Josh Wiseman takes a cut at the plate in Monday's game against St. John's. (DHI Media/Joe Dray)
Josh Wiseman takes a cut at the plate in Monday's game against St. John's. (DHI Media/Joe Dray)
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DELPHOS — The Wildcats edged out crosstown rival St. John’s at Stadium Park on Monday 8-7. A big fifth inning by Jefferson helped lift them to their second victory of the season over the Blue Jays.

“Trent Lindeman has the most velocity we’ve seen all summer,” said Jefferson head coach Doug Geary. “We had some guys battle with decent at-bats but didn’t have much success. Facing a guy like that will only make us better.”

Lindeman struckout nine batters in four innings for St. John’s and only allowed two hits.

Brady Kerner put the Blue Jays on the board in the bottom of the opening frame when he scored on an error at third base. His alert play gave St. John’s an early 1-0 lead.

Kerner came through for the Jays again in the third inning with a single to center field that scored Peyton Stabler to extend their lead to 2-0. Lindeman hit a bullet to center, scoring Landon Grothaus and Brady Grothaus sent Kerner in to score on a sacrifice fly to give St. John’s a 4-0 advantage.

An RBI blast to left field by Gavin Fittro gave the Jays an added run as they held a 5-0 lead.

Kerner drove in two runs in the bottom half of the fourth inning on a single to center field that scored Devin Sanders and JJ Bonifas to give St. John’s a comfortable 7-0 lead.

The Wildcats offense came to life in the top of the fifth inning. Jaden Lucas singled to left and scored Cody Bailey with bases loaded. A walk sent Tanner Voorhees home and an infield grounder allowed Logan Murray to cross the plate and cut the Blue Jays lead to 7-3.

With two outs, Josh Wiseman tripled to left to score Lucas and Logan Gallmeier and Jacob Simmons reached on an error to bring Wiseman around and draw within one run of St. John’s. Collin Bailey doubled to center and tied the game as Simmons crossed the plate.

An infield error allowed Collin Bailey to score as Jefferson took their first lead of the night. Braxton Scalf closed out the game on the mound and held the Jays scoreless. Logan Murray picked up the win and Braxton Scalf was credited with the save.

“Our coaching staff does a great job of continuing to coach regardless the score,” Geary said. “They value the time we’ve had with the guys this summer because there’s so much uncertainty going into the 2020-21 school year. Keeping teenagers focused and positive down 7-0 isn’t easy but these kids kept battling. With baseball you never know - momentum can change in a heartbeat and that’s what happened tonight.”

Jefferson (8)

Braxton Scalf 2-0-1-1, Logan Gallmeier 4-1-1-1, Josh Wiseman 4-1-1-2, Jacob Simmons 2-1-0-0, Colin Bailey 3-1-1-1, Jackson Ream 3-0-0-0, Braylon Scalf 2-0-0-0, Cody Bailey 2-1-0-0, Tanner Voorhees 3-1-2-0, Logan Murray 2-1-0-0, Jaden Lucas 3-1-1-1, Total 30-8-7-6

St. John’s (7)

Landen Grothaus 3-1-1-0, Brady Kerner 4-2-3-3, Trent Lindeman 4-1-2-1, Brady Grothaus 2-0-1-1, Gavin Fittro 3-0-1-1, Zane Wertenberger 3-0-0-0, Curtis Mueller 2-0-0-0, JJ Bonifas 2-1-0-0, Devin Sanders 3-1-1-0, Jack Gerker 1-0-0-0, Peyton Stabler 2-1-0-0, Total 29-7-9-6

Score by Inning - R H E

Jefferson 000 080 0 - 8 7 1

St. John’s 104 200 0 - 7 9 3

IP H R ER BB SO

Jefferson

Logan Gallmeier 3.2 7 7 7 2 2

Logan Murray (W) 1 0 0 0 0 0

Braxton Scalf 2.1 2 0 0 0 5

St. John’s

Trent Lindeman 4 2 0 0 3 9

Curtis Mueller 0.1 2 5 5 3 1

Jack Gerker (L) 1.2 3 3 0 0 2

Lincoln Mueller 1 0 0 0 0 2