Wooster Finishes 2019 Season in Super Regional

Wooster Finishes 2019 Season in Super Regional

Wooster fell 14-1 to Heidelberg in game two of the best-of-three series in NCAA Super Regional play on Saturday afternoon at Peaceful Valley in Tiffin, Ohio. With their second loss in the super regional, the Fighting Scots end the 2019 season with a 30-15 record, while the Student Princes improve to 35-13 and advance to pool play at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Cedar Rapids, Iowa which starts on May 31.

Heidelberg plated one run in the bottom of the first inning to start the scoring. The Scots answered back with a run in the top of the next frame after Nick Strausbaugh (Fredericksburg, OH/Waynedale) belted a triple to right center scoring Chandler Dippman (Waterville, OH/St. John's Jesuit). The Student Princes took the lead back in the bottom of the second with two runs to go up 3-1. The Scots would put a runner in scoring position in the third frame, as Jacob Stuursma (Hudson, OH/Hudson) tripled to right center, but was unable to cross the plate. Dippman produced a double down the right field line in the fourth, but was stranded, while Heidelberg then extended its lead in the fifth with another run. Wooster would have a runner in scoring position in both the sixth and seventh innings but was unable to push them across. Heidelberg would use a 10-run eighth inning to secure the 14-1 super regional victory.

Dippman, Strausbaugh, Stuursma, Garrett Crum (Alliance, OH/Canton South), Dan Harwood (Brecksville, OH/Brecksville-Broadview Hts.) and Aaron Spidell (Mt. Eaton, OH/Waynedale) all tallied one hit in the game, with Strausbaugh recording an RBI and Dippman plating the Scots’ lone run.

Evan Faxon (Cleveland Hts., OH/Hawken School) took the loss on the mound, as he scattered nine hits and struck out one, facing 27 batters in 6.0 innings of work. He ends the season with a 7-2 record.

Super Regional Play on Friday, May 25:

Wooster opened the 2019 NCAA Super Regional with an 8-5 loss to Heidelberg on Friday at Peaceful Valley in Tiffin, Ohio. With the loss, the Fighting Scots must win a pair of games against the Student Princes in order to advance to pool play at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Wooster and Heidelberg will compete on Saturday morning at 11:00 a.m. with the if necessary game scheduled for 3:00 p.m.

The Student Princes scored first in game one of the super regional, putting up two runs in the top of the first. The Scots tied the game at 2-2 in the bottom of the second thanks to a two-RBI single by Jacob Stuursma (Hudson, OH/Hudson) which scored Nick Strausbaugh (Fredericksburg, OH/Waynedale) and Chandler Dippman (Waterville, OH/St. John's Jesuit). A Dan Gail (Euclid, OH/Villa Angela-St. Joseph) homerun in the third would give Wooster a 3-2 lead, while the fifth inning would see a balk score Harry Witwer-Dukes (Monmouth, OR/Blanchet Catholic) and a fly out by Gail plate Garrett Crum (Alliance, OH/Canton South) for a 5-2 advantage. After a scoreless sixth, Heidelberg would use a five-run seventh to take a 7-5 lead over the Scots. Another run in the eighth by the Berg and two scoreless innings for Wooster would help secure the 8-5 victory for the Student Princes.

Stuursma and Witwer-Dukes led the Scots at the plate, as they both recorded two hits in the game. Witwer-Dukes went 2-for-5 with a scored run, while Stuursma went 2-for-3 with two RBI. Gail matched Stuursma’s two RBI and scored one run as he went 1-for-4.

Brian Murray (McLean, VA/Bishop O'Connell) took the loss on the mound for Wooster after giving up one hit and three runs in one inning of work.

Wooster’s record currently stands at 30-14 while Heidelberg improved to 34-13. 

Regional Play on Sunday, May 19:

Wooster produced back-to-back wins over Case Western Reserve (8-7, 9-3) to claim the Ohio Regional Championship. The Fighting Scots will now travel to Peaceful Valley in Tiffin, Ohio to compete in a best-of-three series against Heidelberg in the super regional, which will take place on Friday, May 24, and Saturday May 25. 

In game 6, Wooster started the scoring with two runs in the first inning thanks to a Garrett Crum (Alliance, OH/Canton South) fly out to center, which scored Jacob Stuursma (Hudson, OH/Hudson) and a pass ball that plated Dan Harwood (Brecksville, OH/Brecksville-Broadview Hts.). After two scoreless innings the Scots would produce two more runs to lead 4-0, off of a two RBI double by Stuursma, scoring Dan Gail (Euclid, OH/Villa Angela-St. Joseph) and Harry Witwer-Dukes (Monmouth, OR/Blanchet Catholic). Wooster would plate three runs in the seventh after Harwood doubled to score Stuursma and Witwer-Dukes belted a homerun to score himself and Harwood. Case would get on the board in the bottom of the seventh with four runs, cutting the deficit to 7-4. The Scots would add a run in the eighth after Gail homered, while the Spartans would add two runs in the bottom of the frame to make it a two-run game. The ninth inning would see Case bring the score within one, 8-7, but Wooster would hold on to take the victory and force game 7.

Gail, Harwood, Stuursma and Witwer-Dukes all recorded two hits in the game, while Stuursma and Witwer-Dukes posted two RBI and two scored runs each.

Evan Faxon (Cleveland Hts., OH/Hawken School) would earn the win on the mound, while Andrew Hill (New Albany, OH/Fork Union Military Academy) would claim the save. Faxon went six innings, scattering five hits and striking out three and Hill allowed just two hits and struck out one in 1.2 innings of work.

In game 7, Wooster would score first in the bottom of the third to go up 3-0. The Scots would then score one run in the fourth, while Case would put up two runs in the top of the fifth. Wooster would answer back with a run of its own in the bottom of the frame followed by two more in the sixth and three in the seventh to capture the 9-3 regional championship victory.

Harwood went 3-for-4 with three scored runs and a double, while Witwer-Dukes and Gail would each go 2-for-4, with Witwer-Dukes posting three RBI and Gail recording two RBI and a double. Nick Strausbaugh (Fredericksburg, OH/Waynedale) went 2-for-5 and scored two runs in the win.

Wooster pitcher Chandler Dippman (Waterville, OH/St. John's Jesuit) captured his ninth win of the season after tossing nine innings, while scattering nine hits and striking out five.

The Scots improve to 30-13, while the Spartans end the 2019 season at 24-15.

Regional Play on Saturday, May 18:

Wooster captured two wins on Saturday to advance to the Ohio Regional championship against Case Western Reserve which will be played at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday. The Fighting Scots opened play Saturday morning in an elimination game, earning a 13-3 victory over Otterbein and then recorded a 21-4 win over Rochester later in the day. 

Denison started the day with a tough 2-1 loss to Heidelberg in the Michigan Regional and then dropped a 5-3 decision to Adrian in an elimination game. The Big Red end their season at 39-9, while Adrian will move on to face Heidelberg on Sunday at 12:00 p.m. in the regional championship.

NCAA Ohio Regional:

Game 3: Wooster 13, Otterbein 3

Wooster recorded a 13-3 win over Otterbein in the first elimination game of the regional tournament at Art Murray Field in Wooster, Ohio. The Fighting Scots scored seven runs in the first three innings, putting up two runs in the first, three in the second and two in the third to take a 7-0 lead. After a scoreless fourth frame, Wooster plated one run in the fifth, four in the sixth and one in the seventh. The Cardinals would get on the board in the bottom of the eighth with two runs and then score only one more in the ninth, as Wooster held on for the 13-3 victory.

Six Scots would record multi-hit games, led by three players that went 3-for-4 including Jacob Stuursma (Hudson, OH/Hudson) who put up five RBI and two scored runs, Dan Harwood (Brecksville, OH/Brecksville-Broadview Hts.) who tallied two RBI and two runs and Harry Witwer-Dukes (Monmouth, OR/Blanchet Catholic) who scored one run and earned two RBI. Nick Strausbaugh (Fredericksburg, OH/Waynedale) went 3-for-5 with three scored runs and one RBI. 

Wooster pitcher Dylan Carr (Heath, OH/Licking Valley) captured his second win of the season after tossing two innings, while scattering three hits and recording two strikeouts.

The Scots improve to 27-13, while Otterbein finishes the 2019 season at 26-18-1.

Game 5: Wooster 21, Rochester 4

The Fighting Scots came out strong in their second elimination game of the day, as they recorded a 21-4 victory over Rochester. Wooster plated five runs in the first inning, a pair of runs in each of the next three innings, one in the fifth, five more in the sixth, three in the eighth and one in the ninth, while Rochester did not get on the board until the eighth inning with one run. The bottom of the ninth would see the Yellowjackets attempt a rally, but only managed a three-run inning. 

Six Wooster players would record multi-hit games, led by 3-for-5 performances from Dan Harwood (Brecksville, OH/Brecksville-Broadview Hts.), Ben Gbur (Hilliard, OH/Hilliard Darby) and Garrett Crum (Alliance, OH/Canton South). Harwood tallied three RBI and two runs, Crum recorded three RBI, three runs and one double and Gbur hit one homerun and collected four RBI and two runs. Jacob Stuursma (Hudson, OH/Hudson) went 3-for-4 with one double, two RBI and two scored runs, while Harry Witwer-Dukes (Monmouth, OR/Blanchet Catholic) went 4-for-7 with one double, one triple, four RBI and three runs. 

Wooster pitcher Chandler Dippman (Waterville, OH/St. John's Jesuit) captured his eighth win of the season after tossing five innings, while allowing just two hits and recording one strikeout.

The Scots improve to 28-13, while Rochester finishes the 2019 season at 29-17. Wooster will now compete in the Ohio Regional championship against Case Western Reserve at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday. The Scots will need to beat CWRU twice to extend its season into the super regional.

NCAA Michigan Regional:

Game 4: Heidelberg 2, Denison 1

Denison fell 2-1 to Heidelberg in game four of the Michigan Regional at Nicolay Field in Adrian, Michigan.

Heidelberg got on the board in the first inning with one run and then scored one more in the fifth. Denison's first real chance to score came in the seventh after a double by Daniel Spencer (Northbrook, IL/Glenbrook North) advanced Vince Walker (Burtonsville, MD/Riverdale Baptist) to third. However, the Big Red offense was unable to plate a run until the bottom of the eighth off of an RBI groundout by Will Krushena (Bloomfield Hills, MI/Detroit Country Day), scoring Max Lahn (Charlotte, NC/Providence Day School)

Taylor Perrett (Battle Creek, MI/Lakeview) took the loss on the mound, dropping to 5-2 on the season, after scattering five hits in five innings while striking out five batters. 

The Big Red will now take on Adrian in game five of the regional at 7:30 p.m. with the winner facing Heidelberg in the regional championship on Sunday at 12:00 p.m.

Game 5: Adrian 5, Denison 3

Denison dropped a 5-3 decision to Adrian in the Michigan Regional elimination game Saturday evening. The Big Red end their season at 39-9, while Adrian will move on to face Heidelberg on Sunday at 12:00 p.m. in the regional championship.

The Bulldogs started the scoring with one run in the second inning and another in the third, while the Big Red put a run on the board in the top of the fourth off of an Anthony Ruggieri (Pittsburgh, PA/North Hills) single to score Daniel Spencer (Northbrook, IL/Glenbrook North). Adrian responded with two more runs in the fifth, taking a 4-1 lead. Denison would score runs in the sixth and seventh to narrow the deficit to 4-3, as Ty Robinson (Hoover, AL/Hoover) flied out to center scoring Ruggieri in the sixth and Max Lahn (Charlotte, NC/Providence Day School) reached base on a fielder's choice which plated Vince Walker (Burtonsville, MD/Riverdale Baptist) in the seventh. The Bulldogs would add one run in the bottom of the seventh extending their lead to 5-3. The Big Red would have a chance to tie the game in the top of the ninth with two runners in scoring position as Lahn doubled to left advancing Nick Pettigrew (Chicago, IL/De La Salle) to third. However, Adrian would end the inning without allowing a run, holding on to the two-run victory.

Ruggieri would lead the Denison offense as he went a perfect 5-for-5 in the game with one RBI and one run, while Robinson went 3-for-3 with one RBI and Lahn went 2-for-3 with one RBI.

Danny Brackman (Tampa, FL/Berkeley Prep) took the loss on the mound, ending the 2019 season at 8-3, as he tossed five innings, scattered seven hits and struck out three.

Opening Round Regional Games:

In the opening rounds of the NCAA Division III Regional Baseball tournament, Denison claimed a 4-0 victory over La Roche in the Michigan Regional, while Wooster fell 2-1 to Rochester in the Ohio Regional. On Saturday, the Fighting Scots will face Otterbein at 8:30 a.m. and the Big Red will take on Heidelberg at 3:00 p.m.

NCAA Michigan Regional:

Game 1: Denison 4, La Roche 0

Denison won its first NCAA tournament game in program history on Friday, downing La Roche, 4-0, at Nicolay Field in Adrian, Michigan. The Big Red will next play Heidelberg in game four of the regional on Saturday at 3:00 p.m.

The Big Red offense produced a run in the fourth inning before putting up a three-spot in the fifth inning. The three-run inning was capped off by a Brad Baldinger (Massapequa, NY/Massapequa) single that scored Brian McAuliffe (Tuckahoe, NY/Fordham Prep).

Denison senior pitcher John Troll (Indianapolis, IN/Brebeuf Jesuit) improved to 9-0 this season after tossing a complete game shutout. Troll only allowed five hits while striking out six and walking just two batters in the game.

Denison improved to 39-7 on the season while La Roche dropped to 30-14.

NCAA Ohio Regional:

Game 1: Rochester 2, Wooster 1

Wooster opened the 2019 NCAA Regional with a 2-1 loss to Rochester on Friday at Art Murray Field in Wooster, Ohio.

The Yellow Jackets tallied their two runs on a David Reith homer in the third inning. Wooster was held off the board until the ninth inning when Ben Gbur (Hilliard, OH/Hilliard Darby) batted in Dan Harwood (Brecksville, OH/Brecksville-Broadview Hts.) on a fielder's choice play. The Fighting Scots couldn't push across that tying run, however, falling by a 2-1 final. The victory by Rochester was its first NCAA Tournament win in program history.

With the loss, Wooster must win a pair of elimination games in order to advance to the championship round of the regional. The Fighting Scots will see Otterbein on Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m. in the first of those elimination games.

The Fighting Scots record currently stands at 26-13 while Rochester is 29-15.