Swanton baseball took the field for the second time this season on Wednesday and did not disappoint. Playing host to the Waite Indians, they shut them out 10-0 in a game shortened by the run rule.
Following a quick first inning, the Bulldogs tallied their first runs in the home half of the second.
Gunnar Oakes led off the inning with a ground-rule double that was about as close to a home run as one could get at Swanton Memorial Park. Michael Lawniczak followed with a shot to the outfield that was misplayed by Waite and Oakes came around to score.
The Bulldogs added one more in the frame and led 2-0 after two.
“Offensively our approaches at the plate were very good,” said Bulldog mentor Tim McCarthy. “Kids showed good discipline, we got our bunts down and we were aggressive in the zone.”
Bulldog starter Jordon Nyler surrendered a one-out walk to Jace Gutierrez in the top of the third, but no runs were scored.
“Jordon tossed a gem. I’m proud of the way he threw tonight,” said McCarthy of Nyler, who did not give up a hit all night. “He attacked the strike zone and had all of his pitches working.”
The Dogs were back at it the next half inning, starting with Nyler’s walk, a single for Oakes, and Marek Spiess reaching by way of an error around a strikeout to fill the bases.
Josh Adcock then banged a double to plate Nyler and Oakes, pushing the advantage to 4-0. A Hunter Schad walk re-loaded the bases, then a passed ball scored another run. Jonny Shanks made it 6-0 with a sacrifice fly to score Adcock.
Roman Epley was the last batter in the inning for Swanton, as he singled and was thrown out while trying to make it to second, but it was not in time to stop Schad from scoring from third and the lead was 7-0.
Waite went down in order in the fourth, however, the Dogs stranded three base runners in their half and the score remained the same.
Marek Spiess started the fifth with a walk and advanced to third by way of a balk and then a passed ball. He scored when Adcock made it to first on a fielding error by Waite.
The Indians then chose to take out pitcher Brandon Wagner and replace him with reliever Sam Russeau.
Russeau walked the first batter, Schad, Shanks was hit by a pitch to load the bases, and Epley’s ground out scored pinch runner Duyane Goings to make it 9-0.
Brennan Spiess was intentionally walked, and another balk from a Waite pitcher, this time with the bases full, brought home the winning run as the Dogs’ lead was 10-0 in the fifth.
“We were without two starters tonight. It was nice to see kids, like Josh Adcock, take advantage of their opportunities,” noted McCarthy.
The skipper was also pleased with how his defense played.
“Defensively we were solid,” he said. “Waite did a nice job of putting the ball in play. We made the plays we were supposed to and added a couple really nice defensive plays.”
The no-hitter aside, Nyler struck out six batters and walked just two. Wagner took the loss for Waite.
Adcock was 1 for 2 with three RBIs, Epley 1 for 3 with a pair of RBIs, Lawniczak 1 for 3 with an RBI, and Oakes 2 for 2.
After traveling to Eastwood today, Swanton hosts Pettisville tomorrow, Patrick Henry Thursday, and North Central in a doubleheader on Saturday.
Max Householder can be reached at 419-335-2010