By Daniel Joseph
DHI Media Correspondent
CONVOY – Hits were few and far between on Monday night as Van Wert and St. Marys squared off with the winner advancing to the ACME sectional championship game. Each team managed just two hits on the day but St. Marys would be the victor, 1-0.
Van Wert was retired in order to begin the game but that was not the case for the Roughriders. Tristin Becker hit a hard grounder to shortstop, but a defensive miscue got him to second and a sacrifice bunt advanced him to third. Matt Douglas singled to center, plating Becker for the game’s first, and only run.
“The error was obviously a big play of the game and it happened so early,” said Van Wert head coach Karlin Dunlap. “It was tough luck for Willy (Jacob Williamson) but it is what it is. We have all the confidence in him and we know he’s a great shortstop. You can bet he’ll be back at short again tomorrow night.”
St. Marys starter Joe Pfenning carried a perfect game into the sixth inning but Josh Braun broke that up with a single to right. Braun was then forced out at second later in the inning before Ryan Stoller, who pinch ran for Ryan McCracken, was thrown out at second trying to steal to end the inning.

Brant Henry was the pitcher for the Cougars and he also pitched a very solid game. He allowed just two hits and the run that he allowed was unearned. Henry walked four and hit two batters, but those didn’t come back to hurt the southpaw.
“Both sides pitched great tonight,” said Dunlap. “Pfenning pitched a great game and Brant pitched an equally as great game also. You get in a pitcher’s duel like tonight and sometimes just one run will win it, and that was the case tonight.”
Van Wert threatened in the seventh inning as Justice Tussing singled to leadoff and then Joe Lisa was hit by a pitch to put runners at first and second with none out. Henry then grounded into a double play that just left pinch runner Evan Williams standing on second. Caleb Fetzer struck out looking to end the game.
Van Wert 000 000 0- 0 2 1
St. Marys 100 000 x- 1 2 0
Van Wert (AB – Runs – Hits – RBI): Tussing (2B): 3-0-1-0 ; Lisa (RF): 2-0-0-0 ; x- Ev. Williams (PR): 0-0-0-0, Henry (P): 3-0-0-0 ; Fetzer (3B): 3-0-0-0 ; Carr (CF): 2-0-0-0, Et. Williams (DH): 2-0-0-0 ; Braun (LF): 2-0-1-0 ; Gardner (1B): 2-0-0-0, McCracken (C): 2-0-0-0 ; Stoller (PR): 0-0-0-0
St. Mary’s (AB – Runs – Hits – RBI): Becker (CF): 2-1-0-0 ; Maze (3B): 2-0-0-0 ; Fitzgerald (C): 2-0-1-0, Douglas (DH): 3-0-1-1 ; Quellhorst (LF): 1-0-0-0 ; Young (RF): 3-0-0-0, Hostreiter (1B): 2-0-0-0 ; x- Eberle (PR): 0-0-0-0 ; Howell (SS): 2-0-0-0, Burke (2B): 3-0-0-0
WP: Joe Pfenning – 7.0 IP, 0 Runs, 0 ER, 2 Hits, 0 BB, 4 K LP: Brant Henry – 6.0 IP, 1 Run, 0 ER, 2 Hits, 4 BB, 2 HBP, 1 K