|Panthers rally, oust Jefferson in baseball tourney|
|Sunday, May 11, 2014 8:12 PM|
DELPHOS — Saturday’s Division III Sectional baseball opener involving host Jefferson and Paulding saw its ebbs and flows.
The visiting Panthers got on top early with a 4-run first, only to see the Wildcats scored eight runs over the next three frames.
The visitors had the last rally, putting up a 5-spot in the fifth and held on for a 9-8 triumph on a gorgeous spring afternoon.
Paulding (9-10) advances to take on Coldwater 5 p.m. Thursday at Coldwater.
Panther senior lefty Javier Gonzales got the win with five innings of relief (6 hits, 3 unearned runs, 3 free passes, 2 strikeouts) of junior right-handed starter Treston Gonzales (1-plus IP, 3 hits, 5 runs, 1 earned, 4 BBs, 2 Ks). The right-hander returned to earn his second save in the seventh despite giving up two hits (1 K).
Jefferson senior Jordan Herron (2-2) took the loss after facing only two batters (a hit and a walk) in the fifth — after taking over for senior starter Tyler Rice (4-plus IPs, 7 hits, 8 earned runs, 2 BBs, 2 Ks). Austin Jettinghoff, the third hurler, tossed three frames of 1-hit, 1-walk relief.
Jettinghoff also led at the plate for the Red and White, going 3-for-5 (2 runs scored), while freshmen Hunter Binkley (2 runs, 2 BBs) went 2-for-3 and Jace Stockwell (3 runs) 2-for-5. Senior Ross Thompson knocked in three but the Wildcats left 13 runners on base, including bases loaded in the first and sixth.
Javier Gonzales had a 3-for-4 day at the plate (2 RBIs, run) and sophomore Damon Egnor was 2-for-3 (4 RBIs, run), including a first-inning 2-run round-tripper.
“We left a lot of runs out there on the bases. Our offense has been spotty like that all year; sometimes we get the big hit and sometimes we don’t,” Jefferson coach Doug Geary acknowledged. “Today, we just couldn’t get enough clutch hits to add to our lead when we had the chance or to come back when they rallied.”
Paulding coach Mike Leach was happy his team battled back.
“We started out well and then had to come back ourselves. When we were down, we seemed lifeless but then a hustle play by (Kyle) Kauser to start the fifth - a bloop hit to right and then taking second — seemed to give us a spark,” he explained. “Our errors have killed us all year and we overcame that as well. Treston struggled early, Javier kept us in the game and Treston showed his leadership by stepping up on the mound when we needed it. We survived today but we have to clean up our play to keep moving on.”
The Wildcats led 8-4 entering the top of the fifth. Kauser singled to right and an error on the play placed him at second. A wild pitch advanced him and he scored on a single to right by Corbin Edwards. Quentin Vance bounced one up the middle that hit off the second-base bag and handcuffed Stockwell for a hit and T. Gonzales knocked Edwards home with a slug to left, ending Rice’s day on the mound for Herron. J. Gonzales walked to load them up and Egnor delivered a 2-run base knock to left that got Vance and T. Gonzales home and tied the game at 8. Jettinghoff came on in relief. Gerod Harder forced Egnor at second and moved J. Gonzales to third, from where he score — a Justin Adams walk later — on an Alex Arellano sacrifice fly to left for the game-winning tally.
Jefferson tried to retaliate in the home half as senior pinch-hitter Zavier Buzard — in his third game back after offseason shoulder surgery — beat out an infield hit off the pitcher’s glove; when the throw on the play got by first baseman Harder, he turned toward second but Egnor (catcher), alertly backing up the play, tagged out Buzard. An out later, Hunter Binkley hit a bad-hop single past the third baseman and advanced on a wild pitch. Thompson walked but both were left stranded.
Jefferson had a big chance in the sixth. With one out, Gaige Rassman was plunked, Rice beat out an infield hit to second and both advanced on a comebacker by pinch-hitter Gage Mercer. After Josh Teman walked to load the bases, Stockwell flied out to center to leave the score 9-8, Paulding.
Delphos was not yet done but instead of the more off-speed tosser J. Gonzales, the harder-throwing T. Gonzales returned to the mound — he had never left the field after his earlier stint on the mound. Binkley beat out an infield roller to short but was forced by Thompson. With Jettinghoff up to bat, Thompson took off, opening the way for Jettinghoff to slap a single through the hole at short and ended up with runners on the corners. Jettinghoff stole second. However, the last two batters were retired on strikes to end the contest.
Paulding did its damage in the first with two outs. Vance walked, stole second and scored on a hit to center by T. Gonzales. He swiped second and scored on a double by J. Gonzales. Egnor then drove a ball to deep left that hit off the top of the fence and over for a 2-run dinger.
Jefferson got three back in the home first against T. Gonzales: a Stockwell single to center, a Binkley walk, a 1-out infield hit by Jettinghoff to load the bases, a 2-out error on Rassman’s grounder (plating Stockwell) and a pair of bases-loaded free passes to Rice (Binkley) and Fitch (Jettinghoff).
The hosts took the lead in the second. Stockwell singled and advanced on a balk and passed ball. Binkley walked to finish the starter and bring in the reliever. Thompson flied out to center to get Stockwell in. Jettinghoff rocketed a double down the left-field line and with a drawn-in infield, Herron’s bouncer was misplayed, allowing both to score and a 6-4 edge.
The visitors threatened in the third. Edwards got on via a throwing error and stole second. Vance walked. T. Gonzales forced Edwards at third. Vance was caught at third trying to advance on a pitch in the dirt.
Delphos scored its last two runs of the game in the home half. Fitch led off with a walk but was forced by Teman. Stockwell was safe on an error; both runners advanced on a wild pitch and an out later, scored on Thompson’s 2-run rip up the gut.
“We kind of came in banged up. Tyler has been battling an illness but gave us all he had today,” Geary added. “He and Ross are pretty much equal but Ross had a sore shoulder from earlier this week. We had two guys coming back from surgeries this week and put in tough spots, especially Gaige. We went with what we thought we had to day and it wasn’t enough.”
Jefferson visits Ottoville 5 p.m. today in regular-season action (makeup from April 15), while Paulding takes on Van Wert.
Kyle Kauser ss 4-1-1-0, Corbin Edwards lf 4-1-1-1, Quentin Vance cf 2-2-1-0, Treston Gonzales p/rf/3b 4-2-3-2, Javier Gonzales rf/p 3-2-1-1, Damon Egnor c 3-1-2-4, Gerod Harder 1b 4-0-0-0, Aaron Mock 3b 2-0-0-0, Justin Adams rf 1-0-0-0, Alex Arellano 2b 2-0-0-1. Totals 29-9-9-9.
Jace Stockwell ss 5-3-2-0, Hunter Binkley lf 3-2-2-0, Ross Thompson 3b/2b 3-0-1-3, Austin Jettinghoff 2b/p 5-2-3-0, Jordan Herron dh/p/3b 5-0-0-0, Damien Dudgeon pr 0-0-0-0, Ryan Bullinger 1b 0-0-0-0, Gaige Rassman rf/1b 4-0-1-0, Tyler Rice p/rf 3-0-1-1, Adam Rode pr 0-0-0-0, Nick Fitch c 1-0-0-1, Gage Mercer ph 1-0-0-0, Josh Teman cf 2-1-0-0, Zavier Buzard ph 1-0-1-0. Totals 33-8-11-5.
Score by Innings:
Paulding 4 0 0 0 5 0 0 - 9
Jefferson 3 3 2 0 0 0 0 - 8
E: Mock 2, Kauser, Vance, Thompson, Rassman; LOB: Paulding 5, Jefferson 13; 2B: J. Gonzales, Jettinghoff; HR: Egnor; SB: T. Gonzales 2, Edwards, Vance, Jettinghoff; CS: Vance (by Fitch); SF: Arellano, Thompson.
IP H R ER BB SO
T. Gonzales 1.0 3 5 1 4 2
J. Gonzales (W) 5.0 6 3 0 3 2
T. Gonzales (S, 2) 1.0 2 0 0 0 1
Rice 4.0 7 8 8 2 2
Herron (L, 2-2) 0.0 1 1 1 1 0
Jettinghoff 3.0 1 0 0 1 0
T. Gonzales pitched to 2 batters in the 2nd
Rice pitched to 4 batters in the 5th
Herron pitched to 2 batters in the 5th
WP: J. Gonzales 2, Rice; HBP: Egnor (by Tyler), Rassman (by J. Gonzales); Balk: T. Gonzales; PB: Egnor; BB: Vance 2, Binkley 2, Fitch 2, J. Gonzales, Adams, Thompson, Rice, Teman.