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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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Kalida, Ft Recovery to meet in Regional Finals

HAMLER, OH – They might have done it in completely different fashions but Kalida and Fort Recovery posted Thursday afternoon wins and will face off for a trip to Columbus at 5pm on Friday.

Future University of Toledo Rocket hurler Brady Laudick got the start for Kalida on the mound and retired the hot bats of New London in the first while allowing just one runner to reach base before DJ Yates flew out to right fielder Trent Siebeneck to end the opening stanza. Earlier in the inning Siebeneck made a diving snag of a Nate Thomas liner for the games first out that would have been a sure double for New London.

In the bottom of the first Siebeneck opened the game by lacing a 2-2 pitch from opposing starter Justin Chaffins. Despite having the bases loaded in the inning the Wildcats would only be able to muster one run as the inning came to an abrupt halt on a line drive by Noah Lambert that was caught by Thomas.

Leading 1-0 to begin the fourth inning the PCL Champions added a second run as Lambert was driven in to score by Austin Klausing to make the Kalida advantage 2-0 heading to the fifth.

The top of the fifth was the best inning of the game for New London as they not only plated a trio of runs to give themselves a 3-2 lead, they also chased Laudick from the mound. Austin Swift, the future Indiana Wesleyan pitcher came on in relief of Laudick with one out in the inning and looked to replicate his 18 strikeout performance from the District Finals against Leipsic. Brad Weber, the 8th hitter of the inning against Kalida fell victim to a fastball from Swift and struck out to end the frame with New London leaving a pair of runners on base.

Kalida’s bottom of the fifth inning proved to be the difference maker as Siebeneck and Trevor Maag who had reached on a walk and an RBI triple in the inning were brought around to score on a Braden Decker double to run his teams lead to one at 4-3.

After escaping a bases loaded situation in the sixth inning with a strikeout and a groundout to the pitcher the Wildcats of Kalida needed one big stand to secure the win in the top of the seventh.

Ryan Lane, the standout junior pitcher and infielder for New London reached after being hit by a pitch to open the inning, but would find himself stuck at second base with an out on the scoreboard after Yates was walked and Weber was a strikeout victim. New London catcher Daedrick Matthews grounded a ball to second to Trent Gerding that was promptly turned into a 4-6-3 game ending double play to give Kalida the victory just a pair of pitches later.

Austin Swift (8-0) took the win for Kalida (23-1) while Justin Chaffins (4-3) finishes with the loss for New London who sees their season end at 24-4.

In the second game of the day the Fort Recovery Indians, looking to go back to state for the second consecutive season under head coach Jerry Kaup were victorious over Ayersville 7-5 despite committing four errors in the contest.

Jackson Hobbs, the Fort Recovery starter who came in at 6-2 on the season took the mound at the top of the ballgame and wasted no time as he got a pair of ground outs and a flyout on ten pitches to put away Ayersville in their opening turn at bat.

A walk and a fielders choice gave the Indians a chance to push through the games first run, but a popout by Jacob Homan ended the threat just as quickly as it began and sent the game scoreless into the second.

Cole Wendel acquired first base via a full count walk and was driven in by Hobbs’ RBI triple to give the home team for the day a 1-0 lead in the bottom half of the third. Jacob Homan drove in Hobbs on the very next offering from Ayersville starter Jacob Kahle and the Indians pushed ahead to 2-0 after three complete.

Ayersville tagged Hobbs for a trio of runs in the fourth inning to take their first lead at 3-2 behind an error, a hit by pitch and a two RBI double by Tyler Brown.

The visitors time in the lead quickly came to a close as Fort Recovery plated a pair of their own in the bottom half of the fourth inning with Kyle Schroer and Chase Bruns crossing the plate to put the Indians back on top at 4-3.

Despite giving up just a pair of earned runs on four hits in the game, Hobbs was sent to play third base as Nick Thwaits was brought in from right field to pitch in relief with a runner on in Eric Engel who had singled to open the game and was sac bunted 90 feet by Kyle Nicely. Engel came around to score on a Jacob Miller RBI single but the Pilots were unable to add any additional runs in the inning and headed to the bottom of the fifth tied at 4.

As they had done in their previous at bat the Indians wasted little time putting up a pair of runs on the Patrick Henry scoreboard as Thwaits and Wendel were knocked in on a double with no outs by Hobbs to make it 6-4 Ft. Recovery.

Three errors in the sixth inning was almost the undoing in the game for the Indians but the trio of pitchers they used in the inning (Hobbs, Wendel, Thwaits) were able to limit the damage to just a pair of runs when Thwaits struck out Jacob Kahle to keep the game at a one run advantage for his team.

A sacrifice fly by Hobbs, his fourth RBI of the game added the final run and sent the contest to the top of the final inning at 7-5 before Thwaits ended the game with a pair of strikeouts and a popout he caught with his own glove off the bat of Kasey Williams.

Fort Recovery (21-8) advances to play Kalida at 5pm Friday while Ayersville (19-9) sees their season draw to a close in their first regional appearance under Chad Donsbach.

Hear Friday’s Kalida/Ft Recovery game live: WZOQ Radio

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Division 4 Regional Baseball Preview

HAMLER, OH – Four of the final sixteen teams in Ohio in Division 4 will be in action Thursday afternoon beginning at 2pm at Patrick Henry High School in Hamler, Ohio.

The Putnam County League champion Kalida Wildcats (22-1) will take on New London (24-3), champions of the Firelands Conference in the opening contest. Following the conclusion of that game the Fort Recovery Indians of the Midwest Athletic Conferece (20-8) will take the field against the Green Meadows Conference’s Ayersville Pilots (18-8) at approximately 5pm.

Kalida enters the Regional semifinals having won 18 consecutive games since suffering their only loss of the season, a 2-0 setback to Arlington April 12th while their opponents have won 16 straight since falling to Brookside in game two of a doubleheader 11-5 on April 16th.

Left handed Senior pitcher Austin Swift has been the driving force for the Kalida Wildcats on the mound this season as the two time reigning PCL Player of the Year has amassed 102 strikeouts in addition to his .14 earned run average. A terror on the mound, Swift is committed to Indiana Wesleyan and will get an opportunity to play the field as well as he patrols centerfield for the Cats when not on the bump. Usually to be found with a bright green bat as his weapon of choice, Swift is hitting .397 and is tied for the team lead in RBI with battery mate Jeff Knueve.

Outside of Swift on the mound the Wildcats lean on a pair of PCL 1st team selections in right hander Trent Gerding (29.1 IP, 16 strikeouts, .91 ERA), and left handed throwing Brady Laudick (20 IP, 29 K’s, 1.05 ERA) who is headed to play college baseball at the University of Toledo.

New London brings a pair of aces in their own right into their first Regional Semifinal appearance for 3rd year mentor Tony Hamilton in Justin Chaffins (6-2, 1.65 ERA, 46 K’s), and 2015 Firelands Conference Pitcher of the Year Ryan Lane (9-0, .56 ERA, 89 K’s).

Offensively the New London Wildcats are led by D.J. Yates (.417) who leads the Firelands Conference in home runs (2) and RBI with 37. Senior infielder Nathan Thomas, the conference leader in batting average (.507) has driven in 20 while swiping 27 bases in 29 attempts.

Hear the contest live on at 2pm with myself and Todd Walker live: Zsportslive.com

All four teams are led by a spectacular 1-2 punch on the mound and Fort Recovery is no exception as they are led by the duo of Jackson Hobbs and Cade Wendel.

This season Hobbs has pitched 53.1 innings in 10 games and has amassed a 6-2 record while striking out 49 opposing hitters while keeping his ERA at .92. Wendel is 6-1 on the mound with a save and a 1.08 earned run average and has struck out 33 in 32.1 innings pitched.

On the offensive end the Indians, who defeated Minster 1-0 in their District Final last week have five hitters slugging out a .300 average or higher led by Nick Thwaits at .386. Jacob Homan and Ross Homan have each clubbed home runs for Fort Recovery this season but the Indians have done a terrific job of bringing in hitters in scoring position and as a team have 161 runs batted in of their 196 scored.

Ayersville finished off their run to the Regionals with a 7-6 win over Edon. The Pilots finished off the Green Meadows Conference part of their year at 6-1, and bring a 18-9 mark into Thursday’s contest.

Senior Jack Goonan leads the Pilots with 25 RBI while batting .337, one of six Ayersville players to hit that mark or higher. Jake Miller, a junior batting .393 has stolen a team high 31 bases and has been thrown out just twice on the bases by opposing catchers.

Goonan (4-2, 1 SV, 1.20 ERA), Jacob Kahle (4-2, 6 SV, 1.63 ERA), and Eric Engel (8-3, 69 strikeouts, 48.66 IP, 1.58 ERA) lead a pitching staff that totals just a 2.34 run per game average that at times has been dominant against opponents offensive units.

Ft Recovery vs Ayersville 5pm start: K94.3 FM Celina

Thursday’s winners will play one another on Friday at 5pm back at Patrick Henry High School in Hamler for the right to go to the State Final Four next weekend in Columbus.

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