VAN WERT – The Van Wert Cougars welcomed the Delphos St. Johns Blue Jays to Russell Fisher field at Smiley Park for boys ACME baseball on Monday night. The Cougars jumped over a young Blue Jays team with eight runs in the front two frames as Van Wert run ruled St. Johns 10-0 in five innings.

After Lennon Bartley worked around a one-out walk in the top of the first for Van Wert. In the bottom of the first Van Wert sent 10 batters to the plate.

With the base loaded, Nate Temple hit a line drive to right field to plate two runs for Van Wert. Parker Conrad and Keaton Brown both picked up RBIs in the bottom of the first to extend the Van Wert lead to 5-0.

Van Wert got another three runs in the bottom of the second as Hayden Maples got an RBI single to left and Owen Treece plated a run with a sac fly to give the Cougars a 8-0 lead.

Bartley opened the top of the third issuing a walk to Luke Reindel. Bartley got a strike out and two ground balls to end his night after three strong innings.

TJ Reynolds came in relief for Van Wert in the top of the fourth and Reynolds was throwing dart. As Reynolds struck out two of three batters, he faced in the frame.

Reynolds retired the first two batters in the top of the fifth on ground balls. Reynolds got a little wild and plunked St. Johns catcher Jeff Odenweller. The next batter Reindel end the Cougars hope of a no-hitter with a sharp single to right field.

A ground ball got Van Wert out of the top of the fifth, and Van Wert needed two runs to end the game.

In the bottom of the fifth Van Wert got a walk, an error and a two-run single to allow the Cougars to pick up the victory 10-0 over St. Johns.

“Very pleased with the pitching performance; St. Johns is a young team," said Van Wert ACME baseball coach Todd Dunlap. "We knew we need to come out with a businesslike approach and take care of business. We said we need to time up the pitcher and work on our fundamental at the plate.”

“When you come to Van Wert you expect to play a good team and today was no different," said Delphos St. Johns ACME baseball coach Buddy Jackson. "We made some throwing errors and fielding errors that we know as a team that we can’t have. We just need to focus and play the kind of baseball I know we are capable of playing."

The Cougars improve to 2-1 on the young season and will play host to the 4-0 Wayne Trace Raiders on Wednesday at Smiley Park. St. Johns drops to 0-3 on the year.