Updated 7:50 p.m., Perrysburg baseball wins district title (5-25-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kevin Gordon Sentinel Assistant Sports Editor   
Saturday, 25 May 2013 18:07
Perrysburg's Nick Fleming (left) attempts to tag out Norwalk's Tyson Putnam (middle) at second during a district finals game May 25, 2013 at Carter Park in Bowling Green, Ohio. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
Perrysburg’s baseball team has played consistently well this season.
The Yellow Jackets have pitched well, played solid defense and had timely hitting.
The combination has Perrysburg headed back to its home away from home — the regional tournament. PHOTO GALLERY
Mark Delas pitched a four-hitter, the Yellow Jackets played errorless defense and scratched out three runs for a 3-2 win over Norwalk to win a Division I district championship Saturday at Carter Park.
The Yellow Jackets, ranked fifth and 26-3 overall, face No. 4 Toledo St. Francis (27-1) in a regional semifinal Thursday in a 5 p.m. start at Steller Field.
No. 15 Norwalk, which had won 21 of its last 22 games, is 25-5.
The district title was Perrysburg’s third in the last four years and fifth in the last 11 years. The Yellow Jackets lost in the state final  in 2011 and the regional final in 2010.
Perrysburg was playing in the district final for the fifth time in the last six seasons at Carter Park, which has become Leyland Family Field South. The Yellow Jackets are 15-2 in tournament play at Carter Park since the 2008 season.
“This is the team that overachieved more than the other groups we’ve had,” said Perrysburg coach Dave Hall, who is in his 28th season. “The other teams, we expected to be here.”
The Yellow Jackets, 12-1 in the Northern Lakes League, can win the NLL outright Tuesday with a win at Springfield. If Perrysburg loses, it’ll share the title with Anthony Wayne.
Perrysburg was 16-13 overall and 7-7 in the NLL last season. It returned 11 lettermen.
“This crew was picked to be third or fourth in the league this year,” Hall said. “This is a good one because we’ve gotten everything out of the kids and they have played together as a team. They’re a good team. There are no superstars. They just find ways to win.
“We don’t do anything magical. We try to throw strikes and play defense, and get some timely hits. When we do what we do, we win.”
Delas and the defense led the way against Norwalk, which entered the district tournament with a .375 batting average.
The junior right-hander kept Norwalk off-balance with a good fastball and curveball. Delas is 6-1 with 1.60 earned-run average.
“They couldn’t touch him and he had a great mix with his curveball, even when they were expecting the fastball,” Perrysburg catcher Kyle Durham said.
Durham had the defensive play of the game with one out in the seventh when he threw out Norwalk’s Tyson Putnam at second base.
Putnam reached on an infield single to shortstop and then tried to take second when a Delas pitch bounced in the dirt. The ball hit Durham, but still bounced to Durham’s right. He scrambled to recover the ball and throw to second baseman Nick Fleming for the out. Delas struck the next batter out to end the game.
“(Fleming) did  a great job of diving to get to the throw and then tagging the runner on the second try,” Hall said. “That was a big out.”
Earlier, Fleming twice robbed Norwalk of hits.
The junior made a diving stop of a grounder into the hole at second with a runner on first and none out. He also made a backhanded catch of a line drive to start the fifth.
Center fielder Steve Slocum made a diving catch to end the third inning.
And Delas hustled to the right side of the mound to pick the ball up and throw to first for the final out of the first inning with a runner on third.
Perrysburg also turned a double play.
“That’s the best game we’ve had defensively,” said Durham, whose team has just 46 errors in 29 games. “We have athletes on the field and everybody came to play. Our defense was great.”
“The way we play defense gives our pitchers a lot of confidence because we know if we throw strikes, they’ll make plays,” Delas said. “We know we don’t need a lot of runs.”
The Yellow Jackets scored in the first when Durham was hit by a 2-2 pitch the bases loaded and two out. They loaded the bases on Slocum’s leadoff walk, Delas’ infield single to third with one out, and Nick Munger’s two-out walk.
Perrysburg added a run in the second when Gus Dimmerling singled to left, moved to second and third on wild pitches, and scored on Slocum’s sacrifice fly to center.
Perrysburg’s other run came in the fourth when Slocum singled with one out, and Delas and Stockwell singled with two out.
After Norwalk made it 3-2 in the sixth, Delas stranded the tying run at first to end the inning. Perrysburg left 11.
“There was no way I was coming out. I just told myself I was going to finish the game,” said Delas, who threw 102 pitches. “I knew I had to throw strikes.”

PERRYSBURG    110    100    0—3    8    0
NORWALK    001    001    0—2    4    0
HITS — (P) Delas 2, Slocum, Honsberger, Stockwell, K. Durham, Dimmerling, Lee; (N) Perry 2, Finch, Putnam. RUNS — (P) Slocum 2, Dimmerling; (N) Perry, Neuberger. RBI — (P) Slocum, Stockwell, Dimmerling; (N) Perry, Rhodes. SB — (P) Slocum. SAC — (N) Obringer. SAC FLY — (P) Slocum. HBP — (P) K. Durham (by Souter), Dimmerling (by Souter). LOB — Perrysburg 11, Norwalk 4. DP — Perrysburg.

IP    H    R    ER    BB    SO
Delas (WP)    7    4    2    2    3    2
Souter (LP)    5    8    3    3    4    6
Finch    2    0    0    0    0    3
Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 May 2013 10:29

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