ELIDA — Forget about Delphos St. John’s 10-14 record.
When Blue Jays right-hander Curtis Geise takes the mound, this is a much different team.
Geise fired six shutout innings in a 6-0 Delphos St. John’s victory over Kalida in the Division III baseball district semifinals Wednesday at Ed Sandy Field.
Geise (7-1) gave up no runs on two hits. He struck out nine and walked one. Geise mixed in his sharp curve with his 86 mph fastball in throwing 92 pitches, 62 for strikes.
“He was pounding the fastball early and coming back with a nice curve that he’s had all year,” St. John’s coach Ryan Warnecke said. “That was our game plan to get them off balance and he was effective with it today. When he has his fastball working, he’s a tough pitcher to hit.”
Delphos St. John’s (10-14) advances to the district title game against Miller City (17-7) at 5 p.m. Friday at Elida.
Miller City ran away from Allen East with 10 runs in the final two innings to post a 14-4 district semifinal win.
Kalida ends its year 7-16. It also marked the final game of the career of Kalida coach Jim McBride, who finishes his 31-year career at Kalida with a record of 352-261. McBride won 10 Putnam County League titles, had five trips to the regionals and two to the state (1995, 2006).
McBride was proud this team reached the district after graduating 14 seniors last season.
“I’m very proud of them and the work they put in,” McBride said. “We had only one starter back and we knew it would be a process, and to get here was a real positive.
“I wouldn’t change anything. I enjoyed myself and enjoy the kids and the coaches, that’s what I’m going to miss the most.”
The Blue Jays scored the only run it would need in the first off Kalida freshman starter lefty Austin Swift. T.J. Hoersten’s RBI single made it 1-0.
St. John’s added two more in the second. Ben Wrasman’s RBI single to center gave the Blue Jays a 2-0 lead. Ryan Buescher’s RBI single to left made it 3-0.
Wrasman went 3 for 4 with two RBIs. Hoersten went 2 for 4 with one RBI. Geise and Buescher both went 2 for 3.
Hoersten came on to toss a shutout seventh inning.
Swift went five innings and gave up six runs, four earned, on nine hits. He struck out three and walked four.
Miller City 14, Allen East 4
Miller City scored five runs in the sixth inning to break open a 4-4 game and pull away from Allen East. The Wildcats added five more in the sixth to make it 14-4.
Miller City’s Hunter Berner scored from third on a wild pitch to give the Wildcats the lead to stay, 5-4 in the sixth. Jackson Lammers’ RBI double gave Miller City a 7-4 lead. Brent Riepenhoff hit a two-run single to center to make it 9-4.
Lammers led the 16-hit attack going 3 for 5 with a double and three RBIs. Riepenhoff went 1 for 5 with three RBIs. Berner went 3 for 5 with two doubles. Logan Dukes went 2 for 4 with two RBIs.
Ross Lehman (6-1) earned the win. He worked six innings and gave up four runs, two earned, on six hits. He struck out four and walked six. Lehman threw 118 pitches, 68 for strikes.
Allen East took a 3-0 lead in the first, but Miller City scored three in the third to tie the game at 3.
“The first inning didn’t go so well, but after that the bats came alive, we got a few runs and that builds confidence,” Lehman said. “I had more control of my fastball after the first inning.”
Miller City coach Dusty Pester added, “He calmed down and he made the pitch when he needed to make the pitch.”
Allen East ends its season 16-10. Derek Ketchum and Erik Neeley both went 2 for 3 with one RBI.