|Wildcats drop 1st 2 ACME contests|
|Tuesday, June 03, 2014 8:13 PM|
By JIM METCALFE
dhiMEDIA Sports Editor
DELPHOS — The nights were as disparate as could be in Jefferson’s first two ACME Summer Baseball contests.
Tuesday at Wildcat Field, it was a near-perfect spring night.
Monday night at Russell Fisher Field at Smiley Park in Van Wert, it featured gusty winds and a steady rain the last 4 1/2 frames.
However, the outcome was the same for the Wildcats: a 5-4 loss to Bath Tuesday and a 12-9 loss to Van Wert the night before.
Versus Bath, the visiting Wildcats got a 4-spot in the top of the first versus Delphos starter Josh Teman (4 innings, 7 hits, 5 runs, 3 earned, 1 base-on-balls) with four hits, including a 2-run double by Dylan Burkholder (Cam Clark and Andrew Renner) and an earlier 2-run single by Clark (Ty Stahr and Luke Niebel).
Jefferson got one back in the home second versus Bath starter Jared Davis (4 2/3 IPs, 4 hits, 7 BBs, 4 runs, 1 earned, 4 Ks) on four free passes — with one out to Ryan Bullinger, Nick Fitch and Jake Pulford and two outs to Teman. However, they couldn’t add another run that frame.
The visitors went up 5-1 in the third on a 2-out free pass (Troy Jordan), a single by Drew Korkate and an error on the play.
The Red and White reduced that to 5-2 in the bottom half on free passes to Jace Stockwell (leadoff), Gaige Rassman (1 out), an error and a run-scoring single by Fitch; however, Rassman got caught too far after rounding third and eventually was tagged out.
Jefferson neared within 5-4 in the fifth, chasing Davis for Chase Clark (2 1/3 IPs, 3 hits, 2 Ks), piecing together a Stockwell single, a 2-base outfield error, a balk (plating Stockwell) and an infield hit by Gage Mercer (Hunter Binkley). Bullinger got aboard on an error but Clark got the final out.
Brandan Herron came on in the Bath fifth and threw three frames of 2-hit, 1-strikeout ball.
The hosts had a prime chance in the last of the seventh on a leadoff single by Adam Rode, a Stockwell sacrifice, a hit by pitch (Binkley) and a single by Rassman. However, a strikeout and a grounder ended the threat and the game.
Jefferson visits Lincolnview 6 p.m. Friday; its game versus Crestview today has been postponed due to the Knights playing in the Division IV State semifinals.
The night before at Smiley Park, the Cougars backed up the solid relief pitching of Kaleb Jenkins with a 12-hit attack and outslugged the Wildcats 12-9.
Jenkins threw 4 2/3 innings of relief (3 hits, 3 unearned runs, 1 base-on-balls, 3 strikeouts) of starter Caleb Fetzer (2 1/3 IPs, 3 hits, 6 BBs, 1 K, 6 earned runs).
The Wildcats sent three hurlers to the mound: southpaw starter Bullinger (3 IPs, 9 hits, 8 runs, 3 earned, 3 BBs, 1 K), Binkley (2 IPs, 3 hits, 3 earned runs, 2 BBs, 2 Ks) and Rode (1 IP, 1 unearned run, 3 BBs).
Leading the Cougar attack were Fetzer, Brant Henry (3 runs scored) and Gavin Cross (3 runs batted in) — each 2-for-2 — Mason Carr 2-for-3 and Justice Tussing 2-for-4.
For the Wildcats, Bullinger (2 runs), Binkley, Fitch (2 RBIs, 2 runs), Rassman, Mercer and Jake Pulford (2 RBIs), each with one hit.
The Wildcats scored twice in the top of the first on a leadoff walk to Stockwell, a stolen base and RBI singles by Rassman (1 out) and, after a wild pitch, Bullinger (2 outs).
The Cougars sent 11 to the dish in the home first, putting together two walks, an error and five knocks: one a 2-run double by Gavin Cross (Mason Carr and Josh Braun), another a run-scoring ground-rule 2-bagger by Ethan Williams (Joe Lisa) and run-scoring singles by Fetzer (Henry) and Braun (Fetzer). An earlier sacrifice fly by Gavin Gardner (Williams) accounted for the sixth run.
The visitors got within 6-4 in the top of the second on two walks (Rode and Fitch), a run-scoring double (Pulford) and a 1-out bases-loaded bounceout by Binkley.
Van Wert made it 7-4 in the home half: leadoff single by Henry, a balk, a 1-out hit (Fetzer) and a steal of home.
Delphos tied it 7-7 in the top of the third on three walks, a hit batter, a 2-run single by Fitch (Bullinger and Kurt Wollenhaupt) and an error (Fitch).
After that half inning, the threatening skies began to open up and the rain did not stop the rest of the contest.
The hosts took the lead for good in the home half of that frame on a Gardner leadoff free pass, a wild pitch and a 1-out knock to center by Cross.
The hosts added a solo tally in the fourth on a leadoff wicked-hop triple by Henry and a 1-out grounder by Jenkins for a 9-7 edge.
The Cougs put the lead at 11-7 in the fifth as leadoff walks to Braun and Ryan McCracken led to a run-scoring double to center (Justice Tussing) and a 1-out sacrifice fly (Henry).
The home team accounted for its final run in the sixth on an error on a leadoff grounder by Jenkins, a wild pitch, a Carr groundout and a wild pitch.
Jefferson tried to rally from a 12-7 deficit in the top of the seventh and used four errors on the Cougars to score twice: Mercer (fielder’s choice error) and Bullinger (sacrifice fly by Pulford). However, a strikeout ended the outing.
Van Wert is slated to host St. John’s 6 p.m. today.
Ty Stahr cf 4-1-1-0. Luke Niebel rf 4-1-0-0, Cam Clark 3b 4-1-2-2, Andrew Renner ss 4-1-2-0, Dylan Burkholder c 4-0-2-2, Troy Jordan 1b 2-1-0-0, Drew Korkate 2b 3-0-1-0, Chase Clark lf/p 3-0-1-0, Derek Davis p 2-0-1-0, Drew Brown lf 1-0-0-0. Totals 31-5-10-4.
Jace Stockwell ss 2-2-1-0, Hunter Binkley 2b 2-1-0-0, Gaige Rassman cf/lf 3-0-1-0, Gage Mercer 3b 4-0-1-1, Ryan Bullinger 1b 3-1-0-0, Nick Fitch c 2-0-1-1, Jake Pulford eh 2-0-1-0, Damien Dudgeon pr 3-0-2-1, Kurt Wollenhaupt rf 2-0-1-0, Josh Teman p/cf 2-0-0-1, Adam Rode lf/ph 2-0-1-0, Brandan Herron p 1-0-0-0. Totals 25-4-7-3.
Score by Innings:
Bath 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 - 5
Jefferson 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 - 4
E: Niebel 2, Stockwell 2, Korkate, Rassman; DP: Bath 2, Jefferson 1; LOB: Bath 6, Jefferson 10; 2B: Renner, Burkholder, Ch. Clark; SB: Stahr, Ca. Clark, Renner; CS: Niebel (by Fitch), Burkholder (by Fitch), Teman (by Burkholder); POB: Burkholder (by Teman); Sac: Stockwell, Wollenhaupt.
IP H R ER BB SO
Davis (W, 1-0) 4.2 4 4 1 7 4
Ch. Clark (S) 2.1 3 0 0 0 2
Teman (L, 0-1) 4.0 7 5 3 1 0
Herron 3.0 2 0 0 0 1
WP: Davis 2, Ch. Clark; HBP: Binkley (by Ch. Clark). Balk: Ch. Clark, BB: Jordan, Stockwell, Binkley, Rassman, Bullinger, Fitch, Pulford, Teman.
Jace Stockwell ss 3-1-0-0, Hunter Binkley 2b/p 4-0-1-1, Gaige Rassman 1b/cf 4-1-1-1, Gage Mercer 3b 4-1-1-0, Ryan Bullinger p/cf/1b 3-2-1-1, Kurt Wollenhaupt lf/2b 3-1-0-0, Adam Rode cf/lf/p 3-1-0-1, Nick Fitch c 3-2-1-2, Jake Pulford eh 2-0-1-2, Damien Dudgeon rf 0-0-0-0, Easton Siefker rf 1-0-0-0. Totals 30-9-6-8.
VAN WERT (12)
Justice Tussing ss 4-0-2-1, Joe Lisa 2b 4-1-0-0, B.J. Covey ph/2b 1-0-0-0, Brant Henry cf 2-3-2-1, Ethan Williams 3b 4-1-1-1, Caleb Fetzer p 2-1-2-1, Kaleb Jenkins p 2-1-0-1, Mason Carr dh 3-1-2-0, Jacob Williamson lf 0-0-0-0, Gavin Gardner 1b 1-1-0-1, Josh Braun rf 2-2-1-1, Gavin Cross c 2-0-2-3, Ryan McCracken c 1-1-0-0. Totals 28-12-12-10.
Score by Innings:
Jefferson 2 2 3 0 0 0 2 - 9
Van Wert 6 1 1 1 2 1 x - 12
E: Williams 3, Stockwell, Binkley, Rode, Covey, Braun; LOB: Jefferson 10, Van Wert 7; 2B: Pulford, Tussing, Williams; 3B: Henry; SB: Stockwell, Mercer, Bullinger, Rode, Tussing, Henry (home); CS: Fetzer (by Fitch); POB: Carr (Bullinger); SF: Pulford, Henry, Gardner.
IP H R ER BB SO
Bullinger (L, 0-1) 3.0 9 8 3 3 1
Binkley 2.0 3 3 3 2 2
Rode 1.0 0 1 0 3 0
Fetzer 2.1 3 6 6 6 1
Jenkins (W, 1-0) 4.2 3 3 0 1 3
WP: Rode 3, Bullinger 2, Jenkins 2, Binkley, Fetzer; HBP: Pulford (by Jenkins); PB: Cross 2; Balk: Bullinger 2; BB: Dudgeon 2, Gardner 2, Braun 2, Stockwell, Bullinger, Wollenhaupt, Rode, Fitch, Tussing, Henry, Carr, McCracken.