|Error-prone Blue Jays fall to Flyers|
|Tuesday, May 06, 2014 8:16 PM|
By LARRY HEIING
MARIA STEIN — The basics of baseball: throwing, catching, offense and defense; are all paramount to a good game.
Unfortunately when you have a young ball club, it’s rare that all four of these basic baseball fundamentals come together in the same game.
Senior T.J. Hoersten had the fundamentals of pitching under control as he held the Flyers to zero earned runs Tuesday evening at Marion Local. The St. John’s defense committed six errors in the field that led to eight unearned runs as the Flyers rolled to a 8-2 Midwest Athletic Conference victory.
Ben Wrasman led off the game with a walk for the Jays but was left stranded as Austin Albers retired the next three Blue Jay batters to end the first inning.
Hoersten allowed a leadoff hit to Aaron Nietfeld for Marion Local in the home half of the first. Then the Jays made their first mistake of the game, not calling out on an infield pop-up by Cole Griesdorn. Hoersten pitched out of the jam with runners at second and third to keep the Flyers scoreless.
The Flyers got on the scoreboard first after the Jays went down in the second inning with a pair of runs to lead 2-0. Their scoring was halted when freshman catcher Buddy Jackson and the Jays’ defense caught Duane Leugers in a rundown on a steal attempt for the second out of the inning. The senior hurler then escaped the inning with a pop out for the inning-ending final out.
Marion Local exploded for five runs in the third inning, aided by Blue Jay mistakes, to take the lead by a football-like score of 7-0.
Jesse Ditto cracked a solid single to left field for the Jays’ first hit of the game to start the fourth inning but Albers once again retired the next three St. John’s batters to avoid any damage.
Hoersten retired the Flyers in order in the bottom of the fourth inning to keep the Jays close.
For the second inning in a row, the Jays got the lead runner on base as Jackson nailed a grounder down the third-base line for a single. Josh Warnecke advanced Jackson to second with a grounder to short. Wrasman followed with a single to right and
advanced to second on the overthrow to the infield. Austin Heiing loaded the bases with an infield single with only one out. After a popout, Ditto’s hit dropped in front of the left fielder to plate Jackson and Wrasman to pull the Jays within 7-2. Albers
notched a strikeout with runners stranded on the corners.
The Flyers added their final run of the contest with two hits in the fifth inning for the final score.
Albers was the winning pitcher for the Flyers, allowing two runs, walking four and striking out five batters. Batting leaders for Marion Local were Corey Heitkamp and Peyton Kramer with two hits apiece.
Hoersten took the loss for the Jays despite not giving up an earned run and walked only three batters in a 6-inning complete-game performance. Ditto reached base safely twice and knocked in the only two runs of the game for St. John’s.
The next game for the Jays will be tonight at Jefferson in a game that was rained out on April 3. It is the second annual Play Hardball Against ALS (PHAALS), with a 5 p.m. first pitch.
St. John’s (2)
Ben Wrasman cf 3-1-1-0, Austin Heiing lf 2-0-1-0, T.J.Hoersten 3-0-0-0, Jesse Ditto 1b 3-0-2-2, Kyle Pohlman 2b 3-0-0-0, Eric Vogt rf 2-0-0-0, Gage Seffernick ss 2-0-0-0, Buddy Jackson c 3-1-1-0, Josh Warnecke 3b 3-0-0-0, Andy May 1-0-0-0. Totals: 25-2-5-2.
Marion Local (8)
Aaron Nietfeld cf 3-0-1-2, Cole Griesdorn ss 4-0-1-0, Blake Benton rf 2-0-0-0, Nick Heitkamp c 4-1-1-0, Austin Albers p 4-0-0-0, Cole Unrast 1b 2-2-0-0, Corey Heitkamp dh 2-2-2-1, Peyton Kramer 3b 3-1-2-0, Duane Leugers 2b 2-2-1-1. Totals: 26-8-8-4.
Score by Innings
St. John’s 0-0-0-0-2-0-0-(2)
Marion Local 0-2-5-0-1-0-x-(8)
Sac: Heiing, Benton, Heitkamp; CS: Leugers (by Jackson).
IP R ER H BB SO
Hoersten (L) 6.0 8 0 8 3 1
Albers (W) 7.0 2 2 5 3 5
BB:Unrast 2, Wrasman, Vogt, Heiing, Seffernick, Benton; HBP: Nietfeld (by Hoersten).