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Knights hammer Jays 12-0 in 5 innings
Written by Larry Heiing   
Wednesday, April 02, 2014 8:17 PM
St. John’s first baseman Jesse Ditto plays behind Crestview’s Justin Overmyer Wednesday night at Stadium Park. (Delphos Herald/Larry Heiing)

By LARRY HEIING

DHI Correspondent

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DELPHOS — Just 10 days ago, the Crestview Knights were in Columbus winning the 2014 Division IV basketball state championship.

Wednesday night, the Knights were in Delphos playing their first game of the baseball season against homestanding St. John’s at Stadium Park.

Crestview head coach Jim Wharton has seven round-ballers on his baseball squad this year and is getting a late jump on the spring season.

“We still have our basketball players in a transition phase from the hardwood to the diamond and are slowly getting their arms into shape,” Wharton explained. “We aren’t allowing them to throw much yet but we’ll get there. As a matter of fact, this is our first game and also the first time we played infield this year.”

 
Wildcat baseballers walk past Polar Bears
Written by Jim Metcalfe   
Wednesday, April 02, 2014 8:16 PM

By JIM METCALFE

Staff Writer

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DOLA — Sometimes the game of baseball is about hitting.

Sometimes it’s more about patience.

Jefferson’s crew only garnered seven hits but earned 15 walks and four hit batters en route to a 15-2 5-inning rout of Hardin Northern on a pleasant overcast Wednesday in Dola.

“We showed good patience at the plate but one of the things we need to address is being mentally focused from the start. We need to pay attention to such things as the opposing pitcher’s warming up and seeing what he’s got,” Jefferson coach Doug Geary began. “We need to make adjustments from that: some did and some didn’t and you could tell the ones who didn’t because they weren’t staying back. That is something we need to learn because those types of mistakes cost you in close games.”

 
Wednesday Roundup
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Wednesday, April 02, 2014 8:16 PM | Updated ( Wednesday, April 02, 2014 8:38 PM )

Musketeers hold off Big Green in baseball

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OTTOVILLE — Fort Jennings built a 4-0 edge after three innings and held off archrival Ottoville 4-3 in a non-Putnam County League baseball contest Wednesday at Ottoville.

After the Musketeers lost a 2-0 decision to Elida Monday in a pitchers’ duel, Dylan Van Loo gave them another pitching gem, going the distance in giving up seven hits, three earned runs, walking two and fanning two.

 
Kazmir leads Athletics past Indians 6-1
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Wednesday, April 02, 2014 8:15 PM

By JOSH DUBOW

Associated Press

OAKLAND, Calif. — With All-Star Bartolo Colon gone to New York and projected opening day starter Jarrod Parker out for the season with an elbow injury, the Oakland Athletics are relying heavily on newcomer Scott Kazmir to help anchor the rotation.

Kazmir sure made a favorable first impression.

Kazmir shut out his former team into the eighth inning in his Oakland debut and the Athletics beat the Cleveland Indians 6-1 in the first game of a day-night doubleheader on Wednesday.

 
Lady Cougars open on winning note vs. Jeffcats
Written by Jim Metcalfe   
Tuesday, April 01, 2014 9:06 PM
Jefferson sophomore Claire Thompson fires toward home during the team’s season-opening fast-pitch softball game at Van Wert Tuesday. (Delphos Herald/John Parent)

By JIM METCALFE

Staff Writer

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VAN WERT — Without a heavy west wind Tuesday night at Jubilee Park, the Jefferson at Van Wert fast-pitch softball opener would have likely been a pleasant contest to watch.

Still, despite that wind, both teams played a solid opener as the Lady Cougars grabbed a 5-3 non-league victory.

The host Cougars — the game was moved from Jefferson’s park to Van Wert due to wet grounds — used two hurlers: Brooke Bowen (3 innings pitched, 1 hit, 2 unearned runs, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts) and freshman Kateri Steinecker (1-0; 4 IPs, 2 hits, 1 ER, 4 BBs, 4 Ks).

 
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