Prep Baseball Report

PBR Spotlight Game: No. 22 Edon (D-IV) at Stryker


By Dylan Hefflinger
PBR Ohio Senior Writer/Northwest Scout

STRYKER, OH - With a majority of the games rained out in the state, there still were some played and PBR got to see a classic in NW Ohio. Edon, ranked No. 22 in Division IV and Stryker, who is in first place in the Buckeye Border Conference squared off with their respected aces on the mound.

Stryker's junior RHP Parker Ruffer (CG, 11 Ks) and Edon's unsigned senior River Wicker (CG, 13 Ks) matched each other pitch-for-pitch, but the junior Ruffer got the last laugh in the 4-3 win in walk-off fashion.
Parker Ruffer vs EdonRiver Wicker vs Stryker 

In the seventh inning, Edon got an insurance run as Senior shortstop Brock Thiel blooped a double, later scoring on an RBI triple by senior Jacob Brown to go up 3-1.

The Panthers did not waiver however.

A leadoff walk to senor Jacob Hancock started the bottom of the seventh. Wicker struck out the next two batters, bring the top of the order up with two outs and a guy on first. Freshman Colton Benson ripped a shot towards second that was mishandled putting two on and bringing senior Dean Beamont up to the plate.

The senior shortstop scored Hancock with an RBI single. Freshman Brody Shock followed with an RBI single to scored Benson, bringing to the plate Ruffer.

The right-handed hitter laced a walk-off single to score Beamont and give Stryker a 4-3 victory.
Celebration for StrykerThe Panthers of Stryker got on top first in the bottom of the opening inning. Freshman lead-off hitting catcher Benson started the frame with a sharply hit single to left, advancing to second on a sacrifice bunt by Beamont, bringing to the plate Shock.

The freshman three-hole hitter Shock laced a single into left to score Benson and put the Panthers up 1-0.

The score remained 1-0 Stryker until the fourth when Edon final got to the Stryker starter Ruffer. The Blue Bombers senior center fielder Trevor Green started the inning with a single to left, advancing to second on a sacrifice bunt by senior Wyatt Zulch. Sophomore DH, Colton Lyman had an infield single to put two on with one out.

After a strikeout, senior lead-off hitter Connor Hug laced a two-run single to left, that put Edon on top 2-1.

Stryker has a tough contest next, as they host No. 18 Bryan (D-II) on Tuesday.

Edon will have to recover fast, as they travel to No. 16 Wauseon (D-II) on Tuesday.

Notable performances in the game:

  • Parker Ruffer, the junior went the distance on the mound, allowing three runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out 11. Also had the walk-off single, a double and two RBIs at the plate.
  • River Wicker, the unsigned senior looked good on the mound allowing four runs (1 ER) on seven hits and three walks while striking out 13. Through the first six innings, Wicker allowed one run on three base hits while having a stretch where he had seven of eight strikeouts with a walk in-between.
  • Brody Shock, the freshman hit the ball hard three times. Had two singles and two RBIs while playing first. Shock is also a LHP and one to watch down the line.
  • Colton Benson, the freshman lead-off hitting catcher reached base all four times, had a single, walk and scored two runs.
  • Brock Thiel, the senior shortstop had a double, two walks and scored a run.
  • Trevor Green, the senior centerfielder had two singles and a run scored.


Edon 000 200 1 - 3 7 2

Stryker 100 000 3 - 4 7 2

Records: Stryker 7-7 (6-1 BBC), Edon 8-5 (4-3 BBC).

Winning pitcher: Parker Ruffer (7 innings, 3 runs, 7 hits, 11 strikeouts, 3 walks).

Losing pitcher: River Wicker (6.2 innings, 4 runs, 7 hits, 13 strikeouts, 3 walks).

Leading hitters: (Edon) - Connor Hug 2 singles; Brock Thiel double; Jacob Brown triple; Trevor Green 2 singles. (Stryker) - Brody Shock 2 singles; Parker Ruffer single, double.

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