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Jefferson junior Ross Thompson lays the tag on Parkway’s Brandon Moorman on a steal attempt for the second out of the third inning in Saturday’s first game. The Panthers won the first game 14-4 in 5 innings but the Wildcats answered with an 11-7 triumph in the nightcap. (Delphos Herald/Tom Morris)



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DELPHOS — Jefferson and Parkway split a baseball doubleheader on a chilly, windy and cloudy Saturday afternoon at Wildcat Field at Jefferson High School.

The visiting Panthers (1-2) put up 12 hits and added six bases-on-balls in game one, plus was the recipient of five Wildcat errors, in securing a 14-4 5-inning victory.

In the nightcap, the Wildcats (5-2) put together a 12-hit attack, including a 2-run home run by Ross Thompson, and added four walks to split the twin-bill 11-7.

“We went 5-2 in the first week of the season. We have scored a lot of runs and generally got good pitching but it got stretched this week; Parkway hits well from 1 through 9,” Jefferson coach Doug Geary said. “We needed to find out who we had as far as pitching goes; one outing doesn’t really give you an answer but we have more to go on now. We felt going in that we’d be good enough pitching-wise and hitting to be successful. Defense was going to be the area we had to shore up and it remains a work in progress. We gave them too many extra at-bats in the first game and couldn’t overcome that.”

Long-time Parkway coach Mike Schumm, who is retiring after this season, agreed with that assessment.

“We’ve got some holes to fill and we’re trying to figure things out as far as where to put players. Jefferson’s hitting is what our pitchers needed to see,” Schumm added. “We have to learn to change speeds and locations or we will have some long games. Offensively, we scored enough runs today. I think that will be a strength for us. Defensively, we made a few more mistakes in the second game but, again, we’re still a work in progress.”

In the opener, the Panthers went up 3-0 in the top of the first, all unearned, against hard-luck starter Jordan Herron (2 2/3 innings, 6 hits, 10 runs, 2 earned, 3 BBs). They pieced together a leadoff single by Kane Pontsler (3-for-4, 3 runs batted in, 2 runs, 1 walk), a walk to Jordan Stephenson, an error on a grounder by Austin Adams (2-for-4, 3 RBIs, 2 runs) to score Pontsler and put runners on the corners, a double-steal (Stephenson scoring) and another error on a Brandon Moorman fly ball, scoring Adams.

Jefferson got two back in the home half against Parkway starter Adams (1-0; 4 1/3 IPs, 8 hits, 4 runs, 3 earned, 4 BBs, 2 strikeouts). A 1-out walk to Zach Ricker, a single by Austin Jettinghoff, a wild pitch, a run-scoring hit by Zach Kimmett (Ricker) and a wild pitch (Jettinghoff) accounted for the scoring.

Jefferson got two aboard with two out in the second (Gage Townsend-Schleeter at 3rd and Thompson at 2nd) but couldn’t score. Parkway scored seven in the top of the third to take a 10-2 lead. They combined six hits, including a double by Stephenson, four free passes and two more errors in sending 13 to the dish and chasing Herron for Jettinghoff (1 1/3 IPs, 3 hits, 2 earned runs, 3 BBs). The big blow was a 2-run single by Adams to make it 10-2.

The Wildcats made it 10-3 in the home half as Kimmett (2-for-3) beat out an infield hit to short with one down. Drew Kortokrax was hit by a pitch but was forced out at second, with Kimmett heading to third, then scored as Zavier Buzard singled to left.

Parkway added two more in the fourth to go up 12-3. Wyatt Felver had a run-scoring double (Jack Roth; 2-for-2, 3 RBIs, 2 runs) and scored on a single by Pontsler. Jefferson got runners on second (Thompson) and first (Jettinghoff) with two down in the home half but went no farther.

It became 14-3 in the top of the fifth against third pitcher Tyler Rice (1 IP, 3 hits, 2 earned runs, 1 strikeout) as Roth hit a 2-run double to the fence in left, scoring Adams and Cameron Roehm, who got aboard via hits. Delphos made it 14-4 in the bottom half on back-to-back singles by Kortokrax and Herron, a force-out at second and a run-scoring knock to left by Rice. That chased Adams for Stephenson, who got the next two outs to end the contest.

In the second contest, Parkway got a 1-0 lead in the first against starter Ricker (4 IPs, 2 hits, 1 unearned run, 2 BBs) on an error, passed ball, wild pitch and a groundout by Adams to score Tanner Bates.

Delphos challenged in the second against starter Felver (4 IPs, 4 hits, 3 runs, 2 earned, 3 BBS, 8 Ks) on 2-out free passes to Herron and Buzard but couldn’t score.

Parkway got runners at third (Pontsler, 2-for-4) and second (Bates) with one down in the third but couldn’t score.

Delphos rally in the home half, getting three tallies. They pieced together an error, three hits, including run-scoring singles by Kimmett (2-for-4, 2 RBIs) and Kortokrax (3-for-4, 3 RBIs) and a run-scoring groundout by Jettinghoff to go up 3-1.

The Panthers loaded the bases with two down in the fourth — Felver, Roth and Cody Depweg — but a comebacker by Pontsler (2-for-4) ended that threat.

Thompson (2-for-4, 2 runs) singled with two outs in the home half and stole second but went no farther.

The Panthers went up 4-3 in the fifth against reliever Kimmett. A wild pitch on a strikeout and stolen base put Bates on second, An out later, Moorman knocked him in with a single and stole second. Stephenson walked and after a passed ball, Roehm (3 RBIs) hit a 1-bounce double to the fence in left to plate both and bring Rice to the mound (2-0; 1 IP, 2 hits, 3 runs, 1 earned, 1 BB). He got the final two outs.

The Jeffcats scored eight times in the fifth frame against relief pitcher Roehm (0-1; 1/3 IP, 6 hits, 7 runs, 6 warned, 1 K) to open up an 11-4 edge. They gathered three errors, a walk and seven hits, including Thompson’s 2-run round-tripper to left that chased Roehm for Pontsler (1 2/3 IPs, 2 hits, 1 unearned run, 1 BB, 1 K), Kimmett’s run-scoring triple to right and Kortokrax’s RBI double to left that plated the final run of the frame. Kortokrax, Herron, Tyler Wrasman and Seth Wollenhaupt added RBI hits.

Parkway made it 11-7 in the sixth, putting together two hits, a walk and a pair of errors to score three runs. One came in on an error (Depweg; 2-for-4), the second on a bases-loaded walk to Stephenson (Pontsler) and the third on a groundout by Roehm (Adams) against Thompson (1 2/3 IPs, 2 hits, 1 K), the fourth Jefferson hurler.

Jefferson left Buzard (single and SB) on second in the home half.

The Panthers got two singles — around an out — in the seventh but couldn’t score as the game ended.

Parkway visits Van Wert 5 p.m. today, while Jefferson hosts Miller City 5 p.m. Tuesday.


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