|Cavaliers open MAC with rout of young Jays|
|Tuesday, April 22, 2014 8:59 PM|
By LARRY HEIING
COLDWATER — The St. John’s Blue Jays baseball team opened Midwest Athletic Conference action on the road at beautiful Veteran’s Field in Coldwater.
The ballpark was named to honor the many men and women that have served our country in the Armed Forces to defend our freedoms.
The field’s name could also take on a much smaller secondary meaning as the Cavaliers start six veteran seniors on their 2014 squad.
The Coldwater starting lineup includes a 4-year starter at first base, Mitch Heyne, and 3-year starter Drew Otten at second. The infield is rounded out with a second-year starter at shortstop, Adam Klosterman, and senior Matt Kramer on third.
Possibly the best athlete to ever wear a Cavalier uniform in any sport is in right field, junior Brody Hoying. Hoying was tabbed earlier in the season as an Ohio Max Prep Baseball Player Of The Week nominee.
The Blue Jays were hopeful going into the game since they wouldn’t have to face the Cavs’ ace, Greg Gilliland, who pitched on Monday evening in a 6-4 victory over Celina.
That hope was quickly dashed as the Cavaliers proved they’re out to defend their 2013 MAC baseball title with a 16-0 victory.
Instead, the Jays faced another Coldwater senior, Brandon Wolters.
“Brandon is making his first start after Tommy John surgery,” explained Coldwater Coach Brian Harlament. “This was great for him and for our team to have him back after missing last season.”
Wolters came out strong in the first inning, only giving up a walk to T.J. Hoersten and recording three strikeouts. The senior didn’t have overpowering stuff but his quick delivery to the plate kept the Blue Jay batters off balance.
Hoersten retired the first batter he faced in the bottom of the first when Heyne grounded out to short. Then Hoying laced a hit to left center that would normally
be a simple single but the athletic phenom turned the hit into a double. Sophomore Malave Bettinger’s triple off the right-field fence plated Hoying and the Cavs took a 1-0 lead. After Grant Muhlenkamp reached base, Otten drove in two more with a single to right and came around to score on a double by Aaron Harlament.
Trailing 4-0 in the second inning, Kyle Pohlman reached base on a walk but was stranded as Wolters retired the next three St. John’s batters in order.
Hoersten struck out Kraig Schoenherr to lead off the bottom of the second inning. Then Coldwater scoredsix runs on six hits by Heyne, Bettinger, Klosterman, Harlament, Kramer and Mitch Schoenherr to take a commanding 10-0 lead.
The Jays remained hitless against Wolters in the third inning but did manage to get two runners on base as Hoersten and Austin Heiing walked. But Wolters notched his fifth and sixth strikeouts of the game to keep the shutout.
Coldwater loaded the bases in the home half of the third inning and went on to push across five runs to lead by a football-like score of 15-0.
Coach Harlamert pulled the limited-pitch-count Wolters to start the fourth inning. Relief pitcher Bradon Kunk retired the first two Jays he faced but Eric Vogt finally got the first hit of the game for St. John’s. Josh Warnecke made it back-to-back hits for the Jays with a single. Kunk got out of the inning with a strikeout to end the best inning of the night for St. John’s.
After a RBI single by Otten in the fourth inning, the Blue Jays turned a double play to limit Coldwater to only one run in the inning.
Junior Derek Thobe became the third pitcher for the Cavaliers to finish the game in the fifth inning of the shortened game. Thobe’s pitches topped 81 mph on the radar and the Jays went down 1-2-3.
“All of the MAC games are tough. We are glad to see our offense get some runs tonight against a young St. John’s team and get a league win,” Harlamert added.
With the victory, Coldwater improves to 10-1 while St. John’s falls to 2-7. The road doesn’t get any easier for the Jays as they host Western Buckeye League’s Bath tonight at 5 p.m.
|Last Updated on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 9:01 PM|