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FORT JENNINGS — Every baseball team is looking toward Saturday and the beginning of the second season.

At the same time, they are trying to set up Their rotations — as well as deal with those rotations being stretched.

The Fort Jennings’ pitching staff had the better of that on a gorgeous and breezy Wednesday afternoon at Fort Jennings Village Park, slapping Ada 13-5 in non-league baseball action.

“We scored in every inning. That is good to see,” Jennings coach Eric Schwab noted. “We have been hitting the ball better lately; hopefully, we can continue that trend.”

Ada coach Jason Campbell knew it would be a toughy day for his staff.

“Every team is going through this right now: for us, it’s a string of eight games in nine days,” he explained. “This was the third appearance in that string for our starter (freshman Seth Evans) and we were hoping for three innings at best. Even so, you have to throw strikes, no matter how tired you are. Walks, hit batters and errors really cost us today.”

Ada (4-14) had a chance to go up in the top of the first — against Musketeer starter Alex Vetter (W; 4-plus innings, 8 hits, 5 runs, 4 earned, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts; 69 pitches, 44 strikes) on back-to-back singles by Brayden Sautter (steal and error) and Connor English (steal) with one down. Slade Downing flied out to left and Sautter tagged and scored. However, on appeal, he was called out for leaving early, leaving the score at 0-0.

The Musketeers (8-14) out up four in the home half against Evans (3 IPs, 7 hits, 9 runs, 6 ERs, 4 BBs, 2 Ks; 90 pitches, 51 strikes). Connor Wallenhorst walked and stole second. Dylan Van Loo walked and Mark Metzger (3-for-5, 3 runs, 3 runs batted in) singled to load them up. Ryan Rau’s bounceout plated Wallenhorst, advancing the other runners. Vetter walked to reload them. Caleb Bankey flied to deep enough center to plate Van Loo; when the ball was dropped, he was safe. Jared Hoersten flied out to center to score Metzger. Back-to-back free passes to Josh Wittler and Bret Clay scored Vetter for a 4-0 edge.

The hosts made it 5-0 in the home second on a 1-out error on a Metzger grounder, a 2-out steal and a ground single in left by Vetter.

Ada made it a 5-2 deficit in the top of the third with two outs, using a walk (Sautter), a steal, a run-scoring hit (English), two steals and a throwing error, scoring English.

The Bulldogs got two back in the fourth on four knocks, including run-scorers by Cort Everhart (Cory Kellum) and Seth Evans (Everhart).

The Musketeers doubled that in the home half to lead 9-4. Clay walked and a balk moved him up. Wallenhorst beat out bunt to short to put runners on the corners and swiped second. An out later, Metzger slugged a 2-run double to deep left. Rau hit a sinking liner for a hit to center and stole second. An out later, a wild pitch plated Metzger and Rau scored from third on a Bankey grounder into center.

Ada got its final tally in the fifth on a hit (Slade Downing), a hit batter (Steven Gray) — finishing Vetter and bringing in Alex Sealts (3 IPs, 1 BB, 4 Ks) — a 1-out walk and a sacrifice fly by Everhart.

The hosts made it 12-5 in the home half on a leadoff single (Bankey), a walk to Jared Hoersten, a hit to left by pinch-hitter Kyle Hellman and a force-out at second by pinch-hitter Austin Liebrecht.

Jennings accounted for the 13-5 tally in the bottom of the sixth. Connor Stechschulte doubled to left to lead it off, took third on an error off a Metzger grounder and scored as Rau singled up the gut.

Schwab still has some concerns going into the post-season.

“We didn’t make a lot of errors today and we played pretty well there. We stayed focused,” Schwab added. “We just have to eliminate the mistakes that cause our pitchers to have to throw extra pitches. Those are the ones that we struggle with.”

Ada returns to the dirt tonight at home versus Jefferson: Jennings visits Continental Friday.

ADA (5)


Seth Evans p 3-0-1-1, Kyle Lesh c/3b 1-0-0-0, Brayden Sautter ss 3-1-2-0, Connor English 1b 4-1-2-1, Slade Downing 2b 4-1-1-0, Steven Gray lf 2-0-0-0, Alex Nichelson ph 1-0-0-0, Cory Kellum 3b/c 4-1-1-0, Mason Klingler rf 2-0-0-0, Cort Everhart c/p 2-1-1-2, Caleb Garman cf 3-0-0-0. Totals 29-5-8-4.



Connor Wallenhorst cf 3-2-1-0, Ryan Hoersten ph/lf 1-0-0-0, Dylan Van Loo lf 3-2-1-1, Connor Stechschulte 1b 1-1-1-0, Mark Metzger ss 5-3-3-3, Ryan Rau 3b 4-1-2-2, Alex Vetter p 3-1-1-1, Alex Sealts p 1-0-0-0, Caleb Bankey rf 4-1-3-2, Jared Hoersten c 1-0-0-1, Josh Wittler 1b 2-0-0-0, Kyle Hellman ph/cf 2-0-1-0,

Bret Clay 2b 0-2-0-1, Austin Liebrecht ph/2b 1-0-0-1. Totals 31-13-13-12.

Score by Innings:

Ada 0 0 2 2 1 0 0 - 5

Ft. Jennings 4 1 4 2 1 1 x - 13

E: Everhart 2, J. Hoersten 2, Lesh, Kellum, Garman, Metzger; DP: Ada 1, Fort Jennings 1; LOB: Ada 7, Fort Jennings 13; 2B: Metzger 2, Stechschulte; SB: Sautter 3, English 3, Wallenhorst 2, Kellum, Everhart, Van Loo, Metzger, Rau; SF: Everhart, Bankey, J. Hoersten.



Evans (L) 3.0 7 9 6 4 2

Everhart 3.0 6 4 4 4 1


Vetter (W) 4.0 8 5 4 1 2

Sealts 3.0 0 0 0 1 4

Vetter pitched to 2 batters in the 5th

WP: Evans, Everhart; HBP: Gray (by A. Vetter), Wallenhorst (by Evans), J. Hoersten (by Evans); Balk: Evans, A. Vetter.


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