|Cardinals spoil Jays’ Senior Night|
|Tuesday, May 13, 2014 8:16 PM|
DELPHOS — The St. John’s varsity baseball team played host to the New Bremen Cardinals for their last home game of the season on Tuesday night.
Mother Nature threatened to cancel the game before it even started when a heavy downpour dumped rain on Stadium Park minutes before first pitch. Then the skies cleared and it was the Cardinals that spoiled Senior Night with a 7-2 Midwest Athletic Conference victory over the Blue Jays.
The first two Cardinal batters, Nick Gusching and Jacob Gilbert, reached safely to open the game off of senior starting pitcher T.J. Hoersten. Ty Overman’s sacrifice fly brought home Gusching for the first run of the game and Gilbert scored on a double by Travis Bertelsen for a 2-0 advantage.
After the Jays went down in order in the home half of the first, head coach Ryan Warnecke honored his four graduating seniors during the break in the action.
“Our seniors have been good leaders for our young team this season,” stated Warnecke. “They always have a positive vibe in the dugout despite our losing record. They never gave up, they never quit.”
Hoersten (son of Rosie and Arnie Hoersten), Ben Wrasman (Joy and Nick), Kyle Pohlman (Laura and Russ) and Andy May (Sue and Dave) greeted their parents on the field for an emotional farewell filled with hugs and a flower for Mom.
Hoersten had his adrenaline charged after the celebration as he retired the Cardinals in order.
The Blue Jays got their first base-runner of the game with two outs in the second inning when Bremen first baseman Bennett Staton committed an error on Buddy Jackson’s grounder to third. New Bremen starter Bertelsen retired Gage Seffernick to end the inning.
Hoersten surrendered a 1-out single to Overman in the third but the Blue Jay defense cornered by J.R.Keirns and Jesse Ditto pulled off a double play to shut down the Red Birds.
As is quite often the case, after a player makes a big defensive play, he leads off the next inning. Keirns did just that in the bottom of the third with a single to left field. Wrasman drew a 2-out walk and Pohlman scorched a Bertelsen pitch to the fence in right field for a run batted in and the Jays were on the board down 2-1.
New Bremen pushed the lead back to two in the next inning with a single, sacrifice bunt, walk and an inning-extending error by the defense.
The Jays bats were quiet in the bottom of the fourth as St. John’s was sent down in order.
The Cardinals put the game out of reach in the dreaded fifth inning as the first five batters reached base against Hoersten. Eric Vogt was called in for relief after the
Cardinals had scored three more runs. The Jays’ defense helped Vogt get out of a bases-loaded jam and St. John’s trailed 7-1.
St. John’s responded in the bottom of the inning as Seffernick led off with a single. Keirns advanced the runner into scoring position with a groundout. Wrasman
laced a single to center to put runners on the corners with two outs. When Wrasman attempted to swipe second base, catcher Trey Naylor attempted to pick off Seffernick at third. The throw sailed over third base and Seffernick came home to score the second run of the game for the Jays.
The relief pitchers in the game (Vogt for St. John’s and the Cardinals’ Owen Leugers) were effective by not allowing another run the rest of the game.
St. John’s collected only four hits in the game — Wrasman, Pohlman, Seffernick and Keirns.
Bertelsen only allowed those four hits with three strikeouts and just one walk. He was just as dangerous at the plate, going 4-for-4 with a pair of runs batted in.
The Blue Jays stranded five base-runners and the Red Birds left a total of nine runners on base.
New Bremen improves to 6-12 on the season with a 3-5 MAC record.
St. John’s has an important makeup game at Versailles Thursday. The Tigers are tied with Coldwater for second place, one game behind conference leader St. Henry. The Jays then have one final game on the road again at Parkway on Friday.
New Bremen (7)
Nick Gusching 1f 4-1-2-1, Jacob Bilberg cf 4-1-1-0, Ty Overman 3b 3-1-2-1, Travis Bertelsen p 4-1-4-2, Bennett Staton 1b 3-2-1-0, Trey Naylor c 4-1-2-1, Sam Wisvar 2b 3-0-1-1, Troy Siegal ss 4-0-0-0, Connor Steinecker rf 1-0-0-0, James Kronenberger 1-0-0-0. Totals 31-7-13-6.
St. John’s (2)
Ben Wrasman cf 2-1-1-0, Kyle Pohlman 2b 3-0-1-1, T.J. Hoersten p 3-0-0-0, Jesse Ditto 1b 2-0-0-0, Austin Heiing lf 3-0-0-0, Buddy Jackson c 2-0-0-0, Gage Seffernick ss 3-1-1-0, J.R. Keirns 3b 3-0-1-0, Andy May rf 3-0-0-0. Totals 24-2-4-1.
Score by Innings
New Bremen 2-0-0-1-4-0-0-(7)
St. John’s 0-0-1-0-1-0-0-(2)
LOB: New Bremen 9, St. John’s 5. 2B: Bertelsen. 3B: Overman, Pohlman. Sac: Overman, Wisvari. SB:Gilberg, Bertelsen.
IP H R ER BB SO
Bertelsen (W) 5.0 4 2 2 1 3
Leugers 2.0 0 0 0 1 1
Hoersten (L) 4.0 11 7 6 2 0
Vogt 2.0 2 0 0 1 2
BB: Staton, Steinecker, Overman, Wrasman, Jackson, Vogt. HBP: Steinecker (by Vogt). WP: Hoersten, Vogt.