|Wildcats capture PHAALS game over Jays|
|Wednesday, May 07, 2014 8:16 PM|
DELPHOS — Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord.
As motor neurons die, the ability of the brain to control muscle movement is lost. Patients in the later stages of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) may become totally paralyzed and die.
The Playing Hardball Against ALS Foundation was founded locally in 2012 to help patients and families stricken with this terrible disease. Baseball games all over Northwest Ohio are played to help raise funds to help find a cure.
The two Delphos teams met up at Wildcat Field (Jefferson High School) on Wednesday evening in the second annual PHAALS game that was rescheduled from an April 3rd rainout.
The Wildcats wore special ALS uniforms and beat their crosstown rivals 12-7.
“This was a fun game tonight with our kids facing kids they grew up with in Little and Pony leagues. And it’s a game for a good cause,” said Wildcat Coach Doug Geary.
The visiting Blue Jays kicked off the scoring in the first inning after Ben Wrasman walked and Austin Heiing was hit by a Austin Jettinghoff pitch. T.J. Hoersten advanced both runners with a sacrifice bunt for the first out. After a strikeout of Jesse Ditto, Kyle Pohlman hit the first home run of the season for the Jays over the fence as the Blue Jays led 3-0.
The Wildcats came right back as Hunter Binkley and Ross Thompson reached with 1-out singles. St. John’s starting pitcher Eric Vogt retired Jettinghoff on a popout for the second out but junior Gaige Rassman, playing in only his third game since coming back from injury, singled to left field. On the play, Binkley scored after he was trapped in a “pickle play” after St. John’s dropped the ball and Thompson alertly advanced to third. A wild pitch by Vogt scored Thompson and the Wildcats were right back in the game, trailing 3-2.
After Jettinghoff retired St. John’s in order in the top half of the second inning, the Wildcats plated six more runs to take the lead. Tyler Rice led off the inning with a hit to left field and moved all the way to third on consecutive wild pitches. Nick Fitch walked to put runners on the corners and Josh Teman’s single drove home Rice to tie the game. Jace Stockwell and Binkley both walked to load the bases. Thompson, playing his last regular-season home game, delighted the Wildcat faithful with a RBI single to score Teman and Stockwell. Jettinghoff walked to reload the bases and chase Vogt from the game. The southpaw Heiing was called in by coach Ryan Warnecke and struck out Rassman for the first out of the inning. Another senior, Jordan Herron, came through with big hit to drive in two more runs. Heiing retired the next two batters to end the scoring with the Wildcats leading 8-3.
Jettinghoff and Heiing both cruised through the opposing lineups in the third inning as the score remained the same on the Wildcat Field scoreboard.
Geary made a pitching change to start the fourth inning as he brought in Teman.
“We had Austin on a pitch count tonight and it was time to make a change,” explained Geary. “We have a stretch of nine games in nine days and we need to save our arms. Plus with sectionals starting on Saturday, we need to line up our starting rotation.”
Gage Seffernick reached with one out with a walk and J.R. Keirns followed with a single to center. Teman got Andy May to fly out but Wrasman scorched a triple to drive in both Jays to cut the lead down to 8-5.
Heiing retired Jefferson in order in the fourth as did Teman in the next inning, aided by a double play turned by the Wildcat fielders after Hoersten walked.
Jefferson senior Zavier Buzard made his first plate appearance of the year, returning after off-season shoulder surgery, appropriately on senior night. Heiing struck out Buzard and Teman but Stockwell kept the inning alive with a single. Binkley walked and Thompson ripped a triple to the fence for his third and fourth runs batted in of the game.
Seffernick got into scoring position for St. John’s, smacking a double with one out in the top of the sixth. Teman helped himself with a quick pickoff move back to the bag to nail Seffernick and the Jays still trailed 10-5.
Jefferson added a pair of runs in bottom of the inning on singles by Herron and Stockwell and aided by two errors by the St. John’s defense for a commanding 12-5 lead.
Wrasman reached for the third time in the game with a single to right. The Blue Jays probably would like to play more games on the Wildcat Field as Hoersten cracked his first home run of the season (and second of the game for the Jays). Teman ended the game with a strikeout as the Wildcats improved to 14-10.
After the game, Coach Warnecke was “happy with his offense. It was nice to see some runs up on the scoreboard for a change. It’s been a long time since we scored that many runs but it’s too bad we couldn’t hold Jefferson to fewer runs.”
Coach Geary was also pleased with his team’s offense: “We had a .250 batting average coming into the game and we took advantage of some timely hits and mistakes by a young team. We gave up a couple home runs when our pitchers got the ball up but luckily we scored enough to offset those mistakes.”
The Wildcats outhit the Blue Jays 12-7 as Thompson and Stockwell each had three. The freshman Binkley also scored three times for the Wildcats.
Wrasman and Hoersten led the St. John’s team with two hit sapiece with each getting extra base hits (Wrasman triple and Hoersten’s homer).
Jefferson visits Ada today and St. John’s visits Wayne Trace.
St. John’s (7)
Ben Wrasman cf 3-2-2-2, Austin Heiing lf 2-1-0-0, T.J.Hoersten p 2-1-2-2, Jesse Ditto 1b 4-0-0-0, Kyle Pohlman 2b 3-1-1-3, Buddy Jackson c 1-0-0-0, Gage Seffernick ss 2-1-1-0, J.R. Keirns 3b 2-1-1-0, Andy May rf 3-0-0-0. Totals: 22-7-7-7.
Jace Stockwell ss 4-2-2-1, Hunter Binkley 1f 3-3-2-0, Ross Thompson 2b 4-2-3-4, Austin Jettinghoff p 2-0-0-0, Gaige Rassman rf 3-0-1-0, Jordan Herron 3b 4-0-2-2, Tyler Rice dh 3-0-1-0, Ryan Bullinger 1b 0-1-0-0, Nick Fitch c 2-1-0-0, Josh Teman rf 2-1-1-1, Damien Dudgeon 0-1-0-0, Adam Rode 0-1-0-0, Kurt Wollenhaupt 1-0-0-0, Zavier Buzard 1-0-0-0. Totals: 29-12-12-8.
Score by Innings:
Delphos St. John’s 3-0-0-2-0-0-2-(7)
Delphos Jefferson 2-6-0-0-2-2-x-(12)
2B: Seffernick, Stockwell; 3B: Wrasman, Thompson; HR:Pohlman, Hoersten; Sac: Hoersten; SB: Wrasman LOB: St. John’s 3, Jefferson 8.
IP R ER H SO BB
Eric Vogt (L) 1.0 8 6 6 1 4
Heiing 5.0 4 3 4 6 4
Jettinghoff 3.0 3 3 2 2 2
Teman (W) 4.0 5 5 5 3 2
WP:Vogt; HBP: Heiing (by Jettinghoff); BB: Binkley 2, Jettinghoff 2, Wrasman, Jackson, Seffernick, Hoersten, Fitch, Stockwell, Thompson, Bullinger.