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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)


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


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.

Blue Jays get 1st win of season at Kalida
Written by Larry Heiing   
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 8:09 PM


DHI Correspondent

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KALIDA — The clock struck 8 on the St. Michael’s bell tower as Kalida’s Brady Laudick came to bat with two outs and the bases loaded in the last inning at the historic Holy Name Ball Park in Kalida.

The baseball game was played for over three hours in a light mist all evening as the temperature continued to fall under the lights Monday.

On the mound for St. John’s in this pressure situation was freshman relief pitcher Josh Warnecke throwing to classmate Buddy Jackson. With a 3-2 count and the runners in motion, Warnecke came through like a seasoned veteran with a huge strikeout to give the Blue Jays their first victory of the season, 10-8 over the Wildcats.

The game started quietly as Kalida’s starting pitcher Drew Hovest and T.J. Hoersten for St. John’s breezed through the first inning without giving up a run.

Local Roundup
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Tuesday, April 15, 2014 8:07 PM
Fort Jennings shortstop Mark Metzger fields the ball during Monday’s baseball contest at Miller City’s diamond. (Delphos Herald/Charlie Warnimont)

Miller City bops Musketeers in PCL baseball


DHI Correspondent

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MILLER CITY — When you have two aces on the mound, taking advantage of opportunities is a must.

As Miller City and Fort Jennings squared off in a Putnam County League contest Monday afternoon, any runs scored would be crucial as the Wildcats’ Ross Lehman and Musketeers’ Ryan Rau stood on the mound. In the end it was the Wildcats that were able to take advantage of a couple scoring chances before breaking the game open in a 7-1 league win.

The win moved the Wildcats to 1-0 in the league and 4-2 overall, while the Musketeers dropped to 1-2 in the league and 2-7 overall.

Miller City scored single runs in the third and fourth innings and that was enough for Lehman who moved to 2-1 on the season. In each of his three starts this season, Lehman has allowed opposing teams just one run in each game. On a cool, overcast Monday afternoon, Lehman allowed one run on three hits with six strikeouts and two walks.