FORT JENNINGS — Ross Lehman shut down Fort Jennings for 5-plus innings and Miller City compiled 12 hits in besting the host Musketeers 8-2 in ACME summer baseball action on a warm Thursday at Fort Jennings Community Park.
Lehman went 5 1/3 innings to get the win (7 hits, 2 earned runs, 7 strikeouts; 77 pitches, 51 strikes). Jackson Lammers came on in relief in the sixth and finished the deal (1 2/3 innings; 1 base-on-balls, 1 K; 26 pitches, 17 strikes).
Mark Metzger went the first 4 2/3 innings to take the loss for the hosts (9 hits, 7 runs, 5 earned, 6 BBs, 4 Ks; 93 pitches, 48 strikes). Brandon Wehri came on to throw the final 2 1/3 innings (3 hits, 1 earned run, 3 Ks; 35 pitches, 25 strikes).
Both teams left a runner on in the first frame.
Berner hit a misjudged fly ball for a double with one down in the visitor first.
Austin Liebrecht led off the Musketeer first with a liner to right, took second on a passed ball and to third on a one out grounder by Metzger.
Miller City got two on — via a 1-out walk to Logan Dukes (2-for-3, walk) and a 2-out freebie to Jacob Schimmoeller (2-for-3, 2 runs, 2 runs batted in) — in the second but failed to dent the scoreboard.
Wehri singled just off the glove of first sacker Adam Niese with one down in the Musketeer second but Connor Stechschulte grounded into a 1-6-3 twin-killing.
The visitors got on the board with a tally in the third. Jeremy Balbaugh led off with a double to left but was gunned down by a Kyle Hellman-Wehri-Austin Kehres at third. However, Hunter Berner (3-for-4) walked, advanced on a balk and scored on a Lammers liner to right.
Brian Hoersten singled sharply to right with one out in the home third.
Miller City made it 3-0 in the top of the fourth. A one out double by Schimmoeller and two wild pitches (the second after Trey Hermiller walked and took off for second) got him in. Hermiller stole third and scored on a two out sharp slicer off Kehres’ glove.
The Wildcats chased Metzger in the fifth. Back-to-back one out knocks by Adam Niese and Dukes started it, with both scoring on a two run triple to left center by Schimmoeller. Bases-on-balls to Hermiller and Balbaugh finished Metzger. An error on Berner’s fly ball scored Schimmoeller and Hermiller for a 7-0 edge.
Jennings got its only two runs in the sixth. With one down, Hoersten (2-for-2) doubled down the right-field line and stayed there on an infield hit to third by Aaron Sealts. Liebrecht (2-for-3) singled to left to load the bases. Alex Sealts grounded a hit into left to plate Hoersten and bring Lammers to the mound. Metzger bounced out to plate A. Sealts and Sam Vetter walked to reload the sacks. Kehres flied out to end the uprising.
The visitors scored their final run in the sixth. Lehman singled sharply to right center but was forced by A. Niese. Dukes plated him with a double to left center but another relay: Austin Liebrecht to Metzger to Kehres; nabbed him at third.
Fort Jennings hosts Leipsic Monday.
MILLER CITY (8)
Jeremy Balbaugh cf 3-0-1-0, T.D. Niese ph 1-0-1-0, Hunter Berner c 4-1-3-1, Mitchell Barlage ph 1-0-0-0, Jackson Lammers ss/p 4-0-1-1, Ross Lehman p/ss 4-0-1-0, Adam Miese 1b 3-2-1-0, Logan Dukes lf 3-1-2-1, Tristan Niese rf 4-0-0-0, Jacob Schimmoeller 3b 3-2-2-2, Trey Hermiller 2b 2-2-0-0. Totals 32-8-12-5.
FORT JENNINGS (2)
Austin Liebrecht cf 3-0-2-0, Alex Sealts 2b/ss 3-0-1-1, Mark Metzger p/ss/lf 3-0-0-1, Sam Vetter c 2-0-0-0, Austin Kehres 3b 3-0-0-0, Brandon Wehri ss/p 3-0-1-0, Connor Stechschulte 1b 3-0-0-0, Kyle Hellman lf/eh 3-0-0-0, Brian Hoersten rf 2-1-2-0, Alex Sealts eh/2b 2-1-1-0. Totals 27-2-7-2.
Score by Innings:
Miller City 0 0 1 2 4 1 0 - 8
Fort Jennings 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 - 2
E: Hellman; DP: Miller City 1; LOB: Miller City 9, Fort Jennings 5; 2B: Balbaugh, Berner, Dukes, Schimmoeller; 3B: Schimmoeller; SB: Hermiller 2, Lammers, Dukes; POB: Lambert (by Van Loo); Sac: Van Loo.
IP H R ER BB SO
Lehman (W) 5.1 7 2 2 0 7
Lammers 1.2 0 0 0 1 1
Metzger (L) 4.2 9 7 5 6 4
Wehri 2.1 3 1 1 0 3
WP: Metzger 3, Wehri; PB: Berner; Balk: Metzger; BB: Hermiller 2, Balbaugh, A. Niese, Dukes, Schimmoeller, Vetter.