Riders roll to 5-0

ELIDA, OH – For the second straight season the St. Marys Roughriders will find themselves at 5-0 when Week 6 of the regular season kicks off as they traveled to and defeated Elida 35-7 Friday night in a WBL tilt.

St. Marys wasted no time getting on the scoreboard on their opening drive as they traveled 70 yards on eight plays and found themselves on top 7-0 when Julius Fished rumbled past Bulldog defenders and into the endzone for a six yard score with just 2:45 coming off the first quarter clock.

Seth Warniment’s interception of a redirected pass from Elida QB Isaac McAdams would set the Roughriders up at their opponents 46, and again the visitors would waste little time as the Western Buckeye League’s leading rusher and scorer Eric Spicer burst in from 17 yards out to give his squad a 14-0 advantage with 4:53 to go in the opening stanza.

Three punts and a turnover on downs by the two teams slowed the scoring down in for a while in the game but McAdams draws on fourth down and moments later on a 23 yard touchdown run untouched up the middle cut the home team deficit to just 14-7 with 3:55 before the halftime break.

With all three timeouts and 65 yards to go before the half the Roughriders quick strike offense used :26 before upping their advantage to 21-7 at the break when Dustin Howell connected with Spicer on a screen pass that was turned into a 51 yard marker for St. Marys.

Just as it had happened on three straight possessions in the first half, three straight punts came and went before the Riders were able to add another score on the board.

Starting at their own 43 with 6:03 to go in the games penultimate stanza, St. Marys totaled 11 plays and finished with a Dustin Howell one yard touchdown run coupled with the ensuing extra point by Gabe Vandever to make it 28-7.

One of the longest drives of the season happened near the end of the game as the Roughriders began with 9:48 left in the fourth quarter at their own five. Utilizing five different ball carriers the Riders marched 95 yards and connected on a fourth down attempt on an 18 yard touchdown run by Eric Spicer who blazed past the orange and black defenders for the games final score to push the advantage to 35-7.

On the evening the Roughriders totaled 458 yards on 72 plays from scrimmage to 41 plays and 177 yards for Elida.

Rushing the football the visitors carried 68 times for 384 yards led by Spicer (16/162/2 td), and Julius Fisher who capped off his fifth game of the season of over 100+ yards with a 120 yard effort on 20 totes to go with his touchdown jaunt.

Dustin Howell completed 4/6 of his passes on the evening for 66 yards and a touchdown, the 51 yard connection with Eric Spicer in the second quarter to run his school record total to 18 for his career.

Elida sees their record drop to 2-3 overall and 1-3 in Western Buckeye League play and will travel to Van Wert to take on the 0-5 Cougars next Friday night.

St. Marys is now 5-0 on the season and sits tied with Ottawa Glandorf and Wapak at the top of the WBL standings at 4-0 in league contests. The Roughriders will look to avenge their first loss of last season next Friday night as they travel to take on the Bath Wildcats (1-4, 0-4).

Listen live to St. Marys vs Bath with myself and Phil Schumann on the call with the pregame beginning at 6:30pm here:K94.3 FM Celina

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St. Marys blitzes past Kenton, moves to 4-0

ST. MARYS, OH – Through the first three weeks of the season the St. Marys Roughriders have been the Western Buckeye League leaders in points scored and did nothing to hurt themselves in that category Friday night as they rolled to a 58-14 home win over league rival Kenton.

The last time a Roughrider team put up 58 points or more, the current group of seniors donning the blue jerseys were 10 years old as they watched Coach Doug Frye’s WBL Champions hang 677 yards rushing and 68 points on Elida.

Behind a dominating performance from the starting offensive line unit of Junior Garrett Lauth and Seniors Joey Morlino, Jonathan Peterson, Adam Wicker, and Aaron McGraw the Roughriders rushed the football 58 times for 499 yards against a Kenton defensive unit who gives up an average of 181 yards per contest on the ground.

Kenton won the toss and chose to give St. Marys the football first to begin the game and the home squad wasted no time making their opponents pay for their choice as Eric Spicer jaunted in from 33 yards out to put the Riders ahead 7-0 with 9:46 remaining in the opening quarter.

As he did last week against Shawnee, Grant Keith picked off a pass and gave his offense good field position they once again wasted no time capitalizing on as Bo Kuenning bulled in from eight yards out to make it 14-0 St. Marys.

Trent Hites, an Honorable Mention selection at QB for Kenton last season responded when his team was in possession of the ball next and engineered a 74 yard play over the course of eight plays and hooked up with the WBL’s receiving yardage leader Chris Deardorff for a touchdown to trim the lead to 14-7 in the middle of the opening period.

Starting from their own 41 yardline the Roughriders again called on their Senior tailback in Spicer and again he delivered as he bounced to the outside and dove to pay dirt to make it 21-7 St. Marys.

On their next possession the Wildcats incurred a pair of intentional grounding calls against Hites, but it was the second one that was deemed to have taken place in the endzone that proved the most costly as it resulted in a safety and a 23-7 St. Marys lead with 2:28 in the first stanza.

With the ball coming their way via a free kick after the safety, the Riders traversed 51 yards south to the Kenton goal line before Dustin Howell called his own number and rushed in from a yard out for his fifth touchdown run of the season and pushed the score to 30-7 early in the second quarter.

Seven plays and 71 yards the Wildcats used on their ensuing drive to cut the Roughrider lead to 30-14 with 9:10 remaining before the halftime break as Hites connected on a nine yard hookup to Austin Buroker, but that is as close as they would come on the evening.

Fifteen seconds and 68 yards is all it took on the games next play from scrimmage for Eric Spicer to push the lead out to 23 at 37-14 as he scored for the third time in the first half with a touchdown that saw him knife through the heart of the Kenton defense and outrun everyone in his way for the final points in the opening two quarters.

Seconds after Hites had the ball fall out of his hands to the Skip Baughman Stadium grass, Matt Patten just as quickly scooped up the pigskin and gave his team their first offensive opportunity of the third quarter at the 50 yardline.

Both of the plays run on the following drive for St. Marys would see Julius Fisher, who entered the night with the second most rushing yards in the league pick up three yards and then 47 and a score to push his teams lead to 30 at 44-14 and cue the running clock for the rest of the game.

Another strong Kenton drive would follow the Roughrider touchdown but ended in a punt as Hites was sacked on third down. Following the punt the Riders began at their own 21 but wouldn’t stay there long as they would send Sean Perry into the endzone from seven yards out on his third carry of the drive and add another Gabe Vandever extra point for a 51-14 lead.

A pair of incomplete passes for Kenton brought another drive to an end minutes later and put St. Marys with the ball at their own 47. Using just under three and a half minutes the Riders put their final touchdown of the night on the board as Freshman Ty Schlosser scored on a 26 yard toss play with 52.8 seconds remaining and secured a 58-14 victory.

With their victory the Roughriders move to 4-0 for the second straight season and see their WBL record improve to 3-0. Kenton now sits at 1-3 overall after suffering their second straight loss and see their league mark fall to 1-2 on the year.

On the evening the Wildcats were held to -7 yards on 12 carries and finished with 54 offensive plays for 225 yards. Trent Hites, the WBL leader in passing yards/touchdowns/interceptions coming into the evening completed 27/42 passes for 232 yards, 2 touchdowns and an interception while hitting wideout Chris Deardorff 12 times for 108 yards.

St. Marys accumulated 523 yards on 60 plays on the offensive end and were led in rushing by Spicer who toted the ball 16 times for 245 yards and a trio of scores. Julius Fisher’s 15 carries resulted in his fourth straight 100+ yard game to open the season as he picked up 121 yards and a touchdown.

Passing the ball the Roughriders were 2/2 from Dustin Howell and finished with 24 yards on the evening.

Kenton will head home for a date with 0-4 Van Wert next Friday night while St. Marys will begin their two week tour of Lima as they travel to Elida to take on the 2-2 Elida Bulldogs.

Hear St. Marys vs Elida beginning at 6:30pm with the pregame show here: St. Marys vs Elida Broadcast

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NEO Showcase recap

CANTON, OH – With a plethora of college scouts in attendance, young basketball players from all around came to showcase their skills on Sunday at the NEO Showcase event put on by Rich Harland and HOFHuddle.com.

A full recap of how the young ladies performed in the individual events as well as the full list of who participated can be found at this link: NEO Showcase performances

Photos from the event that took place at the historic Canton Memorial Fieldhouse: NEO Showcase Photos

A look at the event itself with organizer Rich Harland:

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Riders blowout Indians, Frye gets 200th win

LIMA, OH – St. Marys hadn’t won at Shawnee Stadium since knocking off the then undefeated Indians in a 10-0 win in 2006 but came out swinging on Friday night as they moved to 3-0 with a 43-7 victory to give head coach Doug Frye his 200th career victory.

Roughriders senior Quarterback Dustin Howell continued his personal trend of setting offensive records against the over matched Indians defense as he tossed a trio of touchdown passes and connected on 6/7 passes for 129 yards on the evening. With his second quarter touchdown to Seth Vorhees of 20 yards that made the score 36-0 St. Marys, the third year starter broke the school record for career passing yards of 1,420 previously held by Derek Turner. On the next possession for the Riders, Howell broke the career touchdown pass record of 16 previously held by Derek Dunlap when he tossed a 33 yard score to Demarcus Fountain that gave his squad a 43-0 lead with time remaining in the first half.

Eric Spicer who this week was named to the Blue/Grey All-American Bowl that will be played in January in Jacksonville, Florida had a big night as well as he led the Riders in receiving yards in addition to toting the football five times for 68 yards on the ground. Spicer caught a pair of 38 yard passes from Dustin Howell on the first drive of the ballgame with the second accounting for the first points of the evening for the visiting squad.

Seconds after their first touchdown the Roughriders started their second possession at their opponents 45 yard line due to a botched attempt at fielding a short kick by Shawnee giving them back the football. Following a 33 yard run by the WBL’s second leading rusher in Julius Fisher, Eric Spicer scored his second touchdown in :47 by jaunting in from nine yards out. Further proving how well things were going for St. Marys on the evening, the Riders fumbled the extra point snap but had it land perfectly into the hands of kicker Gabe Vandever who walked into the endzone for the two-point conversion to push the advantage to 15-0.

Following a Grant Keith interception of Shawnee starter Ray Manley, the St. Marys offense utilized a six play 65 yard drive to go up 22-0 with 4:39 left in the opening stanza when Bo Kuenning scored his first touchdown of the season on a one yard touchdown run.

On fourth down and short and inside St. Marys territory the Indians decided to attempt to pick up yardage on their next possession, but were stopped when a screen pass failed to yield enough yardage to move the markers. Seven plays and 72 yards later the Roughriders found themselves ahead by 29 as Spicer struck again, this time from 39 yards out to run the lead to 29-0 with 5.8 remaining.

Another Shawnee long drive was stymied by the Rider defensive unit on the next possession before Howell and crew picked up the aforementioned scores and rode into the halftime break with a 43-0 on the road.

In the second half the game began with a running clock and allowed the Riders to sub in a lot of their younger players on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball and get them some varsity experience under the lights on Friday night.

The only score of the second half gave Shawnee just their second touchdown of the season when Grant Wheeler made tracks all over the field and 45 yards into the endzone with 5:45 remaining in the contest to provide the final margin of 43-7.

For the game the Roughriders finished with 326 yards rushing on 47 attempts while collecting 455 total yards against the Western Buckeye League worst statistical defensive unit.

Wheeler led Shawnee in rushing as he ran 16 times for 93 yards and a score while Julius Fisher accumulated 102 yards on the ground just as he did last week at Van Wert for St. Marys.

Ray Manley finished his evening 9/19 for 67 yards and a pair of interceptions against the Roughriders who forced 3 Shawnee miscues on the evening.

Shawnee (0-3, 0-2) will head to Van Wert next week to take on the winless Cougars who themselves fell to Ottawa Glandorf tonight by a 42-0 score.

St. Marys begins their second straight season at 3-0 and will play host to a Kenton squad that was defeated at home by Wapak 31-10 Friday night and has dropped their last contest against the Roughriders 42-23 a year ago.

Kenton vs St. Marys can be heard live as it happens on WKKI K94.3 FM next Friday night beginning with Pregame starting at 6:30pm and also online at K94.3 FM Celina

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Riders dominate Cougars

VAN WERT, OH – St. Marys came in with a game plan to run at will against Van Wert and executed it to near perfection as the Roughriders saw four different rushers reach the Cougar endzone in their 46-6 rout to open WBL play Friday night.

Matt Patten’s block of an attempted Van Wert punt gave the Roughriders the football for the first time in the contest at their opponents 26 yard line, and the Riders wasted no time as they put the first points on the board.

Utilizing six plays and just under two minutes the Riders offense turned to Junior RB Chandler Gray who bounced in from two yards out for his first varsity rushing touchdown to put St. Marys up 7-0.

Following a 31 yard punt the Riders again found themselves with the ball in good field position, but used 5:13 and 12 plays to push their advantage to 14-0 with a Julius Fisher touchdown.

Seven plays after Grant Keith recovered a Cougars fumble the visitors added six more points to their lead when Senior signal caller Dustin Howell dove into the endzone from six yards out for his fourth score on the ground of the year, but Gabe Vandever’s extra point was deemed a miss so the lead stayed at 20-0 for St. Marys early in the second period.

Eric Spicer’s lone touchdown of the game on the ground, a 14 yard score pushed the Rider lead to 26-0 with 4:01 left in the first half but a muffed snap on the extra point kept the lead from going any higher.

Van Wert’s only points of the ballgame came with :18 before the break as Sophomore QB Lawson Blackmore hooked up with Nate Place for the second time this season for a touchdown to send the game to the half at 26-6.

The only completed pass of the game for St. Marys came on the seventh play of the Riders opening drive in the third quarter when Howell hooked up with last seasons leading receiver in Eric Spicer for a 39 yard marker to make it 33-6 after the extra point.

Chandler Gray who had just a pair of rushes for 10 yards last week in a win over Sidney showed his speed on a first play of the drive handoff after St. Marys took over at the Van Wert 26 following a bad punt by the Cougars and sprinted to the endzone to cue the +30 point running clock when the score became 39-6.

With subs working their way in and out of the Roughrider lineup the visiting squad turned to 5’10, 185 pound Junior Keegan Sawmiller for their final scoring play of the contest as he jaunted in from two yards out to put St. Marys up 40 points at 46-6.

Van Wert has now dropped both games this season and sees their record fall to 0-2, and 0-1 in Western Buckeye League play. The Cougars will travel to Titan Stadium in Ottawa next Friday night to take on a 2-0 Titans squad that defeated them 26-25 last season.

St. Marys improves to 2-0 on the season and picks up their first WBL win and will be on the road next week as they take on the 0-2 Shawnee Indians in a contest broadcast live by WKKI K94.3 FM K94.3 FM Celina with pregame beginning at 6:30pm and kickoff shortly after 7:00pm.

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Riders storm back to down Sidney

ST. MARYS, OH – Even mother nature was not enough to keep St. Marys from defeating Sidney for the third straight year as the Riders opened their 2016 campaign with a 43-39 come from behind win.

Moments after fighting back from a 33-14 deficit early in the third quarter, Roughrider Seniors Dustin Howell and Eric Spicer combined to put eight points on the board and push their own advantage to 36-33 with just over nine minutes remaining in the last period.

Mother Nature as she has done so often to high school football teams in the past few seasons took her turn at the lead as lightning would delay the contest for over an hour with the home team on top by three points.

Out of the delay the Riders defense rose to the occasion as they forced the visitors to punt the football. Seconds after forcing a St. Marys punt the Yellow Jackets again found themselves in business as Sophomore signal caller Andre Gordon connected on a 76 yard toss that pushed the ball deep in the blue and gold territory. With just 4:14 left in the ballgame Sidney runningback Isaiah Bowser forced his way into the endzone from four yards out to give his team a 39-36 advantage.

Senior TJ Mele’s recovery of an attempted quick kick gave St. Marys the ball at midfield and 4:13 with just one timeout. Eleven plays and 3:08 later the Roughriders punched in the games final score with Julius Fisher barreling in from a pair of yards out before adding the extra point for the final score of the long night.

Perhaps only the big mistake that Gordon made in the game which saw him finish 18/36 for over 300 yards was his last throw of the night that sailed over the head of his receiver and into the arms of a waiting Spicer for the games final big play. As he has done a handful of times in his three years at the helm, Howell took a knee and ran out the remaining 54.4 to secure the victory.

Five of the Sidney scores on the night came on the third play of their respective drives and each one was a big play that accounted for more than 27 yards of chewed up field.

On the night Gordon threw a trio of touchdowns in addition to a pair of interceptions. Bowser on the evening added a plethora of yards to the Jacket rushing total as he scored on runs of 45, 27 and 4. One of the touchdowns thrown on the night by Gordon came on a busted play in which the 2015 Sidney Offensive MVP scrambled to create time and hit Bowser for a 54 yard score.

While Dustin Howell might have only connected on 16 yards passing for the evening, he did damage on the ground for St. Marys as he rushed in three times and totaled four yards on those scoring jaunts.

In addition to the rushing exploits of Fisher, Spicer, and Howell, the Riders utilized the legs of 5’11 Junior back Shannon Fowler to change up the pace and gain yards and chew up the clock to perfection as they tallied a school record 76 carries and 82 total plays from scrimmage in the victory.

Sidney (0-1), coming off of their first winning season in over a decade will return home to Sidney Memorial Stadium for a Friday night date with Bellefontaine.

St. Marys (1-0) next Friday night will travel to Van Wert to take on an 0-1 Cougars squad who dropped their opener to Bryan 28-19 and will be looking for revenge for the 21-20 loss they suffered at the hands of the Riders last season.

Hear the Roughriders take on the Cougars live with myself and Dennis Cisco on K94.3 FM Celina or the K94 mobile app with pregame beginning at 6:30pm.

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OFL/PAFL Championship matchups set

With victories in their respective conference championship games Saturday night four teams punched their tickets to their league title games to take place the next two Saturday nights.

In the Ohio Football League the Championship game on August 20th will take place at Centerville High School in Centerville, Ohio as the Ohio Crush will play host to the Strabane Spartans.

The South Champion Ohio Crush who finished 8-0 in regular season league play were victorious over the Jackson County Patriots 28-13 while the Strabane Spartans were crowned Champions of the North with an 8-0 win over the Ohio Broncos to avenge their only loss of the season in league action.

PAFL conference finals games Saturday night took place at complete different ends of the spectrum as the Indianapolis Tornados blitzed past the Columbus Fire in Stripes play while the WPA Wildcatz used a big defensive stop to procure the Stars title.

Following a touchdown under a minute remaining in the contest and an extra point to cut the WPA lead to 34-27, the South Buffalo Celtics attempted and recovered an onside kick to set themselves up with :04 in their opponents territory. With time for just one play the Celtics offered up a Hail-Mary pass that was complete to trim the score to 34-33 with no time remaining. The old adage about how you play for the tie on the road was not to be for South Buffalo as they chose to go for the win by attempting a two point conversion, but came up unsuccessful and as such gave the Wildcatz a chance to play for their first PAFL Championship on August 27th.

Despite having lost to their conference rivals earlier in the season, the Indianapolis Tornados used their homefield advantage they had earned by finishing 7-1 in Stars Conference games and put a goose egg on the visitors side of the scoreboard. Last season the Tornados came up short in their quest to represent Indiana in the title game, but not this season as behind a strong game from WR Brandon Williams and the offense they dispatched the Fire 34-0 at a soggy Arsenal Tech High School.

On August 27th the Tornados will make the five and a half hour trek from Indianapolis to Valley High School in New Kensington, Pennsylvania as they take on the WPA Wildcats for the Premier Amateur Football League crown.

For more information on the Crush and Spartans visit OFL Website
For more information on the Wildcatz and Tornados be sure to check out PAFL

Be sure to stay tuned for more information on the games as they draw near as well.

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Wildcatz dominate Predators

NEW KENSINGSTON, PA – Western PA’s Wildcatz ran their game plan to near perfection on Saturday night in Stars Conference playoff action as they routed the Northeast Ohio Predators 49-6. With the win the Wildcatz advance to next Saturday’s conference championship matchup against the South Buffalo Celtics.

Quarterback Michael Wilson continued his spectacular season for WPA as he had a hand in five of the seven scores by his squad on the day including a trio on the Valley HS turf that totaled 58 yards rushing.

Western PA started their first half scoring bonanza with a three yard touchdown run from Wilson that put them on top 7-0 just minutes into the game and continued in the late stages of the opening quarter when Wilson launched a pass that was hauled in by Bruce Thornton for a 33 yard score to run the advantage to 14-0 WPA.

With the NEO offense forced to punt for a third time in the first half, Wilson went back to work offensively as he finished off a nine play drive which included eight runs with a 35 yard scamper straight through the heart of the defense to put WPA on top by three scores.

Moments after Clark Brooks picked off an errant pass from Predators QB Julian Drish, the Wildcatz offense was at it again as this time Johnny Bynum rumbled into the endzone from two yards out to run the score to 28-0 with 4:12 left in the opening half.

Another interception and a huge return gave the home team the ball back at the two minute warning, and as they have done all season long the WPA offense went into hyperdrive with Wilson tossing a six yard strike to Thornton for their second hookup of the day to push the halftime lead to 35-0.

Out of the halftime break the Predators defense forced a turnover on downs with a big stop on fourth down to procure their own offensive unit a chance to climb back into the contest. Utilizing a nine play drive that began at the WPA 32 yard line, the Predators finally punched in a score as Julian Drish tossed a five yard score to Chris Netters. NEO was unsuccessful on the two point conversion so the game remained at 35-6 mid-way through the third.

Wilson’s last score of the game happened on the next drive, as following a return that allowed his offense to set up shop at midfield, he engineered a four play drive and ran the final 20 yards himself to push the score out to 42-6 near the end of the third.

Known for being rude to opposing Quarterbacks all season long, the WPA defense did just that to Drish on the Predators next possession as they sacked him three times and forced a turnover on downs.

Rapheal Hurd took over for Wilson in the shotgun on the next series and just like his predecessor wasted no time finding the endzone as the speedster from Pittsburgh jaunted past the NEO defense for a 62 yard score to make the lead 49-6.

WPA had one last chance to score on their final drive moments later, but a 43 yard field goal attempt from Kicker Jim Taylor was blocked.

Top seeded Western PA (11-0) with the win will now welcome the South Buffalo Celtics to town next Saturday night for a 7pm kickoff and an opportunity for the winner to host the PAFL Championship Game on August 27th. Earlier this season the Wildcatz were victorious over the Celtics in a hard fought 21-14 regular season clash.

Northeast Ohio sees their 2016 campaign come to an end at 6-7, just the second time in six years that the franchise has finished with a sub .500 record.

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3rd Annual J31 Showcase Recap

The 3rd Annual J31 Showcase sponsored by Rich Harland (HOF Huddle twitter) took place at Garaway High School on Sunday, July 31st with many young ladies working out in front of college scouts.

During the event a 1 on 1 Champion was crowned in Hoover 2018 Makenna Drabick:

Makenna and Rich

Complete list of competitors as well as pictures from the event can be viewed below. Be sure to check out HOF Huddle for more girls basketball coverage throughout the 2016-17 season.

(2017’s)

Chloe Cheresne (Salem)
Rachel Chessar (Hoban)
Delaney Cullen (Medina)
Shay Davidson (Avon)
Kallee Dowler (Barnesville)
Sammie Hall (West Holmes)
CeCe King (Shelby)
Lexee Miller (New Philadelphia)
Chloe Moore (Lake Center)
Mayci Sales (Tuslaw)
Jenna Strayer (Bellevue)
Audrey Tingle (Ridgewood)
Tawnie Vair (Rootstown)
Ellen Vichill (St. Joseph)

(2018’s)

Peyton Banks (Wadsworth)
Makenna Drabick (Hoover)
Taylor Duplaga (Wheeling Central (WV))
Bella Gajdos (Poland)
Izzy Geraci (North Ridgeville)
Emily Grandy (Struthers)
Alexis Green (Hoover)
Kadie Hempfling (Ottawa Glandorf)
Lindsay Humbel (Parma)
Madison Hunter (John Glenn)
Izzy Kline (Newton Falls)
Sydney Mayberry (Lake Ridge Academy)
Boston McKinney (Tusky Valley)
Maddie Movsesian (Wadsworth)
Madi Pearson (Minerva)
Haley Shutt (Garaway)
Sydney Williams (Teays Valley)
Savannah Yacklin (East Canton)

(2019’s)

Aaliyah Currence (New Philadelphia)
Maria Ferrett (Marlington)
Lauren Flannery (River)
Alyssa Fuchs (Grove City)
Ashton Gerber (Garaway)
Erin Haun (Louisville)
Bryana Housley (Norton)
Sumer McWilliams (Grove City)
Morgan Metzger (Garaway)
Maddy Reese (Fairless)
Annie Roshak (Hoover)
Emma Tecca (Hoban)
Nikki Weber (Loudonville)
Rachel Windemuth (Central)

(2020’s)

Alana Belknap (Dover)
Lizzie Bickar (Tallmadge)
Sydney Bourquin (Jonathan Alder)
Bree Call (Lucasville Valley)
Lauren Campbell (Portsmouth Clay)
Callie Cline (West Holmes)
Kenedy Flinn (St. V)
Mackenzie Green (Hoover)
Aubrey Held (Hoover)
Lizzie Imrie (Nordonia)
Taylor Leatherman (Wadsworth)
Malina Moore (Carrollton)
Gabby Piercy (Jackson)
Amanda Rarick (Canal Winchester)
Natalie Rarick (Canal Winchester)
Kallie Regula (Garaway)
Annie Seboe (Loudonville)
Emily Seboe (Loudonville)

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63rd fight past Napoleon

OTTAWA, OH – While Mother Nature might have won the first round of Ottawa and Napoleon’s District Tournament matchup on Wednesday night it was the Fighting 63rd who rallied back from a 4-3 deficit to begin the restart and stay in the winners bracket with a 7-6 victory on Thursday evening.

Eight batters came to the plate for Ottawa in the games sixth inning that saw the home team push across four runs to take a 7-5 lead they would hold on to the rest of the contest. With one out in the inning catcher Kaden Sullivan (Bath) doubled off of Napoleon hurler Layne Good to give Ottawa their first base runner of the frame. Following a ground out Sullivan would find himself crossing the plate on a Brayden Sautter (Ada) single before Sautter himself was sent home from first on a two out RBI double by leadoff hitter Jackson Lammers (Miller City). Miller City graduates continued to produce in the game just moments later as Corbin Niese drilled a double into the outfield to score Lammers for the third run of the inning before later scoring himself on a wild pitch by Good for the stanzas final tally.

Ryan Stoller (Van Wert) took over on the mound to begin the game on Thursday after 3.2 innings of work from Kalida hurler Austin Swift. On the day Stoller would toss 5.1 innings of work and give up just two runs on three hits in earning the win.

The games biggest defensive play came in the final inning as with one out already in the books for Napoleon the River Bandits University of Toledo bound Layne Schnitz-Paxton gambled on a double off the left field wall and was thrown out by the combination of Austin Swift to Jackson Lammers to Ryan Gossard (Bath). For his part of the play it was Gossard who stayed with the tag and swiped Schnitz-Paxton on the right arm as he attempted to move back to the base on the outside. One play later Gossard gobbled up a ground ball and tossed across the diamond for the games final out to preserve the victory for Ottawa (13-12).

With the win the 63rd now will return home for a Friday 6pm matchup against Pemberville, a team that just defeated Ottawa a week ago on the same field 7-5. Hear the game live as it happens on the home of the Fighting 63rd Zsportslive.com

Napoleon (26-14) will next be in action against either Toledo or Whitehouse at 7pm Saturday in Findlay.

Box Score:

Ottawa:

Jackson Lammers: 2-4, 2 2B, Walk, RBI, Run
Corbin Niese: 1-5, 3B, RBI, Run
Colby Clifton: 0-1, Walk, Run
Brady Laudick: 0-1, HBP
Austin Swift: 1-4, 1B, 2 Runs
Ryan Stoller: 2-4, RBI
Ryan McCracken: 1-4, 2 RBI
Kaden Sullivan: 1-4, 2B, Run
Ryan Gossard: 1-3, Walk
Brayden Sautter: 1-4, RBI

Napoleon:

Corbin Edwards: 1-2, 3 Walks, 3 Runs
Ben Bucklew: 1-5
EJ Kissel: 1-5, 2B, RBI
Jack Goonan: 2-5, 2B, RBI
Layne Schnitz-Paxton: 3-5, 2B
Alex Gerken: 1-4, Walk, Run
Quinn Smith: 0-4
Jacob Greer: 0-1, 2 Walks
Zac Leatherman: 0-1, RBI
Jacob Jiminez: 0-4

Pitching:

WP- Ryan Stoller 2-1 (5.2, 4H, 2R, 1ER, 2K, 1BB)
LP- Layne Good 4-3 (1IP, 4H, 4R, 3ER)

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