SHAWNEE TOWNSHIP — Bath scored early, Bath scored often, and Bath easily advanced in the opening game of the District 3 ACME Allen County sectional tournament.
The Wildcats jumped all over a young and inexperienced Spencerville team and cruised to a 15-0 win in a game shortened to five innings by run rule.
After a scoreless first inning, Bath exploded for nine second-inning runs as they pounded out nine hits and sent 13 batters to the plate and grabbed a 9-0 lead.
Bath added three runs in the third inning plus two more in the fifth to complete the scoring onslaught.
Meanwhile for the Wildcats, starting pitcher Keaton Sullivan was in complete control as he improved to 5-0 for the summer. Sullivan allowed only three Bearcats hits and struck out nine Spencerville batters in a dominating performance.
Spencerville dressed three freshman and seven sophomores and just couldn’t overcome their inexperience as they fell to 2-16 on the season. The Bearcats fall into the losers’ bracket in the double elimination tournament and return to action tonight at 7 p.m. at Shawnee to face Allen East.
Losing pitcher Matt Youngpeter, Levi Krouskop, and Jon Long all collected singles to lead the Spencerville offense.
Bath pounded out 14 hits in the game, led by Sullivan with a perfect 3-for-3 performance. Second baseman Kyle Zimmerman, left fielder Doug Sanders, and first baseman Nate Heffner all added two hits to pace the Wildcats attack.
“We are a good hitting team,” Bath coach Denny McPheron said. “They are very young, and we were able to wait on strikes and then we were able to hit them.”
The Wildcats struggle, like most summer programs, to field the same team night after night. Bath has three players who also play Legion ball plus standout shortstop Johny Simindinger plays for a travel team based in Fort Wayne.
“We will play the kids that are here,” McPheron said of their 5 p.m. Wednesday game against Shawnee.
Shawnee 12, Allen East 2
Three hits, three walks and a hit batter all rolled up paved the way for a seven-run third inning for Shawnee. The Indians run-ruled Allen East in six innings during the night cap at Shawnee.
Dom Crea pitched five innings for the win.
Drew Biss had three hits for Shawnee, driving a pair of runs. Sam Altenbach had a double.