|Cougars keep on winning in ACME|
|Sunday, July 06, 2014 8:00 PM|
DHI Media Staff Writer
ELIDA — Van Wert lost its first ACME District Tournament game Saturday morning at Ed Sandy Memorial Field in Elida.
The Cougars have battled back by winning the next two, including Saturday afternoon’s 8-3 victory over Lima Central Catholic to oust the Thunderbirds.
Van Wert (15-7) opened the scoring in the top of the first against LCC starter Bitler Rumer (4 1/3 innings, 4 hits, 4 earned runs, 5 bases-on-balls, 2 strikeouts). Justice Tussing led off with a double to deep left and scored on consecutive bounceouts to second by Joe Lisa and Brandt Henry.
The T-Birds retaliated with a run in the home half against Van Wert right-hander Kaleb Jenkins (6-plus IPs, 8 hits, 3 runs, 2 earned, 5 BBs, 5 Ks; 114 pitches, 72 strikes): a 1-out walk to Jacob Judy, a steal and a single to left by Liam Stolly.
“Kaleb pitched a great game. You could see him grow in confidence as the game wore on, starting to hit his spots more consistently,” Cougar ACME head coach Carlin Dunlap noted. “It seemed every time he needed a big out, he got it against a good team. On the other hand, we got a big 3-run double by Gavin (Gardner) in the fifth and that just seemed to open it up for us.”
LCC left a pair of runners on in the second, two of the 11 they stranded for the game.
The Cougars left a pair of runners on in the third (Ryan McCracken and Lisa).
Van Wert went up 3-1 in the fourth. Ryan Stoller singled to left, stole second and took third on a wild pitch. Caleb Fetzer walked. The Cougs turned a double steal to plate Stoller and put pinch-runner Bryan Mills at second. Mason Carr walked. An out later, McCracken forced Carr at second to put runners on the corners. Jenkins helped his own cause with a single to right to plate Mills for a 3-1 edge.
The T-Birds got within 3-2 in the home fourth on a 1-out strikeout in the dirt, allowing pinch-hitter Keaton Meyer to be safe, a Regan Altenbach single and a 2-out Judy double.
The Cougars made it 6-2 in the fifth. With one down, Henry singled and stole second. Stoller walked to finish Rumer for Thomas Williams (2 2/3 IPs, 4 hits, 4 earned runs, 2 BBs). A wild pitch advanced both runners. Fetzer bounced to third and Henry was caught too far off third, getting into a rundown and being tagged out at home. However, that still left runners at second and third. Carr walked to load the bases; Gavin Gardner unloaded them with a double over the right fielder’s head for that 6-2 lead.
Van Wert added its last two runs in the sixth. With one down, Lisa and Henry rapped back-to-back doubles for one run; defensive interference allowed Henry to go to third and he scored on a Stoller sacrifice fly to left.
LCC chased Jenkins in the home seventh. Judy lined a hit to right and advanced on a wild pitch. Lima Stolly walked and Brad Stolly’s sinking liner to left loaded the bases, bringing Josh Braun to the mound (1 IP, 2 Ks). Joe Eisle forced L. Stolly at third but plated Judy. An out later, Joey Watkins bounced to deep short and Eisle beat the throw to second to load the sacks. However, Wolfe went down on a called third strike to end the contest.
LCC bows out at 13-7.
“You don’t ever want to lose but overall, I’m pleased with our summer. We had a lot of young kids forced to step in during the season and especially today,” LCC ACME coach Neil Ribley explained. “We had some usual player missing due to vacations and such and a few of these guys got their first taste of varsity pitching.”
Van Wert plays Bath at 6 p.m. today in the winners’ bracket. Should they win, those two teams will play against Tuesday for a berth in he ACME State Tournament at Archbold.
That game today was set up by Bath knocking LCC into the losers’ bracket with a 4-1 victory earlier Sunday.
Chase Clark threw a gem for the Wildcats, going the distance in a 99-pitch effort (62 strikes), ceding four hits and an earned run. He walked two and fanned nine.
Tyler Stahr had the only multi-hit game for the Wildcats with a 2-for-3 day.
Liam Stolly tossed the first 6-plus frames for the T-Birds (1 hit, 2 earned runs, 5 BBs, 4 hit batters, 3 Ks; 91 pitches, 46 strikes). Rumer finished up (1 IP, 2 hits, 2 unearned runs, 1 BB).
Brad tolly led the LCC attack with a 2-for-3 day and one run batted in.
Bath scored all four runs in the top of the seventh.
Ty Stahr cf 3-1-2-1, Jared Davis 2b 2-0-0-0, Cam Jenkins c 3-1-0-0, Cam Clark 3b 3-0-0-0, Andrew Jordan 1b 4-0-1-2, Dylan Burkholder rf 3-0-0-0, Andrew Renner ss 0-1-0-0, Chase Clark p 2-1-0-0, Luke Niebel lf 2-0-0-1, Jacob Horstman lf 0-0-0-0. Totals 22-4-3-4.
LIMA CENTRAL CATHOLIC (1)
Bitler Rumer cf/p 2-0-0-0, Jacob Judy lf/cf 2-1-0-0, Liam Stolly p/1b 3-0-1-0, Brad Stolly 3b 3-0-2-1, Joe Eisle 2b 3-0-1-0, Thomas Williams ss 3-0-0-0, Joey Watkins c 2-0-0-0, Derek Wolfe rf 2-0-0-0, Ian Friesner 1b 2-0-0-0, Regan Altenbach lf 0-0-0-0. Totals 22-1-4-1.
Score by Innings:
Bath 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 - 4
Lima CC 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 1
E: Williams; DP: Bath 2; LOB: Bath 8, Lima Central Catholic 2; 2B: Jordan, B. Stolly; SB: Burkholder; CS: Rumer (by Jenkins); POB: Stahr (by L. Stolly), Renner (by L. Stolly); Sac: Davis.
IP H R ER BB SO
Ch. Clark (W) 7.0 4 1 1 2 9
LIMA CENTRAL CATHOLIC
L. Stolly (L) 6.0 1 2 2 5 3
Rumer 1.0 2 2 0 1 0
L. Stolly pitched to 2 batters in 7th
WP: Ch. Clark; Balk: Rumer; HBP: Renner 2 (by L. Stolly 2), Burkholder (by L. Stolly), Niebel (by L. Stolly); BB: Stahr, Davis, Jenkins, Ca. Clark, Renner, Ch. Clark, .
VAN WERT (8)
Justice Tussing 2b 4-1-1-0, Joe Lisa dh 3-1-1-0, Jacob Williamson ss 0-0-0-0, Brandt Henry lf 4-1-2-2, Ryan Stoller cf 1-0-1-0, Caleb Fetzer 3b 3-1-0-0, Bryan Mills pr 0-1-0-0, Mason Carr rf 2-1-0-0, Gavin Gardner 1b 3-0-1-3, B.J. Covey ph 1-0-0-0, Ryan McCracken c 1-0-0-0, Ethan Williams ph 1-0-0-0, Kaleb Jenkins p 3-0-1-1, Josh Braun p 0-0-0-0. Totals 27-8-8-7.
LIMA CENTRAL CATHOLIC (3)
Bitler Rumer p/cf 4-0-0-0, Jacob Judy cf/lf 3-2-2-1, Liam Stolly 1b 2-0-1-1, Alex Lehmkuhl pr 0-0-0-0, Brad Stolly 3b 4-0-2-0, Joe Eisle 2b 4-0-1-1, Thomas Williams ss/p 4-0-0-0, Joey Watkins c 3-0-1-0, Derek Wolfe rf/pr 2-1-0-0, Keaton Meyer ph 1-0-0-0, Regan Altenbach lf 2-0-1-0, Brendon Stolly ss 0-0-0-0. Totals 29-3-8-3.
Score by Innings:
Van Wert 1 0 0 2 3 2 0 - 8
Lima CC 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 - 3
E: Williams; DP: Van Wert 1; LOB: Van Wert 7, Lima Central Catholic 11; 2B: Tussing, Lisa, Henry, Gardner, Judy; SB: Stoller 2 (home), Henry, Mills, Jenkins, Judy; CS: Watkins (by McCracken); Sac: Jenkins, Wolfe; SF: Stoller.
IP H R ER BB SO
Jenkins (W) 6.0 8 3 2 5 5
Braun 1.0 0 0 0 0 2
LIMA CENTRAL CATHOLIC
Rumer (L) 4.1 4 4 4 5 2
Williams 2.2 3 4 4 2 0
Jenkins pitched to 3 batters in 7th
WP: Jenkins 3, Rumer, Williams; BB: Carr 2, McCracken 2, L. Stolly 2, Lisa, Stoller, Fetzer, Judy, Watkins, Bre. Stolly.