By JIM METCALFE
DHI Media Staff Writer
ELIDA — Bath scored two unearned runs in the top of the first inning versus Van Wert in their ACME summer baseball District Tournament on a warm Monday evening at Ed Sandy Memorial Field in Elida.
Wildcat starter Andrew Renner made it stand up with a 3-hitter as the Wildcats dismissed the Cougars 7-0 to end their season at 15-8.
Bath (17-6) advances on to the ACME State Tournament Saturday night versus host Archbold.
Renner threw a 94-pitch complete game (52 strikes), ceding those three hits and walking four. He fanned one.
Cougar Caleb Fetzer was the hard-luck loser, going 4 1/3 innings, giving up three hits and five runs (2 earned), while walking four, striking out three and uncorking three wild pitches. Josh Braun finished the outing (2 2/2 innings, 4 hits, 2 runs, 1 earned, 1 base-on-balls, 2 strikeouts).
Justice Tussing (triple), Joe Lisa and Ryan McCracken had the Cougar safeties.
“We fell behind and put us in uphill mode the rest of the way. In games like this, you never know what can happen,” Van Wert ACME coach Carlin Dunlap explained. “We made three errors and they were all costly; that will happen against good competition. Offensively, we hit into two double plays and just seemed a hit away. Their pitcher did a nice job of keeping us off-balance. All in all, this summer was a learning experience and we improved a lot. That’s what summer ball is for; finding out what you need to work on for the spring.”
Cam Jenkins had the best day at the plate for either unit, going 2-for-3 (2 doubles) and knocked in a run. Tyler Stahr scored twice.
Bath had no errors and turned a pair of double plays while Van Wert had three defensive miscues.
“Andrew isn’t a hard thrower but he keeps batters off-balance. Plus, he had great defense behind him,” Bath ACME coach Johnny Simindinger noted. “Offensively, getting the lead early really helps. We made solid contact and took advantage of everything they gave us.”
Bath got two unearned tallies in the first. A 2-base error on Tyler Stahr’s fly ball led it off. He advanced on a fly ball to deep center and scored as Jenkins drilled a double to right. Cam Clark’s groundout advanced the runner to third, from where he came plateward on an Andrew Jordan 2-baser to deep left.