BATH TOWNSHIP — Bath’s Lex Boedicker celebrated his birthday by helping the Wildcats beat Delphos Jefferson 8-5 in a non league affair Saturday.
With the win, Bath improves to 3-4 on the season and Delphos slips to 4-5 for the year.
Bath head coach Joe Gomez said he has as a young squad and was glad to see it respond when Jefferson took the lead .
“We have learned that throughout the season and I feel we have put ourselves in a position where we just don’t roll over and continue to battle and put ourselves in a position to compete each day,” the Bath head coach said.
After grabbing a 2-0 lead after the third inning, Jefferson countered with three of its own in the top of the fourth to take the lead. The visiting Wildcats answered with two more of their own to retake the lead going into the final three innings.
Gomez gave Jefferson credit for its tenacity at the plate, making it difficult on his pitchers.
“They battled,” Gomez said. “A number of times they had two strikes on them and we couldn’t put them away and it was impressive.
“He (Boedicker) has been our best so far this year and we were in a position where we thought our best shot was to bring him in and close the door.”
Going into the fifth inning, Bath was down 5 to 4 when the home Wildcats scored two runs in the bottom of the frame to retake the lead and then added two more runs in the sixth to garner two big insurance runs.
The hard throwing righty pitched two scoreless innings in the final two frames to shut down an opportunistic Jefferson squad and preserve the win. Boedicker sat down the last six out of seven batters and retired the last five in a row and fanned four overall including the final two batters.
Boedicker did his part at the plate as well going 1 for 3 with an RBI and two runs scored including the first insurance run in the sixth.
The Bath senior had plenty of offensive help from his teammates as they lashed out 10 hits. Skylar Lhamon was 2 for 4 with a run scored and Austin Williams drove in three runs. Carter Parlapiano and Joel Rasor each had two hit days.
Bath’s offense helped overcome a number of fielding errors that led to Jefferson runs in the third and fourth frame where the home Wildcats combined for four errors. Delphos scratched out seven hits with Braylon Scalf collecting three of them and scoring twice. Jackson Ream went 2 for 3.
Delphos head coach Doug Geary said his team can’t seem to get over the hump in close games.
“We have been battling and took the lead a couple of times and they had to bring in one of their better pitchers in to close it out,” Geary said. “I am proud of our kids. We left a couple of plays out there that could of helped but that is baseball. Overall it was a pretty good game on Saturday.”
Geary added that Jefferson has had trouble putting the ball in play this year so it was good to see his team put pressure on Bath’s defense.
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