St John’s baserunner Devin Cairo dives back to first as Jefferson first baseman Conner Anspach waits to apply the tag. The Wildcats defeated the Blue Jays 2-1. (DHI Media/Joe Dray)
St John’s baserunner Devin Cairo dives back to first as Jefferson first baseman Conner Anspach waits to apply the tag. The Wildcats defeated the Blue Jays 2-1. (DHI Media/Joe Dray)

DELPHOS – The Jefferson Wildcats hosted crosstown rival Delphos St John’s to wrap up the 2018 spring baseball season for both teams. Jefferson took the season finally 2-1 in a game that went down to the wire.

After a series of errors in the bottom of the second inning, Darnell Simpson found himself on third base with two out as the Wildcats looked poised to score the first run of the game. A popup by Caleb Lucas ended the inning and left Simpson on third.

Jefferson had a chance at redemption in the third inning when Connor Anspach stepped to the plate with no outs and a runner on first. He blasted an RBI double that scored Braxton Scalf and gave the Wildcats a 1-0 lead. Anspach scored later in the inning off a single by Brenen Auer to stretch the lead to 2-0.

The Blue Jays bounced back in the top half of the fifth inning when two errors put St John’s catcher James Garrett on third. A single by Collin Will allowed Garrett to score and cut the Wildcat lead in half. Will was thrown out trying to steal second to end the inning and the Blue Jay rally.



St John’s had another opportunity to score in the seventh. A base hit by Adam Gerker and a walk to Will put two on and two out as Troy Elwer stepped in the batter’s box. Elwer flew out to deep center field to end the game and left the go-ahead run on first.

St John’s head coach Jerry Jackson was proud of the was his team kept battling throughout the game. “These are the kind of games you love to play in. We had our opportunities and made some bad decisions in the field, on the bases, and they took advantage of our mistakes. The six seniors that we have are special to me. They have been in the program for the four years I have been head coach, so it’s sentimental. I want them to know that we appreciate them and all their effort for the past four years.”

Jefferson skipper Doug Geary was happy to end the season with a win. “We were playing for the seniors today. They have done a lot for us, so we wanted to send them out winners and we did. Looking forward to next year we have four guys to replace. We have guys to replace them, but it is going to take time. We are going to enjoy this – the conference title and the win here tonight, then we will get ready for summer league in a few weeks.”

St John’s ends their season 7-19 (2-7 MAC) while Jefferson finishes at 13-10 (7-1 NWC).

St John’s (1)

Adam Gerker 2b 4-0-1-0, Collin Will ss 2-0-1-1, Troy Elwer cf 4-0-1-0, Devin Cario 1b 2-0-1-0, Chandler Skym 3b 3-0-0-0, Tony Sanders rf 2-0-1-0, x-Dominic Metzger 1-0-1-0, Corey Koverman dh 3-0-0-0, Matthew Miller lf 3-0-0-0, James Garrett c 2-1-0-0, x-Jeff Odenweller 1-0-0-0, Luke Reindel 0-0-0-0, Total 27-1-5-1

Jefferson (2)

Conner Anspach 1b 3-1-1-1, Hunter Haehn 3b 2-0-0-0, Darius Shurelds dh 3-0-1-0, Logan Herron ss 0-0-0-0, Tyler Shrider rf 2-0-0-0, Josh Wiseman pr 0-0-0-0, Brenen Auer c 3-0-2-1, Tyler Bratton 2b 3-0-0-0, Darnell Simpson cf 3-0-0-0, Caleb Lucas lf 3-0-0-0, Braxton Scalf p 1-1-1-0, Total 23-2-5-2

2B: Anspach, Auer SB: Elwer

Score by Innings

St John’s 000 010 0 – 1 5 2

Jefferson 002 000 x – 2 5 4

IP H R ER BB SO

St John’s

Luke Reindel (L) 6 5 2 2 4 3

Jefferson

Braxton Scalf (W) 7 5 1 1 2 2