|Jefferson uses 11-run 1st to down Bulldogs|
|Wednesday, April 23, 2014 8:49 PM|
DELPHOS — How one viewed the first inning of the Elida at Jefferson baseball game at Wildcat Field was dependent upon your perspective.
If you are a Wildcat fan, it was wonderful.
If you root for the visiting Bulldogs, it was from the depths of hell.
Jefferson scored 11 runs in the bottom of the first frame and went on to a 12-7 non-league triumph on a sunny but chilly Wednesday afternoon-evening.
“It was one of those nights where the ‘routine’ plays were anything but; it was contagious both ways. We were fortunate to take more advantage against a WBL team, especially in the first inning,” Jefferson coach Doug Geary began.
Elida coach Todd Grapner was left shaking his head.
“I have no words for that first inning,” he explained. “This was the worst we have played this year; obviously, we weren’t ready to go. We couldn’t throw strikes in the first inning and couldn’t catch the ones we threw.”
The Bulldogs (7-7) opened the game with a run against Jefferson starter Jordan Herron (3 innings pitched, 3 hits, 5 runs, 3 earned, 4 bases-on-balls, 1 strikeout; 57 pitches, 27 for strikes). With one down, Josh Bull walked. Adam Purdy doubled to the deep right-field-corner (with the wind blowing in — and a wild pitch plated Bull for a 1-0 edge.
Jefferson sent 16 to the dish in the home half. Jace Stockwell led off with a free pass from Garrett Brinkman (0-3; 0 IPs, 2 hits, 7 runs, 5 earned, 4 BBs; 33 pitches, 11 for strikes) and Hunter Binkley’s sinking single to center put runners on the corners. Three straight free passes: Ross Thompson, Austin Jettinghoff and Gage Mercer; plated Stockwell and Binkley for a 2-1 lead and kept the bases loaded. Tyler Rice’s fly ball was dropped and another error on the play unloaded the bases and put the batter on third, from where he scored on a liner to left by Herron, bringing Travis Watkins (1/3 IP, 4 unearned runs, 4 BBs; 28 pitches, 11 for strikes) to the mound. Back-to-back walks — Nick Fitch and Josh Teman — reloaded the bases. An out later, Binkley’s RBI grounder (Herron) was booted, keeping the bases juiced. Walks to Thompson (Fitch) and Jettinghoff (Teman) brought the third Elida hurler, southpaw Austin Morrison (5 2/3 IPs, 1 hit, 1 unearned run, 1 BB, 1 K; 61 pitches, 41 strikes), to the hill. An out later, a dropped fly ball got Binkley and Thompson home for that 11-1 edge before Morrison got the final out, starting a string of seven straight.
Elida got two back in the second. Logan Alexander hit a sharp single to left and advanced on a wild pitch. Alan Tyrrell walked. Riley Overholt forced Alexander at third but a poor throw allowed Tyrrell to scoot to third and put the batter on second. Brinkman’s grounder scored Tyrrell; an error on the play allowed Overholt to touch the dish for an 11-3 scoreboard. However, Morrison bounced into an inning-ending double play.
In the Bulldog third, Watkins singled to left to start it, followed by free passes to Alexander and Tyrrell to load the bases and bring Stockwell (1-0; 3 IPs, 2 hits, 2 runs, 1 earned, 1 BB, 1 K; 54 pitches, 32 for strikes) on in relief. Overholt forced Tyrrell at second but plated Watkins. Brinkman grounded a hit into left to get Alexander home for an 11-5 deficit. Morrison’s grounder was booted to loaded the bases. Bull’s bouncer plated Overholt; an error allowed Brinkman to scoot home for an 11-7 deficit. However, Purdy’s comebacker started a 1-6-3 twin-killing to keep the damage from getting worse.
Mercer led off the Jefferson fourth by getting aboard via an error and reached third on a Rice sac bunt and Herron groundout. He did not score.
Delphos threatened in the fifth. Teman lined a knock into center and Stockwell walked. Two outs later, a wild pitch moved both up but both were left stranded.
Elida loaded the bases in the sixth on a 1-out throwing error (Overholt), a Brinkman single, a Morrison fielder’s choice that forced Brinkman at second and a free pass (Bull). However, Purdy flied out to center to leave them juiced.
The Wildcats finished the scoring in the home sixth. With one gone, Rice got aboard via an error and reached third on a throwing error on Herron’s grounder. Pinch-hitter Kurt Wollenhaupt’s fly ball to center was deep enough to get Rice home for the 12th Jefferson run.
Max Stambaugh led off the Elida seventh against Teman (1 IP, 1 hit; 10 pitches, 6 for strikes) with a sharp knock to left but went nowhere as Teman got the next three out to end the contest.
“The one disappointment I really had was we had a chance to bury them and didn’t. We didn’t really add on until the sixth and had chances,” Geary added. “We had good approaches at the plate but we still got ourselves out too many times by hitting off our front foot. We had decent pitching but we didn’t play good defense behind them. Fortunately, we had this happen in a non-league game.”
Jefferson visits Allen East tonight (5 p.m.).
“To our kids’ credit, we didn’t roll over and die after the first,” Grapner added. “That’s one thing I told them after the game; we chipped away. We just dug ourselves such a deep hole against a quality Delphos team that we couldn’t get out. You simply can’t do that and expect to win against opponents like this.”
Elida hosts Van Wert 5 p.m. Friday.
Austin Morrison lf/p 4-0-0-0, Josh Bull 3b/2b/lf 2-1-0-1, Adam Purdy cf 4-0-1-0, Max Stambaugh ss 4-0-1-0, Travis Watkins 2b/p 4-1-1-0, Logan Alexander c 3-1-1-0, Alan Tyrrell 1b 1-1-0-0, Jared Blymyer 1b 1-0-0-0, Riley Overholt rf 3-2-0-1, Garrett Brinkman p/3b 3-1-2-2. Totals 29-7-6-4.
Jace Stockwell ss/p 2-1-0-0, Hunter Binkley lf/cf 4-2-1-1, Ross Thompson 3b/ss 2-2-0-1, Austin Jettinghoff 2b 2-1-0-2, Gage Mercer dh 3-1-0-1, Ryan Bullinger 1b 0-0-0-0, Tyler Rice rf/lf 2-2-0-1, Jordan Herron p/3b 4-1-1-1, Damien Dudgeon pr/rf 0-0-0-0, Nick Fitch c 2-1-0-0, Kurt Wollenhaupt ph 0-0-0-1, Josh Teman cf/p 3-1-1-1. Totals 24-12-3-8.
Score by Innings:
Elida 1 2 0 4 0 0 0 - 7
Jefferson (11) 0 0 0 0 1 x - 12
E: Watkins 2, Brinkman 2, Thompson 2, Herron 2, Morrison, Bull, Purdy, Stambaugh, Jettinghoff; DP: Jefferson 2; LOB: Elida 6, Jefferson 5; 2B: Purdy; Sac: Rice; SF: Rice 2.
IP H R ER BB SO
Brinkman (L, 0-3) 0.0 2 7 5 4 2
Watkins 0.2 0 4 0 4 0
Morrison 5.2 1 1 0 1 1
Herron 3.0 3 5 3 4 1
Stockwell (W, 1-0) 3.0 2 2 1 1 1
Teman 1.0 1 0 0 003
Brinkman pitched to 7 batters in 1st
Herron pitched to 3 batters in 4th
WP: Herron 2, Brinkman, Morrison.