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Medina, McGlothin combine on 2-hitter as Zebras shut out Delphi

BY VAL TSOUTSOURIS

Sports Editor, RTC

Baseball

Rochester 5, Delphi 0 (April 21): Ethan Medina and Tarick McGlothin combined on a two-hit shutout, and Brayden Zink singled and doubled and drove in three runs for the Rochester baseball team in a 5-0 win over host Delphi on April 21.

Freshman Zakk Parks made his first varsity start in center field and had two hits and an RBI. Jake Seuferer reached base three times on a single and two walks.

Carson Paulik, Tanner Reinartz and Luke Hunting added one hit each.

Medina, a senior lefty, pitched the first five innings and allowed two hits and three walks while striking out seven. McGlothin faced the minimum six batters over two innings while striking out three to get the save.

Carson Workinger took the loss for Delphi, allowing two runs (one earned) over 5 ⅔ innings. He allowed six hits and five walks and hit a batter.

Delphi pitchers combined to walk seven and hit two batters.

Rochester broke a scoreless tie with two runs in the sixth inning and added three in the seventh.

This marked the second straight year that Rochester won on Delphi’s home field.

Delphi would eventually advance to semistate.

Rochester 5, Delphi 0

Rochester 000 002 3 – 5 8 0

Delphi 000 000 0 – 0 2 2

WP – Ethan Medina (5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 7 K)

LP – Workinger (5 ⅔ IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 5 BB, 1 HBP, 3 K)

S – Tarick McGlothin (2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K)

2B – Brayden Zink (RHS), Workinger (DEL)



Reinartz’s 4 RBIs, Ferverda’s homer part of Rochester rout of Oregon-Davis


BY VAL TSOUTSOURIS

Sports Editor, RTC

Jake Seuferer went 3 for 3 with four RBIs and three runs scored, and Colton Ferverda hit a two-run homer as part of a nine-run third inning as the Rochester baseball team drubbed visiting Oregon-Davis 24-1 in five innings at Bob Copeland Field on April 22.

Rochester had 15 hits, stole five bases and took advantage of three Bobcat errors. Oregon-Davis pitchers also walked 13 and hit four batters.

Jake Seuferer added two hits, two walks and three RBIs. Callen Ferverda and Gavin Young each had two hits and two RBIs. Brayden Zink doubled and walked and drove in two runs. Luke Hunting and Landen Bumford each had a hit, two walks and an RBI.

Rochester was coming off a 5-0 win over Delphi the previous day. That game was 0-0 through five innings.

This game was not nearly as close as Rochester had nine-run innings in both the first and third.

“We were disciplined at the plate,” Rochester coach Cory Good said. “We got ourselves into good counts, and when they missed with a pitch, and when we thought we could drive it, we did that. So I thought overall, our approach at the plate and situational hitting was good today.”

Carson Paulik also walked twice, drove in a run and scored twice at the plate while also pitching two hitless innings on the mound for the win. He retired six of the seven batters he faced with a walk and four strikeouts. Bumford allowed one hit and one run over two innings with a walk, a hit batter and two strikeouts, and Young struck out the side to close the game out in the fifth.

Bumford is a former switch-hitter who now bats right-handed exclusively, but he has always thrown left-handed. He said he does everything else left-handed except for hitting.

“I used to bat left and right, but I stuck to right because I was never comfortable in the left-handed side batter’s box, so I just stuck with right, and it’s working out,” Bumford said.

In this game, he even got to live a dream when he played shortstop in the fifth inning with the Zebras nursing a 23-run lead. No balls were hit his way.

“It’s always been a joke in practice,” Bumford said. “I say I’m the shortstop, and they always get a laugh out of it, and I convinced Coach today. We were up 20-something, and I was like, ‘Hey, let me play short for an inning,’ and it happened. I played shortstop for two innings last year on the JV. I convinced the coaches. And I still didn’t get a ball hit to me. So I still haven’t got a ball hit to me yet at shortstop. But other than that, it’s just a fun joke we had.”

McGlothin, who walked twice and was hit by a pitch in three plate appearances, scored on a wild pitch to open the scoring. A dropped fly ball off Colton Ferverda’s bat allowed three runs to score. Hunting’s RBI single, Paulik’s RBI walk, Reinartz’s two-run single and an error on a ball hit by Seuferer which scored Paulik capped off the nine-run first.

Reinartz had another two-run single in the second.

Zink’s two-run double and Colton Ferverda’s two-run blast highlighted the nine-run third as the Bobcats went through five different pitchers.

But the greater buzz might have been the Delphi win from 24 hours earlier.

“That was a big win,” Rochester coach Cory Good said of beating Delphi. “Last night, it felt like a sectional or regional game. You know, tight ballgame the whole time. It just felt like the first team to make a mistake, it was kind of going to cost them. But neither team really made mistakes. It was just a good quality game all around. Medina pitched a great game. Tarick (McGlothin) came in and pitched a solid six outs to close it.

“And Zakk Parks, what a tremendous first appearance for him. We’ve seen what we can do with his baserunning and his hustle and his outfield play, and we thought last night would be a good time to give him a shot. He gets a breaking ball, hits a double into left to score our first two runs of the game. He beats out an infield single earlier in the game. Hit two deep fly balls in right and left, and he made a tremendous play in the sixth in center field to save at least two runs, maybe three. … Nice confidence builder, nice win all around.”

Rochester 24, Oregon-Davis 1 (5 innings)

Oregon-Davis 000 10 – 1 1 3

Rochester 959 1X – 24 15 0

WP – Carson Paulik (2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K)

LP – Trevor Campbell (⅔ IP, 1 H, 9 R, 1 ER, 6 BB, 1 HBP, 0 K)

2B – Byers (O-D), Jake Seuferer 2 (RHS), Brayden Zink (RHS)

HR – Colton Ferverda (RHS)


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