Braves use hot bats to topple Jeeps 18-1


DUBOIS — The wood met leather many times across the plate at the Northeast Dubois baseball field last evening, but unfortunately it wouldn't be for the good of the home team. Tecumseh just could not miss when it came to the batter’s box and used 14 hits to pile up the runs early and often as the Braves defeated the Jeeps 18-1 in five innings.

Jeeps (2-14, 2-3) coach Luke Woolems could only salute the hitting efforts of Tecumseh (10-5, 2-3). The Braves finished with 14 hits which included a solo home run to start the game and a grand slam in the second inning.

“I just give them a lot of credit,” he said. “They hit the snot out of the ball, that’s a good hitting ball team.”

Senior center fielder Steven Molinet set the tempo early when he connected with the first pitch from junior starter Eli Schott for a solo shot and a quick 1-0 Tecumseh lead. The Jeeps managed to limit the Braves to that single run in the first inning, but the real damage would come in the second.

First senior left fielder Gavin Oxley  and junior right fielder Gage Green reached the bases with a single and double respectively. Then Molinet hit a single with the bases loaded and missed catch at second base allowed Oxley and Green to round the third base corner and score. The next came via a sacrifice fly from senior first baseman Woody Brucken. Sophomore third baseman Jalen Oxley drew a walk to load the bases once again, and it was senior designated hitter Spencer Buse who cleared the bags with a bomb shot over the fence. Gavin Oxley would drive in the final run of the inning with a double that scored sophomore second baseman Jacob Farmer and put the Braves up 9-0 going into the third.

The pressure didn’t wouldn’t get any easier on the Jeeps. Both Buse and Farmer drew RBI walks, and a sac-fly from Gavin Oxley scored Jalen Oxley. Green followed with a single to score Buse and Molinet hit another single to score Green and Farmer. Tecumseh would only score three more runs across the fourth and fifth inning. Two runs came off a double from senior shortstop Kinzer Flowers in the fourth, and a sac-fly from sophomore pinch hitter Dylan Greenberg capped the 18 runs for the Braves. The Jeeps were able to get in a score in the third inning thanks to a double from Schott that scored junior shortstop Reece Bauer, but Northeast Dubois was simply overpowered by Tecumseh’s hitting prowess on Monday night.

Schott pitched 1 and two-thirds innings allowing eight runs, four hits and two walks. Sophomore Logan Mehringer allowed five hits, six runs and two walks, and freshman Kendrick Thombleson allowed four hits, three runs, two walks and had a strikeout in two and one-third innings. Junior Ethan Zielger also allowed one hit, a run and two walks in limited action. Schott went 1-for-3 with an RBI. Bauer, Mehringer and Ziegler each also had hits.

“We didn’t do terrible, we just need to start hitting the ball more,” said Schott. “Tecumseh hits the crap out of the ball.”

Senior starter Josh Jagelewski allowed two hits and had one strikeout in two innings. Greenberg finished the game with two hits, one run, one walk, and five strikeouts. Buse went 1-for-2 with five RBI and Molinet finished 2-for-four with four RBI. Gavin Oxley and Flowers had two RBI each.

Woolems isn’t oblivious to the kind of season that it’s been for the Jeeps, but he frames it as a rebuilding effort for a team that lost seven seniors and was one out from winning sectional last season. It was the Jeeps’ sixth loss in their last seven games, but Woolems isn’t concerned so much about the record. For him, the main focus is getting better every game and working on the right combinations of guys and lineups so the team is in the best shape at the end of May going into sectional.

“I think these guys are smart enough to know we’re building,” he said. “We could care less about our record. We’re working on getting better everyday. Errors are down, walks are down, and we’re figuring out who can play where. We got some good things coming, we’ll be okay.”

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