Keaton Brown of Van Wert struckout 11 on Saturday as the Cougars defeated St. John's 7-2. (DHI Media/Joe Dray)
Keaton Brown of Van Wert struckout 11 on Saturday as the Cougars defeated St. John's 7-2. (DHI Media/Joe Dray)

CONVOY — Keaton Brown pitched a gem on Saturday and held the Blue Jays to just five hits through seven innings. Van Wert hit the ball well and beat St. John’s 7-2 in the ACME Sectional tournament.

Parker Conrad got the ball rolling in the first inning with an RBI double that scored Brown for the first run of the game. Conrad scored later in the inning on an error to make it 2-0 Cougars.

Conrad led Van Wert at the plate by going 3-for-3 with two runs scored and a pair of RBIs.

The Cougars added two more runs in the second thanks to a stolen base by Levi Eddins and a sacrifice fly by Brown that scored Hunter Bolenbaugh as Van Wert opened up a 4-0 lead on the Blue Jays.

They tacked on two runs in the fourth and one in the fifth before St. John’s threatened in the top half of the sixth inning. Braysen Schulte scored on a single by Gavin Fittro, who later crossed the plate on a sacrifice fly Trent Lindeman.

The late game rally fell short for St. John’s as the Cougars held on for a 7-2 victory.

Van Wert will play Jefferson at 2 p.m. on Sunday for a ticket to the Sectional Finals. The Blue Jays will play an elimination game against Lincolnview at 4:15 p.m. Sunday.

St. John’s 2

Braysen Schulte 3-1-1-0, Gavin Fittro 4-1-2-1, Zane Wertenberger 2-0-0-0, Trent Lindeman 2-0-0-1, Brady Kerner 3-0-0-0, Lincoln Mueller 2-0-1-0, Gavin Becker 2-0-1-0, Blake Fischbach, 2-0-0-0, Avery Schulte 1-0-0-0, J.J. Bonifas 2-0-0-0, Garrett Mueller 1-0-0-0, Total 24-2-5-2

SB: Fittro, Wertenberger

Van Wert 7

Keaton Brown 3-1-1-1, Ries Wise 3-1-2-1, Parker Conrad 3-2-3-2, Turner Witten 1-0-0-0, Josh Halker 2-0-1-1, Kaiden Bates 4-0-1-0, Ethan Rupert 3-0-0-0, Levi Eddins 3-1-1-0, Hunter Bolenbaugh 3-2-1-0, Levi Newell 1-0-0-0, Total 26-7-10-5

2B: Conrad 2, Eddins

SB: Bates, Bolenbaugh, Eddins

Score by Inning - R H E

St. John’s 000 002 0 - 2 5 2

Van Wert 220 210 x - 7 10 0

IP H R ER BB SO

St. John’s

Brady Kerner (L) 3 5 4 2 1 1

Gavin Becker 2.1 5 3 3 0 2

Avery Schulte 0.2 0 0 0 1 1

Van Wert

Keaton Brown (W) 7 5 2 2 3 11