April 23, 2014

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Cavaliers open MAC with rout of young Jays
Written by Larry Heiing   
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 8:59 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, April 22, 2014 9:01 PM )


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COLDWATER — The St. John’s Blue Jays baseball team opened Midwest Athletic Conference action on the road at beautiful Veteran’s Field in Coldwater.

The ballpark was named to honor the many men and women that have served our country in the Armed Forces to defend our freedoms.


Pirates use 6-run 6th to quell Lady Wildcats
Written by Jim Metcalfe   
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 8:42 PM


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CONTINENTAL — The “inning.”

It is a word that brings dread to many a softball coach — and good thoughts to many others.

Tuesday night at Continental High School, the bottom of the sixth inning brought cheer to host Continental and dread to Jefferson coach Josiah Stober as the host Lady Pirates rallied for an 11-8 slugfest.

The bright sunshine and gusty winds made it a tough night for both defenses, especially right fielders as the wind blew toward the right-field corner and the sun made fly balls difficult to deal with.

The Lady Pirates (2-5), trailing 6-5 to begin their at-bat in the sixth, began with an infield hit off third baseman Shayla Rice’s glove by lefty-swinging Amelia Weller (2 runs scored). She stole second and leadoff hitter Alex Quigley (4 runs scored, 3 steals) walked. Erica Fitzwater’s grounder was booted, loading the sacks. McKenna Scott blooped a hit just over the outstretched glove of shortstop Hannah Sensibaugh to plate Weller and tie the game at 6. A wild pitch plated Quigley and moved the others up a base. A out later, Kiana Warnement beat out an infield hit up the middle to score Fitzwater and put runners on the corners; she promptly stole second. Sloane Zachrich flied out to right to get Scott in for a 9-6 score. Alexis Doster grounded a single into right; an error on the sequence allowed her to come all the way around to score behind Warnement for an 11-6 edge.

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014 8:41 PM

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Musketeers knock off Bulldogs in PCL baseball

FORT JENNINGS — The Fort Jennings baseballers used a 4-run fifth frame to roll past Columbus Grove 9-4 in Putnam County League baseball Tuesday night at Fort Jennings Village Park.

The Musketeers pounded out 13 hits to seven for the Bulldogs.

Leading the Orange and Black were Dylan Van Loo (1 run batted in), Mark Metzger (2 RBIs), Sam Vetter (2 RBIs) and Kyle Hellman (RBI), all four going 2-for-4, and Jared Hoersten (1-for-1, 3 walks).

Thompson, Bullinger shut out Spencerville in NWC baseball
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Tuesday, April 22, 2014 8:39 PM
Jefferson senior Tyler Rice slides into second base as a Spencerville player tries to tag him out Monday afternoon at Wildcat Field in Delphos. (Delphos Herald/Randy Shellenbarger)

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DELPHOS — Jefferson’s Ross Thompson and Ryan Bullinger combined for a 8-0 shutout of invading Spencerville in Northwest Conference baseball action Monday at Wildcat Field.

Thompson (3-1) got the win in throwing five frames (5 hits, 3 strikeouts) and the southpaw Bullinger mopped up with two innings of relief (2 hits, 2 walks, 2 Ks).

Aaron Crider only lasted a third of an inning for the Bearcats, giving up one hit and four walks to allowed three earned runs. He struck out one. Jon Shimp went the rest of the way in long relief (5 2.3 IPs, 6 hits, 4 BBs, 5 runs, 2 earned, 3 Ks).

Hunter Binkley led the victors at the plate with a 3-for-4 day, scoring four times. Jace Stockwell scored twice and Gage Mercer knocked in three.

Hunter French led the Bearcats with a 2-for-3 day.

“We put a complete game together today. We got outstanding pitching with Ross and Ryan; that’s where it starts for us,” Jefferson head man Doug Geary observed. “We played great defense behind them and didn’t commit an error. That is also another big key for us. Finally, we scored runs. That is an area that we are starting to gain confidence in. Hopefully, we can build on this as we head into the second half of the season.”

Lady Bearcats use 9-run 2nd to slug Jefferson
Written by Jim Metcalfe   
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 8:37 PM
Jefferson sophomore pitcher Claire Thompson follows through on an offering versus Spencerville Monday night at Lady Wildcat Field in Delphos. (Delphos Herald/Randy Shellenbarger)


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DELPHOS — One bad inning.

That was the difference in Monday afternoon’s Spencerville at Jefferson Northwest Conference fast-pitch softball tussle at Lady Wildcat Field in Delphos.

The visiting Lady Bearcats put in a 9-spot in the second frame to lead to a 10-0 5-inning triumph.

The Lady Bearcats (7-5, 1-3 NWC) took advantage of nine hits, two free passes and two errors to send 14 to the dish in that fateful inning.

“It’s that one inning that it fell apart. Spencerville is a solid softball team and they hit the ball very well in that inning,” Jefferson head man Josiah Stober acknowledged. “They also pitched well and we had few chances. They are an up-and-coming team and program and you are seeing the results. We are getting better but it doesn’t always show. We are a team in progress.”

That’s also what Spencerville head coach Jeff Johnston believes.