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ST. MARYS — Kenton’s big southpaw Noah Furbush took a shutout into the seventh inning and struck out 10 St. Marys batters over his six-plus innings of work in Kenton’s 5-2 win on Monday night at K.C. Geiger Park.
Furbush gave way to Logan Nichols, who closed out the game after St. Marys finally pushed two runs across, but not before he had stymied the Roughriders’ bats for most of the game.
“You have to put the ball in play and make them field the ball to give yourself a chance,” St. Marys head coach Dave Huber said. “Obviously we struggled with their pitcher and give him credit. That’s the name of that game.”
In their first action since April 13 — a nine-day layoff after rainy, windy and cold conditions — Kenton’s left-hander found his rhythm quickly after a couple hiccups to start the game.
Furbush gave up a a single to lead off the bottom of the first to Nathan Vogel and a walk to Isaac Fitzgerald and then set down the next seven straight Roughriders. He struck out the side in the third to strand two baserunners and kept Tyler Rose from scoring after he got into scoring position with nobody out in the fourth.
St. Marys scored twice in the seventh. Pinch hitter Jared Knous walked and came around to score on a throwing error. Nate Wilker came around to score on Austin James’ sacrifice fly that cut the lead to 5-2 with two outs.
St. Marys starting pitcher Codie Deaton pitched the game’s first four innings, giving up two earned runs on three hits. He struck out three and walked three.
Austin James pitched three innings of relief, giving up an earned run on one hit while striking out four and walking in two.
Kenton got on the board in the top of the third on Furbush’s RBI groundout to shortstop that brought home leadoff hitter Caleb Halsey, who singled with one out and moved around the bases on a wild pitch and throwing error.
Kenton extended the lead to 2-0 in the fourth when Logan Nichols scampered home from third on a wild pitch.
The Wildcats scored twice in the fifth, with the help of three St. Marys errors.
“When you’re having trouble scoring runs, you can’t give the other teams opportunities,” Huber said.
Kenton’s final run in the sixth scored on Luke Jackson’s Conner Jones’ pinch-hit single.
St. Marys’ Isaac Fitzgerald walked three times.
Vogel and Rose had St. Marys two singles.
St. Marys is 0-9 on the season and 0-2 in Western Buckeye League play. The Roughriders are scheduled to travel to Bath tonight, host Celina on Thursday and go to Jay County (Indiana) on Friday.