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Whitehouse wins high scoring affair

OTTAWA, OH – Both Whitehouse and Ottawa got off to big opening innings in their meeting on Monday night and were held in check until breaking through late for even more scores.

Whitehouse scored three runs in the top of the first inning to jump out to an early lead and eventually added runs late to secure their 10-7 victory over the host Fighting 63rd.

With a pair of hitters having already reached in the top of the opening frame, Whitehouse quickly went up 3-0 when slugger Sam Toft blasted a Kaden Sullivan (Bath) 1-2 offering over the left centerfield wall for the first markers of the contest.

Ottawa responded in their half of the first as Sullivan and teammate Ryan Gossard (Bath) drove in Austin Horstman (Ottawa Glandorf), and Corbin Niese (Miller City) who had doubled and singled respectively with one out in the inning. Lima Senior product Josiah Shoemaker’s two out two RBI single pushed the home team ahead 4-3 before the frame came to an end with a Matthew Bowden (Bluffton) groundout.

The lead would remain in the 63rd’s possession until the top of the third inning when CJ Deacon (University of Toledo) was brought into tie the game at 4-4 on a Toft double down the right field line. Toft himself, and teammate Steve Haugh gave the visitors a 6-4 lead moments later as they were sent home by Quincy Rhodes 2 RBI single.

Two quick runs from the 63rd tied the game at 6-6 in the bottom half of the same inning as Sullivan was again brought around to score after reaching base, this time by Nathan Arrington (OG). Arrington himself would come to the plate as the tying run two hitters later as he scored on a Shoemaker RBI double.

Following four innings on the mound from Sullivan the home team turned to Ada product Seth Evans to face the Whitehouse hitters. In his first inning of work Evans gave up a pair of runs and three hits to see his team fall behind 8-6 in the middle of the fifth frame. After his offense came up empty in the bottom half of the inning, Evans would give up two more runs in the 6th and see his team fall behind by a 10-6 score.

In their last three chances at bat the Fighting 63rd put four runners on base but saw just a single one come across when Sullivan scored for a third time in the contest in the bottom of the 7th inning to pull his team to within three runs.

Facing the possibility of the game ending early due to impending darkness, both teams pitchers worked quickly and mostly effectively through their opponents lineups in the last third of the game and saw it finish with a 10-7 victory for visiting Whitehouse.

Whitehouse (5-3) was led in hitting by Sam Toft who finished just a triple short of hitting for the cycle at 5/5 and with a walk. Toft drove in four runs to help kickstart his teams offense as well.

Ottawa (0-3) was led by Sullivan who finished 2/5 on the day and with three of his teams runs. The Fighting 63rd will return to action on Tuesday night as they welcome Oak Harbor to town for a 6:30pm first pitch.

Aaron Murphy (1-0) was the winning pitcher for Whitehouse as he pitched 5 innings, giving up 8 hits, 6 runs and struck out 2 while throwing 82 pitches. Seth Evans (0-1) took the loss for the Fighting 63rd, he allowed 5 hits and 4 runs in just 1.2 innings on the mound while striking out one and walking one.

Whitehouse finished with 10 runs on 16 hits to go along with their 4 errors while Ottawa scored 7 runs on 10 hits and themselves committed 5 errors.

The two teams will meet again on June 19th in Bowling Green, Ohio in a game that will be broadcast live on WZOQ Radio

*Stats provided with the help of Gamechanger*

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Wildcats clinch PCL share behind Kuhlman no-hitter

MILLER CITY, OH – A no-hitter that began a month ago at Fort Jennings finished up on Monday night at Miller City as Jacob Kuhlman earned the bid and a 2-0 victory for his team to help them clinch a share of the Putnam County League.

April 10th when the contest between the two rival schools began and before it was halted due to storms and lightning in the area in the top of the fifth inning, Kuhlman had allowed just two baserunners to reach against him, each via a full count walk.

Monday night the Wildcat right hander was simply brilliant on the hill as he struck out three Musketeer hitters to open the bottom of the fifth inning and finished the contests last three innings by striking out six of the ten hitters he would see come up to the plate threatening to end his no-hit bid.

With the win Kuhlman moves his season record to 2-1 as he tossed 7 no hit innings, striking out ten Musketeers, handing out a pair of walks and hitting just one batter.

Brandon Wehri took the loss for Fort Jennings (5-13, 0-5) as he pitched 6 innings, striking out 9 Wildcat batters and giving up just a run while surrendering seven hits.

Miller City moves to 13-4 overall and finishes Putnam County League play at 6-1 and clinches a share of the PCL championship for the fifth time in nine years under head coach Dusty Pester. The Wildcats will play a non-conference affair on Tuesday at home against McComb before beginning their tournament run at home on Thursday afternoon.

Fort Jennings will travel to Delphos to take on Ada Tuesday night to begin their run to Columbus before finishing up their regular season with a pair of games later this week and early next week against Pandora-Gilboa, and Continental.

Top Performers:
Bryce Riepenhoff (MC) – 3/3, 2B, BB, 1R
Corbin Niese (MC) – 1/3, 1BB, 1RBI
Mark Kuhlman (MC) – 2/4, 1 RBI

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Ringwald earns win as Bearcats hold off Musketeers

FORT JENNINGS, OH – Spencerville Sophomore pitcher Zach Ringwald earned his first career win on Tuesday night as he and his Bearcats teammates held on to defeat Fort Jennings 8-5 in a non-league contest.

Ringwald worked 6.2 innings and nearly fully completed his first career start but with two outs in the seventh inning and trailing 8-3 Fort Jennings Sam Vetter was able to procure a walk and quickly be tripled in by Connor Stechschulte to trim the Bearcat advantage to 8-4.

A single by Logan Hardeman drove in Stechschulte to make the score 8-5 before a walk to pinch hitter Connor Hoersten again put a runner on base for the home team. With the tying run in pinch hitter Devin Miller coming to the plate the Bearcats head coach Shane Falke would go to his bullpen and put Brady Nolan into the contest.

The decision to move to Nolan with two outs and two on in the bottom of the seventh was a good one for the visiting team as he was able to strike out Miller on five pitches to secure the victory for Spencerville and tie the all-time series at 16 wins apiece.

Bearcat shortstop and future Georgia Highlands College Charger Jacob Meyer who paced the defending Northwest Conference Champions by scoring three of their runs on the day in addition to driving in a pair of runs on two doubles and a single on the afternoon.

Meyer, Luke Market, and Brady Nolan, the top three hitters in the Spencerville lineup combined to reach base nine times in their 15 at bats on the day and drive in or score all but two of their teams scores.

Fort Jennings was led by Brandon Wehri who finished the day 2/4 at the plate and drove in a trio of runs including a pair on a bases clearing double in the fifth inning to pull his team to within five runs at the time of the Bearcats lead.

Both teams were active on the basepaths in the game as they accounted for 11 stolen bases (Spencerville 7, FJ 4).

With the win the Bearcats move their season record to 8-10 and will next travel to take on the Lincolnview Lancers on Thursday afternoon in NWC play. Fort Jennings (4-9) will be in action on Wednesday in Delphos against the Northwest Conference’s remaining unbeaten in the Jefferson Wildcats with first pitch at 4:30pm (hear the game live on WZOQ Radio)

WP: Zach Ringwald (1-0) – 6.2 IP, 5R, 6H, 2K, 111 pitches (63 strikes)
LP: Sam Vetter (1-1) – 4.0 IP, 5R, 10H, 1BB, 66 pitches (40 strikes)

Top Hitters:
Brandon Wehri (FJ): 2/4, 2B, 3RBI
Justin Thiery (SV): 2/3
Jacob Meyer (SV): 3/5, 3R, 2RBI
Brady Becker (SV): 1/4, 3 RBI

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Wildcats shut down Bulldogs, remain perfect in PCL play

COLUMBUS GROVE, OH – Friday night the Kalida Wildcats used a combination of their bats and Columbus Grove errors to remain perfect in defense of their Putnam County League title with a 10-0 five inning victory over the Bulldogs.

It didn’t take long for the Wildcats to get on the scoreboard in the top of the first inning as Brady Decker and Derek Buss reached via a one out error and a hit by pitch. Trevor Lambert’s sacrifice fly to left field put the visitors on top 1-0 before the bases were again loaded by virtue of Kevin Hamburg being plunked with an Alex Schnieder offering. The third Kalida player, Owen Recker’s bases loaded walk pushed across the second run of the contest before the inning game to an end for the defending league champions.

Three up and three down would be the way things would go for the home squad in their first time through the lineup as all nine players were sent down in order via strikeouts, ground balls and fly outs by southpaw Trent Siebeneck.

Three more runs went up on the visitors half of the scoreboard in the second inning in the same fashion as the first as the Wildcats were again able to reach via walks, errors and by virtue of being hit by pitches thrown by Schnieder until he was relieved by shortstop turned pitcher Reid Stechschulte with a pair of outs in the inning after Jeffery Knueve’s sacrifice fly brought home a run.

Bases loaded walks to Kevin Hamburg and Owen Recker gave Kalida a 5-0 lead heading to the bottom of the second frame.

On the evening the Bulldogs were able to put four baserunners on against their opponents with the first of those in Grant Schroeder reaching via an error on a dropped flyball on the edge of the grass in the second. Schroeder would terminated from the bases moments later on a flyout doubleplay.

Knueve who finished the ballgame with a trio of runs batted in pushed across his last two in the third inning as he smacked a first pitch offering from Stechschulte to the right field wall and cruised into third bases with a triple to help give the Wildcats a 7-0 lead after the visiting teams third time at the bat.

Stechschulte began the bottom of the fourth with a single for the first hit of the game for the home Bulldogs but it was not to be in the inning as they would come up empty once again.

Three runs would come in to provide the final markers of the game for Kalida all in the top of the fifth inning as Siebeneck, Buss and Trevor Lambert would come around to score on a single and a pair of fielders choices to move the game to 10-0 Wildcats.

Adam Birkemeier walked with one out but was erased on a Nick Woods fielders choice in the bottom of the fifth inning. Wyatt Siebert provided the second hit of the contest for his squad but would see the game come to an end via the run rule in Ohio high school baseball just two pitches later when Emilio Delarosa popped out to end the contest.

Kalida now leads the all-time series with Columbus Grove 43-42 and has won 16 straight Putnam County League contests dating back two seasons ago when their only loss was to eventual league champion Miller City.

Trent Seibeneck (1-1) was the winning pitcher for Kalida (7-6, 4-0), while Alex Schnieder (1-1) took the loss for the Bulldogs (7-5, 4-2).

Key Performers:
Brady Decker (Kalida): 2/4, 2H, 3R
Jeffery Knueve (Kalida): 1/3, 3 RBI, 1 3B
Kevin Hamburg (Kalida): 0/1, 2 RBI, 2 BB
Owen Recker (Kalida): 0/1, 2 RBI, 3 BB
Reid Stechschulte (Grove): 1/2, 1H

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Recker shines as Wildcats rally past Pirates

KALIDA, OH – It took his team six innings to warm up offensively but Kalida righthander Owen Recker was white hot early and throughout the game Monday night as he helped his team to a 4-1 win over visiting Continental in Putnam County League action.

Holy Name Ballpark has seen some tremendous pitching performances over the years but as accomplished as Wildcat pitching has been in the past only Brian Klausing, Chad Ehrnsberger, and William Stechschulte have accomplished what Owen Recker did during this outing as he retired 19 Pirate hitters via strikeout.

With the contest scoreless into the fourth inning and just one hit (a double by Kalida’s Derek Buss), Continental pitcher Brady Dockery found himself issued the second free pass from Recker to give the visitors a runner at first. By virtue of a stolen base Dockery found himself as second and would remain there for two batters until Jacob Williams singled him in to give the Pirates a 1-0 advantage.

Kalida had their chances in the third and fourth innings to bring in the tying run but saw both come to an end via a flyball for their third out of each frame.

After seeing Recker sit down the Continental top three hitters in the top of the sixth for strikeouts 13/14/15 the Wildcats went to work on the basespaths in the bottom half of the inning and picked up a tie and their first lead of the contest.

Derek Buss who had reached early in the game for one of the two Wildcat hits, reached again as this time hit was a victim of an errant pitch from Dockery. With an error allowing Buss’ pinch runner to move over, Jeffery Knueve recorded his 10th RBI of the year when he singled in the tying run with no outs.

Back to back singles from Trevor Lambert and Kevin Hamburg put a pair of runners on the basepaths for the Wildcats with no outs before Recker helped out his own cause by being walked with the bases loaded to drive in the go-ahead run. In all Kalida would send eight hitters to the plate in the inning and see four come around to score as they pushed their advantage to 4-1 after six innings.

Despite the last two hitters reaching full counts, all three hitters for Continental in the top half of the seventh inning were retired via the strikeout and helped Recker complete the 19 strikeout outing and earn his third victory of the season.

The last time Continental was victorious against Kalida came in 1988, 30 games ago now in the series.

Continental sees their season record fall to 1-6 overall, and 0-3 in Putnam County League games. The Pirates will be back in action on Tuesday night as they travel to Paulding for a non-conference tilt.

Kalida (6-5, 3-0) keeps their defense of their PCL title perfect with the win and will travel to Lima to do battle with Lima Central Catholic on Tuesday before county battles with OG on Thursday, and Columbus Grove on Friday.

WP: Owen Recker (3-2): 7IP, 1R, 1H, 19K, 2BB
LP: Brady Dockery (1-2): 6IP, 4R, 4H, 4K, 4BB

Key Batters:
Jacob Williams (Cont): 1/3, 1H, 1RBI
Jeffery Knueve (Kalida): 1/3, 1H, 1RBI, 1R
Kevin Hamburg (Kalida): 2/3, 1R

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Recker tosses 1 hitter in Kalida win

FORT JENNINGS, OH – For the first six and two thirds innings Kalida pitcher Owen Recker was nearly perfect in his teams 5-0 win over PCL rival Fort Jennings.

Until the bottom of the seventh inning just one runner had found his way on base against Recker, Logan Hardeman who reached via a four pitch walk in the games second inning.

With the Wildcats leading 5-0 Recker would pick up a strike out and a ground out before hitting Sam Vetter with a pitch to give the home team their second baserunner of the contest. Wasting no time in his own at bat just moments later it was first baseman Connor Stechschulte who would break up the young right handed pitchers bid for a no-hitter as he laced a pitch into right field for the first and only hit of the game for his squad.

Recker (2-2) evened his record on the season by virtue of a dominant performance on the mound that saw him finish with a 7 inning shutout win that featured a line of one hit, 13 strikeouts, a walk and a hit batter.

Having seen their opportunities to score with a pair of runners on in the first two innings finish empty the visitors finally punched a run through in the top of the third when Brady Decker was knocked in on a Derek Buss drive and Fort Jennings error to break the games scoreless tie.

A single and a double for Kalida put runners on with no outs in the top half of the fourth inning, but it was an error that allowed the runs to score and push the Wildcats lead out to 3-0 at the end of the frame.

Kevin Hamburg who finished the game 2-4 scored for his team in the fifth inning on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Josh Recker to make it a 4-0 advantage heading to the bottom of the inning.

The games last run came on the heels of Derek Buss reaching first via a single and later being moved over via a stolen base and an error before being brought in to score to make it 5-0 Kalida in the seventh.

On the evening the Musketeers (3-5, 1-1) were held to just a trio of baserunners by Recker and saw Aaron Sealts record fall to 0-2 on the mound this season. Kalida (4-4, 1-1) amassed 10 hits led by Buss who collected a trio of hits in the same amount of appearances.

WP – Owen Recker (7 IP, 1H, 1BB, 13K)
LP – Aaron Sealts (3.0 IP, 6H, 3R, 1K, 3BB)

Individual Batting Leaders:
Derek Buss (K) – 3/3, 1 RBI, 1R
Trevor Lambert (K) – 2/4, 1R
Kevin Hamburg (K) – 2/4, 2R
Connor Stechschulte (FJ) – 1/3, 2K

*Stats via GameChanger*

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Kalida opens PCL play with win

KALIDA, OH – The annual battle of the Wildcats on the diamond at Holy Name Ballpark Monday night took a handful of turns and saw a pair of lead changes before the home Wildcats were able to push across a trio of runs late to pick up a 5-2 victory.

Kalida hurler Noah Lambert who is expected to be a much bigger part of head coach Joe Recker’s rotation this season with the graduations of two-time PCL Player of the Year Austin Swift and Brady Laudick after a 23-1 season that ended in a regional finals appearance pitched well in the first as he set the tone by striking out the first to hitters he faced before inducing a ground ball from Corbin Niese to end the frame.

Miller City right hander Jacob Kuhlman allowed a pair of singles and hit a batter in the bottom of the opening inning but was able to work through with no damage done as he struck out Kevin Hamburg on a 3-2 pitch with the bases loaded to skirt disaster for his squad.

Following a pair of scoreless innings from both sides it was the visiting Wildcats who struck first in the contest. With one out in the top of the third Miller City’s Kelvin Stechschulte roped an 0-2 offering into left field for just the second hit for his team to get things started in the inning. After a popout to third base by leadoff hitter Cole Niese the Wildcats reached the scoreboard first when Corbin Niese singled in Stechschulte for the first run of the contest. Jacob Schimmoeller knocked in Mark Kuhlman with a single of his own to put Miller City on top 2-0 before Lambert was removed from the mound and replaced by Owen Recker. Recker would use just four pitches in striking out the opposing pitcher Jacob Kuhlman to end the inning with his team behind by a pair of runs.

In the bottom of the third inning Kalida wasted no time breaking back to even as they saw their first two hitters of the frame reach as Trent Siebeneck and Noah Lambert each reached via a walk from Kuhlman and were subsequently brought around to score on a fielders choice by Owen Recker and a single by Derek Buss.

With Recker allowing just one hitter to reach in the fourth before garnering a pair of strikeouts to keep the game moving, Kalida went back to work quickly and built a 5-2 lead in the innings bottom half.

Braden Decker and Trevor Lambert reached against Kuhlman via singles to give the home Cats a pair of runners on with no outs in the inning, but a strikeout and a flyout quickly put Kalida in search of a two out rally. Decker and pinch runner Grant Laudick would each come around to score in the inning, as would Noah Lambert who was walked in the inning and came around to score on a hit by Buss to provide the final run of the contest.

The final opportunity for Miller City to score the tying runs came in the top of the fifth inning as they put a pair of players in Bryce Riepenhoff and Justin Schnipke on via a single and a hit by pitch, but were unable to capitalize as pinch hitter Lane Hiltner struck out to end the rally attempt.

The 89th meeting between the two Putnam County League rivals pulled Kalida one win closer to .500 all-time as Miller City now leads by a 45-44 margin.

Kalida is now 1-1 overall but 1-0 in PCL play and will take on Holgate on Tuesday while Miller City (2-1, 0-1) will travel to Delphos to take on a Jefferson squad that defeated Kalida in their opener.

WP: Owen Recker (4.0 IP, 1H, 8K)
LP: Jacob Kuhlman (6.0 IP, 6H, 5R, 4ER, 3BB, 4K)

Key Hitters:
Miller City:
Bryce Riepenhoff – 2 for 3
Corbin Niese – 1 for 3, 1 RBI
Jacob Schimoeller – 1 for 3, 1 RBI

Kalida:
Derek Buss – 3 for 3, 3 RBI
Noah Lambert – 1 for 1, 2 runs, 2BB

*Stats compiled with Gamechanger app*

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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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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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