CLAYTON — Ryan Qvick struck out nine, scattered four hits and allowed only one earned run Saturday to help the Vandalia Senior ACME baseball team defeat the Northmont Storm 3-1.
Qvick helped his own cause by reaching base on an error in the bottom of the third inning. A wild throw to first by Northmont’s third baseman allowed Qvick to reach second. He advanced to third on a ground out by Evan McKinney.
Another fielding error by the Storm allowed Cody Borchers to reach first and Qvick to score Vandalia’s first run. Borchers stole second and then stole third. A high throw to third base by Northmont catcher Logan Jewsikow allowed Borchers to score and boosted Vandalia’s lead to 2-0.
With Qvick mixing a solid fastball with off-speed pitches he struck out a pair of Storm batters in both the top of the second and third innings. Qvick beaned Northmont lead-off hitter Carson Wagoner in the top of the 5th inning and Jason Kohr laid down a bunt that got misplayed by first baseman Cadden Serrer to allow Wagoner to score the Storm’s lone run of the ballgame.
Northmont got back-to-back one out singles by Austin Weaver and Ryan Tanto in the top of the 6th but Qvick struck out Reagan Schommer and Justin Combs lined out to third to end the threat.
In the bottom of the 6th Vandalia tacked on an insurance run. Serrer led off with a walk and Zach Fults legged out an infield single. Cameron Tuttle laid down a bunt that Northmont relief pitcher Reagan Schommer fielded and threw to third to get Serrer out while Fults advanced to second. Fults scored on a dropped fly ball in center field to boost Vandalia’s lead to 3-1.
In the top of the 7th Qvick struck out Jacob Richey, got Johnny Eber to ground out to third and Will Miller to hit a pop fly to first to seal the victory.
With the victory Vandalia improved to 11-11 overall.
“We hit some bumps in the road early in the season by not fielding the ball right and not playing a clean game before we got our act together in the middle of the season,” said Vandalia Coach Spencer Sarsgard. “We are pushing hard to win this tournament. We have to come out and play level headed every single game. Qvick has been consistent every single game he pitches. He does what we ask of him and he hits his spots every single time. He is just a complete pitcher. He has a very consistent curve ball and fastball and dirty off-speed pitches.”
Despite the victory Vandalia failed to advance to state tournament play. Northmont got bumped into the loser’s bracket but managed to advance to face Miami East at Vandalia on Monday at 6 p.m. The winner of the Northmont vs Miami East game will advance to face Versailles in the championship game at 8 p.m.
Northmont has lost only two games all season long. The loss to Vandalia was marred by three fielding errors.
“You can’t win ballgames when you make that many errors,” said Northmont Coach Dan Tanto. “Unfortunately when we needed to make a play we just didn’t and they scored on those errors. We’ve had a great season so far. We played some tough teams and are 14-2 after this loss. Right now, the wins is where it counts in a double elimination tournament. Now we drop down to the loser’s bracket and we will just have to battle back.”
Reach Ron Nunnari at 684-9124, via email Rnunnari@aimmediamidwest.com or on Twitter @Englewood_Ind