(4-25-17) The last time Defiance had lost a Western Buckeye League game, they dropped a home game to Celina 1-0 on April 21, 2015, the next time they lost again it was to Celina at home 1-0 this past Friday night.
How big was the Celina win? Since 1999 it’s only the sixth win for the Green and the White, the most by any WBL member, against one of Ohio’s strongest baseball programs.
The Celina’s Seth Lonsway threw six scoreless innings giving up two hits, nine strikeouts and five walks in Friday night’s game. In 2015, Lonsway threw seven scoreless innings, two hits, five walks and five strikeouts.
2015 the Bulldogs won the WBL title for the first time since 1988, tonight they hope to be in place to win another they when they play Wapakoneta in a battle of undefeated and original WBL members.
Celina Head Coach Andy Mikesell talks about the win and the game tonight:
Big Celina crowd made the trip, what did that mean to you and the kids?
The crowd was great, not that the kids needed the motivation but I think that definitely made the realize how much the community cares about baseball and our team.
Seth pitched out of a bunch of 2-runners on base situations, they used the bunt
They had a good game plan going in and that was small-ball but attacking the 1B line with a lefty on the mound. e just struggled with his command and put them in situations where they could bunt by walking guys but he battled through and got the outs we needed.
Did pitch count play in Seth only going 6 innings?
Not as far as OHSAA rules. He was just throwing a lot of pitches and I am not a proponent of pushing the limit with any kid so I pulled him and let Shawn come in and finish it up.
How big was Shawn Rose in the save?
Obviously it was big that we didn’t blow it for him even though it seemed like we were trying our hardest. Shawn has done the same thing for 4 years and that’s throw strikes. He came in and did the same thing and following up 90s with 60-70s will mess anyone up.
How big was Jake Smalley’s hit to score the only run, after the Dogs had left runners on base earlier in the game…
It was huge to get that run in. We missed a lot of opportunities to score. Part of it was on me for not forcing things a little more but they had a good pitcher on the mound who did a good job of getting out some jams.
How do you approach Wapak on Tuesday…
We need to hit. I think we will pitch and play defense but our bats have gone quiet as of late and we have too many good hitters to let that happen for a long period of time. I think we need to stay aggressive and not miss the good pitch to hit.