— For the 2017 St. John’s baseball team, Tuesday afternoon’s Midwest
Athletic Conference game versus New Knoxville was one they wish they
could have every game.
For the Rangers, it was one they’d rather forget in a hurry.
The Blue Jays won their eighth in a row to improve to 9-4 (3-0 MAC) with a 13-0 shellacking in five innings.
The Jays hit three round-trippers, a triple and three doubles.
also got a terrific pitching performance by senior Josh Warnecke — a
4-hit shutout with one walk and 11 strikeouts in a 72-pitch effort (51
“We’ve taken a different approach at the plate lately
and it’s starting to work; the guys are seeing the ball better and
hitting it hard. I like how we’re swinging the bats now,” St. John’s
head coach Jerry Jackson explained. “Josh was pounding the strike zone
and challenging the hitters to hit the ball, which we tell all our
pitchers to do. We have our rotation set up now, with our top three
(Warnecke, Eric Vogt and Jake Youngpeter) ready to go against MAC teams
and our younger guys who are pitching against non-league teams. We gave
up 30 runs in our first three games this spring; we’ve given up 32 in
our last 10.”
New Knoxville head coach John Saylor was disappointed with his team.
bus was late, it’s a long trip here and we simply weren’t ready to play
today. There are no excuses; you have to find a way to get past the
things that can make you lazy and make excuses,” Saylor added. “We
played Coldwater and Parkway tough the last couple of games and then we
lay an egg today. What hurts us is we don’t have that 80-85
mile-per-hour pitcher, so we have to throw strikes and keep the ball
down. They hit some balls hard but some others were not so hard;
sometimes, it’s not your day.”
The Rangers (5-5-1, 0-3 MAC) had
the first chance with a 2-out single to center by Nick Topp but he was
caught trying to steal by St. John’s catcher Buddy Jackson.
Nathan Tinnerman led off the Ranger second with a walk and a 1-out error on a pickoff play put him at second.
Jays got to New Knoxville side-arming right-hander Jake Blitch for four
runs in the home second. Eric Vogt led off the inning by going yard
over the left-field fence for a 1-0 lead. Jackson got aboard on an error
on his grounder but he was erased on a double-play ball by Devin Cairo.
Warnecke blooped a single into right, followed by a 2-run blast to left
by Aaron Reindel for a 3-0 edge. Jake Youngpeter was hit by a pitch and
scored on Troy Elwer’s double down the right-field line.
hosts made it 12-0 in the home third. Seth Linder beat out an infield
hit between first base and the pitcher, moved up on a balk, took third
on Vogt’s ground single into left and scored ahead of Vogt (at second on
a steal) on Jackson’s 2-run slap to center; the batter took second on
the throw home and scored on Cairo’s triple to left center. Warnecke
walked and advanced on a wild pitch. An out later — after which
Tinnerman replaced Blitch on the mound — both runners advanced on a
Youngpeter groundout for an 8-0 edge. Elwer’s single to left plated
Warnecke. Troy Schwinnen’s single to left set up Linder’s 3-run
round-tripper to left center for a 12-0 edge.
New Knoxville tried to answer in the upper fourth on a 1-out double to right center by Topp but he went no farther.
Jays got their final tally in the bottom half. Jackson doubled to deep
center and scored on a single to left center by Cairo, finishing
Tinnerman (for Ben Menke). A 2-out double to left by Youngpeter put
runners at second and third but they didn’t score.
The Jays visit Bath today.
NEW KNOXVILLE (0)
Menke rf/p 3-0-0-0, Jared Osborne rf 0-0-0-0, Branden Puckett 3b
2-0-0-0, Jakob Rollins 3b 0-0-0-0, Nick Topp c 2-0-2-0, Nathan Tinnerman
ss/p/rf 1-0-0-0, Corey Kuck dh 2-0-0-0, Jake Blitch p/ss/2b 0-0-0-0,
Jonah Lageman 2b/ss 2-0-1-0, Ben Lammers lf 1-0-0-0, Jakob Osborne lf
1-0-0-0, Jack Bartholomew cf 2-0-1-0, Nathan Merges 1b 2-0-0-0. Totals
ST. JOHN’S (13)
Troy Elwer cf
4-1-2-2, Troy Schwinnen lf 3-1-1-0, Seth Linder rf 3-2-2-3, Eric Vogt 3b
3-2-2-1, Buddy Jackson c 3-2-2-2, Devin Cairo dh 3-1-2-1, Collin Will
ss 0-0-0-0, Josh Warnecke p 2-2-1-0, Aaron Reindel 2b 3-1-0-2, Jacob
Youngpeter 1b 2-1-1-2. Totals 26-13-13-13.
Score by Innings:
New Knoxville 0 0 0 0 0 - 0
St. John’s 0 4 8 1 x - 13
Puckett, Warnecke. DP: New Knoxville 1. LOB: New Knoxville 4, St.
John’s 3. 2B: Topp, Lageman, Elwer, Jackson, Youngpeter. 3B: Cairo. HR:
Linder, Vogt, Reindel. SB: Bartholomew, Vogt. CS: Topp (by Jackson).
IP H R ER BB SO
Blitch (L) 2.1 8 9 9 1 1
Tinnerman 0.2 5 4 4 0 0
Menke 1.0 1 0 0 0 2
Warnecke (W, 2-1) 5.0 4 0 0 1 11
Tinnerman pitched to 2 batters in the 4th
Blitch. HBP: Youngpeter (by Blitch). BB: Tinnerman, Warnecke.
Pitches-Strikes: Blitch 49-23, Tinnerman 13-9, Menke 13-11; Warnecke