Swanton got out of a bases loaded jam in the top of the first inning, then it was all Bulldogs as they defeated Delta 9-1 in ACME baseball Thursday.
For the Panthers, Chase Cooper led off the game with a base hit. They attempted to move him over with a sacrifice bunt from Brady Wymer, but it was put in an area where Swanton was able to get the out at second.
Hunter Hamilton then drew a walk, and after a flyout, Austin Michaels walked to load the bases against Bulldog pitcher Hunter Mix. However, Mix struck out Tristan Saeger to end the threat.
A Devon Crouse infield single in the home half of the first led to the Bulldogs’ first run. He would steal second and also third, then with one out, came home on a groundout from Roman Epley.
But, the Dogs really took charge with a five-run fifth.
Their first three batters reached as Austin Luce walked, Sam Dominique blooped a single, and Crouse reached on an error. Delta’s struggles continued when Garrett Swank drew a bases loaded walk to score Luce for a 2-0 Swanton lead.
The Panthers finally got an out on a force play at home on Epley’s ground ball, however, Derek Floyd followed with a two-run single. During Mix’s at bat, Floyd headed for second and at the same time, Epley went home. Both made it safely, executing a double steal.
Later, the Dogs made it 6-0 on a Mix groundout.
Mix was replaced by Luce on the mound for the fourth inning, as he went the first three innings and was in line for the win. He allowed no runs on two hits with four strikeouts.
In the bottom of the fourth, a pair of one-out walks for Swanton and a throwing error to first on Gabe Swartz’ sacrifice bunt allowed two runs to score, putting the margin at 8-0. Swartz stole third and later came home on a wild pitch to complete the scoring for the Dogs.
Threatening to win via the run rule, Swanton left the winning run at third in the home half of the fifth. Delta responded with a run in the next half inning thanks to a RBI single from Michaels, bringing home Wymer to pull it to 9-1.
Kayden Kurth pitched the first four innings for the Panthers followed by Michaels who went the final two. Michaels kept the Dogs off the board, allowing a hit and a walk each to go along with three strikeouts. He also reached base three times (walk, hit by pitch, single) and drove in the Panthers only run.
Mix paced Swanton as he went 2 for 3 with an RBI. Floyd (1 for 3) drove in a pair of runs for the Dogs.
Dogs nipped by LC
Last Tuesday, Swanton wound up on the short end 9-7 versus Liberty Center in a game that lasted over two and a half hours.
There were over 20 walks combined between the two pitching staffs.
It was a game which saw many momentum swings, with the Tigers taking the lead for good in the top of the fifth inning. A pair of walks got them going, then Gabe Hinton knotted the score at 7-7 with a RBI double that plated Jacob Pogan. Then, on a grounder to first, the Bulldog fielder tried to come home to get Cameron Henneman but it was not in time and the run scored.
A bases loaded walk for LC finished the scoring in the top of the seventh.
The Bulldogs grabbed the lead first in the home half of the first.
After a leadoff walk to Garrett Swank and an out, Derek Floyd’s double to right field scored Swank from first for a 1-0 lead.
Floyd advanced to third when the throw came home. He later scored on a balk, giving the Dogs a two-run advantage.
The Tigers would respond with a four-spot in the next half inning, the big blow being a two-run double from Barron Beard. Max Weaver had a run-scoring single in the frame, while another run scored thanks to a throwing error.
Swanton tied it up with a pair of runs in the bottom of the second, but LC reclaimed the lead at 6-4 with two runs in their half of the third.
The Dogs got a run back in the bottom of the frame. Luce’s one-out walk and a Sam Betz single put runners on first and second, then Gabe Swartz reached on an error at first, scoring Luce to pull them within 6-5.
However, they did get greedy and Betz was thrown out attempting to come home as well. This followed by a groundout helped the Tigers avoid further damage.
Swanton took the lead in the bottom of fourth. Run-scoring hits from Floyd and Hunter Mix gave them a 7-6 edge, but that was their last lead of the night.
Hinton got the win in relief for LC, going 5 1/3 and allowing four runs on five hits with nine strikeouts. Beard was the Tigers’ starter.
Roman Epley pitched the final three innings for the Dogs where he took the loss. Mix started the game and Luce also pitched for Swanton.
Reach Max Householder at 419-335-2010