Jays split double header with Bulldogs

The Sabetha Bluejay baseball squad traveled to Rossville on Thursday, April 18, to take on the Bulldogs in double header action. The Jays captured the first game of the twin bill 5-2 and dropped the nightcap to the Bulldogs 10-9. The loss in the second game was the first loss of the season for the Jays.

“We won game one at Rossville, but I felt we left some runs out there,” said Head Coach Aaron Frey. “We did what we needed to do to win game one, though. Jalen Worthley and Joe Gruber combined in that first game for a no-hitter.”

“In game two, we jumped out to an early 7-0 lead in the first inning and I felt like we checked out mentally after that. We ended up losing 10-9 on a walk off which ended our 19 game winning streak which started last season,” Frey said. “I think this loss will help us to refocus on what we need to do to get better and be playing our best baseball when Regionals come around.”

In the opening game, the Jays pounded out 13 hits on their way to scoring five runs. The Jays hit five doubles in the contest and also got a home run from junior Braden Argabright.

Argabright, senior Joe Gruber, junior Jake Longabaugh and freshman Jalen Worthley each had two hits in the game. Argabright, senior Mason Spellmeier and Longabaugh each collected two RBIs for the Jays.

Worthley pitched three innings of no hit baseball while striking out three batters along with three walks in allowing two runs. Gruber came on in the fourth inning and pitched no hit baseball, allowing no runs while striking out eight batters with no walks.

In the nightcap, the Jays exploded for seven runs in the first inning but could not hold onto the lead, and the Bulldogs scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to defeat the Jays for their first loss of the year.

The Jays were held to four hits in the second game but were walked seven times in combination with four errors by the Bulldogs to allow them to score nine runs. Senior Mason Spellmeier went to the mound for the Jays and pitched three innings, giving up four runs on five hits with three walks while recording four strikeouts.

Sophomore Kaleb Evans came on in relief in the fourth inning and surrendered three runs on four hits with three walks along with one strikeout over two innings.

The Jays went into the seventh inning clinging to a two-run lead but could not keep the Bulldogs from scoring three runs to suffer their first defeat in 19 games.

Game 1

#

Player Name

AB

R

H

RBI

BB

SO

Joe Gruber

5

0

2

0

0

0

Drew Schmelzle

4

0

1

0

1

1

Gabe Garber

4

1

1

0

0

0

Kamden Brownlee

3

1

1

0

1

0

Braden Argabright

4

2

2

2

0

1

Mason Spellmeier

4

1

1

1

0

0

Jake Longabaugh

4

0

2

2

0

0

Jalen Worthley

4

0

2

0

0

0

Brycen Hartley

3

0

1

0

0

1

Sabetha

0-2-1-2-0-0-0 | 5-13-0

Rossville

0-0-2-0-0-0-0 | 2-1-3

Game 1 Pitching

Name

IP

#P

S%

H

R

ER

SO

BB

HR

Joe Gruber

4.0

46

0.739

0

0

0

8

0

0

Jalen Worthley

3.0

48

0.583

1

2

1

3

3

0

 

Game 2

#

Player Name

AB

R

H

RBI

BB

SO

Joe Gruber

3

2

1

1

1

0

Drew Schmelzle

3

0

1

1

1

0

Gabe Garber

3

1

1

1

1

0

Kamden Brownlee

2

2

0

1

2

1

Braden Argabright

2

2

0

1

2

1

Mason Spellmeier

2

1

0

0

2

0

Jake Longabaugh

4

1

1

1

0

1

Brycen Hartley

4

0

0

0

0

1

Austyn Wilbar

0

1

0

0

0

0

Ryan Stapleton

3

0

0

0

0

1

Sabetha

7-0-0-0-1-1-0 | 9-4-1

Rossville

2-0-2-1-0-2-3 | 10-11-4

Game 2 Pitching

Name

IP

#P

S%

H

R

ER

SO

BB

HR

Mason Spellmeier

3.0

64

0.484

5

4

4

4

3

0

Kaleb Evans

2.0

43

0.465

4

3

2

1

3

0

Joe Gruber

1.1

29

0.690

0

2

2

3

0

0

Gabe Garber

0.1

18

0.556

2

1

1

1

1

0

Tim Kellenberger119 Posts

Tim Kellenberger serves as Owner, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief for The Sabetha Herald since 2004. He specializes in sports reporting and column writing, as well as sports photography. Tim is a Grace University graduate with a dual degree in agricultural economics and human resource management. He lives in rural Sabetha with his wife and has four grown children and two grandchildren.

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