Reds stay undefeated behind dominant pitchingJuly 15, 2020
By COREY STOLZENBACH
JASPER — The Jasper Reds couldn’t get much going with their bats on Wednesday night, but with Carter Stamm doing his thing on the mound, they didn’t have to.
The 2020 Jasper graduate worked his magic, recording nine strikeouts across seven innings to give the Reds (7-0) a 5-0 victory against the Owensboro (Ky.) Bombers on Jasper’s junior varsity baseball field. Stamm improved to 2-0 — his slider was going well for him and he worked around anything he gave up to avoid major trouble.
“I felt like I had a variety of pitches working,” Stamm said. “I felt like I could control them and throw a strike whenever I wanted to.”
Reds manager Bill Alles told The Herald after the game that a team is only as good as its pitching, and described Wednesday’s pitching as “outstanding.”
“[Stamm’s] got that good mix,” Alles said. “He’s able to get both of them over the plate, and he keeps the hitters off stride, and they just never really had a good swing at him.”
The Bombers committed four errors, and the Reds made them pay, but they only mustered four base knocks on the evening. Jakob Shuler got the team’s first with a single in the bottom of the third inning, and Jasper tacked on three infield singles in the bottom of the seventh, but that was it.
Northeast Dubois alumnus Reece Bauer drew a bases-loaded, no-out walk to push Gage Wilson across the plate, as the Reds finally cashed in on Owensboro’s errors and walks to put them out ahead after stranding a total of five runners in the first two innings. Owensboro retired Jacob Crabtree, scoring Southridge senior Chase Taylor for a 2-0 score.
Noah Luebbehusen reached base on an error by Owensboro shortstop Tucker Hagan in the bottom of the sixth, scoring Bauer and LaWan Rollins to make it 4-0. The Reds added a fifth run as Stamm scored on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Phillip Noblitt for all the scoring.
Alles said the Reds will have to keep swinging, as their bats have come through in timely moments, but also have left a lot of men on base this year, while capitalizing off of walks.
The newest member of the Reds took over for Stamm in the top of the eighth. Vinny Santarsiero pitched in the Minor Leagues in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization, making it as high as Double-A ball. Santarsiero recorded the final six outs for the Reds, with the last four outs being strikeouts. He caught Owensboro’s Brennon Williams looking in the top of the ninth to end the game. Starter Nick Belcher took the loss for the Bombers.
It was the first time Santarsiero had taken the mound since 2018.
“I was actually playing slow-pitch (softball) this weekend, and I was playing with one of these players, Bo Daves, on the team here, and I just mentioned that I would much rather play baseball than slow-pitch, but there wasn’t anything in Evansville,” Santarsiero said. “[Bo] mentioned he was with the Jasper Reds, and that the coach might be interested in having me out. So, I gave him my information on Saturday, the coach (Reds business manager Bob Alles) called me on Sunday, and here I am Wednesday.”
“Anytime you can get a guy that pitched Double-A baseball, if you don’t add him, you’re a fool,” Bob said.
Santarsiero made it a goal to throw strikes and not walk anybody, and he accomplished both. He felt good and excited after his Reds debut, and is hoping to see more action this summer.
However, he has no desire to play professionally again.
“I had a few teams contact me in the offseason for coaching and playing, but I just feel like my home is Evansville and I’m staying here,” he said.
The Reds are slated to be back in action at 2 p.m. Sunday at Northeast Dubois in a doubleheader against the Louisville Cubs. Bill plans on getting former Jeep Kris Weisheit on the mound at some point, but isn’t sure when. He also floated around the possibility of Daves and Southridge alumnus Weston Allen taking the hill as well.
The Reds will also be hosting Reece Bauer Day, giving the Wabash College signee a chance to play on his home field this summer when he couldn’t do so as a senior.
Bob is also hoping to give Stamm his own day, possibly July 25, against a team from Lexington, Ky. He’s hoping to have the game at Ruxer Field, but he would have to get permission from Jasper baseball coach Terry Gobert for that to happen.
Until then, Bob knows Bauer’s day on Sunday is going to be a big deal.
“The people are going nuts, and rightfully so,” Bob said. “He was a three-sport star up there, very popular, so we’re going to be sure he pitches at least an inning or two up there, and he might wear his Dubois jersey a couple innings or something like that. We had him sign some baseballs that say ‘Jasper Reds’ and ‘Dubois Jeeps,’ and we’re going to give those away during the afternoon as attendance prizes. So, it’s going to be a really special day — really special day — and it should be. He is a great young man.”
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