St. Marys breezes past Lima Senior, 15-0

ST. MARYS — Four different St. Marys hitters drove two runs, the offense put up a 10-spot in the fourth inning and a pair of  Roughrider pitchers combined on a one-hit shutout as Memorial made quick work of the Lima Senior Spartans 15-0 in five innings on Friday at K.C. Geiger Park.

St. Marys (9-1) received yet another strong start from its pitching staff that has led the way to a five-game winning streak. St. Marys hasn’t given up a run in their last 12 innings of play.

Roughrider starting pitcher Nathan Wilker earned the win with four one-hit innings with two strikeouts. Marshall Lininger struck out two in his inning of work. The pair didn’t walk anyone.

Head coach Jeff Dieringer said his starting pitchers have trusted their defense behind them during this stretch of wins that has the Riders at 9-1 on the season.

“I think they realize they’re not going to strike out 10 guys a game,” Dieringer said. “They realize they need to throw strikes and have seen pretty good defense behind them and have accepted the fact that if they throw strikes, these guys are going to get them outs behind them. It’s given them a lot of confidence. Pitch-count wise I don’t think we’ve gone past 85 pitches with any of these guys.  That’s unexpected. Our staff is proud of what the pitchers are doing. It’s keeping us in a lot of ballgames.”

St. Marys’ offense drew eight walks and struck out once against three soft-tossing righthanders the Spartans threw at them.

“From one day to the next in our schedule you never know what you’re going to see,” Dieringer said. “In the WBL game you might see a hard thrower and see guys who can mix it up. It’s a lesson in discipline. Tonight we didn’t do too bad of  job. We put the bat on the ball and able to get some good things to happen.”

Isaac Fitzgerald and Logan Maze both led the way with 3 for 3 nights with two runs batted in and two runs scored.  Mason Gross went 2 for 3 with an RBI, Austin Quellhorst went 2 for 4 with a game-high three runs batted in and Joe Pfenning had a hit and a run scored in his pinch-hit appearance.

The Roughriders scored two runs in each of the first two innnings, added a single run in the third and then batted around in a 10-run inning highlighted by Austin Quellhorst’s three-run, bases-clearing double and Lima Senior error out in left field that put the Riders up 10-0.

St. Marys will host Indian Lake on Saturday at noon for a doubleheader. All three high school teams, the varsity, JV and freshman squads, will play twin bills. Chicken dinners will be sold at K.C. Geiger Park. Dieringer said more than 700 dinners have been sold ahead of time.