St. John’s falls in pitchers’ duel at Parkway
Saturday, May 17, 2014 12:36 AM
By LARRY HEIING
St. John’s catcher Buddy Jackson reaches for the baseball as Parkway’s Ryan On slides into home. The Panthers knocked off the Blue Jays by a 3-1 final. (dhi MEDIA/ Pat Agler)
dhi MEDIA Correspondent
ROCKFORD — The 2014 baseball season for St. John’s head coach Ryan Warnecke has been frustrating — to say the least — with the overall inconsistency of his young Blue Jays.
St. John’s traveled to Rockford Friday night for a Midwest Athletic Conference showdown with the Parkway Panthers.
It was a pitchers’ duel between two Austins: Dennison for Parkway and Heiing of the Blue Jays.
Heiing gave up three runs in a complete-game performance, but Dennison was even better, limiting the Jays to four hits and only one run for the 3-1 victory.
Ben Wrasman led off the game for the Blue Jays with a single to shallow right, stole second with one out and took third on a T.J. Hoersten groundout but stayed there.
Parkway’s leadoff hitter, Cody Depweg, also got on base to start the home half via a walk. He came all the way around to third after a wild pitch and a steal. Another Austin, Adams, grounded out to second to drive home Depweg for the first run of the game.
The Blue Jays loaded the bases in the second inning after Buddy Jackson was hit by a pitch, J.R. Keirns reached on an error and Jacob Youngpeter singled with two outs, but failed to score.
Heiing plunked Ryan On to allow the lead runner to reach base for the Panthers. Lightning-fast center fielder Wrasman made a sensational catch on a ball hit by Hayden Abromovich as On was running on the play and fired to Hoersten for the double play.
Parkway added a run in the bottom of the fourth inning when On doubled and came in to score on a single by Abromavich.
Youngpeter walked to start the fifth inning and moved to second and third on grounders by Wrasman and Kyle Pohlman. Hoersten walked to put runners on the corners with two outs. Heiing helped his own cause with a run-scoring single to center field to cut the Panther lead in half at 2-1.
Parkway added an insurance run in its half of the inning as Adams singled and scored on Wyatt Felver’s double.
The Panthers made a pitching change in the sixth inning as Abromovich replaced Dennison on the mound. Abromovich retired St. John’s in order.
The St. John’s defense continued to shine in the sixth inning as Jorden Boone made a great catch at second base to retire Brandon Gibson for the second out. Heiing walked Depweg for the second time but retired Jensen Riley for the final out.
The Jays came to bat in the seventh inning needing two runs to tie the game. Things started well with Youngpeter getting aboard with a walk. Abromavich held the Jays scoreless in the frame and the Panthers improved to 12-13 overall (3-5 MAC).
St. John’s (1)
Ben Wrasman cf 4-0-1-0, Kyle Pohlman 4-0-0-0, T.J. Hoersten 1b 3-0-1-0, Austin Heiing p 4-0-1-1, Buddy Jackson c 2-0-0-0, Gage Seffernick ss 3-0-0-0, J.R. Keirns 3b 3-0-0-0, Jorden Boone 2b 3-0-0-0, Jacob Youngpeter 1f 1-1-1-0. Totals 27-1-4-1.
Cody Depweg cf 2-1-0-0, Jensen Riley 2b 4-0-0-0, Austin Adams 1f 3-1-2-1, Wyatt Felver ss 3-0-2-1, Austin Dennison p 3-0-0-0, Ryan On rf 3-1-2-0, Hayden Abromovich 3b 3-0-1-1, Cameron Lautzenheiser 1b 3-0-0-0, Brandon Gibson c 2-0-1-0. Totals 26-3-8-3.
Score by Innings
St. John’s 0-0-0-0-1-0-0-(1)
E: Parkway 2. LOB: St. John’s 9, Parkway 8. 2B: Gibson, On, Felver. SB: Depweg 2, Wrasman, Adams.
IP H R ER BB SO
Heiing (L) 6.0 8 3 3 1 0
Dennison (W) 5.0 4 1 1 2 8
Abromovich (S) 2.0 0 0 0 1 1
WP: Heiing, Dennison. HBP: On (by Heiing), Jackson (by Dennison). BB: Depweg 2, Youngpeter, Hoersten, Gibson.