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.
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
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
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
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