Jefferson’s Brandan Herron delivers a pitch during the fifth inning of the Wildcats’ ACME tournament win over Spencerville on Friday afternoon. (DHI Media/John Parent)
Jefferson’s Brandan Herron delivers a pitch during the fifth inning of the Wildcats’ ACME tournament win over Spencerville on Friday afternoon. (DHI Media/John Parent)
By JIM METCALFE
DHI Media Sports Editor
jmetcalfe@delphosherald.com
CONVOY — Jefferson pounded out 13 hits and punished Spencerville 13-4 in Friday’s opener at Convoy.
The Wildcats put four players on the mound: lefty starter Jake Pulford and righties Brendan Herron, Jace Stockwell and Hunter Binkley.
Spencerville used three hurlers in what ended up being their summer season finale — Luke Carpenter, Mitchell Youngpeter and Brady Becker.
The Wildcats put up a 2-spot in the top of the first. Stockwell led off with a knock to left, stole second and took third on a Hunter Binkley knock to left. After Binkley stole second, Gaige Rassman flied out to center to score Stockwell and moved Binkley to third, from where he scored on a Gage Mercer rip down the left-field line.


The Wildcats made it 6-0 in the top of the second. Nick Fitch grounded a hit into right and Kurt Wollenhaupt singled up the gut before Stockwell singled load the bases. An error on Binkley’s grounder plated Wollenhaupt and Teman and advanced Stockwell to third. Rassman slapped a single to center that got Stockwell and Binkley across for a 6-0 edge.
The Wildcats made it 7-0 in the third. With one down, Fitch and Wollenhaupt walked. Fitch eventually scored on a Spencerville error.
Delphos made it 8-0 in the visitors’ fourth. With one out, Mercer walked, stole second and got to third on a wild pitch. Pulford walked. Ryan Bullinger then blooped a hit to left center to score Mercer.
Spencerville tallied three in the home fourth. Brady Nolan walked and Connor Vogt blooped a hit to right. J.T. Thiery walked to load the bases, and a passed ball plated Nolan and moved the other runners up. Youngpeter’s groundout scored Vogt and French’s chop into left scored Thiery from third for an 8-3 deficit.
The Jeffcats got one back in the fifth on a 1-out double to deep center by Stockwell, a 2-out wild pitch and an error to make it 9-3.
The Wildcats continued the attack with a 3-spot in the sixth before Spencerville plated its final run in the home half of the sixth. Thiery blooped a hit into right and scored on a 1-out triple to deep center by Hunter French.
Jefferson accounted for the final run in the seventh on a 1-out rip to center by pinch-hitter Damien Dudgeon and a 2-out double to center by Bullinger.
Jefferson plays Van Wert 6 p.m. Saturday.

JEFFERSON (13)
ab-r-h-rbi
Jace Stockwell ss/p 5-3-4-1, Hunter Binkley 2b/ss/p 5-2-1-1, Gaige Rassman lf 4-0-1-3, Gage Mercer 3b 3-1-1-1, Damien Dudgeon ph 1-1-1-0, Jake Pulford p/ph 3-0-0-0, Brendan Herron p 0-0-0-0, Cole Arroyo rf 1-0-0-0, Ryan Bullinger 1b 5-1-3-2, Nick Fitch c 4-2-2-1, Kurt Wollenhaupt rf/2b 2-1-1-1, Josh Teman cf 4-2-0-0. Totals 37-13-13-10.
SPENCERVILLE (4)
ab-r-h-rbi
J.T. Thiery cf 3-2-1-0, Mitchell Youngpeter ss/p 3-0-0-1, Hunter French 2b 2-0-2-2, Brady Becker lf/p 3-0-0-0, Luke Carpenter p/ss/3b 4-0-0-0, Austin Gallinore c 3-0-1-0, Brady Nolan 1b 2-1-0-0, Red Wood rf 3-0-0-0, Connor Vogt 3b/lf 4-1-2-0. Totals 27-4-6-3.
Score by Innings:
Jefferson 2 4 1 1 1 2 1 - 13
Spencerville 0 0 0 3 0 1 0 - 4
E: Vogt 2, Bullinger, Youngpeter, Nolan; DP: Jefferson 1; LOB: Jefferson 9, Spencerville 11; 2B: Stockwell, Bullinger; 3B: Fitch, French; SB: Stockwell, Binkley, Rassman, Mercer; SF: Rassman, Wollenhaupt.
IP H R ER BB SO
JEFFERSON
Pulford (W) 3.0 1 0 0 4 2
Herron 2.0 3 3 2 3 2
Stockwell 1.0 2 1 1 0 0
Binkley 1.0 0 0 0 1 2
SPENCERVILLE
Carpenter (L) 3.0 7 7 5 2 2
Youngpeter 2.1 3 4 3 2 0
Becker 1.2 2 2 1 0 0
WP: Youngpeter 2, Herron, Carpenter; PB: Fitch; HBP: Becker (by Pulford); Balk: Pulford; BB: French 2, Nolan 2, Mercer, Pulford, Fitch, Wollenhaupt, Thiery, Youngpeter, Gallinore, Wood.