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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NIPC claims Cincinnati Shootout title

SHARONVILLE, OH – For the first time in the history of the 6th Annual Cincinnati Water Polo Shootout and Jose Cerda Memorial Tournament the event has a repeat champion as the Northern Illinois Polo Club (NIPC) defeated the Spartan Water Polo Club 5-3 in the final contest to claim the Girls 18U division title.

In a highly competitive contest the two squads who had previously played the day before with Spartan coming out on top found themselves tied at 1-1 after the opening six minute period.

Led by future University of Michigan Wolverine Genevieve Curry, NIPC grabbed the lead and stretched it out to a 3-2 halftime advantage. Strong defensive play by Spartan in the third kept the contest at 3-2 heading into the final quarter of the game.

With just under a minute remaining in regulation play the defending champions from the suburbs of Chicago tossed in the equalizer and would secure the winners medals by a 5-3 final score.

Earlier in the day Spartan WPC earned their way into the final match by picking up an 8-4 victory while NIPC was forced to use a shootout to secure their spot. Tied at 7-7 after regulation with the shootout hosts Moose Orange, Northern Illinois Polo Club outshot their opponents 4 goals to 1.

Both days of competition as they aired from ICRCTV (ICRCTVcan be seen below:

Saturday:

Sunday:

For more information on the Jose Cerda Aquatic Foundation that supports the annual Cincinnati Summer Shoot Out be sure to visit JCN Aquatic Foundation

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Ottawa downs Findlay in extras

FINDLAY, OH – While the fourth of July might have been a couple of days earlier the Legion contest between Findlay Post 3 and Ottawa Post 63 provided some fireworks of its own Thursday night at Flag City Field.

Ottawa led off the contest with pitcher Jackson Lammers (Miller City) reaching on and advancing to second on a throwing error before being brought in high school classmate Corbin Niese to give the visitors a 1-0 advantage. Niese himself would be joined on the bases by Crestview’s Colby Clifton following the second miscue of the frame by Post 3 before both trotted across home plate thanks to an Austin Swift (Kalida) three run home run to right.

Findlay starting pitcher Trey Bame found himself with a pair of outs in the first after inducing a 5-4-3 double play ball against Kaden Sullivan (Bath) but was forced to leave with an injury just one batter later as he was unable to throw out Ryan Gossard (Bath) at first. Sam Federici who took over for Bame was able to force Matt Bowden (Bluffton) into a ground out to end the inning with Ottawa up 4-0.

The Fighting 63rd added their fifth run of the game in the top of the third inning when Kaden Sullivan’s first RBI of the season brought in Swift who had singled to open the frame.

Findlay’s first hit of the contest came in the bottom of the third inning when Trevor Solether opened with a double. Solether moved to third base on a wild pitch from Lammers and was pushed across for the first home score in the contest on a sacrifice fly RBI by Chandler Stillings.

A pair of runs in the fourth and a run in the sixth pushed the Ottawa advantage to 8-1 but Findlay tossed across a run of their own in the bottom of the same inning on doubles by Max Rinebolt and an RBI version from Alex Harter to make it 8-2 heading to the seventh.

In his last inning of work for the 63rd, Lammers would surrender a pair of runs with two outs but see his outfield throw out Rinebolt at second to end the threat and keep the score at 8-4 in his squads favor.

Two runs in each of the seventh eighth inning were enough for Findlay to cut the Ottawa at 8-6 against relievers Noah Howell (Temple Christian) and Grant Fuerst (OG).

Max Rinebolt and Sam Federici flipped positions for Findlay in the ninth inning with Rinebolt taking over on the mound and procuring a pair of strikeouts and a groundout to keep his teams chances afloat in the bottom half of the stanza when they came to bat.

Sam Palm led off the bottom of the frame with a double and was quickly joined by Rinebolt himself who was walked by 63rd hurler Ryan McCracken (Van Wert) in his first inning of work. An error and a fielders choice would lead to a pair of runs for Findlay coming across the plate and send the game to extra innings tied 8-8.

Brayden Sautter (Ada) began the top of the tenth inning with a flyout to the pitcher but Lammers (walk) and Niese (single) would reach base to give Ottawa a pair of baserunners. Following a Clifton strikeout and a Swift single that loaded the bases, McCracken took matters into his own hands with the bat as he plated two of the three runners with a single to put his team on top 10-8 heading to the bottom of the inning.

On the second pitch of his at bat Stillings popped out to left for the first out of the inning, but it wasn’t all smooth sailing for McCracken as he hit Palm with a 3-2 pitch. Rinebolt’s flyout gave the home team two outs in the frame but an RBI double by Nathan Insley brought Post 3 within a run at 10-9. Despite having reached base in four of his five previous plate appearances, Alex Harter struck out on a high pitch to bring the game to a close.

With the win the Fighting 63rd put a stop to a two game skid and see their season record improve to 12-11. Ottawa will be in action again tonight at 6:30pm at home and online at Zsportslive.com as they play host to Pemberville for Fan Appreciation Night that will also feature the Toledo Mudhens mascots Muddy and Muddonna.

Both teams will play host to District Tournament games next week when play begins on Wednesday night.

Box Score:

Ottawa:

Jackson Lammers: 1-5, 2 Runs, Walk
Corbin Niese: 2-5, 3 Runs, 1 RBI, Walk
Colby Clifton: 2-6, 2 Runs
Austin Swift: 3-5, 4 RBI, 3 R, 1 HR
Ryan McCracken: 4-6, 4 RBI
Kaden Sullivan: 1-5, 1 RBI
Ryan Gossard: 1-3, 2 Walks
Matt Bowden: 0-3
Ryan Stoller: 0-1
Brayden Sautter: 1-5

Pitching:

W: Ryan McCracken
HBP: Ryan McCracken
WP: Noah Howell
Pitches-Strikes: Grant Fuerst 9-7, Noah Howell 12-7, Jackson Lammers 101-60, Ryan McCracken 65-40
Groundouts-Flyouts: Grant Fuerst 0-2, Noah Howell 0-0, Jackson Lammers 9-8, Ryan McCracken 0-2
First pitch strikes-Batters faced: Grant Fuerst 3-4, Noah Howell 3-3, Jackson Lammers 13-30, Ryan McCracken 7-13

Findlay:

Chandler Stillings: 0-3, 1 RBI, 1 Run, 2 Walks
Sam Palm: 2-4, 3 Runs, 1 RBI, 1 Walk
Max Rinebolt: 2-5, 1 RBI, 1 Walk
Nathan Insley: 1-4, 2 Runs, 1 RBI, 2 Walks
Alex Harter: 3-6, 2 RBI
Brayden Wentling: 1-5, 1 Run, 1 RBI
Eric Johnson: 2-5, 1 RBI
Trevor Solether: 1-1, 1 Run
Sam Federici: 0-4
Kyle Reinbolt: 1-4, 1 RBI

Pitching:

L: Max Rinebolt
HBP: Sam Federici
Pitches-Strikes: Max R. 53-31, Trey B. 25-17, Sam F. 106-64
Groundouts-Flyouts: Max R. 0-2, Trey B. 1-0, Sam F. 9-7
First pitch strikes-Batters faced: Max R. 7-10, Trey B. 5-7, Sam F. 19-34

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Pickerington claims Tawa Run Classic title

OTTAWA, OH – Pickerington claimed the Tawa Run Classic Championship late Sunday afternoon as they rallied to defeat Findlay Post 3 10-6 in an 8 inning affair that featured multiple lead changes throughout.

Pickerington quickly took a 2-0 lead in the top half of the opening inning with Connor Ayers being hit by a pitch from Chandler Stillings and saw him brought in on a hit to right field by Donnie Waldrop who would come around to score himself before the inning ended with a strikeout by Stillings of Andrew Troup.

Grant Akin led off the game for Findlay in the bottom of the first by drawing a walk from Jordan Grubb (Walsh University) and was brought in to the score the games first run on an RBI single by teammate Nathan Insley (Arlington).

Three runs in the bottom of the second inning put Findlay ahead as Post 3’s Alec Harter reached on an error and was knocked in by Akin to tie the game at 2-2. Sam Palm’s RBI triple would account for the go ahead run before he scored to push the lead to 4-2 heading to the bottom half of the second stanza.

Following an inning in which Pickerington was unable to capitalize on a pair of singles, Findlay tossed in two more runs as catcher Kyle Reinbolt and Harter were driven in by Trey Bame and his one out double to make the score 6-2 in Post 3’s favor.

Newark Catholic catcher Mitch Lohr drew the first of his three consecutive walks to lead off the top of the fifth and counted as the third run of the game as he would score on Evan Young’s double. With the game 6-3 in Findlay’s favor Pickerington added a two RBI triple from Nick Whetnall (Tiffin University) that cut the lead to just one before Grubb and Collin Conrad (Fairmont State) fell victim to strikeouts by Elmwood reliever Trevor Solether that ended the frame.

Two runners reached for Findlay in the bottom of the sixth inning, but the threat did not come to pass as Solether and Reinbolt were erased via a 4-6-3 double play.

Trailing 6-5 going into their final at bats of the game Pickerington looked to have a leadoff hit but a line drive from Waldrop was snagged by Findlay second baseman Palm for the first out. Evan Young and Nick Whetnall’s back to back singles gave their team runners on first and second base before a sacrifice fly off the bat of Troup moved the two runners up a base.

Alex Ritton (Fairfield Union), pinch hitting for Collin Conrad in the sixth spot drove in the tying run and sent the game to extra innings tied at 6-6 when Findlay was unable to put up a run in the bottom half of the seventh.

An offensive barrage for Pickerington in the eighth inning began with AJ Snyder singling to the outfield before being thrown out attempting to steal second base. Mitch Lohr’s third consecutive walk put a runner on first with one out and sent the teams leadoff hitter to the plate. A Findlay error put a runner at first as Lohr moved to third base before the second out of the inning erased Harlan at second base on a fielders choice from Donnie Waldrop.

After Lohr’s run broke the tie, Pickerington got a single from Young and a pair of run scoring doubles from Whetnall and Grubb to go ahead 10-6 in with just half an inning left to play.

Johnny Putnam (Otterbein) started off the eighth by getting a groundout and then quickly struck out Insley on a full count for the second out of the inning. After allowing a two out walk to Phillip Buckingham, Putnam struck out Kyle Reinbolt to end the game and give Pickerington the win to clinch the Tawa Run Classic.

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Ottawa remains perfect

SIDNEY, OH – In their last game before playing host to their own tournament this weekend the Ottawa Fighting 63rd found runs early, often and late in their 10-2 defeat of Sidney Post 217.

Miller City’s Corbin Niese had a big day at the plate for Ottawa as he slapped one of his five singles on the day to give his team their first baserunner of the game in the opening inning. Despite having the bases loaded in the opening frame, the 63rd were kept off the scoreboard by Sidney hurler Isaiah Beaver however.

Austin Klausing of Kalida started off the top of the second inning for the 63rd with a single to the left side of the infield just past Sidney’s short stop and then was moved into scoring position on a balk. Ada infielder Brayden Sautter reached was hit in the small of the back by a Beaver pitch and put runners on the corners. With two outs in the inning Ottawa reached the scoreboard when Niese singled in Klausing from third to give his team their first marker. Austin Swift kept his hot streak going as he drove in a run after Sautter scored on an error and the visitors found themselves on top 3-0 heading to their second defensive inning.

Ottawa starter Ryan Stoller (Van Wert) cruised through the first two innings where he gave up just a walk and a fielders choice to Sidney hitters, but found himself in trouble in the third as Post 217 was able to put a couple of runners on via a single and a walk. Stoller would exit after officially pitching 2.1 innings, and be replaced by Grant Fuerst (OG) who was able to keep the home nine off the scoreboard and preserve his teams lead.

Ottawa’s next run came in the fourth inning as Sautter would again score, this time knocked in by Swift to run the lead to 4-0 after 3.5 innings.

In the sixth the Fighting 63rd would find themselves in the midst of their biggest inning, an frame in which they would send 10 batters to the plate against Beaver and reliever Jake Peters. Sautter walked to open the inning, then proceeded to push himself across the diamond by stealing a pair of bases and eventually scoring. Corbin Niese, the Van Wert Cougar duo of Ryan McCracken and Ryan Stoller, and Logan Dukes (Miller City) all came around to score in the inning and helped the lead balloon to 9-0 when all was said and done.

Sidney’s first run of the contest came in the sixth inning as Kyle Subler (Versailles) who finished 3 for 5 on the day singled to begin the inning against Fuerst. Following a single and a fielders choice Subler was brought in to score on a Kyle Noble single to make the score of the game 9-1 in Ottawa’s favor.

Lima Senior’s Josiah Shoemaker took the mound for Ottawa in the 8th inning and struck out the first two hitters he faced in Bryant McCarty and Noble, but got into a bit of trouble as he plunked consecutive batters in Carter Mescher and Cheyne Tate with two outs. Sidney Catcher Zach White reached on a throwing error that brought Mescher in for the second run of the game for the home team before Shoemaker got a flyout to end his inning on the mound and keep the score 9-2 in his teams favor.

Division 4 1st team All-Ohio selection Jackson Lammers (Miller City) picked up his first baserunning opportunity of the ballgame in the top of the ninth as he was walked on four straight pitches. After Lammers was moved to second on a passed ball he was quickly driven in by Niese for the final run of the game to make it a 10-2 Ottawa victory and keep the Fighting 63rd undefeated on the young season at 5-0.

Sidney found themselves with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning, but reliever Noah Howell (Temple Christian) got a ground ball from Mescher and tossed it to first for the contests final out.

Both teams will be in action this weekend at the Tawa Run Tournament that takes place Friday, Saturday, Sunday in Bluffton and in Ottawa. Sidney will begin their half of the tournament playing in Bluffton at 3:30pm against Pickerington Post 283. Hear that game live on WZOQ Radio

Ottawa’s first game of the tournament is at 6pm Friday night as they play host to Adrian, Michigan Post 275. Hear that game live on Zsportslive.com

Top Performers:

Sidney:

Kyle Subler: 3-5, Run
Kyle Noble: 2-5, RBI

Ottawa:

Corbin Niese: 5-6, 2 RBI, 2 Runs
Austin Klausing: 3-3, 2BB, Run
Austin Swift: 2-6, 3 RBI

WP – Ryan Stoller
LP – Isaiah Beaver

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63rd rally to remain perfect

OTTAWA, OH – Austin Swift might have played his high school baseball eight miles away at Holy Name Ballpark for Kalida, but the two time Putnam County League Player of the Year has become quite comfortable providing late game heroics at Ottawa’s Memorial Park.

With his team trailing visiting Whitehouse 6-5 in the bottom of the ninth inning and with one out the future Indiana Wesleyan Wildcat slammed the first pitch offering from right handed Michael Conklin (Anthony Wayne) into the outfield and drove in both Brayden Sautter (Ada) and Corbin Niese (Miller City) to give his Ottawa Legion squad a 7-6 walkoff win. During the high school tournament Swift was responsible for striking out 18 Leipsic hitters in addition to driving in the winning run in a 3-2 victory at the same field that put his Kalida Wildcats into the Division 4 Regional Semifinals.

Whitehouse jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second inning against Ottawa hurler Jordan Tovarnak (Shawnee) but were unable to connect on any more runs as catcher CJ Deacon (Anthony Wayne) flew out to centerfield to put a stop to their turn at bat.

Still trailing 2-0 when they came up in the bottom of the fifth inning the 63rd got took the lead before heading back out in the field as they pushed through four runs against Nathan Haugh (Anthony Wayne).

Brady Laudick (Kalida) began the Ottawa fifth by drawing a four pitch walk before being moved over on a Tovarnak single. Sautter was walked to load the bases and then Jackson Lammers (Miller City) was given an RBI as he walked with the bases still loaded for the first run of the game for the home team. Following a Niese strikeout for the second out of the inning, Austin Swift cleared the bases as he tripled in all three runners to give his team their first lead at 4-3 before Ryan McCracken grounded out to second to end the inning.

Three runs in the top of the sixth inning against Tovarnak and reliever Grant Fuerst (Ottawa Glandorf) gave Whitehouse a 6-4 lead as they accounted for three hits and three runs, including a sacrifice fly from Joe Everson (Liberty Center) to get the rally started.

Temple Christian’s Noah Howell pitched a perfect ninth inning and tossed just four pitches to get a lineout on a snag by Kalida’s Austin Klausing at third base, a groundout to the mound, and a flyout to second base.

Sautter led off the bottom of the ninth inning with a single and was bunted over to scoring position by Lammers before Niese reached on an error to set up the 2 RBI game winning double by Swift to keep the Fighting 63rd’s record unblemished at 4-0 on the year.

Linescore:

Whitehouse 6-12-3

Ottawa 7-5-2

Top Performers:

Whitehouse:

CJ Deacon 3-5, RBI
Sam Toft 2-5, 2B, Run

Ottawa:

Jackson Lammers 1-2, 3 BB, 2 Runs
Austin Swift 2-4, BB, 2B, 3B, 5 RBI
Brayden Sautter 1-2, HBP, BB, 2 Runs

Pitching:

WP – Noah Howell (1-0)
LP – Michael Conklin

Ottawa is back in action on Wednesday night at 7pm as they travel to Sidney. Hear the game live on Zsportslive.com

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