BY JIM METCALFE
DELPHOS - Jordan Herron and Hunter Binkley combined on a three-hit shutout Thursday night, leading Jefferson's ACME baseball team to a 5-0 victory over Columbus Grove at Wildcat Field.
Herron went six innings and allowed all three hits, walking three and fanning four in his 79-pitch effort. Binkley threw an inning of spotless relief in the seventh.
Jefferson got the only run it would need in the home half of the first off Grove starter Riley Brubaker. Zavier Buzard led off with a single past shortstop Joshua Verhoff and stole second. However, he was tagged out at third when he got too far off second on Jace Stockwell's comebacker.
Ross Thompson then doubled to center and Austin Jettinghoff grounded out to short to plate Stockwell. A wild pitch advanced Thompson to third. Tyler Talboom walked and stole second but both runners remained on base. Grove had another challenge in the second as Ryan Verhoff singled and advanced on a balk. Zach Brinkman walked. An out later, Herron picked Verhoff off second and the next batter popped up.
The Wildcats went up 3-0 in the home half. Buzard walked, stole second and went to third on Stockwell's bunt single. Stockwell stole second and both came in on Thompson's doubled to deep center.
Delphos made it 4-0 in the fifth. Thompson got aboard to start the inning, stole second and went to third on an error on the play. Jettinghoff walked and stole second before Tyler Rice walked to load the bases. Thompson scored on Binkley's sacrifice fly to left. Jettinghoff was forced at third on Herron's comebacker and Smith retired the next batter.
Jefferson added its fifth tally in the home half. With one gone, Buzard beat out an infield hit to short, swiped second and scored on Stockwell's sinking liner to right.
Jefferson will play St. John's at 4 p.m. Monday.
COLUMBUS GROVE (0)
Elisha Jones c 3-0-0-0, Riley Brubaker p/cf 2-0-0-0, Mason Smith 1b/p 3-0-1-0, Joshua Verhoff 3b 2-0-0-0, Marcos Olivo ss 3-0-1-0, Ryan Verhoff lf 2-0-1-0, Zach Brinkman rf 2-0-0-0, Tanner Neu cf/p 3-0-0-0, Eli Schroeder dh 2-0-0-0, Pardo 2b 0-0-0-0, Jake Utendorf 2b 0-0-0-0. Totals 22-0-3-0.
Zavier Buzard cf 3-2-3-0, Jace Stockwell 2b/ss 4-2-2-1, Ross Thompson c 4-1-2-2, Austin Jettinghoff ss/2b 3-0-0-1, Tyler Talboom rf 1-0-0-0, Tyler Rice 1b 0-0-0-0, Hunter Binkley lf/p 2-0-0-1, Jordan Herron p 3-0-1-0, Damien Dudgeon lf 0-0-0-0, Jake Pulford 1b 3-0-0-0, Ryan Goergens rf 0-0-0-0, Adam Rode 3b 2-0-0-0, Kurt Wollenhaupt 3b 1-0-0-0. Totals 26-5-8-5.
Score by Innings:
Col. Grove 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0
Jefferson 1 0 2 0 1 1 x - 5
E: Olivo, Brinkman, Stockwell, Rode; DP: Jefferson 1; LOB: Columbus Grove 5, Jefferson 8; 2B: Thompson 2, Olivo; SB: Buzard 3, Thompson 2, Stockwell, Jettinghoff, Talboom; POB: R. Verhoff (by Herron); Sac: R. Verhoff; SF: Binkley.
IP H R ER BB SO
Brubaker (L) 3.0 4 3 3 2 2
Smith 3.0 4 2 1 2 1
Herron (W) 6.0 3 0 0 3 4
Binkley 1.0 0 0 0 0 0