South Webster 5, Whiteoak 0
The South Webster Jeeps got the 2017 season off to a roaring start on Saturday as Bradley Gee struck out 14 Whiteoak batters and allowed just two hits in a complete-game performance to lead the Jeeps to a 5-0 victory in its season-opening bout.
Gee, who signed with Shawnee State earlier in the month, got his season off to a fantastic start as Whiteoak didn’t record an extra-base hit in the contest. Gee only walked one batter during the affair, and the standout arm added a two-RBI base knock in the top half of the fourth inning to open the contest up for good as the Jeeps were never challenged over the course of the affair. His 14 punchouts were a career high.
“Brad was terrific today,” South Webster head coach Ryan McClintic said. “He controlled the game from start to finish. As a coach, anytime your starting pitcher hangs seven zeros on the board, you like your chances. Just a great performance by him.”
To the surprise of no one, fellow senior classmate Alek Blevins also stood out in the first affair. Blevins went 2-for-3 at the plate and added his own RBI that helped lift South Webster to a 3-0 lead after three innings of play. Blevins was part of a defensive unit that did not commit an error on the afternoon.
South Webster 12, Whiteoak 1 (F/6)
In the second affair, South Webster brought the bats out and left no doubt on the table as the Jeeps took home a dominating 12-1 victory in the day’s capper.
Shane Zimmerman and Daniel Allard each split the duties on the mound. Zimmerman, who started the contest, didn’t allow a hit or an earned run and struck out three batters en route to allowing the Jeeps to get out in front. Allard, who was credited with the win, worked the remaining three and one-third innings on the hill and didn’t allow another run to cross the plate as the Jeeps rolled to an easy victory.
“I’m extremely proud of the way Shane and Daniel threw the ball for us in game two,” McClintic said. “Collectively holding them to 2 hits and 1 unearned run, that’s getting the job done.”
South Webster, who scored its 12 runs on 14 hits, were led by Jacob Ruth, who went 3-for-4 at the dish with a double and recorded a pair of RBI. Senior hand Trevor Coriell added two hits on four attempts at the plate, while recording a double, three additional RBI, and two runs scored. Dallas Copas, along with Blevins and Gee, combined to go 6-for-12 at the dish with five runs scored. Copas and Gee recorded two runs scored apiece and the former recorded a RBI, while Blevins added a run to the table.
“It was a nice start to the season today,” McClintic said. “The goal was to leave here with two wins, and we did that.”
With the pair of victories, South Webster started the season with a 2-0 mark. Whiteoak fell to 0-2 with the losses.
The Jeeps hosted East on Monday evening in South Webster. They’ll play Wheelersburg on Wednesday (at ‘Burg) and Friday (at South Webster) in two heavyweight SOC II affairs.
South Webster – Blevins 2-3 (R, RBI), Gee 1-4 (2 RBI), J. Ruth 1-3 (R), Barnett 1-3 (RBI), Shonkwiler 1-1 (R).
Whiteoak – Hamilton 1-3, Harless 1-3.
W – Gee (7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 14 K)
L – Hamilton
South Webster – Blevins 2-4 (2B, R), Fulk 1-3 (2 RBI), Zimmerman 1-3 (2 R), T. Coriell 2-4 (2B, 2 R, 3 RBI), Gee 2-4 (2 R), Copas 2-4 (2B, 2 R, RBI), Shonkwiler 1-4 (2B, R), D. Coriell 0-1 (RBI), J. Ruth 3-4 (2B, R, 2 RBI).
Whiteoak – Harless 1-3, Lowe 1-3, Nace 0-0 (R), Butler 0-2 (RBI).
W – Allard (3.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K)
L – Butler
Records — South Webster 2-0, Whiteoak 0-2.