Updated 6:20 a.m., BGHS baseball edges Bryan (5-13-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kevin Gordon Sentinel Assistant Sports Editor   
Monday, 13 May 2013 23:29
DEFIANCE — One-run games haven’t been kind to Bowling Green’s baseball team this season.
In fact, they’ve been downright painful.
But the Bobcats finally found a way to win a close game Monday night.
And they couldn’t have picked a better time.
Nolan Dill and Andy Fisher combined on a six-hitter and BG scored a run in the bottom of the sixth inning for a 2-1 win over 16th-ranked Bryan in a Division II sectional semifinal.
The Bobcats, 12-8 overall, return to Defiance High School to face No. 6 Wauseon in a sectional final Friday night at 7. Bryan is 16-7.
Six of BG’s losses have been by one run and the Bobcats also lost a 3-0 decision to Anthony Wayne in 10 innings.
“It’s easy to let doubt creep into your mind in games like this,” said Dill, who held Bryan to a run on six hits over the first six innings. “We’ve lost so many heart-breakers, but we’ve learned to fight to the end and whatever happens, happens. I’m really thankful that it worked out for us tonight.’’
Dill struck out four and walked one before he was relieved by Fisher in the seventh.  Fisher earned the save, allowing only a two-out walk before ending the game with a fly out to right field.
“There’s not really anything we can change or do differently in terms of the close losses,” Dill said. “It’s just been the bounces.”
The Bobcats have seven seniors, but only three were starting position players against Bryan. Injured shortstop Andrew Herringshaw may return for the Wauseon game, BG coach Bob Yenrick said.
Mason Apple’s single to right scored Ricky Riggs with the tie-breaking run in the sixth.
Riggs singled up the middle with one out, took second on a wild pitch and scored on Apple’s hit.
“We got lucky,” Yenrick said. “We haven’t been lucky this year, though. We’re used to being in very tight games. We’ve just not been on the winning side of them. We’ve had some bad luck. We could be anywhere from 18-2 to 12-8.”
“They were more relaxed (today),” Yenrick added. “I had to joke around with them a little bit more today.”
BG opened the scoring in the fifth when Dill was hit on the foot by a pitch with the bases loaded and two out.
The Bobcats left 10 runners on, eight in scoring position. BG was 1-of-12 with runners in scoring position and 0-of-9 until Apple’s hit scored Riggs.
“We have not been effective with the sticks (this season),” Yenrick said. “It’s a matter of what we do at the plate. We’ve played good team defense and we have some arms that can throw. As long as you have that, you can do anything.”
BG’s winning run came after Bryan tied the game in the sixth, with a single, stolen base, sacrifice bunt and another single.
“For us to come back and score right after they did was huge,” Dill said. “That’s just a matter of us being battle-tested. We didn’t have any huge hits, but we did what we had to do to score a run to get the lead.”
The Bobcats had six hits, including two doubles and a single by Fisher in the leadoff spot, and two singles by Apple in the ninth spot.
Fisher, a left-hander, recently verbally committed to play collegiately at Eastern Illinois.
“He’s unbelievable, Yenrick said. “He’s the best player in the entire program.”
BG catcher Rob Tyrrell made the defensive play of the game, although it was an early Christmas gift from Bryan.
The Golden Bears had a runner on second and none out.
With plenty of room in foul territory, Tyrrell hustled over to catch a popup near the Bryan dugout on the first-base side. Tyrrell then got up and threw the Bryan runner out at third.
The play came with Jordan Bostater, who hits third in the Bryan order, in the on-deck circle. Bostater then ripped his second double of the game on the next pitch. The hit would have scored the Bryan runner, who was thrown out at third.
“That was a great play, a big play in the game,” Dill said. “It really changed the momentum of the game and gave us a lot of energy.”
Dill, a 6-foot-6, 220-pounder, kept Bryan off-balance with an excellent fastball down in the strike zone. The senior right-hander spotted an occasional curveball and change. BG made just one error.
Forty-nine of Dill’s 71 pitches were strikes (69 percent).
“I tried to get ahead and throw strikes, and let the defense make plays,” Dill said.

BRYAN    000    001    0—1    6    1
BGHS    000    011    X—2    6    1
HITS — (BR) Bacon 2, Bostater 2, Cuszmaul, Rau; (BG) Fisher 3, Apple 2, Riggs. 2B — (BR) Bostater 2; (BG) Fisher 2. RUNS — (BR) Kuszmaul; (BG) Riggs, Schaller. RBI — (BR) Rau; (BG) Dill, Apple. SB — (BR) Bacon, Martin, Rau; (BG) Gambrell. SAC — (BR) A. Martin, Miller; (BG) Donaldson. HBP — (BR) Rau (by Dill); (BG)  Dill (by Kuszmaul), Gambrell (by Kuczmaul). LOB —Bryan 8, BGHS 10. DP —BGHS.

IP    H    R    ER    BB    SO
Kusmaul (LP)    5 1-3    5    2    2    4    5
Bostater    2-3    1    0    0    0    0

Dill (WP)    6    6    1    1    1    4
Fisher (SV)    1    0    0    0    1    0
Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 May 2013 06:23

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