|Lancers oust Jays from Division IV tourney|
|Sunday, May 11, 2014 8:15 PM|
DELPHOS — The old saying states that records are cleared during the post-season and that everybody is starting over.
So much for the wisdom of the old timers predicting the outcome of sectional baseball action pitting the Lincolnview Lancers against the St. John’s Blue Jays on Saturday at Stadium Park.
The Lancers played like seasoned veterans behind a strong pitching performance behind by Eli Falmer for an 8-1 victory.
“Eli pitched like we expect him to pitch,” said Lancer head coach Kevin Longstreth. “That’s why he’s our ace, our conference pitcher, the guy that gets it done in big games.”
The game was played under ideal conditions for baseball under sunny blue skies and no wind blowing. The weather was a complete opposite from the night before at Versailles where an inch of rain fell in 10 minutes postponing the match-up for the Blue Jays.
Senior Ben Wrasman led off the game for the Blue Jays with a double to the fence in the gap in right field. St. John’s was the visiting team and batted first despite the fact that the game was played in Delphos. Coach Ryan Warnecke moved another senior, Andy May, up in the order to the second spot and responded with a sacrifice bunt to advance Wrasman to third. After T.J. Hoersten walked, Austin Heiing grounded out to short to plate Wrasman for the first run of the game.
Lincolnview’s Austin Leeth led off the Lancers’ home half of the first inning with a walk. Dalton Schmersal cracked a double in the next at-bat to tie the score at one as Leeth scored from second base. Kyle Williams walked to put runners on first and second; the Lancers then attempted a double steal. Blue Jay catcher Buddy Jackson gunned down Schmersal attempting at third for the first out. With Williams on second, Derek Friesner hit a chopper to short that was bobbled as the runner scored to give the Lancers the lead.
Jesse Ditto lead of the second inning with a double for St. John’s but could get no further as Falmer retired the next three Jays.
Freshman Jacob Youngpeter retired Troy Patterson for the first out of the Lancer second inning. Cole Schmersal had a solid hit to left for a single and went to second on a balk. After a strikeout of Leeth, the Cole’s brother, Dalton, put runners
on first and second with a walk. Another wild pitch pushed Cole Schmersal to third, then the umpires called a second balk on the young Blue Jay pitcher to score him. A frustrated Youngpeter got Williams to pop out to end the inning with the Lancers leading 3-1.
Falmer continued to roll, getting Wrasman to ground out to begin the frame. May continued to excel in the second hole with a walk but was caught stealing by Lancer catcher Tyler Richey. Falmer’s fastball got Hoersten to strike out and the
Jays went down quietly in the third.
Lincolnview broke the game open in the third inning as the first three batters against Youngpeter reached safely. Hoersten was called in by Coach Warnecke to get out of the bases-loaded jam as Youngpeter moved to play first base. Richey’s sac fly plated one and back-to-back singles by Patterson and Cole Schmersal knocked in two more for a 5-run lead.
Neither team scored in the fourth inning as St. Jays still trailed 6-1.
St. John’s did make a threat in the fifth inning as May walked for the second time in a row and Hoersten’s single put runners on the corners with two outs. Falmer escaped the scoring threat, forcing a groundout by Heiing.
Lincolnview wasn’t finished scoring yet as Richey and Cole Schmersal got aboard with 1-out singles. Leeth got a pair a runs batted in with a triple to left field and the Lancers took a comfortable 8-1 lead.
The bats were quiet for both teams in the sixth inning as the Jays had one more chance for the comeback in the next inning.
Jalen Roberts was called to the mound to finish the game for Lincolnview in the seventh inning. Jackson rudely greeted him with a solid single to left. J.R. Keirns popped out for the first out and Jackson advanced all the way to third base on
a wild pitch. Wrasman’s speed down the first-base line beat out his grounder to deep third for the infield hit as Jackson scored. Roberts struck out Hoersten to end the game.
“Our defense played well again today,” explained Longstreth. “The last few weeks, our hitting has kick-started our game. We got the number one seed in the sectionals, Ft. Recovery on Wednesday; hopefully we can continue.”
The Blue Jays stranded nine runners while the Lancers left eight runners on base.
Leeth led the Lancer attack with a pair of hits and two runs batted in. Falmer pitched six strong innings, scattering four hits and striking out five.
Wrasman and Ditto each had two hits for the Jays.
Even though St. John’s was eliminated from the post-season with the loss, the regular season continues tonight with a game at home against M.A.C. opponent Ft. Recovery.
St. John’s (2)
Ben Wrasman cf 4-1-2-1, Andy May rf 1-0-1-0, T.J.Hoersten p 2-0-0-0, Austin Heiing lf 3-0-0-1, Kyle Pohlman 2b 1-0-0-0, Jesse Ditto 1b 3-0-2-0, Gage Seffernick ss 3-0-0-0, Buddy Jackson c 3-1-0-0, Josh Warnecke 3b 2-0-0-0, J.R.Keirns 1-0-0-0, Eric Vogt 1-0-0-0. Totals:24-2-5-2.
Austin Leeth ss 3-1-2-2, Dalton Schmersal 1f 3-1-1-1, Kyle Wiiliams cf 3-0-0-0, Conner McCleery 1b 3-1-1-0, Derek Friesner rf 3-1-1-1, Derek Youtsey 3b 1-1-0-0, Tyler Richey c 4-1-1-1, Troy Patterson 2b 3-1-1-1, Cole Schmersal dh 3-1-2-1. Totals: 26-8-9-7.
Score By Innings
St. John’s 1-0-0-0-0-0-1 (2)
Lincolnview 2-1-3-0-2-0-x (8)
2B: Wrasman, Dalton Schmersal, Leeth; 3B: Leeth; Sac: May, Richey; CS: May; SB: May.
IP H R ER BB SO
Youngpeter (L) 2.0 6 6 5 6 2
Hoersten 4.0 1 2 2 1 0
Farmer (W) 6.0 4 1 1 3 5
Roberts 1.0 2 1 1 0 1
BB: Youtsey 3, Hoersten, May, Pohlman, Leeth, Williams, Schmersal, Friesner, McCleery; HBP: Pohlman (by Farmer); WP: Youngpeter. Records: Lincolnview 10-11, St. John’s 2-15.