Weirich, Jeff City Summon Flawless Final 6 to Upend Lindbergh

by Nathan Gerdts | Posted on Friday, June 3rd, 2016

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Jacob Weirich finishes his delivery in one pitch of his complete-game victory for Jefferson City

Jacob Weirich finishes his delivery in one pitch of his complete-game victory for Jefferson City

A good start doesn’t mean nearly as much as a spectacular finish, and did Jacob Weirich and Jefferson City ever close.

Falling behind in the top of the first inning, the Jays came all the way back on the strength of great offense and stellar pitching from the junior left-hander to defeat the Lindbergh Flyers 7-4 in a MSHSAA Class 5 semifinal on June 2 at CarShield Field in O’Fallon, MO.

The Flyers jumped all over Weirich at the start. Simon Desnoyer walked to lead off the game and Roland Ounanian doubled to move both runners into scoring position.

Dennis Yingling stepped to the plate with one out and hammered a pitch to the deepest part of center field to drive in both runs with a double.

After Brendan Meissner reached on a fielder’s choice, Caleb Newberry took the fast start a step further with a two-out, two-run home run that just scraped over the left field wall to push the lead to 4-0 heading to the bottom of the first.

But the Jays were not so easily rattled by the shaky start. With two out in the bottom half, Grant Wood singled and came around to scored on a long, loud double by Gaven Strobel, who immediately scored after a double to straight away center from Kade Franks that pulled Jeff City within two.

Things would stay quiet until JCHS picked up another two runs in the bottom of the third. Wood got good wood on a mistake from the starter Yingling and absolutely crushed it for a solo homer over the left field bleachers.

Franks singled with two out and scored on a clutch base hit from Tyler Bise to tie the game at 4.

Jefferson City got its first lead of the game in the bottom of the fourth. Blaine Meyer walked to lead off the inning, and Yingling was pulled for Nick Wiley. Wiley promptly walked Weirich, and JT Bohlken reached on an error at first.

With the bases loaded and nobody out, Wood stepped to the plate and hammered a pitch to deep center that worked as a sacrifice fly that scored Meyer and grabbed the lead. After Strobel struck out, Franks came up clutch with a double to left that brought home Weirich and Bohlken.

Blain Meyer makes a scoop at third base in Jefferson City's 7-4 win over Lindbergh

Blain Meyer makes a scoop at third base in Jefferson City’s 7-4 win over Lindbergh

The game would go scoreless from that point on, but the story ended up being Weirich’s pitching. After allowing four runs on three hits and a walk in the first, Weirich shutout Lindbergh over the last six innings to earn the complete game victory. Weirich gave up five total hits and three walks while recording 10 strikeouts.

Yingling took the loss on the mound for the Flyers, allowing five runs over three innings on seven hits and three walks. Wiley allowed two unearned runs in two innings and struck out two. Newberry pitched the sixth and finished with a walk and a punchout.

Yingling, Desnoyer, Newberry, Ounanian and Daniel Dobbs all recorded one hit each. Newberry and Yingling each collected two RBI for Lindbergh, which committed three errors in the loss and falls to 22-10. The Flyers play for third place on the morning of June 3.

Franks led the way for Jefferson City at the plate with three hits and three runs batted in. Wood picked up two hits, two runs scored and two runs driven in. JCHS left nine runners on base.

The Jays picked up nine total hits in the win, improving to 28-6 on the year and moving to the Class 5 state championship game on the afternoon of June 3. Click here for the story.

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