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.”