Blue Jay pitcher Blake Fischbach threw five innings in relief Tuesday evening and was pinned with the loss. (DHI Media/Reid Maus)
Blue Jay pitcher Blake Fischbach threw five innings in relief Tuesday evening and was pinned with the loss. (DHI Media/Reid Maus)
DELPHOS — The Blue Jays were three outs away from getting a victory on Tuesday but Fort Jennings had other ideas. The Musketeers scored two runs in the top of the seventh to send the game into extras, and three runs in top of the ninth to win the ball game.

The Musketeers drew first blood in the top of the first inning— then things went quiet. Neither team plated a run until the bottom of fifth, but it wasn’t from a lack of baserunners.

The Musketeers had runners in scoring position in the second and third but were unable to get someone across home. St. John’s themselves had runners in scoring position in the second, third and fourth inning but they had to wait until the bottom of the fifth.

A pair of walks started the inning, as Gavin Becker and Devin Sanders both reached base. The Blue Jays elected a sacrifice bunt in order to move the runners in scoring position, which worked. Brady Kerner represented the top of the order for the Blue Jays, and his ground out tied the game at one as Becker scored.

Fort Jennings almost rebounded as a lead off double got the Musketeers cooking. A one out bloop single and wild pitch would move runners to second and third with one out. A fly out to medium depth center field would typically be enough for the Musketeers to score, but St. John’s center fielder Devin Sanders has a musket for an arm as he gunned the runner tagging from third at the plate.

This was the momentum that the Blue Jays needed as multiple walks and wild pitches gave them the lead in the bottom of the sixth. St. John’s had an excellent eye at the plate on Tuesday as they walked nine times.

A walk and a hit put runners on base, and a couple of miss-played balls in the field brought the runners in. Two straight well struck balls snuck under the gloves of the Blue Jays’ middle infielders— which meant the game was headed into extras.

In the top of the ninth, the Musketeers scored three runs, two of which came off a triple. That was all she wrote for St. John’s as they dropped their fourth straight game. DSJ is now 4-4.

Blake Fischbach was charged with the loss on Wednesday. In his five innings of relief work he allowed five runs, zero of which were earned.

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Score R H E

Ft.J 100 00 203 - 6 7 1

DSJ 000 012 000 - 3 5 5

DSJ (ab-r-h-rbi-bb)

Brady Kerner 4-0-0-1-1, Trent Lindeman 4-0-0-0-0, Zane Wertenberger 4-0-1-0-0, Lincoln Mueller 3-1-2-0-1, Gavin Fittro 3-0-0-0-1, Brayseon Schulte 3-1-1-0-1, Blake Fischbach 3-0-0-0-1, Gavin Becker 2-1-0-0-1, Curtis Mueller 1-0-0-0-0, Devin Sanders 1-0-0-0-2, Nate Gable 3-0-1-0-0

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-k-bb)

Brady Kerner 4.0-3-1-1-4-2

(L) Blake Fischbach 5.0-4-5-0-4-4