Rams win opener, 3-1 over McComb

On a blustery 43 degree day from Tinora High School, the Tinora Rams baseball squad set out to start the season on the right foot against the visiting McComb Panthers.

Coming off a 23-5 season that saw the Rams capture their ninth GMC title under head coach Brent Renollet, Tinora sent senior righty Casen Wolfrum to the hill.

Things got off to an inauspicious start as Panthers leadoff hitter David Rader sent the season’s first pitch over the third base bag for a leadoff double.
Rader would later score an unearned run on a Rams fielding error, giving McComb a 1-0 lead.

Tinora threatened in the bottom of the first and second innings, but could not capitalize on numerous chances, trailing 1-0 as them headed into the third inning.

Wolfrum was on cruise control through the first three innings, limiting the Panthers to just 1 hit, while striking out three.

Tinora would finally break through in the bottom of the third, scoring two runs to grab a 2-1 lead after three innings. The Rams would finally get to McComb starter, lefty Camden Glaser.
The scoring was set up by a Cole Commisso one out walk, then a stolen base. Commisso would score the Rams initial run on a Jayden Bergman sac fly, tying the game at 1-1. Tristan Birks would score run number two on an RBI by freshman Alec Schaublin, giving Tinora the 2-1 through three innings.

Tinora’s Wolfrum would make it through the next two innings unscathed before being relieved by Eli Plassman. Wolfrum would exit with five innings, giving up just the lea doff double, one unearned run, while striking out seven Panther batters. Wolfrum did not walk a batter. The Rams staff issued just one walk in the contest.

Tinora added an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth. After leadoff hitter Nolan Schafer was hit by a pitch to start the inning, he was at third after a steal and a McComb throwing error. Ram Sophomore Kadyn Radzik stepped up, putting a high inside pitch down the third baseline on a suicide squeeze, scoring Schaefer, giving the Rams a 3-1 lead after six innings of play.

Plassman, on for his second inning of relief, was greeted by a single by Panthers Thane Steinbrook to start the seventh inning. Tinora’s sophomore shortstop Kadyn Radzik came into play again, gobbling up a grounder up the middle of the bat of McComb’s Blake Wittenmyer, stepping on second, the firing over to first for the double play.

Tinora four year starter Nolan Schafer ended the game by throwing out McComb’s Greg Jolliff, who reached on a two out walk, on an attempted steal.

The Rams open the season at 1-0, Tinora will host Leipsic on Thursday.
McComb falls to 0-1, and will travel to Mohawk Thursday.

Casen Wolfrum was awarded the Higbea Embroidery Player of the game award for his efforts.

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