Ethan Williams comes home to score a run for Van Wert as St. John’s catcher Buddy Jackson awaits a throw during the first inning of the Cougars’ 14-0 win on Friday night. Van Wert advances to play Jefferson on Saturday. St. John’s will play again on Sunday. (DHI Media/John Parent)
Ethan Williams comes home to score a run for Van Wert as St. John’s catcher Buddy Jackson awaits a throw during the first inning of the Cougars’ 14-0 win on Friday night. Van Wert advances to play Jefferson on Saturday. St. John’s will play again on Sunday. (DHI Media/John Parent)
By JIM METCALFE
DHI Media Sports Editor
jmetcalfe@delphosherald.com
CONVOY — Caleb Fetzer didn’t need a lot of help in the second game of the District 5 ACME summer baseball opener Friday night at the Crestview Sports Complex.
He 1-hit St. John’s.
However, he also got plenty of offensive help with an 11-hit attack and four Blue Jays errors in a 14-0 5-inning affair.
The Cougars advance to a matchup with Jefferson — the other winner Friday afternoon — at 6 p.m. Saturday.


Fetzer tossed 73 pitches (44 strikes) while walking four with four strikeouts.
The Jays used four hurlers: lefty starter Jake Youngpeter, who was charged with 8 runs (3 earned) in 1.1 innings, Gage Seffernick, Josh Warnecke and Ryan Hellman. All told they threw 115 pitches, 66 for strikes.
Youngpeter tossed 42 in the bottom of the first inning alone when he was tagged for five runs. With one down, Joe Lisa singled after staying alive on an error on a foul pop, Brandt Henry walked and Fetzer singled in Lisa, with the other runners advancing on the throw home. An error on Mason Carr’s ground ball scored Henry and put runners on the corners. After Carr stole second, Ethan Williams slapped a 2-run knock to right, part of a 4-RBI night for the third baseman. Gavin Gardner kept the inning going with a double to left center, and Williams scored on a Ryan McCracken groundout for a 5-0 lead.
The Jays had their best threat in the top of the second. With one down, Fetzer lost command of his pitches and issued back-to-back walks to Seffernick and Buddy Jackson. Though the Jays got runners to second and third, two fly balls ended the uprising.
The Cougars doubled their lead in the second, again batting around. Justice Tussing led off with an infield single up the middle, stole two bases and scored on a 1-out double to center by Henry. Fetzer walked to finish Youngpeter’s day on the mound. Carr was walked by Seffernick and Williams slapped another 2-run knock, this time to center, to get Henry and Fetzer home. A fly ball to right got Carr to third and a wild pitch plated him for a 9-0 edge. A throwing error on McCracken’s grounder scored Williams for the tenth Cougar run.
Chad Etgen led off the Blue Jay third with a walk, advanced on a pitch to the backstop and third on a Warnecke ground ball but could not score.
The Cougars scored their final tallies in the fourth versus Hellman, sending 10 to the plate. Fetzer’s liner to center got over centerfielder Austin Heiing’s head for a triple and he scored on a wild pitch. Carr walked, stole second and touched the dish on a liner to center by pinch-hitter Evan Williams. He was forced out by a Gardner grounder. An error on a grounder hit by pinch-hitter Brian Mills and pinch-hitter Bailey Neuenschwander loaded the bases. A shot to center by pinch-hitter Kaleb Jenkins plated Gardner and kept the bases juiced. Lisa forced Mills at home. Henry’s shot to center got Neuenschwander home for the 14th run.
The Jays got a 1-out free pass to pinch-hitter Austin Lucas in the top of the fifth and Etgen had a solid single to right for their only hit. However, a fly ball and a pop-out ended the game on the run rule.
St. John’s was set to play Spencerville at 1 p.m. on Sunday, but the Bearcats announced they would forfeit the game; the Jays will now play at 3:30 p.m. versus the loser of the St. Marys Memorial versus Lincolnview/Crestview winner from Saturday.
ST. JOHN’S (0)
ab-r-h-rbi
Josh Warnecke ss/p 3-0-0-0, Austin Heiing cf 3-0-0-0, Jesse Ditto 1b 2-0-0-0, Eric Vogt lf/2b/rf 2-0-0-0, Gage Seffernick 2b/p/ss 1-0-0-0, Buddy Jackson c 1-0-0-0, Jake Youngpeter p/lf 2-0-0-0, Jorden Boone 3b 1-0-0-0, Austin Lucas ph 1-0-0-0, Chad Etgen dh 1-0-1-0, Ryan Hellman rf/p 0-0-0-0. Totals 16-0-1-0.
VAN WERT (14)
ab-r-h-rbi
Justice Tussing 2b 3-1-1-0, Kaleb Jenkins ph 1-0-1-1, Joe Lisa rf 4-1-1-0, Brandt Henry cf 3-2-2-2, Caleb Fetzer p 3-3-2-1, Mason Carr lf 1-3-0-1, Ethan Williams 3b 2-2-2-4, Evan Williams ph 1-0-1-1, Gavin Gardner 1b 3-1-1-0, Ryan McCracken c 2-0-0-1, Brian Mills ph 1-0-0-0, Jacob Williamson ss 2-0-0-0, Bailey Neuenschwander ph 0-1-0-0. Totals 26-14-11-11.
Score by Innings:
St. John’s 0 0 0 0 0 - 0
Van Wert 5 5 0 4 x - 14
E: Warnecke, Vogt, Seffernick, Boone; LOB: St. John’s 5, Van Wert 5; 2B: Henry, Gardner; 3B: Fetzer; SB: Tussing 2, Carr 2.
IP H R ER BB SO
ST. JOHN’S
Youngpeter (L) 1.1 6 8 3 2 1
Seffernick 0.2 2 2 1 1 0
Warnecke 1.0 0 0 0 0 0
Hellman 1.0 3 4 2 2 0
VAN WERT
Fetzer (W) 5.0 1 0 0 4 4
WP: Fetzer 2, Seffernick, Hellman; BB: Carr 2, Seffernick, Jackson, Lucas, Etgen, Henry, Fetzer, Neuenschwander.