|Geise strikes out 16, paces Blue Jays past Tigers|
|Friday, May 17, 2013 7:20 AM|
PERRY TOWNSHIP — The weather was near picture-perfect for baseball Thursday night at Perry High School.
St. John’s senior right-hander Curtis Geise was almost as perfect in pacing the Blue Jays to a 5-1 victory in a Division IV sectional final.
“Curtis was really on his game tonight. Most of the year, by the fifth inning, he was over 100 pitches already and we had to figure out what we were going to do,” Jays’ coach Ryan Warnecke said. “Tonight, he had his pitches clicking and he was much more efficient. He had his fastball humming and was working his curve well, too. They really never caught up to him.”
The Blue Jays (9-13) advance to take on Kalida 5 p.m. Wednesday in the Elida District at Ed Sandy Memorial Field.
Geise (6-1) tossed 97 pitches (71 for strikes) as he fanned 16 Tigers; he ceded only two hits and an unearned run, walking no one but hitting one batter.
“It was good to finally pitch this well. I’ve been struggling to throw strikes and my pitch counts were affected,” Geise explained. “Tonight, I finally was throwing strikes with my fastball; I’ve got a natural tail to it at the end but had struggled finding the strike zone with it, whereas tonight, it was in the zone and my control was the best it’s been this season. My curve ball has been a steady pitch for me all season.”
For Waynesfield-Goshen coach Jeff Schultz, he gave all the credit to Geise.
“That’s one of the best, if not the best pitchers we’ve faced this year. All credit goes to him,” he added. “We really couldn’t get much going offensively. They got the lead early but we kept fighting and battling. I’m proud of that effort by my guys.”
Geise sent down the first 11 Tiger batters, with Gabe Hennon getting the first hit on a chopper to left field with two down in the top of the fourth.
The Jays went up 3-0 in the bottom of the first against Waynesfield-Goshen righty Garrett Miller on a leading Geise (2-for-4) double, a run-scoring single by Ryan Buescher (3-for-4, 3 runs batted in), a force-out by Troy Warnecke, a single by Andrew Metzger and a 2-run 2-bagger by Clay Courtney.
The Jays went up 4-0 in the home second on a 1-out free pass to Ben Wrasman (2 runs), a stolen base, an infield hit to short by Geise and a run-scoring knock up the gut by Buescher.
The Blue Jays loaded the bases — 1-out walk to Courtney, 2-out single by Drew Wagner and a base-on-balls to Craig Klausing — in the third. However, Miller fanned the next batter, which started a run of seven straight outs.
“We started out well swinging the bats but then hit a lull. We had chances to really put it away but didn’t,” Coach Warnecke added. “Give credit to their pitcher for making the adjustment. He had a nice curve and we were swinging and missing on a lot of them. Defensively, we didn’t have to make too many plays thanks to Curtis.”
The Tigers got their first run in the fifth on a 1-out 2-base throwing error on a Miller bunt, a single by Lucas Gray and an error on his stolen base, plating Miller. Matt Spillman was hit by a pitch but Geise got the next batter on a comebacker. That started a 7-out game-ending string for Geise.
The Jays tacked on their final tally in the sixth on a leadoff walk to Wagner, a 1-out hit batter (Wrasman), a force-out at third by Geise and a chop single to center by Buescher.
The Tigers end their season 5-12.
Dylan Little 2b 3-0-0-0, Lake Turner ss 3-0-0-0, Gabe Hennon 1b 3-0-1-0, Cole Sackinger 3b 3-0-0-0, Taylor Schultz c 3-0-0-0, Garrett Miller p 3-1-0-0, Lucas Gray cf 3-0-1-0, Trey Crumrine rf 2-0-0-0, Derek Plapp rf 0-0-0-0, Matt Spillman lf 1-0-0-0. Totals 24-1-2-0.
Curtis Geise p 4-1-2-0, Ryan Buescher c 4-0-3-3, Troy Warnecke ss 4-1-0-0, Andrew Metzger cf 3-1-1-0, Clay Courtney rf 2-0-1-2, T.J. Hoersten 1b 3-0-0-0, Drew Wagner 1b 2-0-1-0, Craig Klausing 3b 2-0-0-0, Ben Wrasman lf 1-2-0-0. Totals 25-5-8-5.
Score by Innings:
W’field-G 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 - 1
St. John’s 3 1 0 0 0 1 0 - 5
E: Geise, Buescher; DP: Waynesfield-Goshen 1; LOB: Waynesfield-Goshen 3, St. John’s 7; 2B: Geise Courtney; SB: Buescher, Wrasman.
IP H R ER BB SO
Miller (L) 6.0 8 5 5 4 5
Geise (W, 6-1) 7.0 2 1 0 0 16
HBP: Spillman (by Geise), Wrasman (by Miller).