Updated 8:50 p.m., Perrysburg baseball beats Fremont Ross to win sectional title (5-16-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kevin Gordon Sentinel Assistant Sports Editor   
Thursday, 16 May 2013 19:19
Perrysburg's AJ Stockwell reaches for the ball as Fremont Ross's Cole Bowers dives back to first. (Photo: Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)
Steve Slocum’s two defensive gems saved Perrysburg’s baseball team on a day the Yellow Jackets and Fremont Ross struggled to make plays.
The center fielder threw out the tying run at home in the fifth inning Thursday and the Yellow Jackets held on to win a sectional championship with a 5-3 victory at Carter Park.
The Yellow Jackets held a 3-2 lead when Ross’ Tyler Wolf tried to score from second base on Spencer Conklin’s hard-hit single to center with one out.
But Slocum charged the ball and threw to Kyle Durham at home. The Perrysburg catcher easily tagged out Wolf, who came in standing up.
Perrysburg ended the inning with a grounder to second and added single runs in the fifth and sixth to clinch the win.
The Yellow Jackets, ranked sixth in Division I, return to Carter Park next Thursday to play Mansfield Madison in a district semifinal at 4:15 p.m.
Perrysburg improved to 23-2 overall. Ross is 13-13.
“That’s a big play,” Perrysburg coach Dave Hall said of Slocum. “That kid’s a four-year starter and he’s made that play before. He’s just a stud.
“If the kid slides, he’s safe because he can blow us up sliding. He did us a favor. That was crucial. If he slides, the ball goes to the backstop and it’s anybody’s game.”
Slocum is one of five remaining players from Perrysburg’s team that lost in the state championship game in 2011.
“I fielded it cleanly and thought I had a chance at him, so I took a shot and Kyle tagged him,” Slocum said.
“We’ve got to take a shot in that situation,” Ross coach Mark King said “He’s one of our best runners, athletic baseball players. The kid, take your hat off to (Slocum), threw a seed to the plate and got him.”
Slocum also made a diving catch of a blooper in shallow center in the second when Ross scored twice.
Ross had runners on first and second with one out when Slocum robbed Kole Amor of a single. Both runners later scored on a two-out error when the Yellow Jackets dropped a fly ball in right.
But the inning could have been a bigger mess for Perrysburg without Slocum’s catch.
"He does that every day,” Hall said of Slocum, who has terrific speed and a strong arm.
The teams combined for eighth errors, resulting in five unearned runs. A number of other plays weren’t made that could have been scored errors.
Each team had nine hits.
“It doesn’t have to be pretty to win a tournament game. The first tournament game is always scary,” said Hall, whose team had a first-round bye. “Any victory in the tournament is good, no matter how it turns out.”
The Yellow Jackets’ two runs in the third came with the help of three errors by Ross’ third baseman.
“We didn’t play very well defensively and, obviously, neither did they,” Hall said. “We traded runs, giving them away.’’
The Yellow Jackets took a 1-0 lead in the second on back-to-back doubles by Durham and Nick Fleming to start the inning, but Ross rallied to take a 2-1 lead in the third.
However, Perrysburg came back right  to go ahead for good in its half of the third.
“Our kids battled and we’ve been doing that all year,” Hall said. “Every game we play now is going to be tight.
Senior pitchers Nick Munger and Brandon Weiker both competed hard, despite the errors.
Munger pitched 6 2/3 innings before Mark Delas recorded a strikeout to end the game with runners on first and second. Weiker pitched a complete game.
Zach Honsberger, Durham and Austin Lee each had two hits for Perrysburg.
The error-prone defense was uncharacteristic for Perrysburg, which entered the game with just 39 errors in 24 games.
“We started off a little shaky, but we hit the ball pretty well and we got some key hits,” Slocum said.
Perrysburg can clinch a tie for the Northern Lakes League championship with a win today at home against Anthony Wayne.
The Yellow Jackets are 11-0 in the league with three games remaining. AW has just one loss in the NLL.

ROSS    002    000    1—3    9    5
PERRYSBURG    012    011    X—5    9    3
HITS — (FR) Egbert 2, Wolf 2, Conlkin 2, Weiker, Amor, Bowers; (P) Honsberger 2, K. Durham 2, Lee 2, Stockwell, Fleming, Dimmerling. 2B — (FR) Weiker, Wolf; (P) Honsberger, K. Durham, Fleming. 3B — (P) Stockwell. RUNS — (FR) Egbert, Hampton, Wolf; (P) Honsberger, Delas, Stockwell, K. Durham, Lee. RBI — (P) Stockwell, K. Durham, Fleming. SB — (P) Lee 2. SAC — (FR) Amor. SAC FLY — (FR) Amor. LOB — Fremont Ross 10, Perrysburg 9.

IP    H    R    ER    BB    SO
Weiker (LP)    7    9    5    2    1    4

Munger (WP)    6 2-3    9    3    1    2    5
Delas (SV)    1-3    0    0    0    0    1

Last Updated on Friday, 17 May 2013 09:31

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