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Paulding sweeps Jays in ACME DH
Friday, June 06, 2014 4:05 PM

By LARRY HEIING • DHI Media Correspondent

PAULDING – High school ACME baseball is like no other in sports because there is no preseason to prepare.

One week a player is an underclassman, playing a short six-week spring schedule with senior teammates. The next week, the seniors have graduated and the player is suddenly another class older playing with a different line up with no time to prepare for the summer season.

That’s what is called “training under fire” in the real world.

The St. John’s ACME baseball team ran into fire at Paulding last Thursday night and it came from the arm of the Panthers’ starting pitcher, Damion Agner. Agner struck out 15 batters as the Panthers won the first game of the doubleheader 6-1.

Blue Jay bats were silent to start the contest as Agner struck out the first five batters he faced to open the game.

St. John’s starter, senior-to-be Gage Seffernick, was  nearly as effective, holding the Panthers scoreless while surrendering only one hit in the first two innings.

Agner struck out three more Jays in the third inning as the Jays got their first base-runner of the game with a Josh Warnecke walk.

The Panthers jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the inning with four consecutive hits by Lupe Martinez, Corbin Edwards, Treston Gonzales and Agner. A walk to Jarrett Sitton plated another run and an error brought home the third run of the inning.

The Jays finally got their first hit of the game as Seffernick tried to help his own cause with a single to right field but Agner whiffed two more Jays to maintain the shutout.

St. John’s got on the scoreboard in the fifth as J.R Keirns and Josh Warnecke singled. Sophomore Timothy Kreeger grounded out to second and the throw to first was high as Keirns came around to score.

Paulding added more runs in the fifth inning to chase Seffernick after back-to-back walks. Senior Austin Heiing came in as relief and Agner came home on a double steal. The Panthers extended the lead to 6-1 as Alex Estrada popped to shallow right field to score the runners.

Agner used his fastball clocking up to 93 mph to keep the Jays scoreless the rest of the way for the five-run victory.

The Jays had four hits in the game with Seffernick, Keirns, Warnecke and Jacob Youngpeter all notching singles against Agner.

The second game of the night saw both teams double their offensive run production from the first game as the Panthers rolled 12-2 in five innings.

The Jays scored in the first inning as Youngpeter reached base, stole second and came home on a single by Jesse Ditto to give St. John’s a brief 1-0 lead.

The Panthers came roaring back, pounding out six hits to score 10 runs in the first two innings for a 10-1 lead.

Paulding added a run in the third and fourth innings to extend the lead.

The Jays used the steal again in the fifth inning to manufacture a run as Ryan Hellman walked, swiped second, went to third on a balk and scored on a groundout by Warnecke to make the final score 12-2.

GAME 1

St. Johns 1

ab   r   h   rbi

Eric Vogt  2b 3 0 0 0

Jacob Youngpeter lf 2 0 1 0

Jesse Ditto rf 3 0 0 0

Gage Seffernick p 3 0 1 0

Austin Heiing  cf 3 0 0 0

Buddy Jackson  c 2 0 0 0

J.R. Keirns  3b 3 1 1 0

Josh Warnecke  ss 1 0 1 0

Tim Kreeger  1b 2 0 0 0

Totals 22 1 4 0

Paulding 6

ab   r   h   rbi

Corbin Edwards  2b 3 1 1 0

Treston Gonzales  cf 3 1 1 0

Damion Agner  p 2 1 2 1

Jarrett Sitton  c 1 1 0 1

Alex Arellano  2b 2 1 0 0

Preston Johanns  1b 2 0 0 0

James Mowery  dh 3 0 0 0

Cameron Doster  rf 3 0 2 0

Aaron Mock  3b 3 0 0 0

Lupe Martinez  ss 3 1 1 0

Alex Estrada 1 0 1 1

Totals 22 6 8 3

Score By Innings:

St. John’s   0  0  0  0  1  0  0  – 1

Paulding     0  0  3  0  3  0  x  – 6

SB: Mowery, Sitton, Estrada, Seffernick.

St. John’s pitching

IP   H   R  ER  SO BB

Seffernick (L)      4.1    6   4     3    2     4

Heiing                 1.2    2   2     1    2     0

Paulding piching

Agner (W)         7.0     4    1     0  14     3

BB: Sitton 2, Warnecke, Youngpeter, Jackson, Agner, Arellano.

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GAME 2

St. John’s 2

ab    r     h   rbi

Eric Vogt  p 1 0 0 0

Jacob Youngpeter  lf 2 0 1 0

Jesse Ditto  dh 3 0 1 1

Gage Seffernick  ss 3 0 0 0

Chad Etgen  1b 2 0 1 0

Austin Heiing  cf 1 0 0 0

Jorden Boone  3b 2 0 1 0

Owen Baldauf  c 2 0 0 0

Bradon Slate   2b 2 0 1 0

Ryan Hellman  rf 2 1 0 0

Josh Warnecke 2 0 1 1

Totals 23 2 6 2

Paulding 12

ab   r   h     rbi

Corbin Edwards  lf 3 2 2 0

Treston Gonzales  cf 3 0 1 0

Damion Agner 2 2 0 1

Jarrett Sitton  c 2 1 1 1

Alex Arellano  2b 0 1 0 0

Preston Johanns  p 2 1 1 0

James Mowery  dh 3 0 1 1

Cameron Doster  rf 2 0 2 1

Aaron Mock  3b 2 0 1 0

Lupe Martinez  ss 1 0 1 0

Cody Spencer 1 0 0 0

Alex Estrada 2 0 0 0

Totals 23 12 10 8

Score By Innings:

St. John’s    1  0   0   0  0   – 2

Paulding      4  6   1   1  x  – 12

WP- Preston Johanns; LP- Eric Vogt