|Missed opportunities cost Jefferson|
|Tuesday, May 06, 2014 8:17 PM|
Times Bulletin Correspondent
DELPHOS – Delphos Jefferson had plenty of opportunities to do some damage on the scoreboard in Tuesday night’s non-league baseball game against Wayne Trace.
But when the final out took place, it was the visiting Raiders who manufactured enough runs to hold on for a 4-2 win over the Wildcats.
Wayne Trace moves its record to 6-12 overall with the victory, while the Wildcats drop to 13-10.
The start couldn’t have been any better for Wayne Trace.
After Cassidy Hilkey struck out to open the game, Broc Forrer and Colby Speice followed with singles to put runners at first and second for the Raiders. Noah Stoller followed with a run-scoring single to left, which eluded Wildcat leftfielder Hunter Binkley, allowing both Speice and Forrer to score for a 2-0 Raider lead. Stoller, who advanced to second on the play, moved to third on an Austin Fast groundout. However, Wildcat pitcher Ryan Bullinger escaped further damage in getting Seth Yenser to ground out to end the inning.
“That was big for us,” noted Raider head coach Matt Noggle. “To come out ready to hit and get the quick two runs was a big step for us.”
Delphos Jefferson appeared ready to have a big inning of its own in the home half.
Jace Stockwell reached on a Speice error to start the inning before Binkley hit a grounder back to Forrer, whose throw to second was wild and everybody was safe. After Ross Thompson popped out, Austin Jettinghoff bunted but Raider third baseman Austin Fast fielded it and beat Stockwell to the bag at third for the second out. Wayne Trace then closed the inning when Jordan Herron grounded out to second baseman Grant Gillett to keep it 2-0, Raiders.
“We missed too many opportunities,” noted Delphos Jefferson mentor Doug Geary. “They were able to get in front early on and it changes the game when you have to play from behind.”
After neither team threatened in the second, Wayne Trace would add another run in the third. Hilkey and Forrer drew back-to-back walks to open the inning. Stolen bases moved both runners up with one out and Noah Stoller hit a sacrifice fly to center field to plate Hilkey and make it 3-0.
In the fifth, Speice walked with one out and moved to second on a balk by Herron. After Stoller flew out for the second out, Austin Fast singled to score Speice for a 4-0 Raider advantage.
The Wildcats again threatened in the fifth.
Gaige Rassman singled to start the inning before Stockwell walked. After Binkley hit into a force-out at third, Thompson ripped a single to left that saw Raider leftfielder Denver Burkley threw a bullet to catcher Aaron Stoller to nail Stockwell at the plate for the second out. Jettinghoff followed with a single to load the bases but Forrer got Herron to ground out to second for the final out.
“You have to give Wayne Trace credit,” Geary continued. “They made a big defensive play there to keep us from scoring. But we need to do a better job of taking advantage of our opportunities than we did tonight.”
In the sixth, the Wildcats finally broke through.
With two outs, Tyler Rice reached on a Speice error before Damien Dudgeon pinch ran for the Wildcats. Rassman followed with a single and Stockwell walked to load the bases.
Binkley then picked up an RBI single to plate Dudgeon but the Raiders escaped further damage as Thompson hit into a forceout to end the threat.
After Wayne Trace went in order in the top of the seventh, Jefferson tried for one final rally.
Jettinghoff started the frame by reaching on an error followed by a Herron walk. Gage Mercer hit into a forceout for the first out and Speice, who entered in the sixth on the mound for Wayne Trace, fanned Josh Teman for the second out. Fitch then struck out but reached as the pitch got away from Wayne Trace catcher Aaron Stoller, putting runners at first and third with two out.
Speice, though, settled down from there to get Rassman to pop out to second baseman Grant Gillett to end the contest.
Forrer, Speice, Noah Stoller, Yenser, Aaron Stoller and Fast all had hits for Wayne Trace. Forrer picked up the win on the hill, going 5 2/3 innings while allowing six hits, one unearned run and five walks with two strikeouts. Speice earned the save, giving up an unearned run and one walk while fanning one in 1 1/3 innings.
Thompson led the Wildcats with a single and a double while Rassman added two singles. Binkley and Jettinghoff each chipped in singles.
Bullinger took the loss, giving up three runs (2 earned), three hits and three walks while striking out three in three innings of work.
Jefferson battles St. John’s in the PHAALS game this afternoon.
Wayne Trace returns to action 4:30 p.m. today as the Raiders take on Antwerp at Parkview Field (Fort Wayne Tin Caps). Delphos
ab r h rbi
C Hilkey 3 1 0 0, B Forrer 3 1 1 0, C Speice 3 2 1 0, N Stoller 3 0 1 3, A Fast 2 0 1 1, S Yenser 3 0 1 0, A Stoller 3 0 1 0, M McVay 3 0 0 0, G Gillett 3 0 0 0. Totals 26 4 6 4.
ab r h rbi
J Stockwell 1 0 0 0, H Binkley 4 0 1 1, R Thompson 4 0 2 0, A Jettingho? 4 0 1 0, J Herron 3 0 0 0, R Bullinger 0 1 0 0, G Mercer 4 0 0 0, J Teman 3 0 0 0, N Fitch 2 0 0 0, Dungeon 0 1 0 0, G Rassman 4 0 2 0, T Rice 1 0 1 0. Totals 30 2 7 1.
Score by Innings:
Wayne Trace 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 - 4 6 3
Jefferson 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 - 2 7 0
2B: Stoller, Thompson. SB: Hilkey, Forrer, Stoller, McVay. CS: Forrer (by Fitch).
IP H R ER BB SO
B Forrer (W) 5.2 7 1 1 5 2
C Speice (S) 1.1 0 1 0 1 2
R Bullinger (L) 3.0 3 3 3 3 3
R Thompson 1.0 2 0 0 0 1
J Herron 3.0 1 1 1 1 1
P-S: Forrer 111-64, Speice 31-17; Bullinger 48-27, Thompson 20-12, Herron 33-23.