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Thompson, Wildcats put together solid outing vs. Perry
Written by Jim Metcalfe   
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 8:36 PM
Jefferson senior Ross Thompson intently eyes his target during his 3-hit shutout of Perry Wednesday night at Wildcat Field in Delphos. (Delphos Herald/Randy Shellenbarger)

By JIM METCALFE

Staff Writer

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DELPHOS — Jefferson baseball coach Doug Geary has been looking for a steadier offense in 2014 to back a solid pitching staff and defense.

The last two games seem to show a team turning the corner.

The Wildcats bested Lincolnview 8-3 Monday night and took down Perry 8-0 on a brilliant but breezy Wednesday afternoon at Wildcat Field in Delphos.

Due to extremely wet grounds on the diamond at Perry High School, the contest was moved to Delphos but the Commodores remained the “home” team.

The “visitors” got a stellar and efficient complete-game 3-hit shutout from senior Ross Thompson (2-1; 7 innings, 9 strikeouts; 71 pitches, 51 for strikes).

 
Vogt shuts out Musketeers on 2-hitter
Written by Larry Heiing   
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 8:35 PM
Fort Jennings first baseman Connor Stechschulte stretches out to pull in the throw ahead of St. John’s batter T.J. Hoersten Wednesday night at Fort Jennings. Hoersten beat the throw and the Blue Jays defeated the Musketeers 7-0. (Delphos Herald/Larry Heiing)

By LARRY HEIING

DHI Correspondent

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FORT JENNINGS — The St. John’s baseball team won its second game in a row Wednesday evening at Fort Jennings Village Park behind a complete-game, 2-hit 7-0 shutout thrown by freshman pitcher Eric Vogt.

The game against the Musketeers was a complete contrast to the Blue Jays’ first victory of the season on Monday over the Kalida Wildcats. At Kalida, the game took over three hours to complete with a light rain falling in which the Blue Jays committed seven errors leading to two runs.

The game at Fort Jennings park was played under sunny (but cool) blue skies and St. John’s didn’t boot a single ball in the game that was completed in 90 minutes.

With the victory, the Blue Jays improve to 2-5 on the season, while Fort Jennings falls to 2-8.

 
Lady ’Cats grab 1st win of 2014
Written by Staff Reports   
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 8:33 PM
Jefferson sophomore Jessica Pimpas slides into home plate during the Lady Wildcats’ 13-9 non-league softball triumph over Perry Wednesday night at Lady Wildcat Field. (Delphos Herald/Randy Shellenbarger)

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Lady ’Cats grab 1st win of 2014

DELPHOS — Jefferson’s fast-pitch softball team had not won a game since the 2012 season.

That 26-game-plus losing streak came to an abrupt end Wednesday afternoon as the Lady Wildcats downed Perry 13-9 at Lady Wildcat Field.

The non-league game was originally slated for Perry’s home diamond but due to soggy conditions there, it was moved to Jefferson High School.

Jefferson (1-8) built a 7-1 lead before the Lady Commodores battled back to assume a 9-7 lead after four frames.

Delphos then erupted for a 6 spot in the top of the fifth and made it stand up.

The winning pitcher was Claire Thompson.

The losing pitcher was C. Lambert.

The leading hitter for the Wildcats was Kiersten Teman, who went 2-2 with two singles and two walks.

Jefferson hosts Spencerville Monday.

Score by Innings:

Jefferson 0 5 2 0 6 0 0 - 13

Perry 1 0 4 4 0 0 0 - 9

 
Rice, offense click for Jefferson baseball
Written by John Parent   
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 8:10 PM
Jefferson senior Tyler Rice bears down as he tosses a pitch versus Lincolnview Monday afternoon at Wildcat Field. (Delphos Herald/John Parent)

BY JOHN PARENT

Times Bulletin Sports Editor

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DELPHOS — Tyler Rice worked six solid innings on the mound and helped his own cause with a pair of doubles and two runs scored as the Jefferson Wildcats evened their record at 5-5 with an 8-3 win over Northwest Conference rival Lincolnview on Monday evening.

The Jeffcats wasted little time in jumping on Lancer starter Eli Farmer as right fielder Ryan Bullinger lined a sharp single to center with one out in the bottom of the first. Farmer then fell behind Ross Thompson and the senior was sitting on a fastball and didn’t miss the Farmer offering, driving the ball into the left-center field gap for a double. Bullinger came home with the game’s first run when Austin Jettinghoff lifted a fly ball to medium-depth left field for a sacrifice fly and run batted in.

The Wildcats tacked on two more runs in the second.

After Farmer retired the first two batters on the frame, a 5-pitch walk to the number nine batter, Nick Fitch, ignited a Jefferson rally. Jace Stockwell found the gap and cruised into second with a double, moving Fitch to third. The Jefferson cacher came home on a wild pitch,and Bullinger’s slow roller to short became an RBI single when he beat Austin Leeth’s throw to first, allowing Stockwell to score.

Those runs looked like they might be huge when the Lancers mounted a threat in the top of the third. After Rice had faced the minimum through two, he ran into control problems facing the bottom of the Lincolnview order.

 
Lady Jeffcats fall short in NWC softball
Written by Jim Metcalfe   
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 8:09 PM

BY JIM METCALFE

Staff Writer

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DELPHOS — Jefferson’s softball unit put together its best all-around effort in a long time as the Lady Wildcats entertained Northwest Conference foe Lincolnview on a damp spring Monday afternoon.

Unfortunately, they couldn’t quite finish the deal as the Lady Lancers rallied from a 4-2 deficit in the final three frames to escape with a 6-4 triumph.

Both pitchers went the distance.

Jefferson (0-8, 0-2 NWC) sophomore Claire Thompson (0-4) gave up seven hits and six runs (5 earned), walked two and fanned two in her 95-pitch (65 for strikes) outing.

Lincolnview (3-4, 1-1) senior Ashley McClure (3-4) had to work harder in her 161-pitch effort (93 for strikes): nine hits, four earned runs, five bases-on-balls, 10 strikeouts.

 
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