|Tuesday, April 15, 2014 8:07 PM|
By CHARLIE WARNIMONT
MILLER CITY — When you have two aces on the mound, taking advantage of opportunities is a must.
As Miller City and Fort Jennings squared off in a Putnam County League contest Monday afternoon, any runs scored would be crucial as the Wildcats’ Ross Lehman and Musketeers’ Ryan Rau stood on the mound. In the end it was the Wildcats that were able to take advantage of a couple scoring chances before breaking the game open in a 7-1 league win.
The win moved the Wildcats to 1-0 in the league and 4-2 overall, while the Musketeers dropped to 1-2 in the league and 2-7 overall.
Miller City scored single runs in the third and fourth innings and that was enough for Lehman who moved to 2-1 on the season. In each of his three starts this season, Lehman has allowed opposing teams just one run in each game. On a cool, overcast Monday afternoon, Lehman allowed one run on three hits with six strikeouts and two walks.
“It took us a little while to get going offensively,” Miller City coach Dusty Pester said. “I thought we had enough runs early with the way Ross was pitching. He was doing a nice job pounding the zone. They hit the ball fairly well but I thought defensively we were pretty good tonight. I thought our shortstop (Jackson Lammers) and third baseman (Jared Fuka) both played well defensively.
“I thought Ross was consistent; he didn’t walk a lot of batters. You want batters to put the ball in play and so far we have been pretty good defensively and we are hoping that continues. Ross threw strikes and he probably didn’t have as many strikeouts as he has in the past but his command was good and it was one of those games where we knew we would have to get him a couple of runs because he was throwing pretty good,” Pester added.
Lehman retired the first seven Ft. Jennings batters before Kyle Hellman ended the streak with a single to left. Alex Vetter reached in the fourth inning with a 2-out walk but was left stranded at first as Lehman struck out the next batter.
Ft. Jennings pushed across their lone run of the game in the fifth inning as Brett Clay lined an opposite-field double down the left-field line. After the next two batters were retired, Mark Metzger came through with a single to center to score Clay, who had advanced to third on a groundout to first base.
The Musketeers had just one base-runner the rest of the game as Connor Wallenhorst walked leading off the sixth inning.
“Ryan pitched a whale of a game to keep us right in it and our defense kept it close but when we need it the most, our sticks go cold and we can’t get it done,” Ft. Jennings coach Eric Schwab said. “Lehman has kind of a funky delivery and it throws you off a little bit. It took us a couple of innings to adjust. It’s all about scrapping it out when you can. One had one there and we had the tying run on third in the sixth and we couldn’t get the big hit.”
Rau pitched well for the Musketeers despite giving up seven runs on eight hits. Five of those runs came in the sixth inning as Rau went over the 100 pitch mark for the game. He ended up throwing 116 pitches in 5 1/3 innings. He had 11 strikeouts and walked three.
Miller City reached Rau for a run in the third inning as Lammers reached on an infield single with one out and stole second base. Hunter Berner made it a 1-0 game with a single to right field. Berner stole second but was stranded there as the next two batters struck out.
The Wildcats added a run in the fourth inning as Adam Drummelsmith singled to left and stole second base. After the next two batters were retired, Logan Dukes reached on an infield single and scored on a Jeremy Balbaugh single to center.
Miller City broke the game open in the bottom of the sixth scoring five times, chasing Rau from the mound. Lammers, Berner and Lehman all had RBI singles before Adam Niese had a bases-loaded single to right, scoring two runs.
The Wildcats were aggressive on the basepaths throughout the game, stealing eight bases.
“We didn’t necessarily need to bunt a while lot because we were successful stealing bases. Rau pitched well with runners in scoring position as he tended to get the big strikeout when he needed one. Things for us in place late for what ever reason,” Pester added. “I think he may have been getting tired there in the sixth, but for 5 1/3 innings he was an outstanding pitcher.”
Lammers had a single and double for the Wildcats with an RBI, while Berner had two singles and two RBI. Adam Niese had a single and two RBI.
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AB R H RBI
Connor Wallenhorst 2 0 0 0; Dylan Van Loo 2 0 0 0;Ryan Rau 3 0 0 0; Alex Vetter 2 0 0 0; Jared Hoersten 2 0 0 0; Josh Wittler 1 0 0 0; Brett Clay 3 1 1 0; Alex Sealts 2 0 0 0; Sam Vetter 1 0 0 0; Kyle Hellman 2 0 1 0; Mark Metzger 2 0 1 0. Totals 25 1 3 1.
AB R H RBI
Jackson Lammers 4 2 2 1; Hunter Berner 3 1 2 2; Ross Lehman 4 1 1 1; Jared Fuka 3 0 1 0; Adam Drummelsmith 3 1 1 0; Adam Niese 4 0 1 2; Jacob Schimmoeller 2 0 0 0; Travis Niese 1 1 0 0’ Logan Dukes 3 0 1 0; Jeremy Balbaugh 3 0 1 1. Totals 30 7 10 7.
Score by innings:
Fort Jennings 000 010 0 - 1
Miller City 001 105 x - 7
LOB: Miller City 9, Fort Jennings 3. 2B: Clay.
IP H R ER BB SO
Rau 5.1 8 7 7 3 11
Van Loo .2 2 0 0 0 1
Lehman (2-1) 7 3 1 1 2 6
WP: Rau. PB: Hoersten 2. HBP: T. Niese (by Rau).
Pilots edge Bulldogs
AYERSVILLE — Ayersville scored all the runs it needed in the first two frames and a trio of pitchers made it stand up in downing Elida 3-2 in non-league baseball activity Monday at Ayersville.
Luke Reed (winning pitcher), Jacob Kahle and Luke Lawson (save) combined to limit Elida to six hits and two runs (1 earned), walking two and fanning eight.
Garrett Brinkman took the hard-luck loss in going the distance, ceding three hits, four bases-on-balls and three runs (2 earned). He struck out four.
Austin Morrison (1 run) led the Bulldogs with a 2-for-3 game at the plate and Adam Purdy was 2-for-4 (run batted in).
Ayersville went up 3-0 in the first two frames, scoring a single tally in the opening inning and its last two in the home second.
The visitors scored single runs in the third and sixth.
They lost even as they out-hit their foe 6-3.
Elida is next scheduled to host Spencerville Saturday.
ab r h rbi
Austin Morrison 3 1 2 0, Josh Bull 3 1 0 0, Adam Purdy 4 0 2 1, Max Stambaugh 3 0 1 1, Travis Watkins 4 0 0 0, Jared Blymyer 3 0 1 0, Alan Tyrrell 2 0 0 0, Riley Overholt 3 0 0 0, Justin Murphy 1 0 0 0, Logan Alexander 2 0 0 0. Totals 28 2 6 2.
ab r h rbi
Gage Odom 2 0 0 0, Matt Engel 1 1 1 0, Jacob Kahle 3 0 1 1, Zack Clark 3 0 0 0, Davson Dales 1 1 0 0, Luke Lawson 3 0 0 0, Luke Reed 3 1 1 0, Austin Zachrich 2 0 0 0, Trey Shaffer 1 0 0 0. Totals 19 3 3 1.
Score by Innings:
Elida 0 0 1 0 1 0 - 2
Ayersville 1 2 0 0 0 0 x - 3
E: Lawson 2, Watkins, Odom; LOB: Elida 9, Ayersville 4; 2B: Engel, Kahle; SB: Purdy, Shaffer; Sac: Tyrrell.
IP H R ER BB SO
Brinkman (L) 6.0 3 3 2 4 4
Reed (W) 4.33 5 2 1 1 4
Kahle 1.67 1 0 0 1 3
Lawson (S) 1.0 0 0 0 0 1
HBP: Dales 2, Bull. PB: Zachrich. WP: Brinkman 2. SO: Watkins 2, Alexander, Overholt, Purdy, Tyrrell, Blymyer, Stambaugh, Lawson, Kahle, Reed, Shaffer. BB: Engle 2, Stambaugh, Morrison, Odom, Shaffer.