DEFIANCE – The Tinora Rams made the short drive to Defiance High School, while the St. Henry Redskins logged the 90+ minute bus trip to take part in game #4 of the Pep Baseball Ohio Classic.
In a showcase for area talent put on by PBR, eight teams took part in the classic, Defiance, Tinora, St Henry, St John’s, Coldwater, Franklin, New Albany, & Tallmadge.
Game #4 was all about St Henry senior lefty, Nolan Schmitz. Schmitz, headed to Indiana Tech in the fall, would completely shut down the Tinora bats in his five innings of work.
Coming in to the game averaging close to 10 runs per contest, Tinora would wind up with just a single run on three hits for the evening.
St. Henry would get to Tinora senior right-hander Cole Commisso for four first inning runs. The Redskins would send 9 batters to the plate, taking a 4-0 lead after just one half inning.
With one out and a runner at third, the Rams got a taste of their own medicine as Redskins head coach Mike Gast signaled for a first inning suicide squeeze. DH Drew Schweiterman bunted through the ball, Rams catcher Nolan Schafer appeared to put the tag on the runner, Bryce Brookhart, in time for the out, however Brookhart was ruled safe at the plate, Giving the Redskins a 1-0 lead.
Devin Delzeith would single in two more teammates to increase the St. Henry lead to 3-0. Mark Knapke would follow with another RBI, the Redskins plated four in their initial at bat.
The Tinora starter Commisso would not allow another run over the next five innings.
Tinora loaded the bases with two outs off the St Henry starter Schmitz in the bottom of the second without the benefit of a hit. Schmitz got an inning ending strikeout to thwart the Rams rally.
The Rams would not get their first hit off the Redskins lefty Schmitz until the fourth inning, a Jayden Bergman single. Bergman would end his night with two of the Rams three hits in the contest.
Both starters would exit after five innings, Commisso for the Rams and Schmitz would work to three batters in the fifth before recording an out before being pulled for the Redskins.
The Rams Commisso would allow the four first inning runs, strike out four and walk six.
St. Henry’s Schmitz would strike out 11 Rams while walking just two, allowing just 1 run.
Tinora freshman Alec Schaublin would enter the six inning, as well as Devin Delzeith for St Henry.
The Redskins would add a two runs off Tinora’s Alec Schaublin on a Shane Franck RBI single in the sixth to increase their lead to 5-0. A balk by Schaublin would pate a second run in the inning, scoring Kunkler, the Redskins would lead 6-1 through five and a half innings.
Tinora would load the bases for the second time in the game, this time with no outs. Jayden Bergman would get his second single, this time an RBI single scoring Nolan Schafer to cut the St Johns lead to 6-1. The St John receiver Delzeith would retire the next three Tinora hitters, putting out the fire.
The Redskins would add a single run in the top of the seventh on a Mark Knapke RBI single, giving St Johns a 7-1 lead.
Delzeith would cut the Rams down in the seventh, sending the Rams to just their second loss on the season.
Tinora falls to 12-2 and will have a full week of games ahead of them. Archbold on Tuesday, Wayne Trace on Wed, at Ottoville on Thursday, and at Patrick Henry on Sat,
St Henry improves to 12-4. The Redskins will play Memorial on Monday.
Game 1 St John’s 6 New Albany 1
Game 2 Tallmadge 3 Defiance 0
Game 3 Coldwater 4 Franklin 0
Game 4 St Henry 7 Tinora 1