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Bearcats soar past LCC to 4-0

LIMA, OH – A big third quarter Monday night helped the Spencerville Bearcats defeat the LCC T-Birds 46-24.

Leading 18-8 at the halftime break the Bearcats blitzed LCC on the defensive end and turned multiple turnovers by the home team into points en route to their fourth victory of the season. A trio of three pointers fell for Spencerville in the games penultimate stanza, one from freshman guard Emma Leis and a pair from senior sharpshooter Jenna Henline to lead the points barrage.

The past ten meetings between the two schools have ended with LCC claiming victories until the clock struck all zeroes with the Bearcats on top this time around.

Spencerville jumped out to a 9-4 lead after the first quarter behind a pair of buckets from their leading scorer Nelaya Burden, a jumper from Kaiden Grigsby and a trio of converted free throws from Grigsby and Jayden Smith.

With LCC again picking up just a pair of markers in the second quarter, a pair of free throws from Josie Mohler and a basket by Madeleine Mohler the T-Birds finished their first half with eight points on 3/15 shooting but also with 16 turnovers.

For their part the Bearcats finished 7/30 in the opening two periods but were able to give away the basketball just four times to push their advantage to ten at the break.

On the evening the Thunderbirds made their biggest mark in the game from the free throw line as they finished 10 of 24. From the field LCC ended the game 7 of 34 and were hounded into 26 turnovers.

Offensively Spencerville shot 13 of 54 from the field and 12 of 20 from the charity stripe while committing 14 miscues.

Jenna Henline led the Bearcats (4-0, 1-0 NWC) and all scorers with 11 while LCC (0-6) was paced by Josie Mohler’s 7.

Up next for the Thunderbirds is a Saturday afternoon contest against city rival Lima Senior while the Bearcats will take on Van Wert on Tuesday night and league foe Lincolnview on Thursday night.

Scoring:

Spencerville (46):

Kaiden Grigsby 9
Jenna Henline 11
Abbygayle Satterfield 3
Jayden Smith 4
Melanie Koenig 2
Nelaya Burden 8
Emma Leis 6
Allison Bowsher 3

FG: 13/54
FT: 12/20
3PT: 4 (Henline 3, Leis)
TO: 14

LCC (24):

Sophia Santaguida 2
Jocelyn Morrisey 1
Josie Mohler 7
Erin Mulcahy 2
Jessica Wilker 4
Madeleine Mohler 2
D’Ayra Hurley 2
Tae Rios 4

FG: 7/34
FT: 10/24
3PT: 0
TO: 26

JV: Spencerville 28-26 (Overtime)

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Area hoopers earn NCAA Tournament bids

Northwest Ohio has long been blessed with an immense amount of talent from the boys basketball ranks and that was never more evident than this season as a host of prep stars earned bids to compete for their collegiate squads in the upcoming NCAA Men’s Division 1 and Division 2 Basketball Tournaments.

University of Dayton Sophomore Ryan Mikesell of St. Henry will take the short trip to Indianapolis this weekend as his Flyers (24-7) begin their march to the finals in the South Regional where they will battle the Wichita State Shockers (30-4) starting at 6:10pm on Friday night.

Joining Mikesell at Bankers Life Fieldhouse are the Lima Central Catholic duo of Tre Cobbs and Dantez Walton who are both Freshmen at Northern Kentucky University (24-10) and just a year removed from a trip to the OHSAA State Tournament where they helped the T-Birds capture a Division 3 championship. NKU will begin their trek on Friday night around 9pm as they take on Southeastern Conference Champion Kentucky (29-5) in the first round.

Also in action in Indianapolis will be the Big Ten Tournament Champion Michigan Wolverines (24-11) and last seasons OHSAA Division 1 Player of the Year and Mr. Basketball in the state of Ohio Xavier Simpson (Lima Senior) as he and his team make the four hour trip for a Friday morning 11:15am matchup with Oklahoma State (20-12).

8th seeded Wisconsin (25-9) who begins their play Thursday night at approx 8:45pm against ninth seeded Virginia Tech (22-10) in Buffalo, NY is well represented by young talent from Ohio as they feature a foursome of talented players from the Buckeye state. Representing close to the area are the duo of Seniors Nigel Hayes (Toledo Whitmer), and Bowling Green Bobcat standout Vitto Brown.

The Midwest Regional will feature the Purdue Boilermakers (25-7) and Elida product Dakota Mathis as they take on a 29-5 Vermont squad in Milwaukee, Wisconsin at the BMO Harris Bradley Center on Thursday at 6:27pm.

19-14 Michigan State takes a trek to the BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma as they look to advance past the Miami Hurricanes (21-11) and advance to the second round with Versailles Tiger and current Sophomore guard Kyle Ahrens on Friday at 8:20pm.

Ivy League Champion Princeton (23-6) will have Ottawa Glandorf big man Noah Bramlage with them as they head east to Buffalo on Friday night for an early morning 11:15am start against ACC Tournament finalist Notre Dame (25-9) at the Key Bank Center.

Already in full swing with their team deep in the Division 2 bracket and with a Wednesday night date in Louisville, KY against Bellarmine University at 7pm, the Findlay Oilers are well represented by local products as they feature Bath’s Taren Sullivan, Defiance’s Katwan Singleton, Martyce Kimbrough of Lima Central Catholic, Elijah Kahlig of Fort Recovery, Ricardo Smith from Toledo Whitmer, and Toledo Central Catholic’s Trey Buford among their ranks.

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West sweeps girls D8 games

ELIDA – The 40th annual District 8 All-Star games took place Monday night at Elida with the West squad winning both contests. In the Division 1-2-3 outing the West outscored their Eastern counterparts 72-69 while the Division 4 game saw the West roll to a 64-30 victory.

Tied at 69-69 with seconds left to play in the game Ottawa Glandorf’s Dani Ellerbrock, who will play her college basketball at Mt. Vernon Nazarene University connected on a free throw to give the West a one point advantage before picking the pocket of Bath’s Brittany Ulmer and connecting on a layup for the games final score.

Future Bowling Green Falcon Rion Thompson (Lima Senior) led the east in scoring as she tallied 17 points in the game while teammate Heather Heiby of Celina joined her in double figures with 15, hitting on five three pointers in the loss.

Nicolette Devincentis (Liberty Benton) was the games leading scorer with 18 points in her final contest before traveling to Indiana for her collegiate ball at St. Josephs. Maddi Stiles (Wapak/Heidelberg) tallied four three pointers and finished with 15 points while Ellerbrock chipped in with 10.

Scoring:
D 1-2-3 West (72):
Sara Smarkel (Findlay) 9
Marissa Wintrow (Findlay) 2
Kendra Siefring (Fort Recovery) 7
Nicolette Devincentis (Liberty Benton) 18
Dani Ellerbrock (OG) 10
Erika Angstman (St. Marys) 6
Riley Culver (Wapak) 5
Maddi Stiles (Wapak) 15

Playing but not scoring: Lindi Cisco (St. Marys)
Unable to attend: Lynea Diller (Columbus Grove)

D 1-2-3 East (69):
Brittany Ulmer (Bath) 5
Haley McGillvary (Celina) 5
Kelly Stahl (Celina) 4
Heather Heiby (Celina) 15
Denise Schwieterman (Coldwater) 4
Brooklyn Miller (Defiance) 4
Bailey Kuhn (Elida) 6
Essence Cowan (Lima Senior) 9
Rion Thompson (Lima Senior) 17

The Division 4 game featured the West squad led early by the hot shooting of Alyse Clune (New Bremen) and three pointers from five different players. With the East unable to score early on they found themselves behind at the halftime break 26-17. Marion Local’s Emily Mescher gave her West squad plenty of opportunities for extra chances in the half as she pulled down rebound after rebound.

LeAnn Huelsman of Minster and Clune combined to hit four threes in the second half and lead a defensive effort that held their counterparts to just 13 points in the second half en route to the 64-30 victory.

Huelsman and Clune led the way in the contest with 12 points apiece while Natalie Snider of Lima Central Catholic tossed in 8 points to lead her East squad.

Scoring:

D4 West:

Emily Bauer (Crestview) 3
Lexie Hayes (Delphos St. Johns) 3
Kylie Jettinghoff (Ft. Jennings) 7
Emily Mescher (Marion Local) 5
LeAnn Huelsman (Minster) 12
Hannah Schmitmeyer (Minster) 6
Alyse Clune (New Bremen) 12
Debbie Paul (New Bremen) 8
Rachel Leffel (New Knoxville) 5
Nicole Kramer (Ottoville) 3

D4 East (30):

Sydney Faine (Ada) 5
Rachel Wildman (Ada) 2
Brittany Kahle (Kalida) 5
Kylie Osterhage (Kalida) 4
Allison Recker (Kalida) 2
Natalie Snider (LCC) 8
Cassie Niese (Miller City) 4

Playing but not scoring: Micheala Curtis (Hardin Northern), Sara McFadden (Ridgemont), Chloe Kromer (Vanlue)

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Four schools earn state titles

COLUMBUS, OH – Hundreds of schools began the 2015-16 OHSAA boys basketball season with hopes of hoisting the State Championship trophy but only four were successful in their quest that ended inside the Value City Arena on Saturday.

The opening contest saw the Lima Central Catholic Thunderbirds (28-1) capture their 3rd state title in school history as they were victorious in the Division 3 Finals against Cleveland Villa Angela St Joseph 66-44.

In earning the crown this season the T-Birds avenged a loss to VASJ in last seasons final game and gave Head Coach Frank Kill his second championship as the teams mentor.

LCC Senior Tre Cobbs who finished just 2/9 and with 5 points in the loss to the Vikings last season accounted for 24 of his teams points this time around on 9/14 shooting (4/5 from 3), in addition to snagging 6 rebounds. Dantez Walton, a Senior headed to play at Northern Kentucky University pumped in 20 points and pulled down a game high 11 rebounds. Ethan O’Connor’s 11 points helped to pace the Thunderbirds against the VASJ attacking defense.

Gene Higgins was the lone scorer in double figures for Villa Angela (23-6) on the afternoon as he finished with 15 points on 5/14 shooting.

Complete box score: LCC vs VASJ

Game two of the afternoon session featured the Akron St. Vincent St. Mary Fighting Irish, ranked #3 in the final Associated Press poll of the season taking on the top ranked school New Concord John Glenn for the Division 2 title.

While SVSM was struggling to connect from the field in the first half, John Glenn continued to light up the Ohio State University scoreboard as they built a 15-7 lead after the opening stanza.

Things didn’t get much better for the Irish in the second quarter either as they finished the period 6/27 and limped into the lockerroom trailing 34-23 and with one of their leading scorers in Jayvon Graves 0-11 with just a pair of markers from the free throw line.

In the second half Graves would connect on 7/13 opportunities from the field and finish with 18 points on the night but it was not enough to counteract the John Glenn second half scoring output and the Irish would be defeated 76-72 despite making it a close game in the waning moments of the fourth quarter.

John Glenn, who was honored by the presence of their namesake before the contest finishes the season at 28-1 while SVSM ends at 26-4. The Muskies were led in scoring by Drew Rackley who finished with 25 points in the game.

Northwest Conference Champion Lincolnview, making their first State Finals appearance since 1997 took on Cornerstone Christian in the third game of the night and fell to the Patriots 74-52.

The Lancers fell behind early to the running game of Cornerstone Christian and trailed 19-12 at the end of the opening eight minutes of play. Lincolnview mustered just six points in the second quarter against a tenacious Patriots defense led by Michael Bothwell who finished with a team high 14 points.

Trailing by as much as 26 late in the 3rd quarter, the Lancers were able to cut their opponents lead down to 18 but not any further despite outscoring the Patriots 19-11 in the games final quarter.

Cornerstone Christan finished the year at 17-12 and with a title in their first trip to Columbus while the Lancers season came to an end at 27-2. Both Lincolnview losses on the season came to teams who finished as State Champions as their only other loss came to the Division 3 Champion LCC Thunderbirds.

Trevor Neate led all scorers in the game with 16 points for the Lancers while Bothwell and Jeremy Owens tallied 14 apiece for Cornerstone in the victory.

In one of the most anticipated matchups of the tournament the Lima Senior Spartans, making their 5th appearance in Columbus took on the Wildcats of Westerville South.

South jumped out to a 19-12 advantage after the first quarter as the Wildcats connected on a trio of triples. Lake Erie signee Jordan Humphrey gave his team a 22-12 lead in the opening moments of the second period with the fourth three point goal of the half.

Lima Senior would respond however in the second quarter behind Xavier Simpson, Rico Stafford and Ruben Flowers to cut the halftime lead to 31-28 with Flowers connecting on a putback as the buzzer sounded and the clock ran out.

With future OSU Buckeye Kaleb Wesson on the bench after committing his third foul of the game early in the third he was sent to the bench for South. In the time the 6’9 Junior was on the pine the Spartans took over behind Flowers and used a 15-14 scoring output to climb within two of the lead 45-43 heading to the final stanza of the season.

Through the first three quarter Ruben Flowers had connected on all seven of his shot attempts (5 field goals and 2/2 free throws).

Wesson picked up foul 4 early on in the fourth quarter and was again sent to the bench to not end his penultimate season by fouling out, but it was then his brother Andre who gave his team a 53-51 lead by connecting on a deep three pointer and forcing a Senior high timeout with 2:30 remaining.

Rico Stafford’s layup with :28 seconds remaining tied the game at 55-55, but Jordan Humphrey put Westerville South on top for good with a runner in the lane to procure a 57-55 victory and the State Championship in Division 1.

Lima Senior (29-1) was led in scoring by Mr. Basketball Xavier Simpson who finished with 17 points while Flowers (12) and Stafford (10) joined him in double figures.

Westerville South (26-5) was led in scoring by Humphrey who led all scorers with 19. Andre Wesson was the only other player in double figures for his team as he finished with 14 on 5/10 shooting.

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OG, LCC secure Regional berths

ADA/LIMA, OH – Though they are in different divisions this season the OG Titans and LCC T-Birds will both once again be making their way to Bowling Green for the Regionals as each were victorious on Saturday. Ottawa Glandorf downed WBL foe Defiance 46-43 in the afternoon at ONU while LCC blitzed past Spencerville in the nightcap at Lima Senior 65-38.

Ottawa Glandorf Senior Nick Weihrauch connected on all four of his free throws and nailed a big three pointer in the first quarter of the game to help give his Titans a 13-10 lead at first stoppage.

Defiance’s Kameron Singleton was able to find a whole inside the OG defense early in the second quarter as he was able to grab a bucket and then added one from deep on the left wing to put the Bulldogs within a point of taking the lead midway through the stanza. Jordan Verhoff who finished the contest with a game high 17 points tossed in five points in the period and put OG up 22-19 at the break.

Both WBL Champions were able to connect on every free throw of the contest until the fourth quarter when OG was able to connect on just 8/15 tosses and watch their lead draw to even late in the final quarter.

With teammate Jay Kaufman grabbing nearly every rebound in a big situation, Verhoff was able to get ahead of the defense quickly and draw foul after foul and help himself to the line where he tossed in 4/6 attempts to help secure the 46-43 victory.

OG mentor Tyson McGlaughlin’s strategy of mixing up defensive looks against a Bulldogs attack that had beaten his team earlier in the season worked effectively and forced the normally surehanded squad into committing 7 turnovers and 16/46 from the field. Future Louisville Cardinal baseball standout Shay Smiddy was most affected by the defensive changes as he shot just 2/8 from the field and scored only 9 points, 5 from the charity stripe.

Thursday night at 6:15pm the Titans (20-5) will take on Lexington at the Stroh Center in BG (hear it live on Zsportslive.com). Defiance sees their season come to an end at 19-6.

Scoring:

OG (46):

Jordan Verhoff 17
Zac Unterbrink 6
Nick Weihrauch 10
Jay Kaufman 6
Kordell Stover 3
Jake Dibel 4

FG: 12/30
3PT: 4/6
FT: 18/26
REB: 29
TO: 14

Defiance (43):
Michael Menedez 5
Jordan Scott 10
Kameron Singleton 16
Noah Strausbaugh 3
Shay Smiddy 9

FG: 16/46
3PT: 3/12
FT: 8/9
REB: 22
TO: 7

To say Lima Central Catholic started off hot from the field in their District Finals matchup Saturday night against Spencerville would be an understatement. The T-Birds connected on their first three shots from the field and led 8-0 before Spencerville Head Coach Kevin Sensabaugh was forced to take a timeout to regroup his troops.

Unfortunately for Bearcat fans the Thunderbirds continued their white hot shooting after the stoppage and accounted for a trio of connections from deep from two of the all-time leading scorers in program history in Tre Cobbs and Dantez Walton that ended the first period at 17-6 LCC.

Things weren’t much better for the Cats in the second period as they were held to just three makes from the field, a bucket by Tiffin bound Zach Goecke, a three from Mason Nourse and a slam dunk from Damien Corso and found themselves behind at the half 34-15 to their former NWC foes.

While they hit on half a dozen three pointers in the first half, the T-Birds wouldn’t hit one in the third quarter. LCC’s Josh Dixon, Walton, and Thomas Williams combined to score 14 of their teams 21 markers and put their team ahead 55-23 after the contests penultimate stanza.

Goecke, Spencerville’s leading scorer for the past three seasons was the Bearcats leader on this night as well as he scored four of his team high 10 points in the last period. Junior Bailey Croft put up seven points in the final minutes including a three pointer and finished with 9 points.

Defensively LCC’s plan to shut out their opponents leader in points worked to near perfection as they held Junior sharpshooter Dakota Prichard, who averages 15 points per game on the season to 0 before he fouled out late in the game.

LCC has now won 18 of 21 meetings with the Bearcats (18-5) all-time, and improves their season record to 24-1. The #1 ranked team in Division 3 will head north to Bowling Green on Wednesday night for the 6th time in 7 years and battle Milan Edison (23-2) at 6:15pm (hear it live on 1049 The Eagle with the “Voice of the T-Birds” Aaron Matthews).

Scoring:

Spencerville (38):

Mason Nourse 7
Damien Corso 8
Gary Schrolucke 2
Zach Goecke 10
Bailey Croft 9
Griffen Croft 2

3PT: 2/13 (B.Croft, Nourse)
REB: 19
TO: 15

LCC (65):

Tre Cobbs 14
Nick Taflinger 2
Josh Dixon 15
Ethan O’Connor 5
Dantez Walton 19
Thomas Williams 9
Mark Janowski 3

3PT: 8/21 (Walton 3, Cobbs 2, Dixon 2, Janowski)
REB: 21
TO: 4

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Pemberville eliminates Ottawa

OTTAWA, OH – The Fighting 63rd didn’t win too many battles against Mother Nature this season and unfortunately didn’t win Monday night at home to continue their run towards a District Championship as they were defeated by Pemberville 5-3.

OG’s Austin Verhoff got the start for Ottawa and trotted out to the mound to begin the top of the first inning and wasted no time ending the half inning as he used just 12 pitches in getting his team their first opportunity to bat in the bottom half of the first.

Terry Dockery led off the game for the Fighting 63rd as he procured a walk from Pemberville starter Dugan Smith and was quickly bunted to 2nd base by Jackson Lammers. Brad Croy’s free pass on four pitches had Ottawa with runners on 1st and 2nd with just one out but the home squad would not be able to bring in either as Isaac Fitzgerald and Ben Dietering each flew out to right field.

A single, a hit batsman, and a pair of fielders choice plays from the visitors would set up the stage for four runs in the inning. An errant throw by Verhoff to third base on a ground ball landed in left field and allowed the games first run to come across the plate. Following another error on a throw to first, the lead would move to 2-0 as catcher Dakota Gilbert came in to score. The final pair of runs in the 2nd would find their way onto the scoreboard when they were driven in on a single by Randy Pratt to make it 4-0 heading to Ottawa’s second turn at the bat.

Six hits would be all Ottawa would pick up on the night and none would amount to any runs until an RBI single by Dockery brought Verhoff around to score in the 5th. Trevor Maag scored the 63rd’s second run of the game on a ground ball that turned into an error on the throw to cut the lead to 4-2 after 5 innings played.

The last Pemberville run of the game came in the 8th inning and was charged to Continental’s Fred Shepard who came in to pitch in relief of Verhoff following the 7th inning. With two outs in the inning, shortstop Zachary Zam who had been responsible for a pair of terrific defensive stops laced a double off of the wall in left centerfield to reach base. A balk moved Zam to third base where he was singled in by teammate Cade Boos to give Pemberville their final run of the game and make the score 5-3.

After opening the bottom of the ninth with a walk to Dockery, Ottawa looked to be in pretty good position with the top of their lineup at bat. Dockery would be thrown out trying to steal second base however on a throw by Gilbert to erase the 63rd threat. Croy reached first base on a fielders choice following a Lammers strikeout, but Fitzgerald who finished 0-3 with a pair of walks would ground out to third to bring the game to its conclusion.

Ottawa’s 2015 season comes to an end at 8-12-1 while Pemberville will come back to Ottawa tonight (7/21) at 6pm to take on Napoleon for the right to move on in District play.

Box Score:

Ottawa: 3-6-3
Pemberville:5-6-1

Ottawa Hitting:

Terry Dockery 1-3, 2 Walks, RBI
Jackson Lammers 1-5, 1 RBI, Sac Fly/Sac Bunt
Brad Croy 0-3, 2 Walks
Isaac Fitzgerald 0-5
Ben Dietering 0-3, 1 Walk
Brad Stolly 1-4, 3 K’s
Chandler Kersh 1-4
Austin Verhoff 2-3, Run
Fred Shepard 0-0, Run, HBP
Trevor Maag 0-3, Walk, Run

Ottawa Pitching:

Austin Verhoff (L) 7.0 IP, 5K, 1 HBP, 4H, 4R (4 ER), 2 HBP, 1 Walk
Fred Shepard 2.0 IP, 1 HBP, 2 H, 1R (1ER), 1 Walk

Pemberville Batting:

Elijah Brown 0-4, Walk, 3 K’s
Lance Smith 0-4, Walk
Mason Beachler 0-5
Mason Apple 2-4, Run
Dakota Gilbert 0-4, HBP, Run
Zachary Zam 1-3, HBP, 2 Runs
Cade Boos 1-4, Run, RBI
Bryce Pratt 0-4, 2 K’s
R. Pratt 2-4, 2 RBI

Pemberville Pitching:

Dugan Smith (W) 6.0 IP, 2 K, 4 BB, 5 H, 3 R (2 ER), 2 WP
Brent Hayward (S) 3.0 IP, 4 K, 2 BB, 2 H, 0 R, 1 WP, 1 HBP

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Toledo advances in Legion Tournament

OTTAWA, OHIO – The Toledo Hawks Legion team didn’t need any hits in the early innings but were still able to push across a pair of runs as they jumped on the Ottawa Fighting 63rd early in their 6-1 win.

The home team on the scoreboard by virtue of winning a coin flip, the Hawks leadoff hitter Chase Lawniczak (Toledo Whitmer) reached first base on an error by Ottawa first baseman Ben Dietering to open the bottom half of the first. Another error, this time by third baseman Brad Stolly and a pair of fielders choices by Colin Boerst and Ryan Moebius would later bring to the plate the two runs.

Tristan Faunce (Central HS) would throw six strong innings in the game, and not give up his first hit until a single by Ottawa centerfielder Tristen Becker (St. Marys) as the second batter of the sixth inning. Becker would be caught attempting to steal second before Jared Davis walked and later came around to score on an Adam Purdy single to bring the Toledo lead down to 2-1.

Brad Croy (OG/BGSU) would find himself in trouble in the bottom of the same inning, move over to shortstop as he was replaced by Columbus Grove alum and 1st team NWC/PCL selection Elisha Jones on the mound. Despite being in the middle of the infield now, Croy would be charged with a pair of runs in the inning as two runners he had seen reach on an error and a double came around to score to push the Toledo advantage to 4-1. Designated Hitter Joe Dandino (Central HS) would also come around to score in the inning to make it 5-1, but he was charged to Jones.

The last run of the game would come in the bottom of the 7th inning as Boerst was driven home on a single by Moebius after successfully stealing second base on the previous at bat.

Following Tristan Faunce’s departure after six strong innings, future University of Michigan left hander Preston Due would take over on the bump and toss three scoreless innings against Ottawa. In his time on the mound, Due would surrender just one hit, a single by Stolly.

Toledo with the win advances to play Napoleon at 6pm tonight in Ottawa with the winner of that game meeting the winner of the Findlay vs Pemberville contest on Saturday at Findlay High School.

Ottawa drops to 8-11-1 on the season with the loss and will meet the loser of tonight’s aforementioned Findlay/Pemberville contest on Friday night at Flag City Field at 7pm, a game that can be heard live on www.zsportslive.com.

Box Score:

R-H-E
Ottawa 1-4-3
Toledo 6-8-1

WP: Tristan Faunce: 6.0 IP, 6K, 2 Walks, 1 run allowed
LP: Brad Croy: 5.1 IP, 4K, 3 Walks, 5 Runs allowed (2 earned)

Batting:

Ottawa:

Becker 1-4
Davis 0-3, Walk
Croy 1-4
Purdy 1-3, Walk, RBI
Fitzgerald 0-4
Dietering 0-3, Walk
Stolly 1-3
Warnecke 0-1
Jones 0-3
Kersh 0-1
Dockery 0-2, Walk
Sheperd 0-1

Toledo:

Lawniczak 1-5, Walk, SB, Run
Denman 1-5, Sac Bunt
Kaucher 0-5, SB, Run
Boerst 0-4, Walk, Run
Lankard 0-3, Walk
Moebius 1-4, RBI, Run
Neary 2-4, Run
Dandino 1-4, Run
Grady 2-3, RBI, Walk

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Harter pitches Findlay past Ottawa

OTTAWA, OHIO – Alex Harter went seven innings for his second straight start but unlike his last outing he came away with a win as Findlay Post 3 defeated Ottawa Thursday night 9-4 in a 9 inning American Legion Baseball contest at Memorial Field.

Ottawa’s Adam Purdy (Elida HS) got two quick outs to begin the game on the mound and was able to survive a full count walk of DH Maxwell Rinebolt (Findlay HS), and a single to a former member of the 63rd in McComb graduate Clay Grubb with a strikeout of Chandler Stillings (Findlay HS) to end the top of the first inning without surrendering a run.

Tristen Becker (St. Marys) who finished 3/5 in the contest got the offense going for Ottawa in the bottom of the first as he slapped a 2-1 pitch into the outfield for the first hit of the game. Brad Croy (OG) and Purdy himself would each reach on errors in the inning, the second of which would bring Becker in to score and put the home team up 1-0 heading to the second.

After a scoreless second inning from both squads, Findlay sent eight hitters to the plate in the third and hung three runs on the scoreboard as catcher Wyatt Young (Liberty Benton) singled and scored in the inning. Ross Adolph (Van Buren/University of Toledo) picked up his only hit of the day immediately after Young and also came around to score on a Grubb sac fly RBI. Rinebolt who finished the day 1-3 with a pair of walks drove in Young with an RBI single before being brought in himself on a Stillings single to see the visitors lead rise to 4-1 after 2.5 innings played.

Ottawa got a leadoff single in the bottom of the third inning from Becker, but he was thrown out attempting to steal second base on a two strike count to Jared Davis (Bath), and his team was sent down in order 1-2-3 for the second consecutive inning.

Connor Curlis of Findlay High School, who is headed to The Ohio State University to play his college baseball led off the inning but grounded out to Croy at short. Curlis would finish his day 0-5 against the three pitchers utilized by Ottawa. Young and Adolph followed Curlis by grounding out and flying out to end the Findlay fourth.

Harter would allow four singles by the Fighting 63rd over the course of the next three innings, but none would advance past second as he headed to the bench leading 8-1 with a line of of 7IP, 6K, 1 walk, 6 hits, 1 run.

With Kersh in now in his third inning on the mound in the top of the eighth inning, Findlay would add the games last run as Grubb collected his second RBI of the game by bringing in Phillip Buckingham (Elmwood HS) who had picked up a one out double.

Malachi Abbot, a Sophomore pitcher from McComb High School would take over for Harter as the 8th inning began. Things did not go smoothly for Abbott in the stanza as he began by giving up a single to Croy and a double to Purdy which brought across the second Ottawa run of the game. After St. Marys’ graduate Isaac Fitzgerald was walked, consecutive wild pitches would move he and Purdy up two bases each and bring Purdy in to score to cut the Findlay lead to 9-3. Brad Stolly, the second year member of the Fighting 63rd (LCC) was also walked in the inning and would be moved to second on an RBI single by OG’s Chandler Kersh who had come on in the sixth inning to pitch that made it 9-4 Findlay. Unfortunately for Ottawa, Fred Shepard (Continental), Jackson Lammers (Miller City), and Becker would all go down as outs to end the inning and send the game into the 9th inning.

Seth Evans (Ada HS) who came into the game for Ottawa in the 8th inning as a defensive replacement struck out to begin the frame, and Croy grounded out to first for a pair of quick outs to open the games final at bat for Ottawa. Adam Purdy who had moved to Right Field after his five innings on the mound (2K, 2 walks, 7 hits, 5 runs, 1 wild pitch) singled to keep the inning going, but would be stuck at third base when the game ended after being moved over by a pair of Abbott wild pitches. After Fitzgerald was walked to keep the inning going, Stolly grounded out to end the game.

Findlay is now 5-1 and has won 5 straight games, they will play host to Ottawa at Flag City Field on Thursday, July 9th.

Ottawa (4-2) will host the Tawa Run Classic this weekend and be in action for three games: Friday at 6pm vs Fostoria, Saturday at 3pm vs Piqua, and 6pm vs Ashley Legion. For more information on the Tawa Run Classic check out the 63rd’s website at Ottawa Legion Baseball.

WP: Harter (1-1)
LP: Purdy (0-2)

Hits:
Ottawa 10
Findlay 11

Errors:
Ottawa 1 (Croy)
Findlay 4 (Buckingham 3, Sendelbach)

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Fighting 63rd survives late Greenville rally

OTTAWA, OHIO – The Ottawa Fighting 63rd got up early in their matchup against the Greenville Legion squad but had to get a couple of key outs as they held on for an 11-10 six inning win Thursday night.

Ottawa got things going in the home half of the first inning as St. Marys’ Tristen Becker who opened the frame by slapping a single into the outfield off of Greenville starter AJ Bowers (Greenville HS) came around to score to make it 1-0. Brad Croy (OG) who reached on a dropped ball in centerfield also came around to score moments later on an error. 2nd team Putnam County League selection Fred Shepard (Continental) added the innings final pair of runs as he drove in a pair on a single to make it 4-0 Ottawa heading to the second inning.

After getting an inning opening strikeout of Greenville DH Tanner Maples (Tri-Village), Ottawa starter Adam Purdy (Elida) hit Quintin Wood (Greenville HS) to put him on base. Moments after putting Wood on first, Purdy started a 1-3-4 doubleplay as he fielded a sacrifice bunt attempt from Cole Burell (Arcanum) perfectly to get out of the second with no damage.

With 9 hitters coming to the plate in the first inning, Ottawa found themselves in the same spot to begin the bottom of the second inning, with the top of their lineup at bat. Becker, who finished 3-3 with a walk on the day doubled this time around and was driven in by Bath’s Jared Davis to put the score at 5-0 after two full innings.

Reese Hunt (Greenville HS) got the first Greenville hit of the contest in the 3rd but saw three of his teammates strike out and leave him stranded at first base.

A scary moment in the game took place in the bottom of the second inning when 63rd catcher William Kleffner (Shawnee) was injured chasing a foul ball back to the backstop. On the play Kleffner hit hard against the brick backstop and was taken via ambulance to the hospital in Lima to be examined.

Miller City’s Jackson Lammers took over in the 7th spot for Kleffner (Brad Stolly of LCC moved from 3rd to catcher on the switch) and immediately paid dividends as he singled. Lammers would find his way to 3rd base and be driven in by Becker to make it 6-0 Ottawa after 3 innings complete.

Kory Baker (Arcanum), and Brad Caudill (Fairlawn) would be the first two runs of the game for Greenville as they were driven in by Wood. Wood himself would come around to score after he stole home to cut Ottawa’s lead to 6-3 in the middle of the 4th inning.

Brad Croy (OG, 2015 WBL POY) began the bottom half of the inning for Ottawa by looping a ball into right field over the head of secondbaseman Chantz Martinez (Piqua) but was gunned out at first as rightfielder Logan Elmore (Tri-County North) fired a dart to nab him at first base and keep him off the bases.

Adam Purdy would account for the only run of the inning and push the score to 7-3 when he was driven in on an RBI double by OG’s Ben Deitering.

Baker who finished 2-3 with a hit by pitch in his last at bat scored a run on a Caudill RBI 5-3 groundout in the 5th to cut the lead to just 7-5 (Reese Hunt led off the inning with a walk and came around to score earlier in the stanza).

The fifth inning was especially kind to the Fighting 63rd as they increased their lead to 11-5 with runs by Becker (walk), Davis (RBI single), Croy (RBI single) before they saw their inning end on a lineout by Lammers to the shortstop Burell.

In their last chance at bat to lead off the 6th inning, Greenville would face two different pitchers in the inning in Deitering and Croy. 11 batters came to the plate in the inning with Burell, Martinez, Elmore, Hunt, and Baker all scoring runs in the inning. Burell’s second at bat of the inning would be the final out of the contest as he flew out to Kalida’s Austin Klausing to preserve the win for the Fighting 63rd as it was stopped following the 6th due to Memorial Field no longer having stadium lights and creeping darkness in the area.

Ottawa ups their record to 2-0 on the season and will welcome Whitehouse to town on Sunday for a doubleheader that begins at 1pm and can be heard live on Zsportslive.com. Adam Purdy went 4 innings, struck out 4, walked 5, hit a batter and gave up 4 runs to earn his first Legion win this season.

AJ Bowers (Greenville HS) took the loss for Greenville as he pitched 6 innings, gave up 11 runs, 9 hits, 3 walks, and 1 hit by pitch with no strikeouts. Greenville will travel to Xenia’s Athletes in Action Sports Complex to take on the Gem City Throwbacks on Saturday at 5pm in a scheduled 9 inning affair.

The two teams will meet again on July 7th at GTI Field at 7pm.

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Boys District 8 All-Star Game Results

ELIDA, OHIO – Last years District 8 All-Star Games were about dunks, this year the games were about three pointers as only 4 dunks were thrown down Tuesday night.

In the first game of the night, the Division 1/2/3 game the West came away with a 98-96 win and avenged last seasons 150-97 loss to the East. Shawnee Indian product Jaquan Tucker (West) led all scorers in the contest with 40 points, including 6 three pointers. Not to be outdone however, the East’s Elijah Pughsley (Lima Senior) scored 35 points of his own including 10 shots from behind the arc in his last game close to home before jettisoning off to play his college ball at Western Carolina.

Combined in the contest the two squads combined to connect on 31 shots from behind the arc, 15 for the West and 16 for the East. Evan Prenger of St. Henry scored 18 in the contest as he connected on 6 three pointers and was followed closely by Katwan Singleton of the State Champion Defiance Bulldogs with 17 points for Celina Coach Chris Bihn’s Western squad. Ryan Hoyng, the Western Buckeye League Player of the Year was the only other player to finish in double figures as he netted 11 markers.

Blanchard Valley Conference Coach of the Year Ben Gerken (Liberty Benton) was the mentor of the East squad and finished with three players outside of Pughsley in double figures as Austin Phillips (Kenton) had 20, Jon Daegar (LB) tossed in 19, and Elida’s Austin Allemeir delighted the home fans with 12 points in his last contest at the Fieldhouse.

Scoring:

West (98):

Connor Holliday (Van Wert) 3
Evan Prenger (St. Henry) 18
Jaquan Tucker (Shawnee) 40
Logan Delong (Celina) 4
Ryan Hoyng (Celina) 11
Katwan Singleton (Defiance) 17
Quinn Zaerr (St. Marys) 5

Playing but not scoring: Grant Laffin (Celina)
Not able to make it: Tanner Bates (Parkway), Adam Henderson (Wapak)

East (96):

Levi Kistler (Bluffton) 2
Austin Allemeir (Elida) 12
Elijah Pughsley (Lima Senior)35
Draeton Fasone (Van Buren) 6
Clark Etzler (Elida) 2
Austin Phillips (Kenton) 20
Jon Daegar (Liberty Benton) 19

Playing but not scoring: Ilias Wright (Lima Senior)
Not able to make it: Jake Williams (LCC)

Last season it was the first game that was the blowout of the two contests, this year it would prove to be the second as the East romped to a 105-77 win in the Division 4 contest led by 16 points each from New Bremen’s Carson Manger and Lincolnview’s Justis Dowdy.

With their head coaches in Aaron Elwer (Delphos St. Johns), and Kurt Goettemoeller (Marion Local) in charge, a pair of Bluejays (Andy Grothaus/Alex Odenweller) and a pair of Flyers (Luke Knapke/Ryan Bruns) would have a big night as the four players combined for 40 of their squads points on the night.

Knapke, a 6’10 center headed to play his college ball at the University of Toledo would also set the tone inside as he was responsible for a pair of eye popping slam dunks in the contest en route to 15 points and double digit rebounds.

Jace Darbyshire, the NWC and PCL Player of the Year, and the Perry Commodores all-time leading scorer Jared Poling would each finish with 13 points to lead the West who were coached by Nick Latta (McComb), and Jason Vermillion (Arlington) in scoring in the loss.

16 three pointers found their way through the nets for each side in the contest, led by four from the East’s Manger (headed to Lake Superior State University).

Scoring:

East (105):

Andy Grothaus (DSJ) 11
Alex Odenweller (DSJ) 4
Devin Kortokrax (Kalida) 10
Justis Dowdy (Lincolnview) 16
Carson Manger (New Bremen) 16
Andrew Arnett (New Knoxville) 8
Brandt Landin (Ottoville) 10
Luke Knapke (Marion Local) 15
Ryan Bruns (Marion Local) 10
Matthew Trushaw (Minster) 2

West (77):

Jace Darbyshire (Columbus Grove) 13
Austin Smith (Vanlue) 6
Aaron Starr (Arlington) 7
Grant McBride (Ada) 2
Trey Hanes (McComb) 7
Clay Grubb (McComb) 10
Markus Howell (Temple Christian) 5
Matthew Alspach (Cory Rawson) 11
Jared Poling (Perry) 13
Colin Fenstermaker (Pandora Gilboa) 2

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