St. John’s southpaw Devin Cairo brings one to the plate during the Blue Jays’ baseball game Friday at Ottoville. (DHI Media/Jim Metcalfe)
St. John’s southpaw Devin Cairo brings one to the plate during the Blue Jays’ baseball game Friday at Ottoville. (DHI Media/Jim Metcalfe)
OTTOVILLE — St. John’s — playing its seventh game in seven days — took on Ottoville — entering at 0-5 — Friday in non-league baseball action at the Ottoville Athletic Complex.

In a game that combined 14 bases-on-balls, two hit batters, 16 hits and five errors, the Jays outlasted the Big Green 10-9.

“I was worried about our energy level today after a very good week with a lot of baseball, and it showed at times. We were going to have to tough this one out; fortunately, we scored one more run than they did,” St. John’s head coach Jerry Jackson said. “It wasn’t pretty baseball, but I’m proud of the kids for extending our winning streak to seven in a row. We knew all along that when you play so many games in so many days, you are going to have to rely on arms that usually would be on your junior varsity. Still, we trust them to come in and throw strikes.”

Ottoville head man Ty Wannemacher saw positives despite the loss.

“We scored as many runs today as we have all year. We hit the ball well; even on outs, we hit it hard,” he said. “For us, it just continues a pattern of not being to put a whole game together; we either play great defense and can’t score or we score and can’t play defense. For us, when we make an error, our opponent always capitalizes. What is really hurting us is we have a number of guys that haven’t played baseball since the fourth and fifth grades, so they are learning on the go. We just don’t have the baseball experience.”

The Jays (8-4) — trailing 5-3 — took the lead for good with a 4-run top of the fourth against Big Green reliever Andy Schimmoeller. Josh Warnecke led it off with a double to left and Matthew Miller walked. An out later, Troy Schwinnen walked; a wild pitch plated Warnecke and moved the other runners up. Seth Linder was hit by a pitch to reload the bases and another wild pitch scored Miller. Eric Vogt walked to reload the sacks and a blooper to right by Buddy Jackson got Schwinnen in. Troy Elwer lofted a fly ball to left that got Linder home for a 7-5 lead.

The Jays scored the last of their runs in the top of the fifth. Warnecke again led off with a 2-bagger to left and Miller singled to left. Aaron Reindel walked and Schwinnen was hit by a pitch to plate Warnecke. A free pass to Linder got Miller across home and a sacrifice fly to left by Vogt scored Reindel for a 10-5 edge.

The Big Green made it a 10-6 deficit in the home fifth against Linder, the second Blue Jay pitcher. With two outs, Jaden Schnipke walked, advanced on a wild pitch and scored on Dylan Kemper’s liner to left.

Ottoville scored three times in the home sixth. Schimmoeller walked and Clayton Schnipke knocked a hit into left, finishing Linder for the lefty Miller. Martin walked to load the bases and a slice to center by Brad Boecker got Schimmoeller and Schnipke home, with Martin taking third. Troy Warnecke’s grounder forced Boecker at second but the Jays couldn’t record a double play, with Martin coming home for a 10-9 deficit. Nick Moorman flied out to left and Warnecke was caught off base for the inning-ending twin-killing.

Miller then sent down the Big Green in order in the seventh to end the game.

Ottoville welcomes in Crestview at noon on Saturday. St. John’s hosts New Knoxville Tuesday.


ST. JOHN’S (10)

Aaron Reindel cf/2b 4-1-0-0, Troy Schwinnen lf 3-2-0-1, Ethan Linder 3b/p/rf 3-2-1-1, Eric Vogt ss/3b 2-1-1-1, Buddy Jackson c 3-0-1-1, Devin Cairo p 1-0-0-0, Troy Elwer cf 1-0-0-1, Jacob Youngpeter rf/1b 2-0-0-0, Corey Koverman ph 1-0-1-0, Josh Warnecke dh 4-2-2-0, Collin Will 2b/ss 0-0-0-0, Matthew Miller 1b 3-2-1-0. Totals 27-10-7-5.


Andy Schimmoeller ss/p 3-2-1-0, Clayton Schnipke 2b 4-3-2-0, Zane Martin p/ss 2-2-0-0, Brad Boecker c 3-1-1-2, Troy Warnecke cf 4-0-2-4, Nick Moorman 1b 3-0-0-1, Jaden Schnipke lf 3-1-2-1, Dylan Kemper 3b 3-0-1-1, Logan Kemper rf 2-0-0-0, Emerson Calvelage ph 1-0-0-0, Keagan Leis ph 1-0-0-0. Totals 29-9-9-9.

Score by Innings:

St. John’s 1 0 2 4 3 0 0 - 10

Ottoville 2 0 3 0 1 3 0 - 9

E: Vogt 2, D. Kemper 2, Mooman; DP: St. John’s 1, Ottoville 1; LOB: St. John’s 8, Ottoville 6; 2B: J. Warnecke 2; SB: Vogt 3, Linder 2, Cairo 2, Schwinnen, Linder; Sac: D. Kemper; SF: Vogt, Elwer.



Cairo 2.0 5 5 4 3 2

Linder (W, 1-1) 3 3 3 3 1

Miller 2.0 1 1 1 0 1


Martin 3.0 2 3 1 3 5

Schimmoeller (L, 0-1) 4.0 5 7 7 5 4

Cairo pitched to 5 batters in 3rd

Linder pitched to 2 batters in 6th

WP: Schimmoeller 2, Linder. HBP: Schwinnen (by Morton), Linder (by Warnecke). Balk: Martin. Pitches-Strikes: Cairo 57-33, Linder 47-27, Miller 31-17; Martin 65-42, Schimmoeller 69-38.