By Zach Baker
Calvert right fielder Peyton Deats makes a diving catch as teammate Matt Iannantuono comes to back up the play during Friday’s game against St. Wendelin in Tiffin.
St. Wendelin catcher Cyle Smith readies to make a throw to second base as Calvert batter Austin Prenzlin looks on during Friday’s game in Tiffin.
Calvert coach Dustin Ritchie said Friday's starting pitcher, Drew Ritzler, hadn't thrown in a while.
It didn't look like it.
Ritzler was solid for five innings, striking out seven St. Wendelin batters while allowing two runs on eight hits. The offense did the rest.
The Senecas erupted for 10 runs in the second inning, and run-ruled the Mohawks, 12-2, after five innings.
"Drew Ritzler, it's been a little bit since he's had an outing," Ritchie said. "I had all faith in him. He always throws well, he always has great command of his pitches."
The Senecas banged out nine hits - eight singles - in improving to 15-4, 5-2 in the Midland Athletic League.
Ritchie said the Senecas had been trying to do too much at the plate in recent games.
"Basically, our approach today was one at-bat at a time," he said. "Just singles, singles; just focus on that."
Calvert led 1-0 coming up in the bottom of the second, and sent 14 men to the plate. At one point, Seneca hitters connected for five straight singles off St. Wendelin pitcher Trent Whetsel. Jesse Gase and Bailey Hickman each scored twice in the inning.
"Basically, it was just one bad inning," said St. Wendelin coach Nathan Viets.
Calvert was led on offense by Hickman, who had two hits (including a double), two runs scored and three RBIs. Deats also had two hits and a pair of runs driven in. Sam Shelt-Palm scored twice, had a single and had an RBI.
St. Wendelin only got to Ritzler twice, getting single runs in the third and the fifth. In the third, Donovan Scudder drove in Brady Rutter with a ground out; in the fifth, Brad Buhrow singled in Nick Root.
"It wasn't really a tough day offensively," Viets said. "We put the bat on the ball; we just hit it right where they were."
Ritchie said Ritzler pitches to contact.
"He's absolutely a contact pitcher, that's what he throws for," Ritchie said. "He throws lots of strikes."
Ritzler, who improved to 3-0 on the season, issued just one walk.
Whetsel - who finished with two hits at the plate - took the loss. He threw four innings, allowing nine hits and five walks while striking out one.