|Minster pounds Blue Jays in MAC|
|Friday, April 25, 2014 8:30 PM|
By LARRY HEIING
MINSTER — The term “home-field advantage” in team sports describes the so-called advantage that the home team is said to have over the visiting team.
The St. John’s baseball team hit the road and was the home team at Minster Friday evening. The scheduled game was moved from Stadium Park due to the heavy rains that the Delphos area received during the morning hours on Friday.
So much for home-field advantage for the young Blue Jays when you are a young team in the Midwest Athletic Conference; they were out-hit 22-8 and fell 21-4.
Minster batted first on its field as the visitors and crossed home 13 times to start the game, banging out 11 hits off Blue Jay starter Gage Seffernick. Josh Nixon and Brandon Hoying led off with singles and J.R. Nixon doubled to the fence in right field to plate both runners. After a walk to Clay Brown, Seffernick struck out Brad Walterbusch for the first out. Five hits and three errors later by the Blue Jay defense, the Wildcats managed to send 18 batters to the plate with all but five scoring. Seffernick struck out catcher Sam Barnhorst to end the inning.
St. John’s wasn’t about to head back to Delphos without a fight as Ben Wrasman’s apparent third strike was dropped by the catcher, alertly taking off for first base and was safe. Junior Austin Heiing and T.J. Hoersten followed with consecutive hits to load the bases. After Wildcat starter Matthew Trushaw recorded his first strikeout, he threw a wild pitch to score Wrasman. Kyle Pohlman walked to put three ducks on the pond for the Jays. After a Seffernick fly out, Buddy Jackson roped a single to score Heiing. Another young player for St.John’s contributed as Jesse Ditto’s base hit plated Hoersten and the Jays trailed 13-3. Trushaw notched his second strike-out of the inning to escape the bases-loaded jam.
Seffernick limited the Wildcats to only one run on three hits in the top of the second inning.
The Jays’ offense continued to click in their half on the inning. Wrasman hit a drive to center that was caught on a nice play by Jacob Wiebker. Heiing followed with a single and came around to score on a double by Hoersten. Trushaw retired the last two batters.
The first four batters for Minster reached base (3 hits and a walk) in the third inning, forcing coach Ryan Warnecke to make a pitching change. With St. John’s having to play five games this week in five days, his pitching rotation will be stretched to the limit, Heiing was called in for his first pitching appearance of the season. The left-hander surrendered a hit to Nixon to score a run and the Jays committed two more errors as the Wildcats took a 21-4 lead. Barnhorst popped out to end the inning with the bases still loaded.
Seffernick reached to lead off the third and Jackson singled to put runners on the corners. Trushaw used his combination of pitches for two strikeouts and a ground out.
After Heiing retired the Wildcats in order, the Jays went down quietly after a walk to Hoersten in the fourth inning.
Heiing and the Blue Jay defense held Minster scoreless for the second straight inning in the fifth after the first two batters reached base, including a double play: a groundout to Seffernick at short and a relay from first baseman Ditto to Jackson at home caught the Wildcat runner attempting to score.
Seffernick was robbed of a hit — a nice acrobatic catch by shortstop Brandon Hoying — to lead off the bottom of the fifth inning. Jackson made it a 3-for-3 night at the plate with a single to keep the Jays’ slim hopes alive but the Wildcats turned a double play to end the game.
The Wildcats were led by Clay Brown’s four RBIs; both Max Huber and John Baumer were 4-of-4 at the plate. Minster improved to 9-7 after starting the season 1-7 record and will be at the Fort Loramie Invitational today.
Heiing and Hoersten added two hits each to the Blue Jay offense. The Van Wert Cougars come to Stadium Park today for an 11 a.m. doubleheader.
Josh Nixon 3b 4-3-3-3, B. Hoying ss 4-3-2-1, J.R.Nixon 1b 3-2-1-3, Clay Brown dh 4-2-3-4, B.Walterbusch rf 4-1-1-0, Max Huber 1f 4-3-4-1, John Baumer 2b 4-2-4-2, Jacob Wiebker cf 2-2-2-3, Sam Barnhorst c 2-1-0-1. Totals: 37-21-22-18.
St. John’s (4)
Ben Wrasman cf 3-1-0-0, Austin Heiing lf 3-2-2-0, T.J.Hoersten 3b 2-1-2-1, J.R.Keirns dh 3-0-0-0, Kyle Pohlman 2b 2-0-0-0, Gage Seffernick p 3-0-0-0, Buddy Jackson c 3-0-3-1, Jesse Ditto 1b 2-0-1-1, Andy May rf 1-0-0-0. Totals: 22-4-8-3.
Score by Innings:
St. John’s 3-1-0-0-0-(4)
SB: Nixon; 2B: Nixon, Brown, Hoersten; BB: Wiebker 2, Brown, Nixon, Barnhorst, Pohlman Hoersten; Sac: Nixon.
IP H R ER BB SO
Matt Trushaw (W) 4.0 8 4 4 1 4
Seffernick (L) 2.0 11 18 12 4 2
Heiing 3.0 4 3 1 1 1
HBP: Barnhorst (by Seffernick).
Bulldogs down Wildcats in PCL baseball
KALIDA —Columbus Grove scored three times in the top of the first and went on to a 6-1 Putnam County League baseball victory Friday at Kalida’s historic Holy Name Ballpark.
Josh Verhoff got the win (8 strikeouts) — relieved by Riley Brubaker — and helped himself at the plate by collecting three hits and two runs batted in. Reid Stechschulte (2 walks) knocked in two, as did Mason Smith (2 walks).
Colton Farrell took the loss (fanning 5) with Austin Swift getting in some relief work. Brady Laudick had two hits and Trent Gerding two walks.
Both return to the diamond today in twin-bill action: Grove at home versus New Riegel (10 a.m.) and Kalida at Patrick Henry (11 a.m.).
Score by Innings:
Columbus Grove 3 0 2 0 0 1 0 - 6 6 2
Kalida 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 - 1 3 2
WP: Josh Verhoff; LP: Colton Farrell.