Parkway holds Jefferson to one run in sweep
Monday, April 07, 2014 12:00 AM
By Jim Metcalfe
ROCKFORD — Jefferson baseball coach Doug Geary felt that offense would make or break his 2014 team.
On Saturday afternoon at Rockford’s Don Black Field, the offense failed to show up for the Wildcats, as Parkway swept a doubleheader from Jefferson, winning 2-1 and 1-0.
Wyatt Ferver’s solo blast in the bottom of the sixth frame gave southpaw Brody Adams (1-0) the complete-game win. Adams allowed just two Jefferson hits, both singles, while yielding one unearned run. He walked three and struckout five while throwing 103 pitches.
He outdueled Jefferson starter Ross Thompson, who worked the first five frames and allowed four hits and one unearned run, and Austin Jettinghoff, who took the loss.
Jordan Herron and Ryan Bullinger had the only base hits for the Wildcats.
In game 2, the Panthers (3-1) pushed across an unearned run in the third to back right-hander Felver’s (1-1) four-hit shutout. Felver walked three and fanned five in the gem.
If not for that unearned run, which scored via two errors in the third inning, Jefferson starter Tyler Rice (0-1) would have been the story. Rice didn’t allow a hit, but wound up getting saddled with a complete-game loss. He walked two and struck out five in six innings.
Thompson went 2-for-3 and Bullinger and Gage Mercer (double) had all of the Wildcat (2-2) hits.
Tied at 1-1 in the bottom of the sixth in the opener, Felver greeted reliever Jettinghoff and launched a blast over the 370-foot mark of left field for a 2-1 edge.
In the Wildcat seventh, Rice walked with one down. Bullinger singled to left but was eliminated at second on a Jace Stockwell grounder. Jettinghoff was retired for the final out.
Parkway got the scoring started in the fourth, when Adams beat out an infield single. He reached second when a pick-off attempt sailed wide of the target and, with two out in the inning, was able to score when Jensen Riley’s ground ball was misplayed.
The Wildcats tied it in the fifth. Rice stuck out but reached first when the ball got to the backstop. An error on a pickoff try put him at second, a one-out wild pitch advanced him to third, and he beat the throw home on Jace Stockwell’s ground ball to short.
In game two, Parkway scored the game’s only run in the bottom of the third. Hayden Abromovich got aboard on an error, moved up on a two-out free pass and then scored on a misplayed grounder hit by Austin Dennison.
Jefferson tried to answer in the fourth. With one out, Herron walked and pinch-runner Kurt Wollenhaupt stole second and kept going on an error. However, Jefferson couldn’t drive him home.
The Wildcats had another scoring chance in the sixth. Thompson hit a tough-hop single past the third baseman and stole second. An out later, Binkley hit a liner to left, but Austin Adams made a fine play on the ball and threw behind the runner to complete a double-play.
Delphos had its best chance in the first. Stockwell walked to lead it off and burgled second. Felver nabbed Stockwell off second on Jettinghoff’s comebacker. Thompson’s hit to right center put runners on the corners, with the batter taking second on the throw. However, Felver got out of the inning unscathed.
“We struggled offensively. It’s frustrating. It’s more mental than anything right now,” Jefferson coach Doug Geary explained. “We were 0-for with runners in scoring position today; we were 1-of-5 on trying to lay down bunts. In the first game, their number four hitter (Felver) had struck out twice before and then hit a homer. We couldn’t get any better pitching but we threw the ball around some today. We gave up three runs and got swept today.”
Parkway first-year head coach Luke Clouse felt his team was fortunate.
“We didn’t get much offensively either. Jefferson threw some good pitchers,” Clouse added. “We came up with a couple of big plays and that was enough. We had some solid pitching, too, which we felt we’d have all year. We’re a work in progress offensively and our defense was okay. We have a long way to go, but we are making strides.”
Score by Innings:
Jefferson 000 010 0 - 1
Parkway 000 101 x - 2
Jace Stockwell ss 3-0-0-0, Austin Jettinghoff 2b/p 3-0-0-0, Ross Thompson p/2b 3-0-0-0, Nick Fitch c 3-0-0-0, Hunter Binkley lf 3-0-0-0, Jordan Herron 3b 3-0-1-0, Josh Teman cf 2-0-0-0, Tyler Rice rf 1-1-0-0, Ryan Bullinger 1b 3-0-1-0. Totals 24-1-2-0.
Cody Depweg cf 3-0-0-0, Austin Dennison ss 3-0-1-0, Austin Adams lf 2-0-1-0, Wyatt Felver c 3-1-1-1, Brandon Gibson 1b 3-0-0-0, Brody Adams p 3-1-1-0, Hayden Abromovich 3b 3-0-1-0, Jensen Riley 2b 2-0-0-0, Ryan On dh 2-0-0-0, Bailey Rodriguez rf 0-0-0-0. Totals 24-2-5-1.
Score by Innings:
Jefferson 000 000 0- 0
Parkway 001 000 x- 1
Jace Stockwell ss 2-0-0-0, Austin Jettinghoff 3b 2-0-0-0, Ross Thompson 2b 3-0-2-0, Nick Fitch dh 3-0-0-0, Tyler Rice p 0-0-0-0, Hunter Binkley lf/3b 3-0-0-0, Jordan Herron 3b 1-0-0-0, Kurt Wollenhaupt rf 1-0-0-0, Gage Mercer 1b 3-0-1-0, Josh Teman cf 3-0-0-0, Ryan Bullinger rf/lf 3-0-1-0. Totals 24-0-4-0.
Cody Depweg cf 2-0-0-0, Austin Dennison ss 3-0-0-0, Austin Adams lf 2-0-0-0, Cameron Lautzenheiser ph 1-0-0-0, Wyatt Felver p 1-0-0-0, Brandon Gibson c 2-0-0-0, Brody Adams 1b 2-0-0-0, Hayden Abromovich 3b 2-1-0-0, Ryan On dh 2-0-0-0, Jensen Riley 2b 0-0-0-0, Caleb Heindel rf 2-0-0-0. Totals 19-1-0-0.