DELPHOS — After losing four straight baseball games, Delphos St. John’s got just what it needed.
In a nonconference matchup with Bath on Wednesday at Stadium Park, St. John’s received a complete-game pitching effort from Eric Vogt, en route to a 1-0 victory.
Vogt scattered just four base hits, while striking out seven batters on a total of 90 pitches. Vogt located his pitches well, throwing a good amount of off-speed pitches to compliment his well-located fastball.
When Bath did reach base, Vogt and the defense behind him shut the door. For the game, Bath stranded a total of six baserunners.
“I told the kids that winning does solve a lot of problems, especially when we’re struggling the last several games,” St. John’s coach Jerry Jackson said. “But, with the pitching performance we got from Eric Vogt, that’s just what the doctor ordered.”
St. John’s improves to 5-4, while Bath slips to 10-2.
Bath also got a solid pitching performance out of its starter, Logan Magrum. The right-hander worked five innings, before giving way to Cam Clark in the sixth. Magrum gave up the one run on four hits, while striking out one and walking two.
“He threw great,” Bath coach Brian Jesko said. “If you’re going to tell us in the majority of high school baseball games that one run is going to beat you, then I’ll take those odds. He threw great, but again, he’s a guy that has come back with varsity experience and has done what our guys have done all year; and that’s keeping us in ballgames and giving us a chance. So, going in, we knew we were going to have to search for some ways to push three, four, five runs across the board and feel comfortable that our pitchers can hold it down from there.”
St. John’s scored the lone run of the game, in the home half of the third inning.
With one out and Jacob Youngpeter on first base with a walk, Seth Linder lined a shot to left field that fell in for a hit. The ball then got past left-fielder Dylan Burkholder, allowing Youngpeter to come all the way around to score.
For Bath, it’s been a tough two days. Tuesday night, in a battle of two of the best programs in the Western Buckeye League, the Wildcats lost on the road to Defiance, 2-1 as Bulldogs pitcher Shay Smiddy threw a no-hitter.
“The reality of it is that you have to compete at every at-bat, and put the ball in play,” Jesko said. “Hitters need to make those adjustments. But, don’t take anything away from their kid (Vogt). My gosh, he threw a great game. I felt like he kept our guys off-balance. We tried to throw the kitchen sink at him, offensively. We were trying to bunt guys over. We were trying to move guys over on a hit-and-run. … But, it’s hard to do that when you aren’t getting guys on base.
“So up to the last two days, we’ve been able to get some timely hits. Last night against Defiance, we weren’t able to get a hit. And tonight we couldn’t get any timely hits, or anything to get any momentum going, offensively. I don’t know if our guys are dragging off the effects of last night’s game, but we have to overcome those adversities and find ways to go out and compete.”
For Bath on Wednesday, Ryan Gossard had a double in the first inning. However, the Blue Jays were able to stamp out that rally and get out of the first frame unscathed.
Bath left one baserunner stranded in every inning, except in the second.
Added Jackson, “Defensively, I thought we played well. We knew, coming in, that Bath has some good swingers up there. We kept them in check. They just happened to hit the ball right at us. So, that’s what we needed after losing four in a row.”
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