DELPHOS – Delphos Jefferson versus Delphos St. John’s.
You can throw out the records when these two schools meet in any sporting event.
In Wednesday’s nonconference baseball showdown at Wildcat Field, Delphos Jefferson pounded 11 base hits and then staved off a late St. John’s rally, en route to a 12-7 victory over the Blue Jays.
St. John’s did manage to get seven hits off Delphos Jefferson pitching, including two home runs. However, defensively, the Blue Jays committed five errors, which helped extend a couple rallies for the Wildcats.
Kyle Pohlman blasted a three-run homer in the first inning for the Blue Jays to give his team a 3-0 lead.
In the seventh, T.J. Hoersten smacked a two-run shot over the left field fence to pull the Blue Jays within five runs, after they got down 12-5.
However, for most of the game, Delphos Jefferson’s pitching was solid, and its defense was even better.
Austin Jettinghoff started on the pitching mound for Delphos Jefferson (14-10). The senior right-hander, who was on a tight pitch count, worked three innings before giving way to Josh Teman in the fourth. Teman closed out the game for the Wildcats.
Jettinghoff gave up three runs on three hits, while striking out two, walking two and hitting a batter. Jettinghoff threw 42 pitches in his brief appearance. Teman gave up four runs on four hits while fanning four and walking two.
“Offensively, we got to them early,” Delphos Jefferson coach Doug Geary said. “We got a lot of base runners, and we hit the ball early. When you hit it hard, good things can happen. We added on and St. John’s battled; like you would expect in a rivalry game like this. You can throw out the records in a game like this, because these guys know each other and sometimes they’re even better friends than the guys they play with.”
For Delphos St. John’s (2-14), Eric Vogt got the starting nod on the mound. Vogt lasted just one inning-plus before being pulled. Vogt was tabbed for eight runs on six hits. He struck out one and walked four, while throwing 42 pitches.
Left-hander Austin Heiing took over on the mound in the second inning for the Blue Jays. Heiing gave up four runs on five hits, while striking out one and walking four.
Ross Thompson led Delphos Jefferson at the plate, going 3 for 4 with four RBIs. Thompson had a double and a triple. Jace Stockwell and Jordan Herron were both 2 for 4 for the Wildcats.
For the Blue Jays, Hoersten and Ben Wrasman each had two hits.
After St. John’s got the 3-0 lead on Pohlman’s three-run homer, Delphos Jefferson responded in the home half of the first by scoring two runs on three hits.
After Jettinghoff set St. John’s down in order in the top of the second, Delphos Jefferson roared back by scoring six runs on four hits. Thompson’s double to left that plated two runs was the big hit for the Wildcats.
Delphos St. John’s scored two runs in the top of the fourth to cut the deficit to 8-5. A triple by Wrasman accounted for both of those runs.
Delphos Jefferson added two in the fifth and two more in the sixth to extend its lead to 12-5. Thompson’s triple brought two runs around to score in the sixth.
In the seventh, the Blue Jays began to rally as Wrasman singled with one out. Two batters later, Hoersten delivered a shot over the left-field fence that brought in two more runs. However, Teman was able to shut the door by striking out the next batter, Jesse Ditto.
“He (Jettinghoff) got one up,” Geary said about Pohlman’s first-inning home run. “It doesn’t matter how big of a kid you are. If you get the ball up then bad things are going to happen. We wanted to limit his pitching. We kept him to like 42 (pitches). He’s going to be in a relief role on Saturday (first-round Division III tournament game against Paulding). That’s the most he’s thrown all year.”
For St. John’s, pitching and miscues in the field seemed to help pave the way for the Delphos Jefferson victory.
“Today, we had trouble throwing strikes,” St. John’s coach Ryan Warnecke said. “In high school baseball, that’s kind of the name of the game. ….You want to throw strikes and let your defense make plays. We kind of struggled with that early and let them right back into the ballgame.”