scored its lone run in the fourth on consecutive opening hits by Jettinghoff (single to center), Binkley (infield hit up the middle) and Gage Mercer (bloop to right center). Herron bounced to short to start a 6-4-3 twin-killing that plated Jettinghoff for a 1-1 tie.

Bath took the lead for good — 4-1 — in the home half on a walk, hit batter, a sacrifice (Dylan Burkholder) and three hits. The big blow was a 2-run bloop double to right center by Best (Wise, McGue) that eluded diving centerfielder Teman and Heffner knocked in another (Best) on a bad-hop single that handcuffed third baseman Thompson.

Delphos tried to rally in the sixth on a 2-out Binkley grounder that was misplayed but he remained on first.

Bath tacked on its final two tallies in the home sixth, using two errors (one that scored Best) and three hits, including a run-scoring 2-baser by Gossard (Heffner).

Jefferson again tried to answer in the top of the seventh. With two gone, Ryan Bullinger walked and a bloop down the right-field line by Stockwell put runners on the corners. However, Jordan got the final out to end the second game.

“We did not play very well defensively today,” Geary added. “Even when we weren’t committing errors, we were making fundamental mental mistakes that cost us. We cannot afford to give any team extra puts, let alone strong programs like Bath. However, we kept playing and kept a positive attitude. We have a lot of room to improve but the attitude helps.”

Jefferson hosts Lincolnview today.

Game 1

JEFFERSON (0)

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Jace Stockwell ss 1-0-1-0, Tyler Rice rf 2-0-0-0, Ross Thompson 3b 2-0-0-0, Austin Jettinghoff 2b 1-0-0-0, Hunter Binkley p/lf 2-0-0-0, Gage Mercer 1b 2-0-0-0, Nick Fitch c 1-0-0-0, Josh Teman cf 2-0-0-0, Ryan Bullinger lf 1-0-0-0, Adam Rode p 1-0-0-0. Totals 15-0-1-0.

BATH (10)

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Luke Niebel rf 3-2-1-2, Colin Gossard ss 3-2-3-4, Eric Heffner cf 0-0-0-0, Eric Jordan 1b 4-1-2-3, Cam Jenkins c 1-0-0-0, Cam Clark 3b 3-0-0-0, Blake McGue dh 2-0-1-0, Taren Sullivan p 0-0-0-0, Hayden Atkins ph 1-1-0-0, Tyler Stahl lf 3-2-1-0, Bronson Best 2b 3-2-2-0. Totals 23-10-10-9.

Score by Innings:

Jefferson 0 0 0 0 0 - 0

Bath 2 2 0 1 5 - 10

Two outs in fifth when game-ending run scored

E: Thompson; DP: Jefferson 1; LOB: Jefferson 3, Bath ; 2B: Gossard 2, Niebel; SB: Jettinghoff, Heffner, Stahl, Best; CS: Stockwell by Jenkins; Sac: Heffner.

IP H R ER BB SO

JEFFERSON

Binkley (L, 0-1) 3.2 7 5 4 2 2

Rode 1.0 3 5 5 3 0

BATH

Sullivan (W) 7.0 1 0 0 2 9

WP: Rode, Sullivan; HBP: Jettinghoff (by Sullivan), Heffner 2 (by Binkley, Rode); Balk: Rode.

Game 2

JEFFERSON (1)

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Jace Stockwell ss 3-0-2-0, Tyler Rice rf 1-0-0-0, Kurt Wollenhaupt ph/rf 2-0-0-0, Ross Thompson 3b 3-0-0-0, Austin Jettinghoff 2b/c 3-1-1-0, Hunter Binkley lf/2b 2-0-1-0, Gage Mercer dh/1b 3-0-1-0, Nick Fitch c 0-0-0-0, Jordan Herron p/ph 3-0-1-0, Brandan Herron p 0-0-0-0, Josh Teman cf 1-0-0-0, Adam Rode ph 1-0-0-0, Ryan Bullinger 1b/lf 2-0-0-0. Totals 25-1-6-0.

BATH (6)

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Eric Heffner cf 3-2-2-1, Colin Gossard ss 3-0-1-1, Eric Jordan p 4-0-0-1, Jared Davis 3b 4-0-0-0, Hunter Wise lf 3-1-2-0, Blake McGue 1b 0-0-0-0, Dylan Burkholder c 2-0-0-0, Hayden Atkins rf 3-0-0-0, Bronson Best 2b 3-2-2-2. Totals 25-6-7-5.

Score by Innings:

Jefferson 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 1

Bath 0 0 1 3 0 2 x - 6

E: Thompson 2, Stockwell, Jettinghoff, J. Herron, Teman, Gossard; DP: Bath 2; LOB: Jefferson 7, Bath 7; 2B: Gossard, Best; POB: Binkley (by Jordan); Sac: Burkholder.

IP H R ER BB SO

JEFFERSON

J. Herron (L, 1-1) 4.0 4 4 3 1 2

B. Herron 2.0 3 2 1 1 1

BATH

Jordan (W) 7.0 6 1 1 4 2

HBP: McGue 2 (by J. Herron 2); Balk: J. Herron.

 

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