PANDORA — Despite most of the baseball and softball games in the area being postponed due to poor field conditions; the Fort Jennings Musketeers and Pandora-Gilboa Rockets braved the wind and cold for a Putnam County League baseball showdown.
The Rockets were trying to remain among the ranks of the unbeaten, while the Musketeers were trying to make it two in a row in PCL play. The hosts had scored 32 runs in their previous two games and were off to a similar start; scoring three runs in the first and adding two more in the second to come away with a 5-2 victory.
Jacob Basinger threw 4 1/3 innings of no hit baseball until Conner Wollenhorst broke up the no-no with a double and later scored on a Ryan Rau single.
Dustin Rieman reached for the Rockets on a single and moved to second when Reed Hovest grounded to short but was safe on a throwing error; moving Rieman to third. One move later; Jennings pitcher Rau balked scoring Rieman to give the home team a 1-0 lead.
Jacob Basinger drew a base on balls putting runners on the corners for the home team; Hovest then scored from third on a wild pitch to make it a 2-0 score; then TJ Kopplinger singled home Basinger to give the Rockets a three spot in the first innings.
The Rockets would tack on two more in the second frame after Rau got back to back strike outs; Brain Schnek walked, Rieman was hit by a pitch and Hovest singled. Then with the bases loaded Basinger singled home Schnek and Rieman to make it 5-0; but things could have been worse for the Musketeers if not for the heads up play by Rau and shortstop; Mark Metzger.
The Fort Jennings tandum caught Hovest in a run down; trying to take third and tagged out the P-G catcher for the third out of the inning.
The next three innings would be a pitchers dual as Rau and Rockets hurler Basinger matched each other inning for inning. The guests got on the board in the fifth when Wollenhorst doubled follwed by a Dylan Van Loo single to put runners on the corners with one out.
Metzger bunted Van Loo to second to move the runners to second and third with two out; Rau then singled home both Wollenhorst and Van Loo, but was thrown out trying to stretch a single into a double, but both runs had scored making it a 5-2 contest heading into the sixth.
Neither team would threaten from there; Rieman and Alex Osborn would finish out the game on the mound for P-G with the Rockets setting down six of the last seven Musketeers batters to improve to 3-0 on the early season; Fort Jennings falls to 1-2 overall and 1-1 in the PCL.
Scoring by Innings
Fort Jennings 000 020 0 - 2 3 1
P-G 320 000 0 - 5 4 1
Van Loo lf 2-1-1-0, Metzger ss 3-0-0-0, Rau p 3-0-1-2, Alex Vetter 3b 3-0-1-0, Hoersten rf 3-0-0-0, Sealts 2b 2-0-0-0, Clay 1b 2-0-0-0, Hehman ph 1-0-0-0, Sma Vetter c 2-0-0-0, Wollenhorst cf 3-1-1-0.
Schneck ss/2b 2-1-0-0, Rieman 2b/p/2b 2-2-1-0, Hovest c 2-1-1-0-, Basinger p/ss 2-1-1-2, Osborn cf 3-1-0-0, Kopplinger 3-1-0-1, Tousley lf 3-0-0-0, Wilson 3b 3-0-0-0, Schmenk 1b 3-0-0-0.