|Bath rebounds from loss to gash Jays|
|Wednesday, April 23, 2014 8:47 PM|
DELPHOS — The Bath Wildcats came to Delphos with a chip on their shoulder after allowing the Wapakoneta Redskins to score 11 runs in the sixth inning in their 20-10 loss Tuesday.
Standing in their way — like the nerd with a stack of books in the hallway at school — was the St. John’s Blue Jays. The Wildcats did their damage, pounding out 11 hits on their way to a 14-4 beatdown at Stadium Park.
The Wildcats took a 3-0 lead right off the bat after leadoff man Eric Heffner was hit by the Jays starting pitcher, Eric Vogt, and Tyler Stahr singled. Eric Jordan knocked both runners in with a hit down the right-field line. Vogt then retired Collin Gossard on a pop up and struck out Cam Clark. Vogt’s opposite number, pitcher Blake McGue, doubled to put runners at second and third with two outs. The Jays committed a costly error on a pop up that allowed Jordan to score and the Wildcats led by three.
After St. John’s went down in order in the home half of the first inning, Bath scored three more times in the second, highlighted by a Heffner triple.
The Blue Jays benefited from a Bath error on Gage Seffernick’s pop up to short that was dropped to get their first base-runner of the game. Kyle Pohlman executed the sacrifice bunt to perfection and Seffernick was in scoring position with one out. McGue threw two pitches in the dirt that allowed Seffernick to come around to score and the Jays were on the board.
The Wildcats rolled out another 3-spot for the third consecutive inning when Heffner came through again, knocking a double to left field with the bases full. After Stahr walked, Bath again loaded the bases with two outs. Ben Wrasman made a diving catch in center field to rob Gossard of extra bases and saved further damage by the Bath offense.
Senior right fielder Andy May led off the bottom of the third inning with a base hit to left and Wrasman followed with a walk. McGue quickly ended the chances of the Jays mounting a comeback with a double play and a strikeout to escape the jam.
Blue Jays head coach Ryan Warnecke made a pitching change to start the fourth inning, sending Jesse Ditto to the hill and Vogt moved to left field. Ditto held the Wildcats scoreless in the inning for the first time, sending Bath down in order.
After Pohlman was hit by a McGue pitch, Buddy Jackson returned to form with a single to right field. McGue then beaned Josh Warnecke to load the bases with only one out. Vogt plated Pohlman with a base knock to center to cut into the lead 9-2. McGue got the second out of the inning on another strikeout but Wrasman delivered in the clutch with a single down the left-field line for two runs batted in.
Bath responded in the top of the fifth inning with another 3-run rally, collecting a trio of hits around a pair of walks to extend the lead to 12-4.
For the third inning in a row, the Jays had at least two base-runners and looked like they were ready to have a big inning. T. J. Hoersten reached base on a Bath error and Seffernick walked with no outs. McGue then turned up his fastball a notch and struck out the next three batters to escape another Blue Jay scoring threat.
Ditto mixed up his pitches in the sixth inning with a variety of off-speed pitches and fastballs to retire the first two Wildcat batters. Andrew Renner ripped a double to the fence in left field and Chase Clark reached after being hit by a pitch. A pair
of wild pitches and a 2-run single by Luke Niebel secured a 14-4 Wildcat lead. Ditto settled down to retire Hayden Atkins on a strikeout.
The Jays again had two base-runners reach safely in the sixth inning as Wrasman and Ditto singled with two outs. Fifth-year Bath head coach Brian Jesko then elected to bring in 6-6 Findlay-bound basketball standout Taren Sullivan to face Hoersten. Sullivan’s fastball reached speeds of 86 mph on the radar gun as he found the outside corner of the strike zone to record the final out.
“Sullivan is a dynamic player for us,” said Jesko about his senior flame-thrower. “After basketball season, he was coming in as a relief pitcher but as his arm gets stronger, he has won some big games for us as a starter. Our team played good defense tonight after a tough loss at Wapak last night. We are swinging the bats and our hitters are getting in a groove.”
Bath was led by Jordan’s six RBIs to improve to 10-4 on the season. Next game for them will be against Midwest Athletic Conference foe Parkway on Friday night.
“We are still suffering from growing pains; we just need to come out and be ready to play. Our schedule doesn’t get any easier,” Blue Jay Coach Ryan Warnecke explained.
Wrasman collected two hits and had a pair of runs batted in as the Blue Jays fall to 2-8. Minster comes to town Friday night for a 5 p.m. MAC game.
Eric Heffner cf 2-2-2-3, Tyler Stahr 1f 1-2-1-0, Eric Jordan 1b 4-2-2-6, Collin Gossard dh 3-0-0-0, Cam Clark 3b 4-0-0-1, Blake McGue p 4-0-1-0, Dylan Burkholder c 3-1-1-0, Bronson Best 2b 2-1-1-0, Andrew Renner ss 2-4-2-0, Jared Davis 2-0-0-0, Chase Clark 0-2-0-0, Hayden Atkins 2-0-0-0, Luke Niebel 1-0-1-2. Totals: 30-14-11-12.
St. John’s (4)
Ben Wrasman cf 3-0-2-2, Austin Heiing lf 2-0-0-0, T.J.Hoersten 1b 4-0-0-0, Gage Seffernick 3b 2-1-0-0, Kyle Pohlman 2b 1-1-0-0, Buddy Jackson c 3-1-1-0, Josh Warnecke c 1-1-0-0, Eric Vogt p 3-0-1-0, Andy May rf 2-0-1-0, Jesse Ditto 1b 2-0-1-0, J.R.Keirns 1-0-0-0. Totals: 24-4-6-3.
Score By Innings:
Bath 3-3-3-0-3-2 - 14
St. John’s 0-1-0-3-0-0 — 4
2B: McGue, Renner; 3B: Heffner; SB: Stahr, Best; Sac: Pohlman.
IP H R BB SO
McGue (W) 5.2 6 4 3 6
Sullivan 0.1 0 0 0 1
Vogt (L) 3.0 7 6 3 2
Ditto 3.0 4 5 2 3
BB: Renner, Stahr, Clark, Niebel, Jordan, Warnecke, Wrasman, Seffernick. HBP: Pohlman (by McGue), Warnecke (by McGue).