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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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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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