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Updated 9:45 p.m., Perrysburg baseball edges AW in pitchers duel (4-29-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kevin Gordon Sentinel Assistant Sports Editor   
Monday, 29 April 2013 20:29
WHITEHOUSE — Perrysburg’s bats have spoken loudly this season.
But on a day its offense was quiet, the Yellow Jackets’ pitching and defense enabled the team to remain undefeated in the Northern Lakes League.
Nick Munger pitched an eight-hitter and Perrysburg scored the only run in the second inning Monday for a 1-0 win over arch-rival Anthony Wayne.
Munger struck out three and walked none as Perrysburg — ranked fifth in Division I — improved to 14-1 overall and 5-0 in the NLL.
The loss was AW’s first in the NLL. The Generals, who returned no starters and graduated 13 players from last season’s NLL championship team, are 10-2, 4-1.
Perrysburg’s defense turned in three clutch plays, the first resulting in the tying run being thrown out at home in the third and the second resulting in the tying run being tagged out during a rundown being home and third in the seventh.
The Yellow Jackets also had a strike ’em out, throw ’em out double play for the first two outs in the fourth after a leadoff single.
AW’s Josh Schwerer also pitched well. He allowed six hits, striking out four and walking three.
“We executed well, that’s what we work on,” Perrysburg coach Dave Hall said.
The Yellow Jackets, who returned 11 lettermen from last season when they were 15-13, 7-7, have won 11 straight games.
“That’s what we’re supposed to be about,” Hall said. “The pitching and defense, that’s what we try to hang our hat on. The hitting can come and go, but if you hustle and play solid defense, you can win games.”
Perrysburg threw the tying run out at home in the third.
AW’s Tommy Eichenlaub doubled to left-center field to lead off the inning, although it appeared he should have been awarded a home run as his rocket appeared to hit the top of the fence and then the scoreboard behind the fence.
But the ball bounced back into the field of play and was ruled a double.
Perrysburg center fielder Steve Slocum did a great job of selling the play as a double by quickly recovering the ball and throwing it back to the infield.
The next batter, Thomas Keyser, bunted for a single to the third-base side in front of home plate. Perrysburg third baseman Mark Delas slipped fielding the ball and threw softly in the dirt to first.
Eichenlaub tried to score on the play, but second baseman Nick Fleming, who covered first on the play, threw out Eichenlaub at the plate.
Yellow Jacket catcher Kyle Durham tagged out Eichenlaub and then threw to shortstop Gus Dimmerling at second to retire Keyser.
“That was really important, really crucial,” Munger said. “It gave us a lot of momentum. They’re a good team and you can’t give them opportunities.”
In the seventh, AW failed to execute the suicide squeeze bunt with runners at first and third and one out.
Perrysburg pitched out on the squeeze and the AW batter pulled his bat back. The AW runner then was tagged out going back to third by Delas after taking Durham’s throw.
Hall and AW coach Mark Nell both use the squeeze on a regular basis.
“We knew they were going to squeeze and we were going to keep pitching out,” Hall said.
AW also left runners at first and second in the first and sixth.
“We need to execute little things to beat a good baseball team like that and we didn’t execute,” Nell said. “The non-call on the home run is not what cost us the game.”
A.J. Stockwell scored Perrysburg’s run after beating out an infield single into the hole between first and second.
He took second on Fleming’s sacrifice bunt, moved to third on Spencer George’s ground out to first and scored on Dimmerling’s infield single behind second base.
“To get that run early was really, really important, especially against a (good) team,” Munger said.
Perrysburg is hitting .346 and averaging 9.1 runs per game.
“These are games you dream about,” said Munger, who is 5-0 with a 2.82 earned-run average.
Munger, a right-hander was effective with a fastball, curveball and changeup.
“He keeps you off balance,” Nell said. “He’s not going to be overpowering, but he knows how to pitch.”
“He doesn’t get upset,” Hall said. “He stays composed.”
The Yellow Jackets have a 3.02 ERA and have made just 26 errors in 15 games.
“My team made a lot of plays,” Munger said. “Our defense was huge.”

PERRYSBURG    010    000    0—1    6    0
AW    000    000    0—0    8    1
HITS — (P) Slocum 2, Stockwell 2, Munger, Dimmerling; (AW) Johnson 2, Eichenlaub 2, Kottenbrock, Smith, Deye, Keyser. 2B — (AW) Johnson, Eichenlaub. RUNS — (P) Stockwell. RBI — (P) Dimmerling. SB — (P) Slocum; (AW) Deye. SAC — (AW) Komisarek. LOB — Perrysburg 7, Anthony Wayne 4. DP — Perrysburg 2.

IP    H    R    ER    BB    SO
Munger (WP)    7    8    0    0    0    3

Schwerer (LP)    7    6    1    1    3    4
Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 April 2013 12:04

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