DELPHOS — Both St. John’s and Kalida graduated a ton of seniors from last spring’s baseball teams, meaning both were beginning 2013 with a lack of experienced players.
Both needed simply to get at-bats and innings in the field and on the mound but last week’s rainy weather interrupted their progress.
On a pleasant Monday night at Stadium Park, the Wildcats went up 5-0 in the first 1 1/2 and pounded out 15 hits to grab their first win of the season, 9-6, in a non-league clash.
The Wildcats (1-3) were led at the plate by Kyle Kehres (4-for-4, 3 runs batted in), Austin Swift (3-for-3, 3 runs scored) and Brent Hovest (3-for-4, 3 runs, 2 RBIs). Adam Knueve scored twice.
The right-handed Kehres (1-1) went the first 5-plus frames on the mound, ceding six hits, five earned runs, hitting three, walking two, two wild pitches and fanning two. Senior Kyle Landin came on in relief and threw two frames, giving up two hits, an earned tally, two wild pitches, one hit batter and one strikeout.
“It seems like we take one step forward and two steps back. When we get good defense, we don’t seem to score any runs; we can’t quite put it together yet,” St. John’s coach Ryan Warnecke said. “With so many new faces, we just need to get playing time right now but the weather is really causing us trouble. We fell behind tonight and had to battle uphill the entire way.”