Flyers walk way to sectional crown

Published 12:00 am Saturday, June 3, 2006

The St. Joseph Flyers walked all over the Southeastern Panthers.

Although the Flyers had just three hits, they took advantage of 14 walks to beat the Panthers 7-5 Thursday to win the Division IV sectional championship.

Southeastern starter Clay Dennewitz struck out eight but walked 13 in 4.2 innings.

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“We knew coming in (Dennewitz) was wild. We checked the boxscores and he was always had around eight walks or more,” Flyers coach Greg Bryant said.

“We told the kids to swing at good pitches and not help him out. Anytime you get 13 walks, it’s going to help you.”

It marked the Flyers first sectional title since 1998.

St. Joseph, 12-5, plays at 5 p.m. Monday at Lucasville Valley in the district semifinals. The Flyers play the winner of Beaver Eastern and Western Latham.

“It’s nice to win a sectional. It’s been a few years. It was a goal of ours before the season,” Bryant said.

Ryan Waginger gave up just five hits to get the win. He struck out five, walked four — one intentionally — and only three of the runs were earned.

“(Ryan) did a good job mixing his pitches and we did a good job defensively behind him,” Bryant said.

The Flyers scored twice in the first inning.

Ryan Schwab and Chad Harvey walked, moved up on a wild pitch and scored when Waginger reached on a two-base throwing error.

Southeastern got a run back in the top of the fourth inning.

Kyle Prater doubled, Dennewitz walked and Logan Clark had an RBI single.

The Flyers came right back with a run in the bottom of the inning on walks to Pat Gagai and Michael Basedow and back-to-back wild pitches.

The Panthers scored twice in the fifth inning to tie the game at 3-3.

Jeremy Dennis walked and Scott Stahffer was safe on a sacrifice bunt attempt. A wild pitch scored one run and Prater’s sacrifice fly made it 3-3.

St. Joseph came right back with a run in the bottom of the inning as Alex Swarts, Gagai, Basedow and Jeremy Addis all drew walks.

In the sixth, Clark doubled, moved up on a wild pitch and came home on a squeeze play by Zach Day as the Panthers tied the game at 4-4.

But St. Joseph scored three runs in the bottom of the inning to lead 7-4.

Chad Harvey and Waginger singled.

Jerrod Laber walked and Jeremy Addis reached on an error as a run scored.

Gagai hit into a fielder’s choice with Waginger forced out at home, but the throw to first base for a double play went into right field allowing two runs to score.

Southeastern got a run in the top of the seventh inning when Stahffer doubled and Prater singled. Waginger got a pop out and ground out to end the game.


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Clay Dennewitz, Ben Schuler (5) and Jeremy Dennis. Ryan Waginger and Jeremy Addis. W-Waginger (5-K, 4-BB, 1-IBB, 3-ER). L-Dennewitz (8-K, 13-BB). 2B-SE: Scott Stahffer, Kyle Prater, Logan Clark; St. Joseph: Aaron Whaley. Hitting-SE: Scott Stahffer 2-3, Kyle Prater 2-4, Logan Clark 2-4; St. Joseph: Chad Harvey 1-2, Ryan Waginger 1-4, Aaron Whaley 1-2.