OAKLAND – Essex/South Page senior Daniel Ohnmacht threw a three-hit complete game shutout and the Trojan bats also performed well in a 10-0 win over Riverside, Thursday, July 11 in a Class 1A District 14 1st round game.
Riverside didn’t have anyone reach third base all game and never put more than one runner on in a single inning. Ohnmacht was perfect in the second and third innings while the offense was building a lead. He struck out eight and his defense was mostly clean behind him.
“I was just trying pick spots,” said Ohnmacht, “and just put it where they couldn’t hit it.”
“I really wanted the shutout for him,” Essex/South Page coach Jay Soderberg said. “I know he doesn’t care about those things, but it’s a cool feather to put in your cap. He limited the runners, threw strikes and worked ahead.”
The Trojans didn’t score in the first inning, but took the lead in the second and grabbed control of the game in the third.
Jake Gray singled to open the second inning against Riverside starting pitcher Eddie Vlcek. Philip Franks doubled in a run with one out and would eventually score to give the Trojans a 2-0 lead after two.
Colton Thornburg opened the third frame with a single. He took second on a passed ball, and then stole third and scored on a passed ball. Ohnmacht and Quentin Thornburg walked and then Eli Drennen doubled in two to give the Trojans a 5-0 lead. Drennen would eventually score against relief pitcher Wyatt Hough to make it 6-0 after three.
“That was huge,” Soderberg said on adding some cushion. “Just to put on a couple more makes you feel confident.”
“The runs picked up our confidence early,” Ohnmacht added. “We started hitting better and we fielded great the whole time.”
Gray walked to open the fifth, stole second and third and scored on a passed ball. The final three Trojan runs came in the seventh with Franks adding another hit and RBI.
Franks and Colton Thornburg had two hits each to lead the Trojans with Franks and Drennen driving in two runs each. Drennen and Gray scored two runs each.
Soderberg said it was a great win for the Trojans, who have now won three postseason games over the past two seasons.
“We had Daniel on the mound,” said Soderberg, “and we always have confidence in games that he throws. The defense stepped up, especially Drennen at third base. We were swinging early (in the first inning), but then we had patience and started putting runs on the board.”
Several pictures from the game can be seen at valleynewstoday.com.
The win advances the Trojans to a district quarterfinal, Saturday, July 13 against top-seed St. Albert. The Falcons finished in the top half of the Hawkeye 10 Conference this season and were a state tournament qualifier last year, but Soderberg said they’ll give it their best shot.
“We were the only team to have a lead on them and score on them last year (at the district tournament),” said Soderberg. “We’ll go in, play ball and accept the challenge. It’s not a brand new experience being there. We’re excited.”
The district quarterfinal is scheduled for a 7 p.m. start. It follows the district quarterfinal between Logan-Magnolia and Sidney, which begins at 5 p.m.