Monday, May 06, 2013 12:47 AM
By DAVE BONINSEGNA
The Delphos Herald
LEIPSIC — The third time was the charm for the scheduling of the Playing Hardball Against ALS game between the Fort Jennings Musketeers and the Leipsic Vikings.
The two previous attempts to play the game were rained out but Saturday afternoon in Leipsic turned out to be perfect weather-wise; the crowd on hand was even treated to a rare rainbow around the sun to even more solidify that the game was just meant to be played on this day.
Former Fort Jennings baseball coach Jeff Swick started the PHAALS Foundation and stated that the game between the two teams would be an annual event; there have been several games around the area and according to Swick, will reach other parts of the United States.
On the diamond, the Musketeers were trying to rebound off a loss to Kalida, while Leipsic was coming off being no-hit by Miller City.
Both Fort Jennings’ Kurt Warnecke and the hosts’ Isaiah Lomeli had strong pitching performances but a pair of 2-run innings for the Vikings proved to be enough as the home team came away with a 4-0 win.
Lomeli held the Musketeers hit-less through three before Alex Vetter and Ryan Rau collected the only Jennings’ hits of the game.
Leipsic loaded the bases with one out in the first before Vetter retired Lomeli on a fly-out to left and got Logan Haselman on strikes to end the threat.
The hosts got on the board in the bottom of the second when Daniel Delaroa led off with a walk, Pierce Henry was hit by a pitch and one batter later, Dylan Schey singled to load the bases for the second time in as many innings. Warnecke reared back and got back-to-back strikeouts of the number one and two hitters in the Leipsic lineup before Devin Mangas (2-for-4, 2 runs batted in) came to the plate and singled home Delarosa and Henry, giving the Vikings a 2-0 lead.
Fort Jennings threatened in the fourth. Vetter led off with a single but was cut down at second on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Warnecke. Rau followed two batters later with an infield hit, putting two on and two out, but Caleb Bankey flied out to center to end the frame.
The hosts added two more runs in the fifth after Mangas led off the inning with a ground out to first. Back-to-back doubles by Jason Niese and Lomeli made it a 3-0 game. Logan Haselman followed Lomeli’s 2-base hit with a single to drive home the fourth run of the contest for the Vikings.
Lomeli retired the first batter he faced in the sixth but after consecutive walks to Warnecke and Jared Hoersten, Mangas came in from left field in relief of Lomeli. The Leispic senior got Rau to hit into a 6-4-3 double play to bring the Musketeers’ threat to an end.
Fort Jennings (0)
Mark Metzger c 4-0-0-0, Alex Sealts 2b 2-0-0-0, Alex Vetter 3b 3-0-1-0, Kurt Warnecke p 2-0-0-0, Jared Hoersten ss 1-0-0-0, Ryan Rau 1b 2-0-0-0, Caleb Bankey rf 3-0-0-0, Kyle Hellman cf 2-0-0-0, Dylan Vanloo lf 2-0-0-0. Totals 21-0-2-0.
Josh Gerten 2b 3-0-0-0, Gavin Cupp ph 1-0-0-0, Neil Haselman rf 3-0-0-0, Alex Ellerbrock ph 1-0-0-0, Dvin Mangas cf/p 4-0-2-2, Jason Niese lf 2-1-1-0, Isaiah Lomeli p/cf 3-1-1-1, Logan Haselman 3b 3-0-1-1, Daniel Delarosa c 2-1-0-0, Pierce Henry dh 2-1-0-0, Dylan Schey ss 3-0-2-0. Totals 27-4-9-4.
Score by Innings:
Ft. Jennings 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 2 0
Leipsic 0 2 0 0 2 0 x - 4 9 1
IP R ER BB SO
Warnecke (L) 6.0 4 4 1 6
Lomeli (W) 5.1 0 0 4 3
Mangas 1.2 0 0 2 2
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