By JIM METCALFE
DHI Media Sports Editor
BATH TOWNSHIP — Bath built a 5-1 lead in its District 6 ACME summer baseball tournament contest with archrival Elida Monday evening.
The Wildcats then held off a 7th-inning uprising to secure a 5-3 victory at Bath High School.
Bath (12-5) collected 11 hits versus two Bulldog hurlers: lefty starter Austin Morrison (3 2/3 innings pitched, 9 hits, 5 runs, 4 earned, 1 base-on-balls, 2 strikeouts; 78 pitches, 55 for strikes) and reliever Garrett Brinkman (2 1/3 IPs, 2 hits, 2 BBs, 1 K; 37 pitches, 19 for strikes).
“Austin battled today. He is an even-keeled pitcher and you know what you’re going to get,” Elida ACME coach Zack Miller said. “What you saw today offensively was the story of our summer: we couldn’t get the big 2-out hit until it was late. It seems every time we got something going, it was with two outs.”
Tyler Stahr (2 runs scored), Cam Jenkins (2 runs batted in), Cam Clark and Andrew Renner each garnered two hits for the hosts.
“Jared has been a really solid pitcher for us this summer,” Bath coach Johnny Simindinger explained. “We came off a big offensive day Sunday and we carried that confidence over to today.”
Bath starter Jared Davis got the win (5 2/3 IPs, 4 hits, 1 earned run, 4 BBs, 5 Ks; 91 pitches, 48 strikes) and Jacob Horstman mopped up (1 1/3 IPs, 2 hits, 2 earned runs, 1 BB; 23 pitches, 14 strikes).
Leadoff man Adam Purdy had the best day at the plate for the Orange and Black, going 1-for-2 (double) and added two free passes.
Bath retaliated in the home half on Stahr’s leadoff hit to left, a stolen base, a 2-out wild pitch and an error on the sequence.
Elida took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first with a leadoff walk to Purdy, a wild pitch, a sacrifice bunt by Owen Anderson and a single to left by Travis Watkins.