SPENCERVILLE — The weather provided some rain and a single bolt of game-delaying lightning, but it was Delphos Jefferson that brought the thunder.
The Wildcats scored eight runs in the second inning, which was more than enough, when they beat Spencerville 8-4 in a Northwest Conference baseball game on Thursday.
The Bearcats were ahead 3-0 and were one out away from getting out of a bases loaded situation when Jefferson erupted.
Jefferson moved to 9-8 overall and 3-0 in the NWC with the win. Spencerville is 6-8 and 2-2 in the league.
“It’s the story of our season. We’ve lost other games where we’ve had one terrible inning that we haven’t been able to recover from,” Spencerville coach Shane Falke said.
Jefferson’s start was also less than ideal. And for more reasons than giving up three runs to the Bearcats in the first inning.
The Wildcats’ starting pitcher, Tyler Schrider, had to leave the mound after 2/3 of an inning after encountering some arm stiffness.
But Brandan Herron came on to hold Spencerville to three hits over the next six innings to get the win.
“That’s not the way you want to draw it up, giving up three in the first inning. We had a little trouble with arm stiffness with our starter. Herron came in and pitched well – extremely well,” Jefferson coach Doug Geary said.
Spencerville got its three runs in the first inning when Brady Becker singled home Jacob Meyer, who had reached base on an error, Becker scored on a wild pitch and Kale Lee delivered a run-scoring single.
But Delphos Jefferson sent 13 batters to the plate in the second inning and pounded out seven hits in its eight-run inning.
A bases loaded walk to Braxton Scalf brought in the first run. That was followed by a run-scoring single by Brett Mahlie, a two-run single by Jacob Boop, and a double by Herron that brought in three runs.
Just after Herron’s hit, the umpires saw lightning in the distance in center field and the game was delayed for 30 minutes.
However, a softball game between the two teams on a nearby diamond continued without a delay because apparently the umps there did not see the lightning.
Herron and Jacob Boop were 2 for 4 for Jefferson and Brady Becker was 2 for 3 for Spencerville.
“I’m extremely happy with the way we came out and played,” Geary said. “We’ve had a couple of big innings this year. We had a big inning against them last year. We scored nine in one inning and beat them.”
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