SPENCERVILLE — The visiting Jefferson Wildcats scored eight times in the top of the second inning, which was more than enough to knock off Spencerville 8-4 on Thursday.

Down 3-0 to start the inning, the Wildcats (9-8, 3-0 NWC) did the damage to Bearcat southpaw Thad Ringwald. Consecutive singles by Brendan Herron, Jordan Boop and Hunter Haehn loaded the bases. Two outs later, the floodgates opened. Braxton Scalf worked a free pass to score Herron, and a single to left by Brett Mahlie plated Boop. A 2-run slash to center by Jacob Boop got Haehn and Scalf home for a 4-3 edge.

Jace Stockwell’s hard shot that deflected off the pitcher loaded the sacks and a bases-loaded double to deep center by Herron made it 7-3. On the play, lightning was spotted and resulted in a 50-minute delay.

Upon the restart, Herron stole third and scored on an infield hit by Jordan Boop. Haehn singled to right but Ringwald finally got the final out of the second.

“We tried to go with Tyler (Shrider) as the starter but he had some arm stiffness; Brendan came in and pitcher very well. He didn’t have a lot of time to warm up, so the delay didn’t hurt him that bad,” Jefferson head coach Doug Geary said. “The key was our defense made plays behind our pitchers; Spencerville was putting the ball in play and we had to make the plays. Offensively, we had a similar inning last year against them; we did whatever we had to to score those runs. They are our rivals, so maybe that’s what it takes.”

Jefferson hosts Ada Friday in a makeup game. Spencerville hosts Shawnee in a doubleheader Saturday.

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JEFFERSON (8)

Brett Mahlie ss 3-1-1-1, Jacob Boop cf 4-1-2-2, Jace Stockwell c 4-1-1-0, Brendan Herron 1b/p 4-2-3-3, Tyler Schrider p 0-0-0-0, Jordan Boop 1b/rf 3-1-2-1, Hunter Haehn 3b 4-1-2-0, Darius Shurelds 2b 2-0-0-0, Caleb Lucas 2b 2-0-0-0, Darnell Simpson lf 4-0-1-0, Braxton Scalf rf/p 2-1-0-1. Totals 32-8-12-8.

SPENCERVILLE (4)

Jacob Meyer 1B 2-2-1-0, Damon Blair ss 2-0-0-0, Austin Gallimore ph 1-0-0-0, Brady Nolan 3b/p 4-0-0-0, Brady Becker c 3-1-2-1, Thad Ringwald p/rf 3-1-0-0, Chandler Kahle rf/3b 2-0-0-0, Kale Lee lf 3-0-1-1, Luke Market 2b 3-0-1-0, J.T. Thiery cf 3-0-0-0. Totals 26-4-5-2.

Score by Innings:

Jefferson 0 8 0 0 0 0 0 - 8

Spencerville 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 - 4

E: Stockwell, Haehn. DP: Jefferson 1. LOB: Jefferson 6, Spencerville 7. 2B: Herron. SB: Meyer 3, Herron. CS: Jac. Boop (by Becker).

IP H R ER BB SO

JEFFERSON

Shrider 0.2 2 3 3 3 1

Herron (W) 6.0 3 1 1 3 3

Scalf 0.1 0 0 0 0 1

SPENCERVILLE

T. Ringwald (L) 6.0 12 8 8 3 7

Nolan 1.0 0 0 0 0 0

WP: Shrider 3, T. Ringwald 2, Herro. Balk: Shrider. PB: Becker. BB: Meyer 2, Mahlie, Jor. Boop, Scalf, Blair, Becker, T. Ringwald, Kahle. Pitches-Strikes: Shrider 31-15, Herron 98-50, Scalf 3-3; T. Ringwald 114-77, Nolan 7-5.