Bergman sends Rams to state semifinals

Tinora Rams Acme coach Doug Plassman had no hesitation when he gave the ball to senior to be Jayden Bergman. After all, all Bergman was responsible for was getting the start in the Rams first ever State Acme Tournament game vs the St. Henry Redskins.

Coming off his complete game shutout just over a week ago vs the Kalida Wildcats in the district opener, Bergman had his sights set on advancing the Rams.

The Tinora righty Bergman was matched up against St. Henry’s hard throwing right-hander senior Dusty Lange.

St. Mary’s threatened to score in their first at bat, back to back walks to Drew Schwieterman and Clayton Everett put Redskins runners at first & second with two out. Bergman responded, getting a strikeout to retire the threat.

The Tinora offense sent six men to the plate in the bottom of the first, scoring 2 runs on a Eli Plassman two out, two RBI double, scoring Dalton Wolfrum & Teron Ward.

Bregman retired the Redskins without damage in the second and third innings, striking out 3.

The Rams increased their lead to 3-0 in the bottom of the third, Cole Commisso led off with a double, scoring on a Teron Ward RBI single over the bag at third.

Tinora’s Jayden Bergman set the Redskins down without damage through the fourth, fifth, and sixth innings, allowing just a lead off single to Kellen Hoing in the fifth. Several great defensive plays kept the Redskins off the board, including a fantastic play by Rams second baseball Cole Commisso in the fourth inning.

The Rams added single runs in the bottom of the fourth and sixth. Casen Wolfrum scored in the fourth on a fielder choice to the pitcher, then a throwing error allowed Wolfrum to score from third on the play, increasing the Rams lead to 4-0 after four.

Wolfrum again scored for the Rams, this time in the sixth, scoring on a bases loaded hit by pitch with Jayden Bergman at the plate, increasing the Tinora lead to 5-0 over St. Henry.

With the pitch count rising, as well as the outside temperature, Rams headman Doug Plassman stuck with his ace heading into the top of the seventh. After shutting down the Redskins bats over the first six innings, all that was standing between the Rams and another game was 3 outs.

The seventh inning started with a pinch hit single by Redskins Logan Dehan. After a caught stealing eliminated Dehan, the Redskins put the next two on via the free pass, walks to Ben Morman and Nolan Kunker brought a visit to the mound from Plassman to talk with Bergman.

Plassman stuck with Bergman, who was shooting for his second straight shutout. An infield error by the Rams loaded the bases for the Redskins with two outs. Just as everyone thought Bergman was laboring, he took a quick troll around the mound to regain his composure. What resulted was Bergman stepping into his ace roll, retiring the final batter on a popup to send the Tinora Rams to the Acme State Semifinals.

Tinora will play Versailes tomorrow at 5:30 pm at Elida High School.

Higbea player of the game award went to Jayden Bergman. CGSO – 7 innings 0 runs; 3 hits, 7 K’s; 4 BB

St Henry 000 000 0 0
Tinora 201 101 x 5

W: Bergman
L: Lange

Teron Ward: 1B; 2Bl R
Cole Commisso: 2B, R
Eli Plassman: 2B, @ RBI
Casen Wolfrum: 2 R; 2 singles

Thanks to Michael Hirn for all his assistance during the broadcast.

Pic courtesy Nikki Miles

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