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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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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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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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63rd open season with victory

OTTAWA, OH – Ottawa Post 63’s first game of the season came with its fair share of challenges at times but when the darkness began to set in and the top of the 8th inning wrapped up the Fighting 63rd had outscored Troy 13-8.

Coming off of an 8-12-2 season and with just four players returning from last seasons squad the 63rd opened their first contest with a new lineup and opportunities to shine for their young club.

Kalida’s Brady Laudick got the start for Ottawa on the mound and surrendered four walks in the first inning, but saw just one turned into a run as he got a strikeout and a groundout from the bottom of the Troy order to help limit the damage against his team on the new scoreboard installed at Memorial Park.

Eight batters came to the plate for the home squad in the bottom of the opening frame and three would find themselves crossing home plate in the inning. Jackson Lammers (Miller City) got things going first as he doubled to the left field wall. Corbin Niese (Miller City) was issued a walk and Austin Swift (Kalida) singled to drive in a run. Ryan McCracken’s (Van Wert) RBI ground out to short and Austin Klausing’s (Kalida) sacrifice fly brought in the remaining two runners.

Troy Post 43, coming off of a 41-18 season last year that saw them reach the Great Lakes American Legion National Regional for the first time since 1970 came out swinging in the second inning as they plated five runs of their own to take a 6-3 lead into the bottom of the second.

Ten batters came to bat for Troy in the top half of the inning that began with a single from Frank Gnuca and ended when Gnuca grounded out to Lammers at short following every one of his teammates having had their turn on the offensive end against relief pitcher Jordan Tovarnak (Shawnee) who came in with one out in the inning.

Following a pair of scoreless innings on both side the visitors punched across a run in the fourth to take a 7-3 lead in the game.

Ottawa responded to their opponents marker in the fifth and sixth innings as they tallied eight runs to take an 11-7 lead into the seventh led by a triple and a double by Swift and McCracken to start the fifth, and a trio of singles by Niese, Swift, and Van Wert’s Ryan Stoller that followed up a leadoff double by Ada’s Brayden Sautter in the sixth.

Braden Nesbit (Tipp City Bethel/Muskingum) added the last run for Troy as he smacked a ball over the right centerfield wall to cut the Ottawa lead to 11-8 in the seventh before his next six teammates would be retired in order to end the game.

Corbin Niese singled to open the bottom of the seventh, Austin Swift was hit by a pitch on a 3-2 count, and McCracken singled in a run as all three would come around to score in the final Ottawa at bat before their turn came to an end.

McCracken finished the day 3-5 at the plate and with 4 RBI for the victorious Fighting 63rd (1-0) while Van Wert High School teammate Stoller finished 2-4 with a run scored and a walk on the day.

Lima Senior Junior Josiah Shoemaker (1-0) snagged the win for his squad while Noah Roswell (0-1) took the loss for Troy (2-3).

Troy will return home Friday night to begin WOL play as they take on Greenville while the Fighting 63rd are in Kalida for exhibition action against the Lima Locos at Holy Name Ballpark beginning at 7pm. Lima vs Ottawa can be heard live on: Zsportslive.com

Box Score:

Ottawa:

Jackson Lammers (Miller City): 2-5, 2 2B, RBI, 2 Runs
Corbin Niese (Miller City): 2-4, 1 BB, 3 Runs
Austin Swift (Kalida): 3-4, 2B, 3B, RBI, 3 Runs, HBP
Ryan McCracken (Van Wert): 3-5, 2B, 4 RBI, 3 Runs
Ryan Stoller (Van Wert): 2-4, BB, Run
Brady Laudick (Kalida): BB
Jordan Tovarnak (Shawnee): 0-1
Josiah Shoemaker (Lima Sr): 0-2
Noah Howell (Temple Christian): 1-1
Austin Klausing (Kalida): 1-5, 2 RBI
Nate Arrington (Ottawa Glandorf): 0-4, BB, RBI
Matt Bowden (Bluffton): 1-2
Brayden Sautter (Ada): 2-2, 2B, SB, RBI, Run

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Miller City, Hicksville move on to Regional Finals

HAMLER, OHIO – They may have taken completely different routes to get there, but Miller City and Hicksville each found a way to win their Regional Semifinals matchups on Thursday afternoon and setup a winner take all against one another on Friday.

In the first game of the day at Patrick Henry the Aces found themselves deadlocked in an extra innings struggle with the McComb Panthers, but put up three runs in the games 10th inning to move within one step of the State Semifinals next week in Columbus.

Wes Perry for Hicksville and Clay Grubb for McComb were phenomenal in the first 8 innings of the contest as the duo each struck out 14 opposing batters, forced 15 batters to find themselves stranded on base, and gave up just 7 hits.

McComb got the first opportunity of the game to put up a run in the bottom of the first inning, but Dakota LaRue’s bouncer to Aces shortstop Phil Karacson quickly put an end to the first inning.

With the game tied in the 10th inning the Aces finally got a run through against Grubb as an error scored both Karacson and Dakota Harvey to give Hicksville the lead at 2-0 with no outs. Malachai Abbott came in to relieve Grubb, and would give up the games final run moments later before getting the innings final out.

Jordan Skilliter, Andrew Adams, and Cody Franks finished a combined 0-12 in the game and would go down in order to end the 10th inning and the game as the Aces celebrated their 3-0 victory.

Hicksville (18-10) got 10 innings from Wes Perry as he struck out 14 and gave up just 3 hits on the afternoon. Clay Grubb took the loss for McComb (15-9) as he threw 9 innings, struck out 14, gave up 5 hits, 4 walks and a hit batter to go along with a pair of earned runs. Grubb is signed to play his college baseball at Ohio Dominican University.

The first game of the doubleheader at Patrick Henry High School featured a defensive battle, but the second would be an offensive explosion as Miller City downed Toledo Christian 13-7.

Toledo Christian’s offense took to Wildcats hurler Ross Lehman early as the first batter of the game in Eagles shortstop Judd Nearhood was handed a walk. After Nearhood reached third base on a two base throwing error by Lehman who was trying to get the second hitter of the game in Kyle Kempton, he would be gunned down at the plate on a heads up reaction to a ground ball by Miller City Sophomore third baseman Jacob Schimmoeller to keep the game scoreless. Moments later however the Eagles would score the first of their two runs in the inning as Kempton was brought in on a sacrifice fly by Jordan Adesi. Brett Freeman who had singled into the outfield moments later would score on a wild pitch to put the visitors on top 2-0 heading to the bottom of the first inning.

Owen Gast, the right handed starting pitcher for Toledo Christan opened his first inning on the rubber by tossing just nine pitches to send Miller City down in order 1-2-3.

Following the second straight inning that began with a walk to the first hitter in Austin Schoen, the Eagles would go up 3-0 when Schoen scored later in the inning.

Trailing 3-0 in the third inning the Wildcats offense came up with one of two big offensive spurts in the game triggered by a leadoff homerun by the pitcher turned shortstop Ross Lehman to left field that narrowed the gap to 3-1. Jeremy Balbaugh drew one of his three walks in the game out of the nine hole, Jackson Lammers and Hunter Berner each walked, and were driven in on a 2 RBI single by Corbin Niese and a sacrifice fly RBI by Adam Drummelsmith. Adam Niese would add a single in the inning as well, but Jacob Schimmoeller struck out to end the third inning with the home squad up 5-3.

Miller City’s 5-3 lead would last into the top of the 5th inning before Toledo Christian pushed across 3 runs on 3 hits, including a pair of RBI doubles by Brett Freeman and Jordan Adesi that put the Eagles back on top 6-5 after four and a half innings played.

Twice in the game the Wildcats sent 9+ batters to the plate in an inning, with the second of those coming in the bottom of the 5th that saw 10 batters come and go. Having already picked up 3 runs with no outs in the inning to give themselves an 8-6 lead, Miller City added three more runs to their lead as Jackson Lammers belted a ball deep into the outfield for a triple that brought home Lehman, Logan Dukes, and Balbaugh and pushed the Cats lead to 11-5 heading to the 6th.

Toledo Christian would get one back in the 6th inning on a sacrifice fly RBI to right field from catcher CJ Johnson, but no more as they were held in check by Lammers.

Miller City (25-2) added a pair of runs in the 6th inning from Corbin Niese and Drummelsmith as they wrapped up a 13-7 win and a berth in the Regional Finals against Hicksville when Jackson Lammers finished off the top of the 7th inning with a fly ball out and a pair of strikeouts of Freeman and Adesi.

Miller City and Hicksville will now play one another at 5pm in Hamler for the right to represent the Hamler Regional in the State Semifinals next Thursday night. Hear the game live on Zsportslive with myself and Todd Hoehn on the call.

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Columbus Grove, Miller City win in District Semis

ELIDA, OHIO – Miller City and Columbus Grove will meet for the second straight season at the District level in Elida as both posted wins on Wednesday afternoon. Unlike last season, this years meeting will be for a District Championship.

Miller City downed PCL rival Leipsic in the first game at Ed Sandy Field by a 3-2 margin, while the Bulldogs picked up a 2-1 victory over Holgate to set up the finals on Saturday afternoon.

In the first game the Wildcats picked up all three of their runs in the contest in the third inning as a pair of triples by the reigning Putnam County League Player of the Year Ross Lehman and teammate Jackson Lammers drove in a two of the three runs for Miller City. Designated hitter Logan Dukes drove in Lehman for the games first run on a single and was eventually driven in himself by Lammers. Following a Hunter Berner single, Corbin Niese’s single provided the last run of the inning as Lammers crossed the plate.

Leipsic responded in the next half inning as they opened up the fourth inning with an Alex Ellerbrock single. Ellerbrock moved to second moments later as the Viking cleanup hitter Jordan Berger was walked. Pierce Henry singled to load the bases for the visitors with no outs in the inning as he roped a Lehman pitch into short right field. Justin Ellerbrock’s single to left scored the runners from second and third to cut the lead to just one at 3-2 with no outs.

The games wildest play came when Grant Rader struck out for the first out of the inning and was then called for batters interference on a steal attempt by Justin Ellerbrock that erased both Vikings. Henry would come around to score on the play but find himself sent back to third as the ball was deemed dead on the interference, and the next batter in Robbie Laubenthaul would ground out to end the threat in the fourth.

Just two hits would come around for either team for the rest of the contest, with each starting pitcher able to work himself out of a handful of walks.

Leipsic would chase Miller City starter Lehman (6-1 with the win) in the 5th inning, but Jackson Lammers would finish the game by striking out six of the nine batter he faced for the rest of the game to earn the save.

Miller City (23-2) will now take on Columbus Grove (15-10) on Saturday for a chance to advance to Thursday’s D4 Regional Semifinals.

Columbus Grove punched their ticket to a second consecutive District Finals appearance as they were victorious over Holgate 2-1 in the second game of the day in Elida behind a dominant performance from hurler Elisha Jones.

Zach Shafer was hit by a pitch in the top of the first inning by Tigers starter Dylan Szabo and was driven in for the games first run three batters later as Second Team NWC selection Tanner From picked up his teams first hit of the inning with a single to the outfield. Logan Diller’s single provided an opportunity for Ryan Verhoff to come around to score to make it a two run game, but was thrown out at the plate to end the top half of the first.

Holgate wasted no time themselves getting a run on the scoreboard as Szabo came around to tie the game up following his teams first single of the day.

Marcos Olivo provided the spark for Columbus Grove in the fifth inning as he looped a 2-2 Szabo pitch into center for a single. Holgate catcher Matt Westrick’s attempt to pickoff Olivo at first base bounced away from Everett Klingshirn as Olivo reached third base on the error. Zach Shafer, the Grove third baseman who came in hitting .229 on the season provided the games final run as his single brought in Olivo from third.

Jones (5-3), the First Team NWC pick this season settled down after the first inning for the Bulldogs as he gave up just a pair of baserunners, a double by Westrick and a walk to Zach Brown after opening half inning.

The last chance for Holgate came from Brown in the seventh, but was thrown out from centerfield by From at third base as he attempted to slide in head first on a close play.

Columbus Grove (15-10) vs Miller City (23-2) can be heard live at 5pm on Zsportslive.com

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Miller City wins slugfest over Kalida

MILLER CITY, OH – Miller City utilized the long ball to perfection Friday night as they downed Kalida 17-7 in a 5 inning non-league affair.

The home Wildcats ran their record to 18-2 on the season as they defeated Kalida for the second time this season.

Austin Swift began the game for Kalida with a 1 out triple in the top half of the 1st inning, and was driven in by catcher Brent Hovest to put the visitors on top 1-0.

Kalida starting pitcher Austin Klausing began the game by getting the first three Miller City hitters in order in the bottom half of the opening frame as he utilized a pair of middle infield groundouts and a flyout to shortstop Noah Lambert.

In the top of the second inning, Klausing helped himself out and pushed his teams lead to 2-0 as he was walked by Miller City starter Adam Drummelsmith and driven in on a sacrifice by Trent Siebeneck.

Eleven batters came to the plate in the bottom of the second inning for Miller City as following a single by Drummelsmith and back to back walks to Adam Niese and Jacob Schimmoeller, Ross Lehman slapped a grand slam over the left field wall to put the home team on top 4-2. For Lehman it was his first home run of the season, but his first of two on the day.

Down 4-2 heading into their third turn at bat, Kalida sent eleven batters of their own to the plate and utilized a 3 run home run to left by Colton Farrell that cut gave Kalida back the lead at 5-4. Brady Laudick and Klausing were driven in by Derrick Schimmoeller following back to back singles and sent the visitors back out to the field leading 7-4.

Capitalizing on the success of their previous turn on offense, Miller City built upon that momentum in the third inning as they chased Klausing midway through the inning. Jeff Knueve swapped his first base position for the mound with Klausing and attempted to get out of the inning unscathed, but was unsuccessful. Collectively, Knueve and Klausing were tagged with 5 runs which included a 2 run home run from centerfielder Corbin Niese, his second of the season.

Kalida entered the fourth inning facing a new Miller City hurler in Sophomore Jacob Kuhlman, and were set down in order with back to back strikeouts and a flyout to the shortstop.

Leading 11-7 heading into the fourth inning, the home team got the second home run of the day from Ross Lehman (his 2nd of the season) to go ahead 12-7 with Kalida coming to bat in the fifth.

Facing Kuhlman, Knueve got a leadoff double in the top of the fifth inning but the three hitters behind him could not bring him in as Kortokrax, Siebeneck and Lambert went down in order in the inning.

With the fourth pitcher of the game for Kalida on the mound in Kortokrax, Miller City drove in 5 more runs to finish off the 10 run rule win. The Wildcats started off hos in the inning as outfielder Jeremy Balbaugh reached base for the third time in the contest and was awarded third base on a balk for the third time in the game before being knocked in by Jackson Lammers.

Hunter Berner finished 2/4 on the day but struck out in the fifth for the only out of the inning for his team. A single by Corbin Niese and a walk to Adam Drummelsmith put runners on every base Adam Niese pushed the deficit to 14-7 when he brought in Lammers. Junior Quintin Niese added a 2 run single that had Miller City on top 16-7. With the bases loaded against Kortokrax, Logan Dukes was the recipient of the games final RBI as he was walked on four straight pitches.

Miller City (18-2) will begin their tournament run on Wednesday as the #1 seed in the Elida District. They will begin their run towards Columbus at 5pm as they take on the winner of Saturday’s 11am contest between Fort Jennings and Pandora Gilboa. Both games can be heard live at their respective times on Zsportslive

The senior class for the Wildcats of Miller City have now been responsible for 66 wins and 3 straight Putnam County League championship as they were crowned co-champions this season.

Kalida (18-4-1) begins their tournament run as the Elida District’s #2 seed with a home contest at 5pm on Wednesday from Holy Name Ballpark where they will take on either Holgate or Wayne Trace. That game can also be heard live on Zsportslive.com as it happens.

Jacob Kuhlman picked up the win for Miller City and is now 5-0 on the season, Austin Klausing takes the loss for Kalida and sees his record fall to 2-1.

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