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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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Kalida, Leipsic set to rematch in District Finals

OTTAWA, OH – Kalida defeated Miller City 3-0 in the opener and Leipsic knocked out BVC champion Arlington by a 4-2 margin as both teams claimed their place in Saturday’s District Final contest.

Kalida’s Austin Swift gave up a leadoff runner to Miller City in the form of Jackson Lammers but not much more as he struck out 10 Wildcat batters and gave up just a pair of walks in going all seven innings to pick up his sixth win of the season.

Trent Siebeneck led off the bottom of first inning for the Putnam County League champions with a single and was later driven in by Trevor Maag’s RBI groundout to put his team up 1-0.

In the third inning after Swift doubled and Jeff Knueve reached on a catchers interference call to open the stanza. Both runners would come around to score in the frame when a throwing error at first sailed high on an attempt to get Noah Lambert out.

Swift finished the game by striking out the side in the 7th inning and five of the last six hitters he faced to earn Kalida a date on Saturday with the winner of the nightcap.

With the win Kalida sees their record improve to 21-1 on the season while Miller City’s come to an end at 15-6. Lammers took the loss in the game despite giving up just three runs on six hits.

WP – Austin Swift
LP – Jackson Lammers

Game two kicked off with Arlington tagging a pair of runs onto the season count for Leipsic starter Grant Rader to end the opening half inning with a 2-0 advantage on an error and a pair of doubles.

Leipsic’s first run of the contest came in the bottom of the third inning as after reaching on an error, catcher Justin Ellerbrock was brought in to score on a single by outfielder Dylan Schroeder to cut the Red Devils lead in half.

Ross Schroeder began the bottom half of the fifth inning by being hit in the head by a pitch from Arlington hurler Zach Durliat. Following the hit by pitch the Vikings added another run to tie the game as Dylan Schroeder knocked in his second run of the game on a single. Rader helped his own cause just one batter later as he was walked to put a runner at the first two bases. Both runners were moved over a base on a Jordan Berger sacrifice bunt before being brought in to take a 4-2 lead on a 2 RBI single by Robbie Laubenthal.

Despite his defense allowing the first two Arlington hitters to reach via error in the top of the seventh inning, Rader utilized a popout, a strikeout and a pop out to secure the win.

Leipsic (17-4) avenges an earlier season loss to Arlington (20-3) and moves on to a PCL rematch against Kalida on Saturday. In their regular season meeting the Wildcats survived an eight inning game and won 3-2 to clinch the conference crown for the first time since 2012, a title they shared with Leipsic.

WP – Grant Rader (7IP, 5 H, 4 K, 0 W, 2 HBP, 2 R)
LP – Zach Durliat (8-1) – 6 IP, 8 H, 4 K, 4 W, 1 HBP, 4 R

Hear Saturday’s game live at 1pm on Zsportslive.com

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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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PCL boys, girls snag wins

FINDLAY, OH – Last season the BVC won both games against the PCL, this season it was the Putnam County League who picked up victories in both the boys and girls contests at the University of Findlay’s Croy Gymnasium.

Led by Fort Jennings product Kylie Jettinghoff’s 15 points the PCL ladies snagged their first lead midway through the first of two twenty minute halves and never looked back as they beat the BVC 73-53.

With 4:50 remaining in the first half it was Kalida’s Brittany Kahle who gave the PCL a 28-26 lead when she buried the third of her shots from behind the arc and keyed a run that put her squad on top 44-28 at the break.

Taylor Gilliland of Van Buren led the Blanchard Valley Conference in scoring as she finished the game with 13 markers and finished as the only player for her team in double figures.

Miller City’s Cassie Niese (13), and Columbus Grove’s Ohio State University bound Lynea Diller (10) also reached double figures for the PCL. Niese scored a game high 11 in the first half while Diller added a three pointer in the second half as part of her total in the game.

Scoring:

PCL (73):
Kyrah Yinger (Columbus Grove) 5
Cassie Niese (Miller City) 13
Joni Kaufman (Kalida) 4
Brittany Kahle (Kalida) 9
Elizabeth Klear (Miller City) 2
Kylie Osterhage (Kalida) 9
Lynea Diller (Columbus Grove) 10
Kylie Jettinghoff (Ft. Jennings) 15
Lindsay Macke (Pandora-Gilboa) 0

BVC (53):

Taylor Gilliland (Van Buren) 13
Chloe Kromer (Vanlue) 4
Camryn Sudlow (McComb) 2
Lacey Trumbull (North Baltimore) 8
Emily Heldman (Cory-Rawson) 0
Nicolette DeVincentis (Liberty-Benton) 8
Taylor Farmer (Riverdale) 3
Taylor Frey (Riverdale) 1
Olivia Frost (North Baltimore) 7
Jackie Kloepfer (Vanlue) 7

In just the second year of the BVC/PCL All-Star Game the Putnam County League boys broke the scoring record of 107 points set last season by their counterparts as they exploded for 120 in the 120-92 victory.

A handful of dazzling dunks from Leipsic’s Jordan Brown and a plethora of three pointers by both squads had the crowd at Croy on their feet all evening.

Columbus Grove product Gabe Stechschulte connected on a four shots from deep in the game and finished as the contests leading scorer with 20 points, he was joined in double figures by five PCL teammates. Brown, the Putnam County League Player of the Year was next in scoring as he added 18 markers. Jackson Lammers of Miller City was next with 16 points while Fort Jennings senior Drew Grone added 12. Grove’s Bailey Clement tossed in 11 points and Kody Kuhlman of Miller City had 10.

Four BVC All-Stars scored in double figures led by McComb’s Chas Shoop with 16 while Marcus Brand of Van Buren notched 13, Hopewell-Loudon’s Jackson Sebetto scored 12 and Spencer Osbourne from Liberty Benton finished with 10.

Scoring:

PCL (120):

Baily Clement (Columbus Grove) 11
Gabe Stechschulte (Columbus Grove) 20
Grant Unverferth (Kalida) 4
Jackson Lammers (Miller City) 16
Jordan Brown (Leipsic) 18
Drew Grone (Ft. Jennings) 12
Kody Kuhlman (Miller City) 10
Ross Schroeder (Leipsic) 8
Logan Diller (Columbus Grove) 9
Trent Gerding (Kalida) 9

BVC (92):

Jackson Hankins (Riverdale) 9
Jackson Sebetto (Hopewell-Loudon) 12
Sean Watson (North Baltimore) 9
Marcus Brand (Van Buren) 13
Chas Shoop (McComb) 16
Drew Bryan (McComb) 5
Nathan Craft (Libety Benton) 5
Chad Baker (Arcadia) 5
Shae Watkins (Arcadia) 8
Spencer Osbourne (Liberty Benton) 10

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Ottoville, Miller City post tournament wins

FINDLAY, OH – The Ottoville Big Green and Miller City Wildcats will meet for a second time this season as on Saturday night at 8pm inside Findlay High School they will battle for a sectional championship by virtue of their wins Wednesday night. Ottoville jumped out on Continental and never looked back as they rolled to an 84-28 victory in the opening contest before Miller City downed McComb 59-48 in the nightcap.

Second seeded Ottoville shot 6/16 in the opening period and forced their opponents into just 2/12 from the floor en route to an 18-7 lead at the first stoppage. A 31 point second quarter for the Big Green provided most of the damage to the Continental hopes of winning as six players tallied markers for the designated home squad to push their advantage to 49-13 at the half.

On the evening the girls from Ottoville forced their opponents into 31 turnovers and allowed just 10/30 from the field as they routed the Pirates for the second time. In two meetings this season the Big Green outscored Continental 154-55.

With the win Ottoville improves their season record to 21-2, they were led in scoring by Bridget Landin and Brooke Mangas with 17 apiece. Continental finishes at 1-21 and was led in scoring by their leader on the season in Amber Logan with 10, four below her average.

Scoring:

Ottoville (84):
CJ Kemper 9
Madison Knodell 2
Bridget Landin 17
Nicole Kramer 8
Brooke Mangas 17
Amber Miller 6
Emily Landin 2
Alexis Thorbahn 12
Kasey Knippen 3
Brynie Hannerman 2
Quinley Schlagbaum 4
Haley Hoersten 2

FG: 26/64
3PT: 7 (Thorbahn 2, Kemper, B. Landin, Mangas, Knippen)
FT: 25/29
TO: 14

Continental (28):
Paige Lawhorn 3
Alivia Homier 3
Jaylen Armey 2
Blair Tegenkamp 4
Amber Logan 10
Madison Sharp 5
Ashley Mansfield 2

FG: 10/30
FT: 6/10
3PT: 3 (Logan 2, Lawhorn)
TO: 31

Tied 7-7 after the first quarter the second contest of the night between McComb and Miller City almost went to the half tied up as well, but the Wildcats were able to get one more marker than their opponents and carry a 23-22 lead into the break.

Miller City connected on 6/10 free throws and scored 18 points in the third quarter as they were able to jump on the Panthers and take a 41-33 into the final period.

Cassie Niese, a 5’7 Senior guard for the Wildcats scored a game high 20 points in the contest and hit on 5 of her 6 charity tosses as she helped her team earn the victory and move on to play again at Findlay on Saturday night.

McComb sees their season come to an end at 16-7 and were led in scoring by 1st team Blanchard Valley Conference selection Nora Hemminger who scored 15 points, all in the last three quarters. Miller City is now 12-11 on the season following the win.

Saturday night at 8pm in a game that will be broadcast live on Zsportslive.com the Wildcats will look for redemption for a 62-52 loss back in December when they take on Ottoville.

Scoring:

Miller City (59):
Cassie Niese 20
Paige Wenzinger 5
Tiffany Welty 6
Amanda Simon 12
Christina Berger 4
Elizabeth Klear 5
Jenelle Kuhlman 5
Megan Warnimont 2

FG: 20/38
FT: 14/20
3PT: 2 (Simon, Kuhlman)
TO: 23

McComb (48):
Nora Hemminger 15
Makenna Babb 14
Camryn Sudlow 7
Jenna Herr 10
Jordan Shelley 2

FG: 17/51
FT: 12/24
3PT: 2 (Babb, Herr)
TO: 12

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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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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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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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