By Jim Metcalfe
DHI Correspondent
DOLA — Jefferson’s baseball team only garnered seven hits but earned 15 walks and four hit batters en route to a 15-2 five-inning rout of Hardin Northern on Wednesday evening.
“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.”
The Wildcats (2-0) loaded the bases in the top of the first against Polar Bear (0-2) starter Colton Spearman, but they could not score.
Jacob Gossard got aboard on an error to lead off the home half against Jefferson sophomore Josh Teman and reached third on a sacrifice and a stolen base but couldn’t score.

Jefferson went up 1-0 in the second. Teman led off with a walk, stole second, took third on Ryan Bullinger’s blooper to right and scored on an error on the play.
Jefferson erupted for 11 runs in the third and sent 17 batters to the dish against three pitchers. Ross Thompson (walk) and Fitch (hit batter) started and Hunter Binkley beat out a slow roller to third to load the bases. Jordan Herron’s comebacker scored Thompson. Teman walked to re-load the bases and Fitch scored on a wild pitch. Back-to-back free passes to Tyler Rice and Bullinger plated Binkley for a 4-0 lead.
Stockwell then plated Teman and Rice with a single to center to make it 6-0. Jettinghoff walked to reload the bases and end Spearman’s stint on the mound, bringing in Brett Roby. An out later, Fitch grounded a two-run single into right. Binkley was plunked to load the sacks once more and a wild pitch plated Jettinghoff for a 9-0 edge.
The Polar Bears got their only two runs in the home third. Thomson walked to open the frame and took second on a wild pitch. Gossard hit a sinking single to center to put runners at first and third and then stole second. Both scored on a 2-run double to right center by Roby.
Jettinghoff started the Wildcat fourth with a triple to deep center and scored on a wild pitch. Thompson walked and Fitch was again plunked, bringing Cory Thomson to the mound. Teman then lined a single up the gut to get Thompson home for the 14th run.
“Josh did a nice job in settling down. Toward the third inning, he was popping the fastball,” Geary added. “We got some other pitchers in to get them an inning. Defensively, we were okay after we got ourselves into the game more. Again, we need to be ready to play, no matter our opponent. We can’t take anything for granted.”

Jace Stockwell ss 5-2-2-3, Austin Jettinghoff 2b/p 2-2-1-0, Ross Thompson 1b/3b 3-2-0-0, Nick Fitch c 1-2-1-2, Hunter Binkley lf/3b/2b/p 3-2-1-0, Jordan Herron 3b 3-1-0-1, Adam Rode 1b 2-0-0-0, Josh Teman p/cf 1-2-1-1, Tyler Rice rf 1-1-0-0, Kurt Wollenhaupt lf 1-0-0-0, Ryan Bullinger cf 1-1-1-2, Jesse Stemen rf 1-0-0-0. Totals 24-15-7-9.
Jacob Gossard cf/3b 3-1-1-0, Kyle Lamb ss 2-0-0-0, Brett Roby 3b/p/1b 2-0-1-2, Paul Grayden ph 1-0-0-0, Colton Spearman p/cf 1-0-0-0, Zach Logan ph 0-0-0-0, Rylie Drumm 1b/p/rf 3-0-1-0, Cam Deckling c 2-0-0-0, Storm Drumm 2b 2-0-1-0, Cory Thomson rf/p 1-1-0-0, Bradlee Watts lf 1-0-0-0. Totals 18-2-4-2.
Score by Innings:
Jefferson    0 1 (11)    2 1 - 15
Har. North.    0 0 2    0 0 - 2
E: S. Drumm 2, Stockwell, Fitch, Spearman, Thomson; LOB: Jefferson 12, Hardin Northern 6; 2B: Roby; 3B: Stockwell; SB: Thompson 3, Fitch 2, Gossard 2, Teman; POB: R. Drumm (by Teman); Sac: Lamb.
                                  IP    H    R    ER    BB    SO
Teman (W, 1-0) 3.0    3    2    2    2    4
Jettinghoff        1.0    1    0    0    1    1
Binkley               1.0    0    0    0    0    0
Spearman (L, 0-1) 2.1    3    9    8    8    1
Roby           0.1    1    3    0    3    1
R. Drumm           0.1    1    2    2    1    0
Thomson            2.0    2    1    0    1    0
WP: Teman, Spearman, Roby, R. Drumm; HBP: Fitch 3 (by Spearman 2, by R. Drumm), Binkley (by Roby), Logan (by Binkley).