|Jefferson sweeps Leipsic in doubleheader|
|Sunday, April 20, 2014 8:00 PM|
DELPHOS — Doubleheaders the last two Saturday’s haven’t been too kind for Jefferson’s baseballers as they dropped a pair each to Parkway and Bath on the road.
Saturday’s home twin-bill versus Leipsic at Wildcat Field was much better as they swept the Vikings 9-0 and 7-1.
In game 1, senior Tyler Rice (2-1; 6 innings pitched, 2 hits, 1 base-on-balls, 5 strikeouts) and freshman Jace Stockwell (1 IPs, 1 hit) combined for the 3-hit shutout.
At the plate, Austin Jettinghoff (2 runs, 2 runs batted in) and Jordan Herron both went 2-for-3 and Gage Mercer 2-for-4 (1 run, 1 RBI). Stockwell scored twice.
A 7-run sixth inning blew it open.
Josh Rader (3 IPs, 2 hits, 1 BB, 2 Ks) was the starter but reliever Pierce Henry (3 IPs, 7 hits, 9 runs, 2 earned, 1 BB) took the loss. Leipsic committed six errors.
Leipsic put two runners on with two down in the first — Gavin Cupp’s blooper to right and Justin Ellerbrock’s free pass.
The Vikings tried to get something going in the second after Pierce Henry singled to right with one out. However, Nathan Berger’s fielder’s choice and a strikeout ended the threat.
Jefferson threatened in the home half with two down. Gage Mercer singled to center and Rice walked. Herron lined a hit to right but a perfect relay: J. Ellerbrock to Pierce Henry to mammoth catcher Cupp; nailed Mercer at home.
Nick Fitch led off the home third by getting on via an error and Stockwell sacrificed. However, Fitch remained at second.
Ellerbrock got aboard via an error to start the fourth and reached third on consecutive groundouts (Alex Ellerbrock and Dylan Schey) but no farther. That started a string of seven consecutive outs.
The Jeffcats took the lead 1-0 in the fourth. Jettinghoff singled to left, stole second with one out, took third on a sharp hit to center by Mercer and scored on Rice’s sacrifice fly to center.
Delphos made it 2-0 in the fifth. With one gone, Stockwell beat out an infield hit to short, moved up on Ryan Bullinger’s sacrifice and scored as Ross Thompson doubled to deep left. Jettinghoff was intentionally walked and both remained.
Delphos erupted for seven in the sixth. Mercer was safe via an error to commence the uprising and advanced on a passed ball. An out later, Herron grounded a hit to center and pinch-runner Josh Teman stole second. Fitch got aboard a 2-base fielding error on a fly ball to the outfield, scoring Mercer. Stockwell bounced to third baseman Logan Selhorst but his throw home hit Teman in the helmet for a 4-0 edge. Bullinger’s grounder was misplayed for an error, plating Fitch. Thompson was plunked to load the bases. Jettinghoff’s single to left plated Stockwell and Bullinger; an error allowed Thompson to score and put the batter at second. Hunter Binkley beat out an infield hit up the middle and Jettinghoff scored from third on a bounceout by Mercer for the final tally.
The final chance Leipsic had in game one started with a single by A. Ellerbrock. However, Schey’s fielder’s choice and a 4-6-3 twin-killing ended the opener.
In the nightcap, starter Herron — limited to three innings (2 BBs, 2 Ks) — got the win and Teman (4 IPs, 2 hits, 1 ER, 2 BBs, 2 Ks) the save.
Stockwell (2 runs, 1 RBI) and Thompson (2 RBIs, 1 run) both went 2-for-3 and Hunter Binkley (2 runs) stole three bases.
Logan Selhorst lasted 12 pitches as the Viking starter (2 BBs, 1 hit batter) without registering an out in the first frame. Ross Schroeder (5 IPs, 5 hits, 4 runs, 3 earned, 1 BB, 2 Ks) and southpaw Tyler Selhorst (1 IP; 2 hits, 2 ERs, 2 BBs) mopped up.
Stockwell commenced the Jefferson first with a walk and stole second. Bullinger walked and Thompson was plunked to load the bases. Jettinghoff had a 2-0 count before Leipsic coach Darren Henry brought in Schroeder. Jettinghoff flied out deep enough to center to get Stockwell home and as the throw home got away from the catcher, Bullinger took off for third but was gunned down for an unusual twin-killing (1 of 2 for Leipsic).
J. Ellerbrock walked to commence the Viking second but a 6-4-3 double play was the first of three twin-killings Jefferson turned in the game (4 for the day).
Delphos made it 2-0 in the second. Herron walked to start but was ousted on a Binkley grounder. He stole second and an out later, moved up on a Teman infield hit off the pitcher. Stockwell beat out an infield hit to short to get Binkley home.
In the visitor third, Schroeder walked with two down but went nowhere.
Leipsic scored its only run of the afternoon in the fourth on a hit batter and two hits, including an RBI knock to center by A. Ellerbrock to get L. Selhorst (leadoff single) home. The Vikings left two on.
The Wildcats made it 3-0 in the fourth. An error allowed Binkley to get aboard; he stole second and an error on the play moved him to third. Adam Rode bunted and he was safe on a fielder’s choice. Rode stole second. Teman bunted and an error on the play allowed Binkley to touch the dish.
Schroeder got aboard on a 2-base error on his fly ball in the fifth and Neil Haselman walked. L. Selhorst lined hard to second baseman Thompson and doubled Schroeder off second to end the threat.
Jefferson went up 5-0 in the home half. Thompson blooped a double to short center when no one covered second; a wild pitch put him at third, from where he scored on a liner to left by Jettinghoff. He stole second and two outs later, Binkley ripped a hit up the middle to get the runner home.
Jefferson tacked on its final two runs in the sixth. With one down, Stockwell sharply singled up the gut and stole second. Pinch-hitter Damien Dudgeon walked; both advanced on a wild pitch and scored on a 2-run grounder into left by Thompson.
After a 1-2-3 Leipsic sixth, the game ended on a 1-out 1-6-3 double play.
Though Jefferson (8-5) did score 16 runs and had the same number of hits, head man Doug Geary wasn’t as pleased as one might think.
“We pitched well and played very good defense. We have basically played well in those areas all season,” Geary added. “However, I was disappointed with most of our approaches at the plate. We have got to get better at not just swinging at the first good-looking pitch we see or think is a strike. We have to be more patient and make quicker adjustments to the type of pitchers we see game in, game out. It’s important if we are going to win close games.”
Jefferson hosts Spencerville today.
Neil Haselman cf 3-0-0-0, Logan Selhorst 3b 3-0-0-0, Gavin Cupp c/1b 3-0-1-0, Justin Ellerbrock rf/c 2-0-0-0, Alex Ellerbrock lf 3-0-1-0, Dylan Schey ss 3-0-0-0, Pierce Henry 1b/p 3-0-1-0, Nathan Berger dh 2-0-0-0, Josh Rader p 0-0-0-0, Nick Schey rf 0-0-0-0, Ross Schroeder 2b 2-0-0-0. Totals 24-0-3-0.
Jace Stockwell ss/p 3-2-1-0, Ryan Bullinger rf 3-1-0-0, Jesse Stemen rf 0-0-0-0, Ross Thompson 3b/ss 3-1-1-1, Austin Jettinghoff 2b/3b 3-2-2-2, Hunter Binkley lf 4-0-1-0, Kurt Wollenhaupt 2b 0-0-0-0, Gage Mercer 1b 4-1-2-1, Tyler Rice p/lf 2-0-0-0, Jordan Herron dh 3-0-2-0, Josh Teman cf/pr 0-0-0-0, Nick Fitch c 3-1-0-0. Totals 28-9-9-5.
Score by Innings:
Leipsic 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0
Jefferson 0 0 0 1 1 7 x - 9
E: Selhorst 2, Thompson 2, Haselman, A. Ellerbrock, D. Schey, Henry; LOB: Leipsic 4, Jefferson 7; DP: Jefferson 1; 2B: Thompson; SB: Teman; Sac: Stockwell, Bullinger; SF: Rice.
IP H R ER BB SO
Rader (L) 3.0 2 0 0 1 2
Henry 3.0 7 9 2 1 0
Rice (W, 2-1) 6.0 2 0 0 1 5
Stockwell 1.0 1 0 0 0 0
PB: J. Ellerbrock; HBP: Thompson (by Henry).
Neil Haselman cf 2-0-0-0, Logan Selhorst p/3b 3-1-1-0, Gavin Cupp dh/1b 3-0-0-0, Nathan Berger 2b 0-0-0-0, Justin Ellerbrock c 1-0-0-0, Alex Ellerbrock lf 3-0-1-1, Dylan Schey ss 2-0-0-0, Pierce Henry 1b/2b 3-0-0-0, Nick Schey rf 2-0-0-0, Tyler Selhorst p 1-0-0-0, Ross Schroeder 3b/p/rf 1-0-0-0. Totals 21-1-2-1.
Jace Stockwell ss 3-2-2-1, Ryan Bullinger lf 1-0-0-0, Tyler Rice ph/lf 1-0-0-0, Damien Dudgeon ph/rf 0-1-0-0, Ross Thompson 3b/2b 3-1-2-2, Austin Jettinghoff c/2b 2-1-1-2, Gage Mercer 1b 4-0-0-0, Jordan Herron p/3b 2-0-0-0, Nick Fitch c 0-0-0-0, Hunter Binkley 2b/cf 3-2-1-1, Adam Rode rf/lf 3-0-0-0, Josh Teman cf/p 3-0-1-0. Totals 25-7-765.
Score by Innings:
Leipsic 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 1
Jefferson 1 1 0 1 2 2 x - 7
E: Cupp, J. Ellerbrock, Schroeder, Rice; DP: Jefferson 3, Leipsic 2; LOB: Leipsic 4, Jefferson 7; 2B: Thompson; SB: Binkley 3, Jace Stockwell 2, Jettinghoff, Rode; SF: Jettinghoff.
IP H R ER BB SO
L. Selhorst (L) 0.0 0 1 1 2 0
Schroeder 5.0 5 4 3 1 2
T. Selhorst 1.0 2 2 2 2 0
Herron (W, 2-1) 3.0 0 0 0 2 2
Teman (S) 4.0 2 1 1 2 2
L. Selhorst pitched to 3 batters in the 1st
WP: Schroeder, T. Selhorst; HBP: Thompson (by L. Selhorst), J. Ellerbrock (by Teman).