|Versailles scores late to best St. John’s hardballers|
|Wednesday, May 01, 2013 1:09 AM|
By JIM METCALFE
DELPHOS — St. John’s went toe-to-toe with Midwest Athletic Conference baseball power Versailles for six innings on a pleasant and sunny Tuesday night at Stadium Park.
Alas, baseball is a game of seven innings and the visiting Tigers scored three times in the top of the inning to grab a 5-2 victory.
“We went toe-to-toe with a very good Versailles team. We were right in it until the seventh, when they made some things happen,” Blue Jays coach Ryan Warnecke said. “We were coming off a disastrous Saturday doubleheader loss and we moved some people around defensively. We were much better there; I think we’ve finally found the right combination and hope we can build on this.”
The Tigers (16-5, 4-1 MAC) did the damage in the seventh with one out against lefty reliever Drew Wagner (0-4; 1 2/3 innings, 3 hits, 3 runs, 2 earned, 2 bases-on-balls, 2 strikeouts). A 1-out walk to Mike Davidson and a 2-out single to right by Dan Borchers put runners at second and third, the batter taking second on the throw to third. Jake Wenning grounded a single up the gut to score both and took third on an error on the play. He scored on Craig Langenkamp’s liner to right center for a 5-2 edge.
“You saw how we do it. We compete and compete for seven innings,” Versailles coach Mitch Hoying explained. “We aren’t always pretty but it is effective. We didn’t bat as effectively as we could but that was partly due to their pitchers’ ability to throw the breaking ball up and we went for it.” Langenkamp, on in relief in the sixth (1-1; 1 1/3 IPS, 1 hit), set the Blue Jays (4-10, 1-3 MAC) down in order in the bottom of the inning.
Blue Jay starter T.J. Hoersten (5 1/3 IPs, 7 hits, 2 runs, 1 earned, 4 BBS, 2 Ks) allowed two base-runners in the top of the first with one down but left them there (12 Tigers were stranded for the game).
Jace Barga ripped a triple to right center to start the Tiger second but got caught at home on a perfect relay from first sacker Wagner on a Dan Borchers groundout.
The Jays had a golden chance in the home half against Tiger lefty starter Lee Ruhenkamp (3 IPs, 3 hits, 1 earned run, 2 Ks) with a 1-out misplayed grounder by Wagner, a balk and a double to left center by Hoersten; however, Wagner held up at second in case the ball was caught and only got to third. A comebacker and strikeout ended that threat.
The Tigers got a run in the top of the third on a leadoff single (Mike Rutschilling), a hit batter (Mitch Gigandet), a wild pitch, a walk to Damien Richard and an outfield error on a liner by Kyle Niekamp. An out later, Barga forced Gigandet at home and Borchers popped out to keep the score at 1-0, Versailles.
The Jays tied it at 1-1 in the home half. Ben Wrasman lined a hit up the gut and Curtis Geise singled to left. Clay Courtney sacrificed them up and Troy Warnecke flied out to right center, with centerfielder Gigandet making a diving catch, scoring Wrasman and sending Geise to third. He was left there.
The Jays threatened again in the fourth. Wagner got aboard on an error, ending Ruhenkamp’s day for Richard (2 2/3 IPs, 1 hit, 1 earned run, 3 BBs, 5 Ks). Two outs later, Gage Seffernick singled up the gut and Wrasman loaded the bases as his grounder was misplayed. However, Geise flied out to deep center to leave the sacks juiced.
Versailles went up 2-1 in the fifth on a leadoff walk to Richard, a steal and a hustle play on Davidson’s grounder between third baseman Craig Klausing and diving shortstop Curtis Geise, scoring when the ball snuck into left field. Courtney led off the fifth with a walk but got no farther.
The Jays tied it at 2-2 in the sixth. Hoersten led off the inning with a walk and advanced to second and third on a Craig Klausing bunt and 2-out wild pitch. Wrasman walked, bringing Langenkamp to the mound. Geise lined a hit to right, scoring Hoersten and putting runners on the corners. He stole second but the Jays left two stranded.
“T.J. pitched really well today. He gave us everything he could against a very good hitting team,” Coach Warnecke added. “For the first three or four innings, we cut down on our strikeouts and put the ball in play. After that, we went back to striking out.”
“If we had fielded the ball better, Lee would have gone longer; he deserved a better fate but we really needed to win this game to stay in the league race, so we went to both Damien and Craig,” Hoying added.
St. John’s and Versailles return to MAC play: the Jays versus New Knoxville (makeup game) at 5 p.m. Thursday and Versailles at home against Minster Friday.
Mike Rutschilling c 3-1-2-0, Mitch Gigandet cf 4-0-1-0, Damien Richard ss/p 1-1-0-0, Kyle Niekamp 2b 4-0-0-1, Mike Davidson 3b 3-1-1-1, Brian Blakeley pr 0-0-0-0, Jace Barga lf 4-0-1-0, Dan Borchers 1b 4-1-1-0, Jake Wenning rf 4-1-3-2, Lee Ruhenkamp p 2-0-0-0, Derek Bornhorst ss 1-0-0-0, Craig Langenkamp p 1-0-1-1. Totals 31-5-10-5.
ST. JOHN’S (2)
Curtis Geise ss 4-0-2-1, Clay Courtney lf 2-0-0-0, Troy Warnecke 2b 3-0-0-1, Ryan Buescher c 4-0-0-0, Drew Wagner 1b/p 4-0-0-0, T.J. Hoersten p/3b 2-1-1-0, Craig Klausing 3b/1b 2-0-0-0, Gage Seffernick rf 3-0-1-0, Ben Wrasman cf 2-1-1-0. Totals 26-2-5-2.
Score by Innings:
Versailles 0 0 1 0 1 0 3 - 5
St. John’s 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 - 2
E: Richard 2, Niekamp, Courtney, Wrasman; DP: St. John’s 1; LOB: Versailles 12, St. John’s 9; 2B: Rutschilling, Gigandet, Hoersten; 3B: Barga; SB: Richard, Blakeley, Langenkamp, Geise; Sac: Courtney, Klausing; SF: Warnecke.
IP H R ER BB SO
Ruhenkamp 3.0 3 1 1 0 2
Richard 2.2 1 1 1 3 5
Langenkamp (W, 1-1) 1.1 1 0 0 0 2
Hoersten 5.1 7 2 1 4 2
Wagner (L, 0-4) 1.2 3 3 2 2 2
Ruhenkamp pitched to 1 batter in 4th
WP: Richard, Hoersten, Wagner; HBP: Gigandet (by Hoersten); Balk: Ruhenkamp.
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