Cougars take advantage of error-prone Blue Jays
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 12:00 AM
By LARRY HEIING
Van Wert’s Jake Williamson dives back to first base during the Cougars’ ACME win over Delphos St. John’s on Monday night. Caleb Jenkins tossed a complete game in the 9-2 victory. (DHI Media/ Larry Heiing)
DHI Media Correspondent
VAN WERT — For the second time in four days, the Van Wert Cougars played a team from Delphos in ACME baseball.
On Friday, the Cougars traveled to Delphos and romped against the Jefferson Wildcats, winning 16-2.
The Cougars hosted the St. John’s Blue Jays Monday and remained perfect against their Lincoln Highway neighbors with a 9-2 victory.
The Blue Jays loaded the bases in the first inning with consecutive hits by Austin Heiing, Jesse Ditto and Buddy Jackson. Eric Vogt’s blooper to center knocked in Heiing as the bases remained jammed. Van Wert starting pitcher Caleb Jenkins retired the next batters to leave the bags full of Jays to escape the first-inning jam.
Jacob Youngpeter started for St. John’s and held the Cougars hitless until Ryan Stoller singled with two outs in the third inning. After a balk and a stolen base, Mason Carr walked to put runners on the corners. A wild pitch by Youngpeter allowed Stoller to come home a even the score at 1-1.
Just as the Cougars blew the game wide open against Jefferson on Friday with a big inning, Van Wert scored six runs in the fourth to jump out to a 7-1 advantage. The Blue Jays committed four fielding errors in the frame, hit a batter and Stoller had a run-scoring single, along with an Ethan Williams’ double, to chase Youngpeter. Gage Seffernick came in and retired Jenkins to end the inning.
St. John’s scored again in the sixth inning as Jackson reached with one out and went to second base on an overthrow. Vogt’s grounder to second base took a bad hop and went into center field for a hit to score Jackson as the Jays trailed 7-2. Josh Warnecke singled to put two on with only one out but Jenkins again got out of the inning retiring the final two batters.
Van Wert’s Stoller notched his third hit of the game to lead off the sixth inning and went all the way to third on an overthrow error. The Cougars scored again without hitting the ball as Seffernick’s wild pitch scored Stoller from third.
After Bryan Mills was hit by a pitch, Ditto was called to the mound by the Blue Jays’ coaches. Ditto recorded an out as Jenkins hit into a fielder’s choice, but a sacrifice fly hit by Gavin Cross plated Carr for the final run of the game and the 7-run victory.
St. John’s committed seven errors in the field, three wild pitches, three hit-by-pitch batters and a balk to give Van Wert too many extra chances.
The Cougars took advantage of the free passes given to them, scoring those nine runs on only four hits while the Jays out-hit them with seven base knocks — all singles.
Stoller led the Cougars with three hits, scored three runs and had a run batted in. Jenkins pitched a complete game, allowing only two runs with nine strikeouts and giving up only one walk.
St. John’s was led by Vogt’s two hits and a pair of runs batted in. Heiing also had two hits for the Jays’ offense.
St.John’s travels to Crestview on Wednesday while Van Wert visits Lincolnview on Friday night.
St. John’s (2)
Jacob Youngpeter p 2-0-0-0, Austin Heiing cf 4-1-2-0, Jesse Ditto 1b 4-0-1-0, Buddy Jackson c 4-1-1-0, Eric Vogt 1f 3-0-2-2, Josh Warnecke 2b 3-0-1-0, Gage Seffernick ss 3-0-0-0, Brandon Slate 3b 3-0-0-0, Tim Kreeger dh 3-0-0-0, Owen Baldauf 1-0-0-0. Totals: 30-2-7-2.
Van Wert (9)
Justice Tussing ss 3-1-0-0, Ryan McCraken 3b 4-1-0-0, Ryan Stoller cf 3-3-3-1, Mason Carr c 2-1-0-0, Josh Braun rf 2-1-0-0, Ethan Williams 1b 2-0-1-1, Caleb Jenkins p 3-1-0-0, Joe Lisa crf 1-1-0-0-, Jake Williamson 2b 3-0-0-0, Jake Covey 1-0-0-0, Brian Mills 0-0-0-0, Gavin Cross 1-0-0-1. Totals: 25-9-4-3.
Score By Innings:
St. John’s 1-0-0-0-0-1-0-(2)
Van Wert 0-0-1-6-0-2-x-(9)
LOB: St. John’s 7, Van Wert 8; 2B: Williams; SB: Carr, McCracken Sac: Jenkins, Tussing.
IP H R ER BB SO
Youngpeter (L) 3.2 3 7 2 3 6
Seffernick 1.1 1 2 2 2 0
Ditto 1.0 0 0 0 1 0
Jenkins (W) 7.0 7 2 2 1 0
HBP: Williams (by Youngpeter), Jenkins (by Younpeter), Mills (by Seffernick); WP: Youngpeter, Seffernick; Balk: Youngpeter.