|Local Sports Roundup - April 27, 2013|
|Monday, April 29, 2013 8:49 AM|
COLUMBUS GROVE — Key hitting and one big inning was all the Columbus Grove baseball team needed as they scored five runs in their Putnam County League tilt against the Kalida Wildcats as the host overcame a 2-0 deficit to score five runs in the fourth to grab their 10th consecutive win with a 5-2 triumph over the Wildcats.
Both starting pitchers: Trey Roney for the Bulldogs and Austin Swift for the Wildcats; went the distance. Roney struck out six and walked none, while the freshman Swift got the loss as four of the five runs scored were earned; he walked four and struck out one.
Kalida scored two runs in the top of the first. Swift got the rally started with a 1-out single Neil Recker followed with a double. A batter later, Kyle Kehres reached on an error to score Swift. Rob Kleman followed with a groundout to short that brought home Recker to give the guests a 2-0 lead.
The Bulldogs threatened in their half of the first, loading the bases when Matt Jay walked for the first of three times in the game. Roney and Brady Shafer both singled but Swift got Cody Griffith to fly out to center.
The hosts struck for five in the fourth inning when Griffith led off with a double. Josh Verhoff reached on an error to put runners on the corners. Swift balked, scoring Griffith. The wheels began to fall off for Swift. Trent Vorst followed by reaching on a miscue and Mason Smith singled to put runners on second and third with nobody out. It was back to the top of the batting order for the Bulldogs and birthday boy Blake Hoffman, who was promptly hit by a pitch to load the bases for Brandon Benroth (2-4, 3 RBIs). The shortstop took a 1-1 pitch and drove it into the gap in left field, clearing the bases and giving the Bulldogs a 5-2 advantage with still nobody out. It appeared things were going to get worse for the visitors as Jay came to the plate and walked for the third time but Swift settled down and got his opposite number in Roney to hit into a double play and Shafer to follow with a weak grounder to first to end the inning.
From there, the pitchers duel ensued. Roney had retired 10 in a row before the Wildcats put up a threat in the fifth. Adam Knueve singled but was out on a Randy Zeller fielder’s choice. Brent Hovest singled Zeller to third but Swift stuck out to end the inning.
On the other side, Swift had calmed the Bulldog bats, setting down six batters in a row in the fifth and sixth frames.
Both teams return to doubleheader action this morning: Grove at New Riegel (10 a.m.) and Kalida at Patrick Henry (11 a.m.).