JV Dutchmen nine defend Memorial Field

Will Johnson

Similar to their varsity counterparts, Tyler Ahring’s junior varsity Dutchmen baseball team dropped three games in a four-day span last week going into the annual Owensville JV Dutchmen Baseball Tournament Saturday at Memorial Field.

Facing New Haven, St. Clair and Sullivan throughout the day, OHS defeated all three teams by scores of 3-1, 6-3 and 8-7 respectively to claim their second-straight tournament title on their home field.

JV Dutchmen vs. New Haven

Already with a 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning, TC Fisher recorded an RBI double driving in Bryor Bogle for a 2-0 lead.

Moving to the top of the fifth, Tyler Heidbrink drove in Fisher with an RBI ground out extending the OHS lead to 3-0.

With New Haven threatening in the bottom of the fifth inning, Ethan Reed threw a shot from center field to Fisher throwing New Haven’s Nolen Brown to end the game and preserve Owensville’s 3-1 victory in the tournament opener.

In game two, St. Clair opened the tournament with a 12-1 victory over Sullivan.

JV Dutchmen vs. St. Clair

Trailing 1-0 in the top of the second inning, Justin Garner quickly changed that with a two-RBI single scoring Colby Smith and Cody Linders for a 2-1 OHS lead.

Following a Heidbrink sacrifice bunt in the top of the third inning, Bogle scored on a Bulldog throwing error to knot the game at 3-3.

Smith added a RBI single scoring Fisher to give Owensville a 4-3 lead with one out.

Moving to the top of the fourth, walks to Garner, Reed and Bogle loaded the bases with no outs for Fisher.

Grounding into a RBI fielder’s choice, Fisher drove in Garner bumping the Dutchmen lead to 5-3.

Heidbrink bunted for an infield hit allowing Reed to score giving Owensville their margin of victory in their second game of the tournament.

Before the JV Dutchmen took on Sullivan on the tournament finale, New Haven defeated Sullivan 5-3 and St. Clair rolled to a 24-0 victory over New Haven.

JV Dutchmen vs. Sullivan

Time nearly ran out on Owensville against Sullivan.

Trailing 5-2 in the top of the fifth, the JV Dutchmen rattled off six runs to post an 8-7 come-from-behind victory keeping the tournament championship plaque in town.

 Playing as the visiting team for all three games, OHS took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first on a Fisher RBI sacrifice fly scoring Reed.

Tied at 1-1 in the top of the fourth, Hunter Hutchison untied it with a RBI single scoring Cody Linders for a 2-1 Dutchmen lead.

Down 4-3 in the bottom of the fourth with time running out, OHS got a quick 1-2-3 inning to get another chance at bat in the top of the fifth inning.

Bogle reached on an error with one out to start the inning before taking second on a wild pitch.

He would score to tie the game when Heidbrink reached on a Sullivan throwing error.

A Smith two-RBI single and two errors led to OHS’ 8-7 win.