SPENCERVILLE — Spencerville came out swinging and the end result was a five inning run-rule victory over visiting Allen East by a 12-1 score in Northwest Conference action Thursday evening.
The Bearcats (10-9, 5-2 NWC) pounded out 10 hits and were the recipients of six walks by the Mustangs pitchers.
Spencerville jumped ahead 1-0 in the first inning when center fielder Jacob Meyer singled, stole second, went to third on an infield grounder and came around to score on a wild pitch.
Bearcats starting pitcher, freshman right hander Jaret Montenery, was on cruise control and went four innings, allowing only two hits and struck out six. Montenery mixed a solid fastball with a sharp curve to maintain control of the game. Montenery threw 85 pitches in his four innings of which 48 were strikes.
Brady Nolan came on in relief and threw a scoreless fifth inning for Spencerville.
Spencerville would add three runs in the second inning before scoring six in the third with the big hit a three-run home run to left center field by third baseman Lucas Carpenter.
Both coaches pointed to the home run as the big hit in the game.
“Walks hurt us early but they hit the ball and then had the big 3-run home run,” Allen East coach Brant Engle said. “We hit all right but it was right at them for the most part.”
“Luke is the strongest kid on our team and when he hits one it is going to go,” Spencerville coach Troy Montenery said. “It was his first career home run but we expect more to come. Hats off to Allen East as they are trying to save arms for the tournament; it (the win) wasn’t pretty but we are trying to save arms too.”
Spencerville got big nights from Carpenter who went 2-for-2 with five rbi in the game. Justin Thiery and David Wisher also both went 2-for-2 in the contest.
Brett Wilson, Tanner Stippich, and Brett Ketchum all singled to account for the Mustangs hits in the game.