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Ringwald earns win as Bearcats hold off Musketeers

FORT JENNINGS, OH – Spencerville Sophomore pitcher Zach Ringwald earned his first career win on Tuesday night as he and his Bearcats teammates held on to defeat Fort Jennings 8-5 in a non-league contest.

Ringwald worked 6.2 innings and nearly fully completed his first career start but with two outs in the seventh inning and trailing 8-3 Fort Jennings Sam Vetter was able to procure a walk and quickly be tripled in by Connor Stechschulte to trim the Bearcat advantage to 8-4.

A single by Logan Hardeman drove in Stechschulte to make the score 8-5 before a walk to pinch hitter Connor Hoersten again put a runner on base for the home team. With the tying run in pinch hitter Devin Miller coming to the plate the Bearcats head coach Shane Falke would go to his bullpen and put Brady Nolan into the contest.

The decision to move to Nolan with two outs and two on in the bottom of the seventh was a good one for the visiting team as he was able to strike out Miller on five pitches to secure the victory for Spencerville and tie the all-time series at 16 wins apiece.

Bearcat shortstop and future Georgia Highlands College Charger Jacob Meyer who paced the defending Northwest Conference Champions by scoring three of their runs on the day in addition to driving in a pair of runs on two doubles and a single on the afternoon.

Meyer, Luke Market, and Brady Nolan, the top three hitters in the Spencerville lineup combined to reach base nine times in their 15 at bats on the day and drive in or score all but two of their teams scores.

Fort Jennings was led by Brandon Wehri who finished the day 2/4 at the plate and drove in a trio of runs including a pair on a bases clearing double in the fifth inning to pull his team to within five runs at the time of the Bearcats lead.

Both teams were active on the basepaths in the game as they accounted for 11 stolen bases (Spencerville 7, FJ 4).

With the win the Bearcats move their season record to 8-10 and will next travel to take on the Lincolnview Lancers on Thursday afternoon in NWC play. Fort Jennings (4-9) will be in action on Wednesday in Delphos against the Northwest Conference’s remaining unbeaten in the Jefferson Wildcats with first pitch at 4:30pm (hear the game live on WZOQ Radio)

WP: Zach Ringwald (1-0) – 6.2 IP, 5R, 6H, 2K, 111 pitches (63 strikes)
LP: Sam Vetter (1-1) – 4.0 IP, 5R, 10H, 1BB, 66 pitches (40 strikes)

Top Hitters:
Brandon Wehri (FJ): 2/4, 2B, 3RBI
Justin Thiery (SV): 2/3
Jacob Meyer (SV): 3/5, 3R, 2RBI
Brady Becker (SV): 1/4, 3 RBI


Bearcats explode for 21 runs in win

Ft. Jennings, OH – The Spencerville Bearcats scored 7 runs in the first inning Tuesday night on the road against Fort Jennings, and then went on to score 14 more in the final 6 innings of their 21-8 non-conference win.

Spencerville (8-8) got things rolling in the opening half inning as the first 5 hitters of the inning came around to score against Musketeers starter Alex Sealts who lasted just 2/3rds of an inning before being pulled for reliever Connor Stechschulte. In his time on the mound, Sealts was saddled with 7 runs (4 earned), 3 walks, 1 strikeout and a hit batsman while throwing just 14 of his 36 pitches for strikes.

Fort Jennings (3-12) got their offense started early themselves in their first time at the bat as they pushed across 5 straight runs to cut their deficit to just 2 at 7-5 after the first full inning of play.

Both Stechschulte and Bearcat starting pitcher Nick Freewalt settled down in the next few innings, with just 4 runs (all from the visitors) coming in to score from the 2nd to 5th innings.

With a 12-5 lead following a sacrifice fly RBI from Freewalt that scored Red Wood in the 5th, the Bearcats ended their 6th inning of offense exactly how they began it, with Justin Thierry unable to reach base. Between the two Thierry at bats however the Cats were able to bat around and add 5 more runs to push their lead to 17-8 as Wood (2-3 on the day), Mitchell Youngpeter (4-6 with a pair of doubles), Thad Ringwald (1-3 with a walk), and shortstop David Wisher (2-3 with a pair of walks) accounting for runs on the scoreboard.

In the top of the 7th inning the Bearcats took advantage of Luke Trentman, the 3rd Musketeer pitcher of the day and scored their final 4 runs of the contest to go on to the 21-8 win.

Brady Nolan, who started the game at 2nd base came on in relief of Freewalt and pitched 3.1 innings, striking out 3 and giving up 3 runs in his time on the bump.

WP: Freewalt (2-1), 3.2 IP, 2 K, 2 BB, 6 H, 5 R, 2 ER, 83 pitches (55 for strikes)

LP: Alex Sealts (0-2) .2 IP, 1 K, 4 BB, 2 H, 7 R, 4 ER, 36 pitches (14 for strikes)

Spencerville committed 5 errors in the contest to go along with their 17 hits, 10 walks and 3 batters hit by pitch. Paulding will be the opponent in an NWC tilt on Thursday before the Cats take on Ottoville on Friday at home.

Fort Jennings committed 3 errors in the game while picking up 8 hits, 3 walks and 3 batters hit by pitch. The Musketeers are back in action tonight as they take on the Delphos Jefferson Wildcats before heading to Kalida on Friday for a PCL matchup that will be broadcast live on www.zsportslive.com beginning at 5pm.


Nourse, Goecke lead Bearcats past Musketeers

Spencerville used a furious first and last quarter Friday night in their non-conference affair in Fort Jennings to down the Musketeers 69-53 behind some torrid shooting at the hands of Mason Nourse and Zack Goecke.

Goecke who finished with a game high 21 points on the night would get the Bearcats offense going in the first quarter as following a Connor Wallenhorst triple that gave Fort Jennings a quick 3-0 lead, the Bearcats junior would help lead his squad on an 11-0 run and finish the stanza with 7 of his teams 21 points and put them ahead 21-7 heading into the second stanza. Bailey Croft added 5 of his 7 points on the night in the quarter by going 3/3 from the free throw line and tossing in a wide open layup against the Musketeers underneath the basket.

Not to be outdone however the Fort Jennings offense responded in the second with a furious rally of their own and leaped to a 21-7 quarter themselves that tied the game at 28 heading into the break. Fort Jennings offense in the second quarter was run through experienced seniors Wallenhorst (10 in the quarter) and Nick Von Sossan (6) whose deep shooting and active hands had the Bearcats on their heels for most of the quarter.

With a packed house inside The Fort as it is affectionately referred to, the action on the floor would continue to heat up the building in the 3rd quarter. Both squads came out in the 3rd and continued their hot shooting, but it was the Bearcats who would utilize a 19-15 quarter to lead heading into the final 8:00. Fort Jennings in the 3rd would go 5/6 from the free throw line and get a pair of triples from Wallenhorst and Von Sossan to keep close to the Bearcats who got a big quarter from Goecke (6 in the 3rd) and Dakota Prichard (7 of his 12 points on the night).

Fort Jennings would only be able to muster 10 points in the fourth quarter with half of those coming from Drew Grone who had found himself in foul trouble all night with 3 early infractions. Austin Kehres and Alex Berelsman would find themselves with just 8 combined points on the night before they each were forced to exit the contest with 5 fouls.

Midway through the 4th quarter with the game still in jeopardy and the Cats holding off an early run by Fort Jennings, Mason Nourse who nailed back to back 3 pointers to push the Spencerville lead into double digits with a hand in his face each time. Finishing with 19 points and player of the game honors, the 6’0 junior guard calmly brought the ball up the floor and buried shots in front of the capacity crowd with ease from a couple of feet behind the arc.

Dakota Prichard, reportedly battling sickness all week and replaced in the starting lineup by Jacob Meyer (8 points and a great defensive effort before fouling out in the 4th quarter) would finish 5/6 in the quarter from the line to help seal the win.

Spencerville gets to 2-1 with the win and will take on the Paulding Panthers at home next Friday night. Fort Jennings sees their record drop to 1-2 on the year and will play next at home against Ottoville on Friday evening.


Spencerville (69):

Mason Nourse 19
Damien Corso 2
Jacob Meyer 8
Zack Goecke 21
Dakota Prichard 12
Bailey Croft 7
Griffin Croft 2

3 Pointers (7):

Nourse (3), Meyer, Goecke (2), Prichard

Fort Jennings (53):

Alex Berelsman 2
Connor Wallenhorst 20
Nick Von Sossan 17
Drew Grone 5
Austin Kehres 6
Zack Finn 3

3 Pointers (6):

Wallenhorst (2), Von Sossan (2), Grone, Finn

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