DELPHOS — Sound pitching, solid defense and good hitting are three ingredients for success.
For Delphos Jefferson, it’s been a matter of putting all three of those elements together on the same night.
In Wednesday’s non-conference baseball game, Delphos Jefferson played well in all three phases as it defeated Perry 9-1 at Delphos Jefferson.
Jordan Herron pitched six innings, giving up one run on four hits for Delphos Jefferson (8-4). The junior right-hander struck out two, while throwing just 65 pitches. Herron had a stretch in the game when he retired 12 consecutive batters.
Freshman Josh Teman came in to work the final inning for the Wildcats. Teman scattered two hits and struck out one to close out the game for Delphos Jefferson.
Offensively, Delphos Jefferson displayed patience at the plate. The Wildcats had six hits and reached first base via walks eight times.
Defensively, Delphos Jefferson did not commit an error. There were several stellar plays made, including a catch in centerfield by Gaige Townsend-Schleeter in the second inning that saved an extra-base hit.
Perry’s Chad Henson led off the second with a liner to center. Townsend-Schleeter went running to his left at full speed and made a spectacular grab as the ball was sinking quickly toward the ground.
“We struggled in the field early in the season, but we put it together today,” Delphos Jefferson coach Doug Geary said. “Offensively, we hit the ball fairly well and we put the ball in play. They (Perry) helped us out a little bit (four errors). But, you first have to put the ball in play to make things happen.”
Delphos Jefferson got up early on Perry, scoring two runs in the first and three in the second.
Perry starting pitcher Ben Sanders worked just two innings before being lifted. Sanders threw a total of 70 pitches. Sanders struck out four, but also walked four.
Perry’s defense didn’t help matters either. In the first two innings, the Commodores committed two errors.
“We gave up a lot of runs early,” Perry coach Mark Hoersten said. “Ben came out pitching well. Those errors in the first two innings — we got buried 5-0 — and I’m trying to think if any of those were earned runs.”
Delphos Jefferson added two more in the fourth to extend its lead to 7-0. Zach Kimmett had an RBI single. For the game, Kimmett led the Wildcats at the plate, going 2-for-2 and had two walks.
Perry (2-5) finally got on the scoreboard in the fifth inning. Kavion Milligan drove in Andrew Russell to erase the shutout. Russell led Perry with the bat, going 2-for-3.
Delphos Jefferson added two more runs in the sixth. Zavier Buzard had the big hit for the Wildcats; a double to center that plated both runs.
“We didn’t get bad pitching,” Hoersten said. “That’s kind of been the story of our season. We’re putting the bat on the ball, but we just can’t find the hole. Baseball is one of those games. … Some of those breaks have to start going our way.”
Geary was pleased with all phases of his team’s performance on Wednesday.
“Perry is very aggressive with the stick. They were swinging early and we were hitting locations (with the pitches). It starts with the pitching and with the defense behind him. …That right there gives you a good chance to win some games,” Geary said.
Delphos Jefferson Wildcat Jordan Herron