|Fort Recovery doubles up St. John’s|
|Tuesday, May 13, 2014 8:06 PM|
DELPHOS — In most sports, when your team is defeated in the first round of the post-season tournament, the season is over.
Not in high school baseball, where a team can lose the first game of sectionals and still have regular-season games remaining on its schedule.
That’s exactly what happened to the St. John’s varsity baseball team after they were eliminated by Lincolnview 8-2 on Saturday in sectional action.
The Blue Jays returned to the “regular-season” part of the 2014 schedule with a Midwest Athletic Conference matchup with the Fort Recovery Indians Monday evening at Stadium Park. The Indians tomahawked five doubles as part of a 12-hit attack to double up the Jays 18-9.
Blue Jay starting pitcher Gage Seffernick got the first out of the game, then back-to-back doubles by Schoerer and Elijah Kahlig got the Indians’ attack underway. After the first of nine Blue Jay errors, a hit, a walk and a hit batter, Fort Recovery jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead.
After Ben Wrasman flied out to center to lead off the first for St. John’s, Andy May got on base (a walk) while batting in the number two spot for the second consecutive game. Jesse Ditto advanced the runner to second with a fielder’s choice but May was stranded after Austin Heiing popped up to the pitcher.
Fort Recovery loaded the bases with one out in the second inning with three walks and scored another run on Blake Boughman’s sacrifice fly. Jake Muhlenkamp was plunked to reload the bases and two more Indians came home on a single by Hobbs.
St. John’s got its second base-runner of the night when Buddy Jackson reached on a walk but he was also left on base as the Jays went down in the second.
Fort Recovery extended the lead to double digits in the third inning with a double by Schroerer, three more free passes and a single by Boughman for a 10-0 advantage.
The Blue Jays finally got on the scoreboard in the third inning when Wrasman was safe at first with an infield single with one out. May walked for the second time and came around to score — behind Wrasman — as Ditto got aboard on an error. Heiing singled but was caught in a run-down between first and second base for the second out as Ditto moved to third. Kyle Pohlman delivered a single to left to knock in Ditto and St. John’s trailed 10-3.
St. John’s coach Ryan Warnecke made changes to the Blue Jay lineup with Seffernick moving to right field — being replaced by Josh Warnecke on the mound — Jorden Boone went to second and Jacob Youngpeter to left. Despite the changes, Schroerer reached on an error as his popup fell untouched in shallow right field. Stammen was hit by a Warnecke pitch to put runners on the corners with two outs and Wendel delivered two more runs with a double to right and a 12-3 lead.
After his big hit, Wendel came in to pitch the fourth and fifth innings, allowing only one hit with a strikeout and no runs allowed with the help of brilliant defensive play.
Fort Recovery added two more runs in the sixth inning, highlighted by doubles hit by Backs and Boughman.
Kyle Pohlman led off the sixth inning with a walk off of new Tribe pitcher Bruns. As is usually the case, when the leadoff man walks, this spells trouble for the opposing pitcher. Jackson’s shot down the third-base line put two Jays on with no outs; both runners moved up a base on a wild pitch. Eric Vogt loaded the bases after being hit by the next pitch. J.R. Keirns hit a solid liner to right to score Pohlman and Jackson. St. John’s reloaded the bags on a soft liner to shallow left by Boone. Wrasman’s roller went through the shortstop’s legs into left field, driving in Vogt to cut the lead in half, 14-7. After Warnecke walked, Schroerer was called back to fend off the attack by the Jays. Youngpeter got the Jays within five runs as his 1-out double delivered another pair of runs. Schroerer ended the bleeding with two strikeouts and a groundout while still clinging to a 14-9 lead.
After being threatened in the bottom of the inning, the Indians put the game on ice in the seventh with three more runs with a single, double and three more free passes. Vogt was called in to end the Indians’ attack and did so by retiring two of the three batters he faced.
Fort Recovery took advantage of the opportunities handed them by the Jays as 10 batters reached via the walk and five more were hit by pitches, as well as the fielding errors.
The Indians left 11 runners on base and St. John’s stranded six.
Wrasman led the Jays’ offense with two hits and two runs scored.
Fort Recovery, who has never won a MAC title in baseball, stays in the hunt for a league title as they improve to 4-2 in the conference and 13-3 overall.
Meanwhile, St. John’s falls to 2-18 and 0-6 in the MAC. The Blue Jays wrap up the final week of the season with conference games at Versailles Thursday (makeup) and Parkway Friday.
Fort Recovery (18)
Mitch Stammen rf 2-4-0-0, Cole Wendel p 4-3-3-2, Elijah Kahlig cf 5-2-2-3, Blake Boughman c 5-2-1-2, Jake Mullenkamp 1b 3-1-1-2, J. Hobbs 3b 3-0-1-4, Schroerer p 2-2-1-0, K.Retz dh 2-0-0-0, M. Joash 0-1-0-0, N. Lochtefeld 2b 2-0-0-0, C. Bruns 1-0-0-0, D. Backs ss 3-2-2-1. Totals 31-18-12-14.
St. John’s (9)
Ben Wrasman cf 4-2-2-1, Andy May rf 0-1-0-0, Jesse Ditto 1b 4-1-0-0, Austin Heiing lf 2-0-1-0, Kyle Pohlman rf 3-1-1-1, Buddy Jackson c 3-1-1-0, Eric Vogt ss 3-1-0-0, J.R. Keirns 3b 4-1-1-2, T.J.Hoersten 2b 1-0-0-0, Jorden Boone 2b 3-1-1-0, Josh Warnecke p 1-0-1-0, Jacob Youngpeter lf 2-0-1-2. Totals 30-9-9-6.
Score by Innings
Ft. Recovery 4-3-3-2-0-2-4-(18)
St. John’s 0-0-3-0-0-6-0-(9)
LOB: Fort Recovery 11, St.John’s 6. 2B: Wendel, Kahlig, Schroerer, Backs, Hobbs, Youngpeter. Sac: Boughman. SB: Stammen
IP H R ER BB SO
Schroerer (W) 3.0 3 3 1 3 1
Wendell 2.0 0 0 1 0 1
Bruns 0.0 4 6 6 2 0
Schroerer 2.0 1 0 0 0 2
Seffernick (L) 3.0 6 10 6 7 1
Warnecke 3.1 5 8 5 3 0
Vogt 0.2 0 0 0 1 1
WP: Bruns, Seffernick, Warnecke. BB: Wendel 2, Stammen 2, May 2, Hobbs, Backs, Kahlig, Muhlenkamp, Joash, Will, Jackson, Pohlman, Warnecke. HBP: Schroerer (by Seffernick), Muhlenkamp (by Seffernick), Stammen (by Warnecke), Will (by Warnecke), Joash (by Warnecke), Vogt (by Bruns).