Jaden Lucas of Jefferson takes a lead off first base in their win over St. John's on Wednesday. (DHI Media/Joe Dray)
Jaden Lucas of Jefferson takes a lead off first base in their win over St. John's on Wednesday. (DHI Media/Joe Dray)
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DELPHOS — Both teams took time before the game to recognize their seniors Wednesday evening when the Blue Jays took on crosstown rival Jefferson. Cody Bailey and Jackson Ream each drove in three runs for the Wildcats on their way to a 7-3 victory.

“A couple of our seniors played a big part in us winning the NWC a few years ago,” said Jefferson head coach Doug Geary. “You want to center yourself around good kids and these guys have done a great job for us. I expect some good things from these guys as they move forward in life.”

“I’m glad our seniors have a chance to play this summer,” said St. John’s head coach Jerry Jackson. “They get to go on the field and play the game they love. Like any other program, our seniors will be missed because they have been with the team for so long.”

After a scoreless first inning, Trent Lindeman put St. John’s on the board when he scored from third on a sacrifice flay by Lincoln Mueller. The Cats bounced back in the bottom half of the inning to tie the game a 1-1. Cody Bailey singled to center and scored Logan Herron for the first of his three RBI’s.

Logan Gallmeier held the Jays to just the one run through four innings of work, striking out five. Jefferson took the lead in the bottom of the fourth on a triple by Bailey that scored Gallmeier and Herron and gave the Wildcats a 3-1 advantage.

Brady Kerner went four innings on the mound for the Blue Jays and gave up three runs, striking out four. Josh Wiseman took over in the fifth and held St. John’s in check for one and two-third innings. He struckout four of the five batters he faced in the game, allowing no hits, walks or runs.

Braylon Scalf kicked off a rally in the bottom of the fifth for Jefferson with an RBI double that scored Braxton Scalf before Ream hit a double of his own that brought Gallmeier, Braylon Scalf and Jacob Simmons in to score and extend the Cats lead to 7-1.

“We had some big hits in the game,” Geary added. “We centered some balls and came up with big hits when it counted. Gallmeier gave us a great start and we had to watch the pitch count on Wiseman since he will be our starter on Friday.”

The Blue Jays got a couple back in the sixth on a blast to left by Lindeman. His long single scored Zane Wertenberger and Brady Grothaus to make it 7-3, Jefferson.

“Jefferson hit the ball well and we didn’t put the ball in play,” Jackson said. “After the fifth inning, momentum was on their side. Once you fall behind, it can be a struggle to climb back. Our hitting was not there tonight and until we put it all together, we won’t be consistent.”

Braxton Scalf was brought in late in the game and slammed the door shut on any comeback attempt by St. John’s as the Cats take the first of three games between the two teams this summer.

St. John’s (3)

Brady Kerner 4-0-0-0, Gavin Fittro 3-0-0-0, Zane Wertenberger 1-1-1-0, Brady Grothaus 3-1-0-0, Trent Lindeman 3-1-2-2, Lincoln Mueller 1-0-0-1, Peyton Stabler 0-0-0-0, Blake Fischbach 2-0-0-0, Landen Grothaus 1-0-0-0, Keaton Jackson 2-0-0-0, Curtis Mueller 1-0-0-0, Devin Sanders 2-0-0-0, Jack Gerker 0-0-0-0, Adam Bockey 2-0-0-0, Curtis Swick 1-0-0-0, Total 26-3-3-3

Jefferson (7)

Braxton Scalf 2-1-0-0, Braylon Scalf 3-1-1-1, Josh Wiseman 2-0-1-0, Jacob Simmons 3-1-1-0, Logan Gallmeier 2-2-1-0, Jackson Ream 3-1-2-3, Logan Herron 3-1-2-0, Cody Bailey 3-0-2-3, Logan Murray 1-0-1-0, Jaden Lucas 3-0-0-0, Casey Knippen 3-0-0-0, Total 28-7-11-7

Score by Inning - R H E

St. John’s 010 002 0 - 3 3 1

Jefferson 010 240 x - 7 11 3

IP H R ER BB SO

St. John’s

Brady Kerner (L) 4 8 3 3 3 4

Curtis Mueller 2 3 4 4 2 3

Jefferson

Logan Gallmeier (W) 4 2 1 0 2 5

Josh Wiseman 1.2 0 0 0 0 4

Braxton Scalf 1.1 1 2 0 1 2