TOLEDO, OH – Ottoville’s bats notched 10 hits on the day at 5/3 Park in Toledo but it was the pitching that shined the brightest on the big stage as Josh Thorbahn and Zane Martin combined to keep the Upper Sandusky hitters to just a pair of hits in a 6-0 non-league victory.
In the first all-time meeting with Ottoville and just the fifth against a team from Putnam County the Rams picked up a base runner in the first inning as the second hitter in shortstop Diago Cazares singled off Thorbahn and was followed by Ben Sheaffer who was hit by a pitch. Upper Sandusky was unable to put a run on the scoreboard in the inning however as Jevon Dible and Keaton Cunningham were retired by the Big Green hurler to end the frame.
Ottoville’s first inning saw their opportunity to score end with a bases loaded groundout from Nick Moorman but their second time with a runner on every base produced a run in their next at bat on RBI singles by Zane Martin and Andy Schimmoeller to give their team a 2-0 advantage after two complete.
The only runners for Upper Sandusky to reach in the next few innings came on a walk to Cazares in the third, an error that allowed Parker Frombaugh to reach, a double by Brett Bianchi in the fifth, and an error that put Jevon Dible on base in the sixth. All were part of a six left on base day for the Rams.
Offensively the Big Green had their best inning in the fourth of the contest as they plated two more runs on a trio of singles by Schimmoeller, Clayton Schnipke, and Zane Martin. Schimmoeller and Schnipke would come in to score before the inning came to a conclusion to make it a 4-0 Ottoville lead into the fifth.
Jack Langhals single and an RBI single for Schimmoeller who finished the day 3-4 with the bat brought in a run in the fifth before a double and a run from Martin on a Thorbahn ground out gave the game its final markers at 6-0.
Following six strong innings in which he struck out eight batters, Thorbahn was replaced on the mound by the Bluffton University recruit Martin who proceeded to end the ballgame by striking out all three batters he faced to end the contest and secure his teams victory at the home of the Toledo Mudhens.
Ottoville improves to 5-3 on the year and will be in action on Monday at rival Fort Jennings at 5pm while Upper Sandusky sees their record slip to 7-7 and will take on a Bucyrus team on Monday they beat 15-4 just a trio of days ago on the road.
WP: Josh Thorbahn (2-2)
LP: Jevon Dible (0-4)
Time of game: 1:54