|Bearcats win pitcher’s duel versus Bulldogs|
|Tuesday, June 10, 2014 8:02 PM|
By JIM METCALFE
DHI Media Sports Editor
ELIDA — Tuesday night saw an old-fashioned pitchers’ duel between Spencerville and Elida.
Hits were few and far between and runs even more so.
The Bearcats managed to take better advantage of their hits and grabbed a 2-1 victory in ACME summer baseball action at Ed Sandy Memorial Field.
The Bearcats used a duo of pitchers to scatter seven Bulldog hits: starter and winner Brady Nolan (4-plus innings pitched, 6 hits, 1 unearned run, 2 intentional walks, 2 strikeouts; 59 pitches, 40 for strikes) — who relied more on off-speed location — and harder-throwing lefty Thad Ringwald (3 IPs, 1 hit, 1 BB, 6 Ks; 49 pitches, 30 for strikes).
They outdueled Bulldog lefty Adam Purdy(7 IPs, 4 hits, 2 unearned runs, 5 BBs, 3 Ks; 102 pitches, 65 strikes).
Spencerville got a 1-out walk to Mitchell Youngpeter in the top of the first but he was eliminated on a double play.
Elida had a chance to go up in the home half of the first on a 1-out double to left by Travis Watkins. However, he was thrown out at third on Josh Bull’s grounder to shortstop Montenery. Derek Snyder lined a hit into right but both runners were stranded.
The visitors went up 1-0 in the top of the second. Hunter French chopped a single into center, advanced on a Nick Freewalt bounceout, took third on a passed ball and scored on a Brady Becker ground ball.
Owen Anderson beat out an infield hit to short in the Elida second and stole second but went no farther.
Jaret Montenery walked with two down in the Bearcat third but stayed there.
The Bulldogs got a leadoff bash to right center by Purdy in the third. He advanced on a balk and took third on a Watkins sacrifice bunt. An out later, Snyder was intentionally passed and Jared Blymyer’s fly ball to short center was caught by a diving French for the third out.
The Black Attack loaded the sacks with two down in the fourth — back-to-back knocks by Freewalt to left and Becker, also to left, and a free pass to Connor Vogt. However, they remained loaded.
The hosts loaded the sacks in their half of the fourth: a 1-out liner by Tristan Edwards, an Anderson chopper to left, a Baylen Stinson groundout that moved both runners up and an intentional pass to Purdy. Watkins lined out hard to second sacker Youngpeter for the third out.
The Bearcats got the all-important — and eventual game-winning — second run in the top of the fifth. Austin Gallinore lined a hit into left and Montenery got aboard on a fielding error. Youngpeter’s sacrifice try went for naught as an alert first baseman, Jared Blymeyer, threw Gallinore out at third. After both remaining runners stole the next base with two down, French got aboard on a throwing error, plating Montenery for that 2-nil lead.
An error on Bull’s grounder to open the fifth ended the pitching of Nolan. Bull stole second and came plateward on Snyder’s RBI slash to left. An out later, Austin Morrison forced pinch-runner Garrett Brinkman at second; on the play, Brinkman was called for runner’s interference sliding into second, resulting in a double play.
The home team got the first two batters on in the sixth: a walk to Edwards, a passed ball and a misplayed bunt that put runners on the corners. After a strikeout, with Anderson stealing second, Ringwald struck out the next two to keep a 1-run lead.
The Bearcats again loaded the bases in the seventh on a leadoff walk (Gallinore), a 1-out free pass (Youngpeter) and an error. However, Purdy struck out the next two batters to give the Orange and Black a chance to tie or win in the home half.
However, a groundout and two strikeouts ended that chance.
Elida is slated to visit St. Marys Memorial tonight, while Spencerville has an 11 a.m. doubleheader versus these same Bulldogs Saturday.
Jaret Montenery ss 3-1-0-0, Mitchell Youngpeter 2b 2-0-0-0, Thad Ringwald 1b/p 4-0-0-0, Hunter French cf 4-1-1-0, Nick Freewalt 3b 4-0-1-0, Brady Becker lf 3-0-1-1, Connor Vogt rf 2-0-0-0, Brady Nolan p/1b 3-0-0-0, Austin Gallinore c 2-0-1-0. Totals 27-2-4-1.
Adam Purdy p 3-0-1-0. Travis Watkins c 3-0-1-0, Josh Bull rf 4-1-0-0, Derek Snyder dh/ph 3-0-2-1, Garrett Brinkman 3b/pr 0-0-0-0, Jared Blymyer 1b 4-0-0-0, Austin Morrison cf 3-0-0-0, Tristan Edwards 2b 2-0-1-0, Dylan Holcomb 2b 0-0-0-0, Owen Anderson lf 2-0-2-0, Baylen Stinson ss 3-0-0-0. Totals 27-1-7-1.
Score by Innings:
Spencerville 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 - 2
Elida 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 - 1
E: Stinson 2, Youngpeter, Ringwald, Brinkman; DP: Spencerville 1, Elida 1; LOB: Spencerville 9, Elida 10; 2B: Watkins; SB: Anderson 2, Montenery, Youngpeter, Bull; Sac: Watkins, Anderson.
IP H R ER BB SO
Nolan (W) 4.0 6 1 0 2 2
Ringwald (S) 3.0 1 0 0 1 6
Purdy (L) 7.0 4 2 0 5 3
Nolan pitched to 1 batter in 5th
WP: Purdy; PB: Gallinore, Watkins; BB: Youngpeter 2, Montenery, Vogt, Gallinore, Purdy (intentional), Snyder (intentional), Edwards.