Updated 10:15 p.m., Perrysburg baseball loses in regional semifinal (5-30-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kevin Gordon Sentinel Assistant Sports Editor   
Thursday, 30 May 2013 20:21
Perrysburg's Nick Fleming makes a catch in the outfield during a regional semi final game against Toledo St. Francis. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
Perrysburg’s baseball team had a brief lapse defensively Thursday.
It cost the Yellow Jackets a chance to win their Division I regional semifinal against Toledo St. Francis at Steller Field. PHOTO GALLERY
Perrysburg failed to handle a first and third situation, fueling the Knights’ four-run third inning and St. Francis went on to a 10-5 win in a showdown of ranked teams.
Fourth-ranked St. Francis improved to 29-2 overall and will face No. 17 Cleveland St. Ignatius (25-6) for the regional championship and a berth in the state semifinals.
No. 5 Perrysburg, playing in the regional for the third time in four seasons, finished 27-4.
Staff aces Nick Munger of Perrysburg and Max Lyon of St. Francis were settling into a pitchers duel when St. Francis took over in the third.
The Knights scored a run in the top of the first and had Eric Zmuda reach base in the third when he was hit by a pitch with one out.
After a popup for the second out, Matt Zmuda beat out an infield single to third. Perrysburg third baseman Mark Delas made a terrific backhanded stop of the grounder, but his throw to first was a split-second late. Eric Zmuda took second on the play.
Eric Zmuda then stole third to set up the first and third. Matt Zmuda broke for second and Munger threw to second, but Matt Zmuda was safe.
During the play on Matt Zmuda, Eric Zmuda stole home. He barely beat the throw home with a nice head-first slide to the foul side of home plate for a 2-0 lead.
The Knights followed with  three straight two-out hits — a triple by Miccoy Dzrewiecki, a double by Lyon and a single by Andy Okuley — for a 5-0 lead.
“We should have had them on the first and third,” Perrysburg coach Dave Hall said. “We practice that from the first day in February with our pitchers and catchers, about (the pitcher) stepping off and pump faking to second and throwing the guy out at home. We didn’t do it.
“If we make one play there, it’s maybe a one- or two-run game ... to get short-circuited like that is not characteristic of us. That put  a damper on things real quick. It’s hard to beat that team when you spot them four runs.”
St. Francis stole seven bases in the game.
“That’s us,” Knight coach Tim Gerken said. “When we get a chance to run, we’re just trying to create a mentality more than anything. It played to our advantage.”
The Knights also hit well, stroking 14 hits off three Perrysburg pitchers. The hits included four doubles and two triples. Eight Knights had at least one hit, including Okuley with four and Lyon with three.
“We were hitting ahead in the count and we hit his fastball,” Gerken said. “We’ve got a bunch of good hitters and they definitely hit today.”
Lyon, a senior right-hander, struck out five and didn’t walk a batter. He didn’t return after a 32-minute delay for lightning in the top of the sixth.
The Knights quickly scored four times, all with two out again, after play resumed.
“The two-out hits were key in the game,” Gerken said.
Lyon kept Perrysburg off balance with a good mix of fastballs, curveballs and changeups. The Yellow Jackets had eight hits, all singles. But four of the hits came in the seventh when St. Francis had a 10-1 lead.
“The kid in the middle of the diamond was good today and there’s comfort in that to the team behind him,” Gerken said. “He had (Perrysburg) tied up a little bit.”
Perrysburg’s 27 wins matched the school record for victories set in 1999. The Yellow Jackets also won the Northern Lakes League title with a 13-1 record, and earned sectional and district championships.
The Yellow Jackets rebounded from last season when they were 16-13, 7-7.
“We had a fantastic year,” Hall said. “This year, they became a team. Last year, they were individuals. They cared about each other.”
Perrysburg graduates seven seniors, including starters Munger, Steve Slocum in center field, Austin Lee in left and catcher Kyle Durham. The other seniors were Ryan Garrity, Spencer George and Bennett Westfall, who all had pinch-hit singles in the seventh.
Slocum, who is headed to Miami (Ohio) to play football as a recruited walkon, was 95-27 in his four seasons. The Yellow Jackets also won the NLL and advanced to the state championship game in 2011, and played in a regional final in 2010.

ST. FRANCIS    104    004    1—10    14    4
PERRYSBURG    001    000    4—  5    8    0
HITS — (SF) Okuley 4, Lyon 3, Lewis 2, M. Zmuda 2, Drzewiecki, Lankard, White; (P) Fleming 2, Slocum, Honsberger, Garrity, George, Westfall,  Lee. 2B — (SF) Lewis 2, M. Zmuda, Lyon. 3B — (SF) Drzewiecki, Lyon. RUNS — (SF) E. Zmuda 3, Lyon 2, M. Zmuda, Drzewiecki, Okuley, Wagner, White; (P) Slocum, Garrity, Fleming, Dimmerling, Lee. RBI — (SF) E. Zmuda 2, Lewis 2, Okuley 2, M. Zmuda, Drzewiecki, Lydon; (P) Honsberger 2, Delas. SB — (SF) E. Zmuda 2, M. Zmuda 2, Okuley, Wagner. HBP — (SF) E. Zmuda (by Munger). DP—Perrysburg. LOB — St. Francis 4, Perrysburg 5.

IP    H    R    ER    BB    SO
Lyon (WP)    5    4    1    0    0    5
Lewis    1    2    1    0    0    1
Lang    1-3    2    3    3    1    0
Wagner    2-3    0    0    0    0    0
Lewis pitched to 2 batters in the 7th.
Munger (LP)    2 2-3    6    5    5    1    1
Stockwell    3 2-3    7    5    5    0    3
Delas    2-3    1    0    0    0    0

Last Updated on Friday, 31 May 2013 09:19

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