End of the road for Van Wert ACME
Wednesday, July 09, 2014 12:00 AM
By Jim Metcalfe
Van Wert’s Caleb Fetzer throws during the second inning of the ACME sectional tournament in Convoy on Friday, June 27. Fetzer allowed two earned runs in taking the loss to bath on Monday. (DHI Media/John Parent)
DHI Media Staff Writer
ELIDA — Bath scored two unearned runs in the top of the first inning versus Van Wert in their ACME summer baseball District Tournament on a warm Monday evening at Ed Sandy Memorial Field in Elida.
Wildcat starter Andrew Renner made it stand up with a 3-hitter as the Wildcats dismissed the Cougars 7-0 to end their season at 15-8.
Bath (17-6) advances on to the ACME State Tournament Saturday night versus host Archbold.
Renner threw a 94-pitch complete game (52 strikes), ceding those three hits and walking four. He fanned one.
Cougar Caleb Fetzer was the losing pitcher, going 4 1/3 innings, giving up three hits and five runs (2 earned), while walking four, striking out three and uncorking three wild pitches. Josh Braun finished the outing, allowing one earned run over the final 2.2 innings.
Justice Tussing, Joe Lisa and Ryan McCracken had the Cougar hits.
“We fell behind and put us in uphill mode the rest of the way. In games like this, you never know what can happen,” Van Wert ACME coach Karlin Dunlap explained. “We made three errors and they were all costly; that will happen against good competition. Offensively, we hit into two double plays and just seemed a hit away. Their pitcher did a nice job of keeping us off-balance. All in all, this summer was a learning experience and we improved a lot. That’s what summer ball is for, finding out what you need to work on for the spring.”
Bath had no errors and turned a pair of double plays while Van Wert had three defensive miscues.
“Andrew isn’t a hard thrower, but he keeps batters off-balance. Plus, he had great defense behind him,” Bath ACME coach Johnny Simindinger noted. “Offensively, getting the lead early really helps. We made solid contact and took advantage of everything they gave us.”
Bath got two unearned tallies in the first. A 2-base error on Tyler Stahr’s fly ball led it off. He advanced on a fly ball to deep center and scored as Jenkins drilled a double to right. Cam Clark’s groundout advanced the runner to third, from where he came plateward on an Andrew Jordan 2-baser to deep left.
Tussing tripled to deep left to open the Cougar first and Joe Lisa walked. However, two batters later, Ryan Stoller popped out to the pitcher near the third-base line and he caught Lisa too far off first for an inning-ending twin-killing.
Van Wert mounted a challenge in the third when a 1-out single to left by McCracken and a 2-out knock to right by Lisa to put runners on the corners. However, they could not score.
The Cougars had another challenge in the fourth on a pair of 1-out walks to Fetzer and Mason Carr. However, Gavin Gardner forced pinch-runner Kaleb Jenkins at third and Davis threw to first to double up Gardner.
The Wildcats made it 5-0 in the fifth. With one down, Stahr walked, then stole second and took third on a wild pitch on a ball four to Jared Davis. Two wild pitches plated Stahr and put Davis at third. A free pass to Jenkins finished Fetzer, and Clark greeted Braun with a run-scoring infield hit to the hole at short for a 5-0 spread.
McCracken worked a 1-out base-on-balls in the Cougar fifth but was called out on Renner’s pickoff move.
Bath finished off its scoring in the sixth. A throwing error on Renner’s grounder opened it. Chase Clark looped a single down the left-field line and Niebel sacrificed both runners up. Stahr’s single to right plated pinch-runner Drew Brown and put runners on the corners. Davis lined a hit into right to get Chase Clark home but Stahr was caught in a rundown between second and third.
Renner retired the last seven Cougars in a row.
Ty Stahr cf 3-2-1-1, Jared Davis 3b 3-1-1-1, Cam Jenkins c 3-1-2-1, Cam Clark ss 4-0-1-1, Andrew Jordan 1b 3-0-1-1, Dylan Burkholder rf 3-0-0-0, Jacob Horstman ph/rf 1-0-0-0, Andrew Renner p 4-0-0-0, Drew Brown pr 0-1-0-0, Chase Clark cf 3-1-1-0, Luke Niebel dh 1-1-0-0, Troy Korkate 2b 0-0-0-0. Totals 28-7-7-5.
VAN WERT (0)
Justice Tussing 2b 3-0-1-0, Joe Lisa dh 2-0-1-0, Jacob Williamson ss 0-0-0-0, Brandt Henry lf 3-0-0-0, Ryan Stoller cf 3-0-0-0, Caleb Fetzer p/3b 2-0-0-0, Kaleb Jenkins pr 0-0-0-0, Mason Carr rf 2-0-0-0, Gavin Gardner 1b 3-0-0-0, Josh Braun 3b/p 1-0-0-0, Gavin Cross ph 1-0-0-0, Ryan McCracken c 1-0-1-0. Totals 21-0-3-0.
Score by Innings:
Bath 2 1 0 0 2 2 0 - 7 7 0
Van Wert 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 3 3
E: Henry, McCracken, Williamson; DP: Bath 2; LOB: Bath 6, Van Wert 4; 2B: Cam Jenkins 2, Jordan; 3B: Tussing; SB: Niebel 2, Stahr, Davis; POB: McCracken (by Renner); Sac: Niebel.
IP H R ER BB SO
Renner (W) 7.0 3 0 0 4 1
Fetzer (L) 4.1 3 5 2 4 3
Braun 2.2 4 2 1 1 2
WP: Fetzer 3; BB: Stahr, Davis, Cam Jenkins, Jordan, Niebel, Lisa, Fetzer, Carr, McCracken.