Coldwater downs Delphos St. John’s


Cavs capture MAC title outright

By Tom Usher - [email protected]



Delphos St.John’s TJ Werts dives safe back into first base during action at Coldwater high school Friday. More photos at limaohio.com photos.

Delphos St.John’s TJ Werts dives safe back into first base during action at Coldwater high school Friday. More photos at limaohio.com photos.


Don Speck | The Lima News

Delphos St.John’s Gavin Fittro is called safe at second base on the steal in the top of the second inning as Coldwater’s Adam Hrycko tries to apply the tag during action at Coldwater high school Friday.

Delphos St.John’s Gavin Fittro is called safe at second base on the steal in the top of the second inning as Coldwater’s Adam Hrycko tries to apply the tag during action at Coldwater high school Friday.


Don Speck | The Lima News

Delphos St.John’s TJ Werts is called safe at home during action in the top of the second inning Coldwater’s AJ Harlamert waits on the ball at Coldwater high school Friday.


Don Speck | The Lima News

Delphos St.John’s’s Zane Wertenberger takes third base as Coldwater ‘s Evan Harlamert waits on the ball during action in the top of the fourth inning at Coldwater high school Friday.


Don Speck | The Lima News

Delphos St.John’s Jack Gerker bunts in the top of the second inning during action at Coldwater high school Friday.


Don Speck | The Lima News

COLDWATER – Coldwater wanted no part of sharing a title.

So the Cavaliers went out and posted a 4-2 baseball victory over Delphos St. John’s to win the Midwest Athletic Conference outright title Friday at Coldwater.

Coldwater won the title at 8-1 in the MAC and is 15-6 overall. St. John’s, which was shooting for a share of the title, is 6-3 in the MAC and 12-10.

“Last year we lost our last league game to share it and we told them (last night) that tomorrow you have one goal and one word, outright,” Coldwater coach Brian Harlamert said. “And we won it outright.

“St. John’s played a great game and battled with us pitch by pitch, so credit to our seniors and our young guys, who played pretty well.’’

St. Henry finished 7-2 in the MAC and needed a St. John’s win for a share.

Coldwater shortstop Adam Hrycko had the key hit on the day in the home third inning. He punched a two-run single the other way to break up a 2-2 tie and give the Cavs a 4-2 lead.

Coldwater right-hander Keegan Bruggeman picked up the complete-game victory. He went seven innings and gave up two runs, one earned, on five hits. He struck out four and walked two.

Bruggeman threw 99 pitches, 70 for strikes.

“He’s a competitor. He’s a bulldog,” coach Harlamert said of Bruggeman.

Bruggeman gave up two runs in the second, but allowed only one hit after the second inning.

“The energy in the dugout got me over,” Bruggeman said. “I was frustrated we weren’t up as much as I wanted to be, so I kicked it in another gear. And I found my rhythm with my two-seam (fastball). I was hitting my spots with it and they were missing, so it was working out perfect.

“And about one-third of my pitches were breaking balls.’’

St. John’s Brady Kerner pitched well, but took the loss. He went all six innings giving up four runs, all earned, on nine hits.

Kerner threw 80 pitches, 57 for strikes. Kerner struck out five and didn’t walk a batter.

“He’s our number one and I’m proud of his effort tonight,” St. John’s coach Jerry Jackson said of Kerner.

Coldwater took a 2-0 lead in the first.

With one out, Braylen Harlamert doubled to left.

Reece Dellinger followed with a two-run home run to left and the Cavs led 2-0.

St. John’s tied it at 2 in the second.

Zane Wertenberger singled and was bunted to second by Jack Gerker. T.J. Werts singled to put runners on first and third.

Werts stole second and Wertenberger scored from third when the Coldwater catcher’s throw to second ended up in center field.

That brought St. John’s within 2-1.

Gavin Fittro’s RBI single to right tied the game at 2 in the second.

Coldwater took the lead to stay in the third.

Bruggeman singled and A.J. Harlamert singled. The runners went over to second and third on a

bunt by Braylen Harlamert.

With two outs, Hrycko grinded out an eight-pitch at-bat and on a 3-2 pitch, the left-handed hitter took an outside pitch into left field.

Hrycko’s two-run single gave the Cavs a 4-2 lead.

“Those first two swings (in the at-bat) weren’t my best looking swings,” Hrycko said. “It (the hit) was high and outside and I didn’t want to leave it in the umpire’s hands, so I tried to put a barrel on it.’’

Hrycko’s soft liner to left did the job.

“It was laying up there for a while making me nervous and it when it finally dropped I said, ‘That’s what we needed,’ ‘’ he said.

Dellinger went 2 for 4 with the home run and two RBI.

For St. John’s, Wertenberger went 2 for 2 with a double.

The Blue Jays left six runners on base.

“We put pressure on them, we just couldn’t get the big two-out hit,” Jackson said.

Jackson was proud of his team’s effort during the regular season, as the Blue Jays point toward the tourney.

“If someone said we would have a chance at the MAC title on May 13th, at the beginning of year, I would have said, ‘I’ll believe it when I see it,’ ’’ Jackson said. “I’m proud of these boys. They played their butts off tonight.’’

Delphos St.John’s TJ Werts dives safe back into first base during action at Coldwater high school Friday. More photos at limaohio.com photos.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2022/05/web1_Delphos-SJ-baseball-vs-Coldwater-DS3.jpgDelphos St.John’s TJ Werts dives safe back into first base during action at Coldwater high school Friday. More photos at limaohio.com photos. Don Speck | The Lima News
Delphos St.John’s Gavin Fittro is called safe at second base on the steal in the top of the second inning as Coldwater’s Adam Hrycko tries to apply the tag during action at Coldwater high school Friday.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2022/05/web1_Delphos-SJ-baseball-vs-Coldwater-DS5.jpgDelphos St.John’s Gavin Fittro is called safe at second base on the steal in the top of the second inning as Coldwater’s Adam Hrycko tries to apply the tag during action at Coldwater high school Friday. Don Speck | The Lima News
Delphos St.John’s TJ Werts is called safe at home during action in the top of the second inning Coldwater’s AJ Harlamert waits on the ball at Coldwater high school Friday.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2022/05/web1_Delphos-SJ-baseball-vs-Coldwater-DS4.jpgDelphos St.John’s TJ Werts is called safe at home during action in the top of the second inning Coldwater’s AJ Harlamert waits on the ball at Coldwater high school Friday. Don Speck | The Lima News
Delphos St.John’s’s Zane Wertenberger takes third base as Coldwater ‘s Evan Harlamert waits on the ball during action in the top of the fourth inning at Coldwater high school Friday.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2022/05/web1_Delphos-SJ-baseball-vs-Coldwater-DS6.jpgDelphos St.John’s’s Zane Wertenberger takes third base as Coldwater ‘s Evan Harlamert waits on the ball during action in the top of the fourth inning at Coldwater high school Friday. Don Speck | The Lima News
Delphos St.John’s Jack Gerker bunts in the top of the second inning during action at Coldwater high school Friday.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2022/05/web1_Delphos-SJ-baseball-vs-Coldwater-DS2.jpgDelphos St.John’s Jack Gerker bunts in the top of the second inning during action at Coldwater high school Friday. Don Speck | The Lima News
Cavs capture MAC title outright

By Tom Usher

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