NEW KNOXVILLE — New Knoxville threw a change-up at Coldwater.
The Cavs nearly whiffed.
New Knoxville gave Coldwater all it could handle for five innings before the Cavs rallied with two runs in each of the sixth and seventh innings to secure a 6-3 win over the Rangers on Thursday night.
New Knoxville led 3-2 through five innings as Coldwater couldn’t get a key hit.
Coldwater came off a marathon 15-inning win over Minster on Tuesday night in which opposing pitcher Adam Niemeyer threw 10 shutout innings with a blazing fastball.
New Knoxville befuddled Coldwater for five innings with starting pitcher Lucas Leffel and his array of offspeed stuff on Thursday. Leffel’s repetoire of slow, enticing stuff had Coldwater lunging for five innings and had the Rangers on the verge of an upset win in the Midwest Athletic Conference.
“You go from facing Niemeyer, who is throwing upper 80s to Leffel, who isn’t throwing nearly as hard,” Coldwater head coach Brian Harlamert said. “Thankfully we made some adjustments and got some runs.”
Leffel went the distance for New Knoxville, throwing seven innings and giving up seven hits. “Lucas pitched a great game,” New Knoxville head coach Ron Reineke said. “He’s hard to time because in the MAC you have these hard throwing pitchers and then you throw at them a guy with a junkball that’s slower than anything in the world. It looks easy to hit and it gets teams overaggressive. It’s hard to time.”
The Rangers grabbed a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning. Spencer Wolf laced a single to centerfield and moved up to second base on a throwing error on the Coldwater catcher. Tyler Shreve delivered the go-ahead run with an RBI double to right field that brought home Wolf. Wolf led New Knoxville at the plate with a pair of hits.
New Knoxville falls to 2-10 on the season. The Rangers host Botkins on Saturday at 10 a.m.
ST. MARYS 12, JAY COUNTY 0
The St. Marys baseball team collected 11 hits and scored in all four of its at-bats in a 12-0 run-rule win over Jay County (Ind.) at K.C. Geiger Park on Thursday.
The Riders had four players collect two hits in the game.
Nick Vogel went 2-for-3 with three runs scored. Steven Paulus was 2-for-2 with three runs scored and an RBI. Jarrett Taylor was 2-for-2 with three RBI. Brad Sawmiller went 2-for-3 with an RBI.
Seth Fitzgerald had a pinch-hit double that drove in two runs for St. Marys.
Michael Huber worked four innings for the win on the mound, moving to 3-0 on the season. He gave up three hits and struck out two.
Codie Deaton worked an inning of relief for the Riders with a strikeout.
St. Marys improved to 14-6 on the season. The Roughriders travel to Wapakoneta to face the Redskins tonight at 5 p.m.
LEHMAN 15, NEW BREMEN 5
SIDNEY — The New Bremen baseball team surrendered seven unearned runs and committed seven errors in a 15-5 loss to Sidney Lehman Catholic on Thursday.
Lehman scored 15 runs on eight hits, with five in the fourth and six in the fifth to break open the game.
New Bremen fell to 10-7 on the season. The Cardinals will travel to Delphos St. John’s tonight at 5 p.m. for a MAC game.
Alex Frideger doubled for the Cardinals. Brent Bertke was 2-for-3 for New Bremen.
Lehman Catholic improved to 14-5.
BATH 9, MINSTER 7
BATH TOWNSHIP — Bath rallied with four runs in the bottom of the sixth to upend Minster 9-7 on Thursday.
Minster led 7-5 through five and a half innings before the Wildcats exploded for four runs.
Adam Niemeyer doubled for Minster.
Minster hosts Versailles tonight in a Midwest Athletic Conference game at 5 p.m.