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Wildcats dominate Blue Jays with 12 to 1 victory
Written by Larry Heiing   
Thursday, June 19, 2014 8:29 PM
Tim Kreeger of St. John’s stretches for the throw to get Jace Stockwell of Jefferson Thursday evening at Stadium Park. (DHI Media/Larry Heiing)


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DELPHOS — Total domination. Those two words describe the performance the Jefferson Wildcats put on Thursday night against the St. John’s Blue Jays in ACME action.

The Wildcats pounded out 14 hits and the Jays only managed three late inning singles as Jefferson won easily 12 to 1.

The game was the complete opposite of the first meeting of the two Delphos schools earlier in the season that saw Jefferson edge their cross town rivals 6 to 4. In that game, Jefferson had some key players miss the game due to basketball camp.

In the rematch, the Blue Jays actually led briefly after walks to Eric Vogt and Gage Seffernick. Brandon Slate moved both runners up with a ground out to second base. Jacob Youngpeter grounded out to first to bring home Vogt and St. John’s led 1 to 0 without the benefit of a hit.

Jefferson came right back in the bottom of the inning as Hunter Binkley got aboard with a shallow hit to center and moved around to third on wild pitches thrown by Vogt. The first of many St. John’s mistakes in the field scored Binkley on an overthrow at third. Gaige Rassman followed with a grounder to the mound that was overthrown at the first base bag and the speedy senior to be ended up at second. Gage Mercer’s solid shot to left easily scored Rassman as Jefferson took the lead 2 to 1.

The score remained close until Binkley ignited the Wildcat offense with a lead off hit to open the fifth inning against Blue Jay relief pitcher Austin Heiing.

Jace Stockwell was hit by a pitch and Rassman’s sacrifice bunt attempt was overthrown at first to bring home the pair of base runners. Jacob Pulford’s tapper back to the mound was bobbled as Rassman scored the fifth run of the game for the Wildcats.

Lehman, offense lifts Miller City past Jennings
Written by Jim Metcalfe   
Thursday, June 19, 2014 8:29 PM


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FORT JENNINGS — Ross Lehman shut down Fort Jennings for 5-plus innings and Miller City compiled 12 hits in besting the host Musketeers 8-2 in ACME summer baseball action on a warm Thursday at Fort Jennings Community Park.

Lehman went 5 1/3 innings to get the win (7 hits, 2 earned runs, 7 strikeouts; 77 pitches, 51 strikes). Jackson Lammers came on in relief in the sixth and finished the deal (1 2/3 innings; 1 base-on-balls, 1 K; 26 pitches, 17 strikes).

Mark Metzger went the first 4 2/3 innings to take the loss for the hosts (9 hits, 7 runs, 5 earned, 6 BBs, 4 Ks; 93 pitches, 48 strikes). Brandon Wehri came on to throw the final 2 1/3 innings (3 hits, 1 earned run, 3 Ks; 35 pitches, 25 strikes).

Both teams left a runner on in the first frame.

Berner hit a misjudged fly ball for a double with one down in the visitor first.

Austin Liebrecht led off the Musketeer first with a liner to right, took second on a passed ball and to third on a 1-out grounder by Metzger.

Miller City got two on — via a 1-out walk to Logan Dukes (2-for-3, walk) and a 2-out freebie to Jacob Schimmoeller (2-for-3, 2 runs, 2 runs batted in) — in the second but failed to dent the scoreboard.

Pirates beat Reds on Russell walk-off walk in 12th
Written by Associated Press   
Thursday, June 19, 2014 8:27 PM


Associated Press


PITTSBURGH — Pirates catcher Russell Martin didn’t start Thursday’s game. Rather, he ended it.

Martin drew a bases-loaded walk off Tony Cingrani with two outs in the 12th inning and Pittsburgh beat the Cincinnati Reds 4-3 to avoid a three-game sweep.

Cingrani’s first pitch buzzed in low around the ankles of Martin, who drew boos from those left in attendance for not letting the ball hit him to score the winning run.

“I did wonder maybe if I would’ve got hit the game would be over,” Martin said. “But when it’s at your feet you just react, and I just reacted.”

Later, Cingrani’s 3-1 pitch caught what Reds manager Bryan Price thought was a part of the strike zone established during the game’s proceedings.

Instead, it was ball four.

“I’m not saying we would have won this game,” Price said. “But it certainly didn’t give us an opportunity to go out there and compete in the 13th.”

Cingrani (2-8) took the loss after he gave up a single to Gaby Sanchez, balked him to second, intentionally walked Josh Harrison and hit Clint Barmes with a pitch to load the bases.

Martin entered the game in the 10th and wound up walking twice.

Justin Wilson (2-0) retired the Reds in order in the top of the 12th.

Swisher’s grand slam in 10th gives Indians 5-3 win
Written by Associated Press   
Thursday, June 19, 2014 8:27 PM

CLEVELAND (AP) — Nick Swisher was having a bad day. One swing changed it.

It began Thursday morning when he got stuck in traffic on his way to Progressive Field for the Indians’ 12:05 p.m. game against the Los Angeles Angels, turning a short trip into a 45-minute drive.

Things didn’t get any better once the game started as he was hitless with three strikeouts in his first four times up.

Swisher’s afternoon took a dramatic turn when his two-out grand slam off Ernesto Frieri in the 10th inning gave Cleveland a 5-3 win.

“One at-bat can turn a whole day around,” he said.

Several players and coaches ran into the late-morning traffic jam, which was the talk of the clubhouse before the game.

“I almost called in saying I would be late,” Swisher said. “I was freaking out.”

Swisher belted a 1-2 pitch into the right-field seats to cap an improbable comeback after Albert Pujols’ two-run single put the Angels ahead in the top of the inning.

Swisher threw his arms in the air when the ball cleared the wall and was mobbed by his teammates when he reached home plate.

“When I first hit it, I said, all right, that’s a double,” he said. “The next thing you know, it went out. I flipped my bat. I was going crazy.”

Pujols’ single with two outs gave the Angels a 3-1 lead, but the Indians responded off rookie Cam Bedrosian (0-1).

Indy 500 rookie Sage Karam waits for next start
Written by Associated Press   
Thursday, June 19, 2014 8:25 PM

Associated Press


Sage Karam wanted to treat his team to some pizzas to say thanks for their work in his dazzling debut at the Indianapolis 500.

Karam didn’t need his money once the delivery man arrived with three large pizzas and recognized the teen sensation who rebounded from a 31st-place starting spot to finish ninth in his first IndyCar Series start on the sport’s grandest stage. The pizza was on the house.

“Stuff like that is pretty cool,” Karam said.

It’s waiting around for another shot in an Indy car that’s the bummer.

Karam is waiting for more races and a chance to prove his rookie run was no one-hit wonder, just the birth of what could be a successful open-wheel career.

Karam at least knows when he’ll get behind the wheel again for his next race. Karam was added Thursday to the Tudor United SportsCar Championship driver lineup for the June 29 Six Hours of the Glen. He will join Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas in the No. 01 car driving for Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates. Karam also drove for Ganassi at the Rolex 24 at Daytona and 12 Hours of Sebring.

“He has done nothing but impress all of us whenever he gets behind the wheel of a car, any car,” Ganassi said. “Whether it is in these prototypes or an Indy car, he has been equally impressive. It is not often when you have someone so young driving with such maturity and calm when he is behind the wheel.”

The recent Pennsylvania high school graduate and reigning Indy Lights champion has found his weekends free for racing karts at local tracks this season instead of hitting the grid for his next race. His spot as a developmental driver for Ganassi hasn’t led to a fulltime ride, and his Indy 500 spot came as a joint entry fielded by Ganassi Racing and Dreyer & Reinbold Kingdom Racing.