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Wednesday, April 17, 2013 11:40 AM

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DELPHOS — Both St. John’s and Kalida graduated a ton of seniors from last spring’s baseball teams, meaning both were beginning 2013 with a lack of experienced players.

Both needed simply to get at-bats and innings in the field and on the mound but last week’s rainy weather interrupted their progress.
On a pleasant Monday night at Stadium Park, the Wildcats went up 5-0 in the first 1 1/2 and pounded out 15 hits to grab their first win of the season, 9-6, in a non-league clash.

The Wildcats (1-3) were led at the plate by Kyle Kehres (4-for-4, 3 runs batted in), Austin Swift (3-for-3, 3 runs scored) and Brent Hovest (3-for-4, 3 runs, 2 RBIs). Adam Knueve scored twice.

The right-handed Kehres (1-1) went the first 5-plus frames on the mound, ceding six hits, five earned runs, hitting three, walking two, two wild pitches and fanning two. Senior Kyle Landin came on in relief and threw two frames, giving up two hits, an earned tally, two wild pitches, one hit batter and one strikeout.
“It seems like we take one step forward and two steps back. When we get good defense, we don’t seem to score any runs; we can’t quite put it together yet,” St. John’s coach Ryan Warnecke said. “With so many new faces, we just need to get playing time right now but the weather is really causing us trouble. We fell behind tonight and had to battle uphill the entire way.”

The Blue Jays (2-5) amassed eight hits, with Ryan Buescher going 4-for-4 and Curtis Geise 2-for-4 (2 runs, 2 RBIs). Craig Klausing scored twice.

Senior Troy Warnecke (0-2) went 4 2/3 innings (13 hits, 9 runs, 5 earned, 1 BB, 1 K) and junior T.J. Hoersten mopped up (2 hits, 2 Ks).

“We’re in the same boat; we need the at-bats and the innings that we haven’t been able to get,” veteran Kalida coach Jim McBride noted. “We’ve been competitive so far in our games. Once we start getting some games in, we’ll get better; we already have from day one to now.”

The Wildcats went up 2-0 in the top of the first. Hovest led off with a single and stole second. After Swift walked, Kehres launched a 1-out single to score Swift. Rob Kleman singled to load the bases. A passed ball scored Swift for a 2-0 edge.

The Blue Jays countered with two outs in the home half. Warnecke was hit by a pitch and Buescher doubled him to third but both were left stranded. Kalida made it 5-0 in the second. With one down, Knueve, Hovest and Swift singled to load the sacks. Neil Recker bounced out to third to score Knueve and advanced the other runners. Kehres brought them both in with a 2-run double to deep right center for that 5-nil score.

The hosts again tried to retaliate in the home half. With one gone, Klausing walked. An out later, Ben Wrasman got aboard via an error but Geise’s grounder forced him at second.

Kyle Vorst singled to start the third and advanced on a wild pitch. Trent Gerding singled him to third with one down but then Knueve’s comebacker started a 1-6-3 twin-killing.

The Jays got within 5-2 in the bottom half. Andrew Metzger singled to left to start the frame and stole second. An out later, Buescher got aboard via an infield single up the middle and swiped second. Drew Wagner’s comebacker scored Metzger and Buescher scored from third on an infield hit to short by Clay Courtney. He advanced on a wild pitch but got caught at third trying to advance on a wild pitch.

Kalida extended the lead to 6-2 in the fourth. With one gone, Swift singled to right. An error on a pickoff play put him at second, from where he scored as Recker bounced a hit off Geise’s glove at short. Recker was caught trying to swipe third. Kehres singled to left but was stranded.

The visitors tacked on their final runs in the fifth. With two down, Gerding got aboard on a 2-base error on a fly ball. Knueve was plunked by a pitch. Both advanced on a wild pitch and scored on a 2-run single to right by Hovest, with the batter ending up at second on an error on the sequence. That chased Warnecke for T.J. Hoersten. A wild pitch put Hovest at third, from where he scored on Swift’s infield hit to second base.

The Jays got within 9-3 in the bottom of the fifth. Geise tripled to deep center and scored on a wild pitch. An out later, Warnecke was hit by a pitch and Buescher singled. Wagner bounced out to advance both runners but they were left stranded where they were.

Kehres opened the Wildcats’ sixth with a knock to left but a 1-out 6-4-3 double play ended their final threat.

The Jays tallied their final three runs in the home half. Klausing was walked to lead it off and Hoersten was hit by a pitch to finish Kehres for Kyle Landin. An out later, A wild pitch advanced both runners and both scored on Geise’s 2-run double to left center. A wild pitch put him at third. After Metzger was hit by a pitch, the Jays used a double steal, with Metzger getting tagged out at second but Geise scoring for the 9-6 deficit.

Buescher started the Jays’ last at-bat with a single to left but was eliminated by a 1-out grounder by Courtney. Klausing’s comebacker to Landin finished the contest.
St. John’s returns to action 5 p.m. tonight at home versus Fort Jennings (the Minster game was postponed from Tuesday), while Kalida visits Fort Jennings Thursday.

Brent Hovest 3b 4-3-3-2, Austin Swift cf 3-3-3-1, Neil Recker c 4-0-4-3, Kyle Kehres p 2-0-1-1, Kyle Landin p 0-0-0-0, Rob Kleman 1b 4-0-1-0, Kyle Vorst lf 4-0-1-0, Randy Zeller 2b 4-0-0-0, Trent Gerding ss 4-1-1-0, Adam Knueve rf 2-2-1-0, Austin Horstman rf 1-0-0-0. Totals 34-9-15-8.
ST. JOHN’S (6)
Curtis Geise ss 4-2-2-2, Andrew Metzger cf 3-1-1-0, Troy Warnecke p/2b 2-0-0-0, Ryan Buescher c 4-1-4-0, Drew Wagner 1b 4-0-0-1, Clay Courtney rf 4-0-1-1, Craig Klausing 3b 2-1-0-0, Gage Seffernick 2b 2-0-0-0, T.J. Hoersten p 0-1-0-0, Ben Wrasman lf 3-0-0-0. Totals 28-6-8-4.
Score by Innings:
Kalida        2 3 0    1 3 0    0 - 9
St. John’s        0 0 2    0 1 3    0 - 6
E: Gerding, Warnecke, Seffernick, Wrasman; DP: St. John’s 2; LOB: Kalida 6, St. John’s 7; 2B: Kehres, Geise; 3B: Geise; SB: Recker, Metzger, Buescher; CS: Recker (by Buescher), Metzger (by Recker), Courtney (by Recker).
IP    H    R    ER    BB    SO
Kehres (W, 1-1)    5.0    6    5    5    2    2
Landin    2.0    2    1    1    0    1
Warnecke (L, 0-2)    4.2    13    9    5    1    1
Hoersten    2.1    2    0    0    0    2
Kehres pitched to 2 batters in the 6th
WP: Ricker 2, Kortokrax; HBP: Warnecke 2 (by Kehres, by Landin), Knueve (by Warnecke), Metzger (by Landin), Hoersten (by Landin); PB: Buescher.


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