PERRY TOWNSHIP — It was an uphill battle the entire game for Perry in its Wednesday evening game with Delphos Jefferson.
But the Commodores finally broke through with their first two hits of the game in the bottom of the seventh inning and the end result was a 6-5 victory over the Wildcats.
Delphos had grabbed the early lead when the Wildcats plated three runs in the top of the first inning as Jace Stockwell led off the game with a single and then moved to second base when Damien Dudgeon coaxed a walk.
Gage Mercer drove in both runs with a double and Mercer would come around to score on a fielder’s choice to give the Wildcats a 3-0 lead.
Jefferson starting pitcher Jacob Pulford was in control as he sailed through the first five innings. He allowed no hits but one Perry run scored in the fifth thanks to two errors committed by the Wildcats defense.
When a tiring Pulford walked the lead-off batter in the sixth inning he was pulled in favor of right hander Brett Mahlie who would suffer the loss for Jefferson.
The Commodores (4-3) scored two runs in the sixth to tie the game at 3-3 going to the seventh. Two walks, a hit batter, and another fielding error by the Delphos defense led to the two Perry runs without the benefit of a hit.
Jefferson (1-7) answered again as it scored two runs in the top of the seventh to go ahead 5-3. Mercer and Pulford both reached on errors before Jacob Boop drove home Mercer with a single and Pulford scored on a wild pitch.
But Austin Money walked leading off the bottom of the seventh for Perry and Logan Lyles recorded the first Commodore hit of the game with a single. Luke Floyd reached base via a walk and Money would come around to score on a wild pitch. Sam Sanders then hit a ball to deep centerfield that scored both runners and gave Perry the win.
“It was ugly but I’m happy with the end result,” Perry coach Mark Hoersten said. “I tried to squeeze home the tieing run but Sanders fouled it off; he’s a senior so I let him hit away and it worked.”
Left hander Seth Sherriff got the win in relief of Sanders who pitched the first three inning for Perry. Sanders picked off one Delphos base-runner and Sherriff picked off two more to thwart scoring opportunities for the Wildcats.
“We got stuck on three (runs) and could never get that big hit,” Wildcats coach Doug Geary said. “We are trying to come together as team and made strides tonight, but, you’ve got to make your own breaks.”
Mercer paced the Delphos offense with a three-hit game and Stockwell added two hits for the Wildcats.
Both teams struggled defensively and committed four errors in the game.