Daniel Ohnmacht pitched the Essex/South Page Trojans to their first win of the season and the bats put together a six-run fourth inning in a 9-5 home win over Griswold, Monday, July 1.
The win was the first in 11 tries for the Trojans this season and denied the Tigers a chance to win their second.
“We got the monkey off our back,” Essex/South Page coach Jay Soderberg said. “We have been so close so many nights and seemingly found a way to lose. (Monday) we figured out how to win. I’m very proud of the boys.”
Griswold scored all five of its runs against Ohnmacht early. Josh Brownlee and Derek Mueller both singled to start the game and ended up scoring to give Griswold a 2-0 lead.
Ohnmacht struck out the first two batters of the second inning, but a walk and three singles later and Griswold had two more runs. An RBI single by Kamron Brownlee in the third was Griswold’s final run.
Ohnmacht struck out six in the complete game win. He gave up six hits and three walks, all coming in the first three innings. Trojan errors allowed all of Griswold’s baserunners after the third.
“Dan battled all the way through,” said Soderberg. “I took him out of the (conference) tournament game early (Thursday) and told him that senior night was his. He has been our best by far all year and one of the best in the conference. I’m very proud of him.”
The Trojan bats scored all of their runs in two innings, three in the first and six in the fourth.
Colton Thornburg walked to start the first for the Trojans. He advanced to third on an errant pickoff attempt and then scored on Eli Drennen’s single. Jake Gray followed with a walk, and then Tucker Hadden doubled in two to give the Trojans a 3-2 lead.
Essex/South Page trailed 5-3 entering the bottom of the fourth when Philip Franks singled with one out and Tristan Frank reached on an error. Thornburg singled and then Ohnmacht walked bringing up Quentin Thornburg with the bases loaded. He cleared the bases, driving in three. A two-out error allowed Gray to reach, and then Hadden added his second two-RBI hit of the night.
“They were big-time hits,” said Soderberg. “There were a couple errors by them, but we put the pressure on them. I told the guys to hit the ball on the ground and make them make plays and we found enough gaps to get it done.”
Hadden, Quentin Thornburg and Franks had two hits each to lead the Trojans, who improved to 1-10 overall and 1-6 in the Corner Conference.
The loss wrapped up Griswold’s conference season at 1-9. The Tigers fell to 1-16 overall.
The Essex/South Page Trojans scored four runs in the first inning at Malvern Wednesday, July 3, but East Mills scored in every inning, winning 14-4.
The game was called in five innings due to the run rule. The teams were scheduled to play a doubleheader, but the second game was suspended in the second inning with no score. The game will be completed, Monday, July 8 at 6 p.m. in Essex.
Colton Thornburg, Quentin Thornburg, Jacob Robinette and Gray all scored in the first inning for the Trojans.
Colton Thornburg and Drennen finished with two hits each to lead the Trojans, but they couldn’t contain East Mills’ bats.
Drennen started on the mound for Essex/South Page and gave up nine runs, eight earned, in 2.2 innings. Quentin Thornburg and Wesley Johnson combined to pitch the final 2 innings before East Mills ended the game in the bottom of the fifth.
The Wolverines ended with 11 hits and took eight walks against Trojan pitching.
Quentin Thornburg drove in a run while Colton Thornburg stole four bases.
Essex/South Page fell to 1-11 overall and 1-7 in the Corner Conference with the loss.
Trevor Glockel earned the complete game for the Wolverines, who improved to 8-9 overall and 4-5 in the conference.