Jefferson and St. John's wrapped up their five-week season on Friday at Stadium Park. (DHI Media/Joe Dray)
Jefferson and St. John's wrapped up their five-week season on Friday at Stadium Park. (DHI Media/Joe Dray)

DELPHOS — Friday marked the end of a short five-week season for both Delphos teams when they faced off at Stadium Park. Trent Lindeman went the distance for St. John’s while brothers Braylon and Braxton Scalf took the mound for the Wildcats.

Jefferson came out on top 5-3 but the game and the season was so much more than wins and losses.

“This league was great for the kids,” said Jefferson head coach Doug Geary. “It was a great five weeks and we are happy that we had a chance to play this summer. I hope we can continue with other sports in the fall because it really benefits the kids.”

“It was a great opportunity,” St. John’s head coach Jerry Jackson explained. “We was able to get 14 games in this summer and it was good to see them out playing the game that they love.”

The Blue Jays broke a scoreless deadlock in the top of the fifth and struck for three runs. Gavin Fittro scored on a passed ball and Curtis Mueller crossed the plate on a bunt by Devin Sanders.”We worked all summer to develop these guys into baseball players,” Jackson continued. “It’s about getting these kids ready for the future. They missed this opportunity in the spring, so for them to play out here this summer is a great thing.”

Landen Grothaus knocked in Jack Gerker with a fly ball to right field as St. John’s opened up a 3-0 lead.

The Cats got one back in the bottom half of the fourth when Braylon Scalf took advantage of a passed ball to bring the score to 3-1. They grabbed the lead in the fifth inning on a two-RBI double to center field by Logan Murray to five Jefferson a 5-3 advantage.

“I like the way we finished the five weeks,” concluded Geary. “We played with a lot of confidence and energy. It was fun to watch the seniors and they brought leadership to the team. They showed up ready to play every single day.”

Braxton Scalf held the Jays scoreless after taking over for Braylon in the fifth inning.

St. John’s (3)

Landen Grothaus 4-0-1-1, Zane Wertenberger 4-0-0-0, Trent Lindeman 4-0-1-0, JJ Bonifas 3-0-0-0, Gavin Fittro 2-1-2-0, Curtis Mueller 2-1-0-0, Jack Gerker 2-1-0-0, Davin Sanders 3-0-2-1, Curtis Swick 1-0-0-0, Peyton Stabler 2-0-0-0, Total 27-3-6-2

Jefferson (5)

Braylon Scalf 3-1-1-0, Logan Gallmeier 2-0-0-0, Josh Wiseman 1-1-0-0, Jacob Simmons 2-1-0-0, Cody Bailey 2-1-1-1, Braxton Scalf 2-1-1-1, Jaden Lucas 2-0-0-0, Logan Herron 2-0-0-0, Logan Murray 2-0-1-2, Collin Bailey 2-0-0-0, Casey Knippen 2-0-0-0, Total 22-5-4-4

Score by Inning - R H E

St. John’s 000 300 0 - 3 6 1

Jefferson 000 140 x 5 4 1