Bowling Green’s Spencer Rader, left, congratulates Dylan Dohanos, who scored two runs, stole two bases, and drove in one run during a 10-0 victory Wednesday in Perrysburg. THE BLADE/LORI KING
Bowling Green did serious damage right out of the gate at Perrysburg on Wednesday with contributions up and down the lineup in an early battle between two Northern Lakes League favorites.
The Bobcats erupted for seven runs in the top of the first inning, then put it away with single runs in the second, third, and fourth innings.
The Bobcats batted around with four hits before the Yellow Jackets came to the plate. They went on to post a 10-0 win in a game shortened to five innings by the run rule.
Bowling Green also took advantage of some suspect fielding by the Yellow Jackets, who committed four errors.
IN PICTURES: Bowling Green 10, Perrysburg 0
Bowling Green (7-2, 1-0 NLL) was picked to finish third in the NLL behind favorite Anthony Wayne. Four-time defending Perrysburg (2-4, 0-2) was picked to finish second.
The Bobcats hammered out nine hits, including eight singles. Six seniors were responsible for all the hits.
“We’ve been playing like that all year,” BG coach Bob Schultz said. “Our bats have been sound. Every game we’ve taken advantage of any mistake any team has afforded us. We’re hitting the ball well, but if a team gives us any kind of inch, our guys are taking advantage of it.”
Leadoff hitter Alec Brown, No. 2 hitter Dylan Dohanos, and No. 7 batter Josh Riggs each had two singles.
Senior pitcher Peter Wishart allowed one hit, a double in the first inning. Wishart struck out three batters, including the final hitter of the game to end it by the mercy rule.
Brown, a second baseman, went 2 for 3 with a run and an RBI. Dohanos, a shortstop, scored two runs, stole two bases, and drove in one run. Riggs, a third baseman, went 2 for 3 with two RBIs and scored two runs.
Brown and Dohanos opened the game with back-to-back singles. Brown then slid in safely, beating a throw to the plate, on a fielder’s choice for the instant 1-0 lead. An error allowed Dohanos to score, and Adam Furnas scored on a passed ball for a 3-0 lead.
Riggs then drove in Clayton Brown with a solid ground single, driving Perrysburg starter junior Griffin Parrill from the game.
Spencer Rader then scored on Nick Jackson’s RBI fielder’s choice for a 5-0 lead. The Bobcats added two more runs with two outs on an error and a RBI single from Dohanos.
The Bobcats made it 8-0 in the second when Riggs earned an RBI with a bases-loaded walk. BG went up 9-0 on Blaine Brown’s RBI single and put the mercy rule into effect (a 10-run lead after five innings) on Brown’s RBI single in the fourth.
Perrysburg senior right fielder Jacob Krueger had his team’s only hit. He doubled with one out in the first inning. But Wishart struck out the next batter, then got a pop out to end the inning and protect the early 7-0 cushion.
“Everyone is swinging the bat well, and everyone is confident,” Schultz said. “Last year we were younger, but they all got that experience, and they are all ready to go.”
Schultz said Wishart, who threw mostly on the junior varsity last season, put a lot of work in the offseason.
“You can see that,” Schultz said. “We have a lot of confidence in him.”
Perrysburg coach Dave Hall said his team is not being aggressive enough at the plate.
“[Wishart] threw strikes, and we hit too many weak ground balls,” Hall said. “We’re not attacking balls like we should. I don’t think we’re being very smart [at the plate].”
Hall said his team has yet to show up defensively this year.
“That was our strong point coming in,” he said. “We haven't made plays.”
The Yellow Jackets used four pitchers. Perrysburg started last season 0-8 and 0-1 in the NLL before finishing 19-12 and 12-2 to win the league, while reaching the district final. Perrysburg lost its league opener 3-0 to Southview on Monday.
“We found a way last year. That’s the hope,” Hall said. “We’re not giving up. [BG] is one of the best teams in the league.”
Bowling Green must complete its NLL opener against Napoleon. The game was suspended Monday with the Bobcats up 11-2 in the fifth inning.
“This is important,” Schultz said. “It’s early, and you can’t take too much from it. We still have some work we can do defensively. We haven’t quite hit our stride yet.”