Perrysburg baseball beats BGHS, 5-2 PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by By JACK CARLE Sentinel Sports Editor   
Thursday, 20 May 2010 10:30
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The importance of two-out hits with runners in scoring position has been stressed since the start of baseball over a century ago.
In its quest to stay alive for a share of the Northern Lakes League title, Perrysburg scored all of its runs with two-out hits in a 5-2 win over Bowling Green Tuesday. The Yellow Jackets are 21-4 overall and 9-2 in the NLL with three league games remaining. PHOTO GALLERY
“I’m real happy to be playing meaningful games at this time of the year,” said Perrysburg head coach Dave Hall.
“The timely hitting was there,” Hall added. “Overall we did what we had to do.”
Perrysburg, No. 3 in the final state-wide poll, steps out of the league race Thursday, facing Ashland in the Division I district semifinal at Carter Park starting at 7:15 p.m.
“I just wanted to do my best, go out there and try to get as many innings as I could to save our pitchers for the tournament,” Perrysburg starter Matt Kruzel said. He pitched into the seventh inning, allowing six hits and two runs while walking two and striking out six. “I just wanted to get as many outs as I could.”
BG had the first two batters reach in both the third and fourth innings and loaded the bases in the fifth and seventh, but did not have a run-producing hit in the game. The Bobcats scored both their runs in the seventh inning on fielder’s choice ground balls. BG, 10-11 overall and 6-5 in the NLL, left seven runners on base.
“We get runners in scoring position, but we don’t do the job. We kind of want to be the hero,” BG head coach Josh Iler said. “It was missed opportunities ... We’ve been in our own way for the most part.”
Iler said the Bobcats did produce with two outs at the beginning of the year.
Kruzel helped himself in a big way, delivering a two-RBI single in the third inning to stake the Yellow Jackets to an early lead.
“I kind of got fooled by it (the pitch). I was out in front a little bit, but I still stayed back enough to drive it to right,” Kruzel said.
Kruzel worked around BG’s trouble through the first six innings. He was helped by a base-running mistake by BG in the third inning and a double play ground ball in the fourth.
“Matt threw hard, made some good pitches and got some ground balls when he needed to,” Hall said. “I thought he kept them off-balance.”
His teammates gave him room to work, scoring three runs in the top of the fifth. Matt Garbig started the two-out rally with a double. Matt White then hit an RBI single. Kevin Schenk followed with a single and Kruzel walked to load the bases.
At that point, BG changed pitchers with Scott Swegan replacing starter Matt Milligan. Matt Slocum’s two-RBI single made it 5-0 before Swegan got a strikeout to end the inning.
Milligan was changed with all five runs, but an error figured in Perrysburg’s two-run third inning. He allowed seven hits while walking two and striking out one.
“It was his best outing of the year,” Iler said about Milligan, one of six Bobcat seniors who were recognized before the game. “He had good command, kept the ball down and mixed it up. I was very happy for him.”
The Bobcats threatened again in the bottom of the fifth, loading the bases with one out. But Kruzel got the top two batters in the order on a pop-up and strike out to end the threat.
“I try to work the corners, get ahead and then try to get a strikeout, but at worse get a ground ball,” Kruzel said.
In the seventh, BG again loaded the bases. Kruzel allowed two hits to start the inning and was relieved by David Gordon. Gordon issued a walk and then got three ground balls to end the game. Schenk, Perrysburg’s shortstop, made two long throws from the hole to record two of the outs.
“I felt good the first five innings. In the sixth and seventh innings, I started feeling it a little bit in my arm,” Kruzel said. “I tried to throw through it.
“I was getting a lot more of swings and misses with the fastball,” he continued. “The curveball and slider, I wasn’t getting too many swings and misses, but I was locating them pretty well.”
White finished with three hits for Perrysburg while Matt Slocum and Garbig each had two.
Ethan Yonker and Toby Weinert each had two hits for the Bobcats. Yonker, Weinert and Kyle Busch, the bottom three batters in BG’s order, reached base seven times in the game.


PERRYSBURG 5, BGHS 2
PERRYSBURG 002 030 0—5 9 2
BGHS 000 000 2—2 6 1
BATTING LEADERS
HITS — (P) White 3, M. Slocum 2, Garbig 2, Kurzel, Schenk; (BG) Yonker 2, Weinert 2, Harris, Sicker. 2B — (P) Garbig. RUNS — (P) White 2, Garbig 2, Schenk; (BG) Beattie, Weinert. RBI — (P) Kruzel 2, M. Slocum 2, White; (BG) Lemle, McCarty. SAC — (P) Schenk, Gordon. LOB — Perrysburg 4, BGHS 7.

PITCHING SUMMARY
IP H R ER BB SO
PERRYSBURG
Kruzel (WP) 6 6 2 2 2 6
Gordon 1 0 0 0 1 0
Kruzel pitched to 2 batters in the 7th.
BGHS
Milligan (LP) 4 2-3 7 5 3 2 1
Swegan 2 1-3 2 0 0 1 2


 

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