Fort Loramie baseball trounces Bethel

Seth Kinker
Sports Editor

The Fort Loramie baseball team (1-0) opened their summer league schedule with a win yesterday, defeating Tipp City Bethel 13-1 in a shortened game due to the mercy rule. 

“How awesome was today?” said Fort Loramie head coach Jeff Sanders after the win. “Beautiful day, great crowd here, it was awesome.” 

Offensively, Fort Loramie scored in every inning of play, outhitting Bethel 13-1 on the day as they set the tone early by jumping out to a 5-1 lead after the first inning. 

Defensively, the lone Bethel run came after they loaded the bases in the top of the first with an infield hit bringing home a runner from third while the batter was thrown out at first. 

A walk loaded the bases once again before the next Bethel batter hit a grounder to the infield, resulting in the force out at home for the second out with the bases still loaded. 

Fort Loramie pitcher Caeleb Meyer, who pitched three innings, threw one of his six strikeouts to get Fort Loramie out of the jam with only one run surrendered. 

Sam Barhorst and Mack Fortman combined to pitch the other two innings, throwing five strikeouts while not allowing a batter to reach the bases.

In the bottom of the first, Fort Loramie responded by scoring five runs as they nearly went through their entire batting order. 

Leadoff man Grant Albers gave Fort Loramie an opportunity early, stealing second and third bases after being walked before Jake Sanders brought him home to tie the game at one. 

A Derek Meyer triple would give Fort Loramie thee 3-1 lead, C. Meyer brought home Meyer to make it 4-1 and Devin Ratermann hit a ball through the left infield gap to score Meyer from first to make it 5-1. 

C. Meyer went 2-2 with two runs and a run batted in (RBI), Ratermann finished 2-2 with two runs and two RBIs and Albers and Trevor Middendorf both went 2-3 with one run and an RBI. 

Good base running also put Fort Loramie in a position to score early and often against Bethel, they finished with 18 stolen bases led by Ratermann (4), Albers (3), Fortman (3), and C. Meyer (3). 

After C. Meyer struck out the side to start the second inning, Fort Loramie would add two more runs to take a 7-1 lead. 

In the bottom of the third Bethel made a pitching change after Fort Loramie loaded the bases  but it didn’t matter as Fort Loramie put the game out of reach scoring four more runs to take an 11-1 lead. 

C. Meyer scored from third base on a bad pitch, Albers singled to left field to score another run from third to make it 9-1, Sanders hit a sac-fly to make it 10-1 and Meyer forced a fielder’s choice to score the 11th run. 

Barhorst would score in the bottom of the fourth inning after leading off with a double, brought home from second base by Ratermann’s hit to left field to make it 12-1 and two batters later Ratermanmn was brought home by a hit from Evan Eilerman to complete the scoring at 13-1. 

“I liked out aggressiveness offensively,” said Sanders, whose team has had a handful of practices since getting the green light to return to practice late last month. “I felt like we took good approaches at the plate and ran the bases really well.” 

Fort Loramie travels to Coldwater on Jun. 9, playing at 7:30 after the JV game. 

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