|Cougars sweep doubleheader vs. Jays|
|Sunday, April 27, 2014 8:00 PM|
DELPHOS — Mr. Cub, Ernie Banks, once said “It’s a beautiful day for a ballgame…let’s play two.”
That’s exactly what the Van Wert Cougar and St. John’s Blue Jays did under blue skies at Stadium Park at Saturday afternoon. The day was even more perfect for the Cougars as they swept both games of the doubleheader: 1-0, 13-4.
St. John’s pitchers have given up 51 runs in their last three losses against Coldwater, Bath and Minster.
Freshman pitchers Jacob Youngpeter and Josh Warnecke held Van Wert to only one run in the opener but the Jays lost for the 10th time this season. That’s because Van Wert’s Brant Henry was even more spectacular, pitching a complete game with nine strikeouts.
Van Wert loaded the bases in the third inning when Justice Tussing, Henry and Tyler Williams all walked. Youngpeter escaped the jam when he got the third out of the inning on a groundout to short.
The Blue Jays also loaded the bases in the top of the fifth inning after Kyle Pohlman was hit by a Henry pitch, Eric Vogt singled and Youngpeter walked. Henry escaped the scoring threat just like his counterpart did in the third inning by recording the final out on a grounder to short.
Williams led off the sixth inning with a double to left-center field. Ryan Stoller moved Williams around to third on a fielder’s choice that ricocheted off of Youngpeter on the mound. Mason Carr drove in Williams for the only run of the game with a sacrifice fly to left and the Cougars led 1-0.
Austin Heiing singled to right field to lead off the bottom of the sixth for the Jays. T.J. Hoersten beat out a bunt for a hit and J.R. Keirns loaded the bases with another infield hit. Henry notched the next three outs with a force-out at home, a big strikeout and a groundout to hold onto the 1-run lead.
Van Wert tried to get an insurance run in the final inning as Tussing walked and went to second on a wild pitch. Warnecke was called in to pitch by Coach Ryan Warnecke and he responded with the final two outs, leaving Tussing stranded on third base.
The Jays had one final chance in the bottom of the seventh inning after Vogt led off with a walk and moved to second on a perfect bunt by Warnecke. Senior Ben Wrasman moved Vogt to third base on a fielder’s choice for the second out. A hard-hit liner off of the bat of Heiing was alertly grabbed by Henry for the final out and saved the 1-0 victory for the Cougars.
After the game, Coach Charlie Witten — in his 16th year at the helm of the Van Wert baseball program — said “Brant Henry had a great outing for us against a good a great start by a young pitcher for St. John’s. We had plenty of base-runners but just couldn’t score. Luckily our own youngster, Carr, came through when we needed a run to get the win for Brant.”
In the second game, Van Wert made sure they didn’t need any last-inning heroics to save the game, scoring four runs in the first inning off of St. John’s Josh Warnecke. William’s double scored Tussing and Henry for the first runs. Stoller’s single scored Williams and he eventually scored after two steals and a wild pitch.
After the Jays were sent down in order by the Cougars’ Ethan Williams, Van Wert exploded for six more runs. Williams and Tussing opened with singles and Stoller reached on a perfect bunt down the third-base line to load the bases. Henry drove in two with a double to right field and Willams followed with another 2-base knock for two more runs. The hit parade continued as Stoller singled, chasing Warnecke from the mound. Carr doubled off reliever Vogt to secure a 10-run lead.
Williams struck out three Blue Jay batters in the second inning around a single by freshman Buddy Jackson.
Vogt’s curveball was major-league quality as he send the Cougars down in order for the first time with a pair of strikeouts in the top of the third.
The Cougars’ Williams continued his incredible day at the plate with a single to lead off the fourth inning. Caleb Fetzer advanced Williams to third on a groundout and Kevin Agler drove in the run with a grounder to short.
Witten replaced Williams on the mound with Calen Jenkins to open the fourth inning. After a strikeout, Vogt walked and moved to second on a wild pitch. Warnecke advanced the runner with a grounder and Jackson scored Vogt with another grounder to cut the deficit down to 11-1. Jenkins recorded the final out of the inning with a groundout.
Vogt retired Van Wert in order and the Jays rallied for two more runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Andy May doubled with one out and Wrasman put runners on the corners with a single to left. Heiing’s infield hit down the third-base line drove in May for the second run of the game for St.John’s. Heiing was thrown out trying to steal base but on the play, Wrasman scored to make the score 11-3.
Van Wert scored again in the sixth inning, highlighted by Williams’ third double of the game drove in his fifth run batted in.
Vogt and Warnecke both reached to lead off the sixth inning for the Jays and advanced into scoring position on a wild pitch. Jesse Ditto’s single to right drove in Vogt but Warnecke was thrown out at the plate trying to score as the Jays trailed 12-4.
Van Wert scored for the final time in the seventh inning as Jacob Williamson led off with a single and came around to score on Ryan McCracken’s grounder.
With the win, Van Wert moves above the .500 mark with a 7-6 record.
Even though the Blue Jays lost both games to fall to 2-10, Coach Warnecke was happy with his team’s performance: “We played better ball today than we have in the last four games. Things just didn’t go our way. We played good defense today — only committing three errors in the two games. Every inning in the doubleheader today was pitched by our freshmen — that show’s promise for the future. For a young team, we showed improvement and I am happy with that.”
The next game for St. John’s will be Midwest Athletic Conference action at New Knoxville Tuesday night.
Van Wert (1)
Justice Tussing 2b 2-0-0-0, Nathan Stoller ss 4-0-0-0, Brant Henry p 2-0-0-0, Tyler Williams rf 2-1-2-0, Ryan Stoller cf 2-0-0-0, Mason Carr cf 2-0-1-1, Gavin Gardner 1b 3-0-1-0, Sean Miller c 3-0-0-0, Cody Keirns 3b 2-0-0-0, Kevin Agler 1-0-0-0. Totals: 23-1-4-1.
St. Johns (0)
Ben Wrasman cf 4-0-0-0, Austin Heiing lf 4-0-2-0, T.J.Hoersten 1b 3-0-1-0, J.R. Keirns 3b 3-0-1-0, Gage Seffernick ss 3-0-0-0, Kyle Pohlman 2b 2-0-0-0, Buddy Jackson c 3-0-1-0, Eric Vogt rf 2-0-1-0, Jacob Youngpeter p 1-0-0-0, Josh Warnecke p 0-0-0-0. Totals: 25-0-6-0.
Score By Innings:
Van Wert 0-0-0-0-0-1-0-(1)
St. John’s 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-(0)
Sac: Carr, Warnecke; 2B: Carr; CS: Heiing.
IP H ER R BB SO
Henry (W) 7-6-0-0-3-9
Youngpeter (L) 6.1-4-1-1-5-4
HBP: Pohlman (by Henry); BB: Tussing 2, Stoller, Henry, Williams, Youngpeter, Pohlman.
Van Wert (13)
Justice Tussing 2b 2-2-2-0, Ryan Stoller ss 4-2-2-0, Brant Henry lf 1-2-1-2, Tyler Williams rf 4-2-4-5, Ryan Stoller cf 2-3-2-2, Mason Carr c 4-0-1-1, Gavin Gardner 1b 2-0-1-1, Sean Miller dh 2-0-0-0, Ethan Williams p 2-1-1-0, Ryan McCracken 3-0-1-0, Bryan Mills 1-0-0-0, Caleb Fetzer 2-0-1-0, Kevin Agler 2-0-0-0, Jacob Williamson 2-1-1-0, Caleb Jenkins 2-0-0-0. Totals: 38-13-16-13.
St. John’s (4)
Ben Warnecke cf 4-1-2-0, Austin Heiing lf 4-0-1-1, T.J.Hoersten dh 4-0-0-0, Eric Vogt p 2-2-1-0, Josh Warnecke p 2-0-0-0, Buddy Jackson c 3-0-2-1, Jesse Ditto 1b 3-0-1-1, Jorden Boone 3b 3-0-1-0, Andy May rf 1-1-1-0. Totals: 26-4-9-3.
Score by Innings:
Van Wert 4-6-0-1-0-1-1-(13)
St. John’s 0-0-0-1-2-1-0-(4)
Sac: Mills, May; 2B: Williams (3), Henry, Carr, May; CS: May, Heiing; SB: Wrasman, Vogt, May.
IP H R BB SO
Williams 3.0 2 0 0 4
Jenkins (W) 4.0 7 4 3 3
Warnecke (L) 1.0 10 10 1 1
Vogt 6.0 6 3 0 3
BB: Henry, Vogt, Warnecke, May.
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