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Riders advance to finals

SPENCERVILLE, OH – St. Marys was unable count on their biggest weapon in the three pointer on Tuesday night but kept fighting and found a way to defeat Shawnee for the second time this season by a 38-34 margin and send the Indians into the offseason.

In the first quarter the Roughriders were held to just one basket, a Makenna Mele make with 1:53 to go in the opening stanza but connected on 3/6 from the line to find themselves down just 7-5 after the opening eight minutes.

Shawnee standout Alissa Stahler connected on 11 of her game high 17 points in the first half but was held relatively in check in the second half by a ferocious St. Marys defense.

Jill Schmitmeyer who led the Riders on the boards with 7 caroms for the contest tossed in all 6 of her points in the second period and even hit the free throw that tied the game at 17 all just moments before the break. On the evening Schmitmeyer would be a repeated pest for the Shawnee offense as she stepped into the Indian passing lanes and pilfered a handful of passes to set up her own teams scores.

Through the first half neither team was able to connect on a shot from outside, but in the games penultimate period it was the nights designated visitors who struck from downtown first and second behind the duo of Madison Peterman and Eliyana Floyd.

Three Roughriders in Mele, Sydney Cisco, and Lauren Cisco pushed the game into the fourth quarter tied at 25-25 as they each dumped in one or two buckets from inside the arc for their squad.

As she had done earlier on, Stahler put up a pair of made baskets off of offensive rebounds but was forced to become a spectator nearly half way through the final quarter when she picked up her fifth foul.

Free throw shooting and one timely three pointer by St. Marys 9th highest all-time scorer Sydney Cisco put the Riders up for good late in the ball game as she hit on 5/6 in the final period to help secure the victory and sectional finals date on Saturday night.

Shawnee sees their season come to an end at 11-12 as well as the career of their longtime head coach Jeff Heistan with the loss to St. Marys for the second time in four seasons inside the Walk-In Closet at Spencerville.

With the win the Roughriders senior class moves to 48-47 overall, and 10-13 on the year. St. Marys will travel back up Route 66 on Saturday for a battle with WBL mate Bath at 6pm.

Scoring:

St. Marys (38):

Sydney Cisco 11
Makenna Mele 13
Lauren Cisco 6
Jill Schmitmeyer 6
Haley Felver 2

FG: 13/49
3PT: 1/12 (S. Cisco)
FT: 11/20
REB: 28
TO: 14

Shawnee (34):

Samya Wright 2
Madison Peterman 3
Alissa Stahler 17
Tessa Jordan 4
Eliyana Floyd 8

FG: 13/46
3PT: 2/14 (Ma. Peterman, Floyd)
FT: 6/8
REB: 37
TO: 23

Game 2: Elida defeats Van Wert 61-44 and will face Defiance on Saturday

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Titans win 9th straight

OTTAWA, OH – Ottawa Glandorf jumped out to a 17 point first quarter lead and never looked back Thursday night as they dispatched Shawnee 70-45 to move to 6-0 in Western Buckeye League action.

Led by a season high 17 points from junior Erin Kaufman the Titans offense was rolling early as they blitzed out to a 21-4 first quarter advantage.

With scores by seven different players and three pointers from three of those the OG offense was clicking early, but it was the defense that was most impressive for the home team. For their part Shawnee was forced to play loose with the basketball as they accounted for 13 first half turnovers.

Scoring wise the second period was much better for the visiting Indians as they accounted for 16 markers, but still found themselves down 17 at the break 37-20. Nearly all of Shawnee’s scoring in the stanza came from the duo of All-WBL pick Alissa Stahler and Eliyana Floyd who combined for 11 of their 21 game markers.

As they have done for most of the season the Titans got solid contributions from their bench in the contest led by Kasey Ellerbrock who hit on a trio of three pointers in the game and finished with a career high 11, 8 of those coming in the first 16 minutes.

In the second half the OG offense continued to get points on steals and quick rebounds turned into run outs, a staple of Ottawa Glandorf’s game and outscored their opponents 33-25 to secure their 6th victory in as many tries in the Western Buckeye League.

Kadie Hempfling helped to push the pace for her squad in the second half as she added a pair of dazzling layups and a three pointer in the third quarter for seven of her 15 points. Along with the scoring the future Falcon handed out five assists and nabbed five rebounds in the game for the third ranked Titans.

Ottawa Glandorf (15-1, 6-0) will travel to Lima on Saturday afternoon for a date with the Lima Senior Spartans in a game that can be heard live on WZOQ Radio at 1:30pm.

Shawnee (8-8, 2-4) was led in scoring by Stahler who ended the game with 15. The Indians will next play host to Coldwater on Tuesday night in non-conference action.

Scoring:

OG (70):

Ashley Schroeder 8
Kelsey Erford 4
Paige Sutter 3
Erin Kaufman 17
Mackenzie Meyer 3
Brianna Schimmoeller 7
Kasey Ellerbrock 11
Peyton Warnecke 2
Kadie Hempfling 15

FT: 4/10
3PT: 8 (Ellerbrock 3, Kaufman 2, Schimmoeller, Hempfling, Meyer)
TO: 19

Shawnee (45):

Samya Wright 4
Alissa Stahler 15
Tessa Jordan 5
Kerri Roberson 5
Trinity Gearing 4
Eliyana Floyd 6
Ijah Austin 5

FT: 8/14
3PT: 3 (Jordan, Roberson, Floyd)
TO: 23

JV: OG 49-21

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Defense again shines in Titan win

LIMA, OH – Another game another strong defensive effort out of the gate for the Ottawa Glandorf Lady Titans leads the #1 team in Ohio’s Division 2 rankings to their 15th win over the season, 57-38 over Shawnee.

OG jumped out to a quick 12-0 lead in the first stanza as they forced a handful of Indian turnovers and turned them directly into fast break markers en route to a 21-6 advantage at the end of the opening eight minutes of play. Kylie White and Kadie Hempfling each scored six for the Titans in the period while Lexi Schroder tossed in five.

Shawnee’s first points of the ballgame came from 5’10 Junior and leading scorer Alissa Stahler who connected on a jumper with 2:42 remaining in the first to cut into the visiting squads lead.

Things didn’t get much better for Shawnee coach Jeff Heistan’s crew in the second quarter as the turnovers continued to pile up alongside the Titan point total. Erin Kaufman scored 7 of her 9 half points in the second quarter including her 21st three pointer of the season to help push the advantage out to 32-15 when the clock hit triple zeroes.

Allie Boone was a bright spot for the Indians in the second as she tossed in 7 of her team high 15 points including a three pointer of her own.

Kinsey Heistan’s three pointer from feet behind the arc early in the third period would help pull Shawnee closer to their opponents, but also represented the only points not to come from the free throw line where her team went 5/8 in the quarter.

Kadie Hempfling’s second quarter of scoring six points gave OG a 47-23 lead headed to the final stanza but it was Ashley Schroeder’s three pointer that provided one of the highlight reel plays in the quarter for the Titans.

The Indians finished the game with 31 turnovers on the evening but did find themselves outscoring OG 15-10 in the fourth quarter. Lexi Schroeder’s three pointer midway through the period helped her finish with a dozen markers on the evening and put the final touches on a 57-38 Ottawa Glandorf victory.

OG (15-0, 5-0) remained as the Western Buckeye League’s only unbeaten team with the win thanks to a 46-22 victory from Bath on the evening over Wapak that sees both teams behind the defending league champions at 4-1 in WBL play. The Titans will play host to Miami East on Saturday afternoon starting with a noon JV tilt inside the Supreme Court in Ottawa.

Shawnee (5-9, 0-5) saw their first eight possessions of the game go as turnovers Thursday night, they will next take on Kenton on January, 26th in a Western Buckeye League contest.

Box Score:

OG (57):
Ashley Schroeder 7
Paige Sutter 1
Erin Kaufman 11
Lexi Schroeder 12
Kylie White 10
Kadie Hempfling 16

FT: 6/10
3PT: 3 (A. Schroeder, L. Schroeder, Kaufman)
TO: 21

Shawnee (38):
Laken George 3
Dionna Lewis 3
Allie Boone 15
Alissa Stahler 6
Zariah Johnson 1
DeAsia Smith 2
Trinity Gearing 2
Mariah Painter 1
Kinsey Heistan 3
Ijah Austin 2

FT: 12/24
3PT: 2 (Boone, Heistan)
TO: 31

JV: OG 47-27

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Riders blowout Indians, Frye gets 200th win

LIMA, OH – St. Marys hadn’t won at Shawnee Stadium since knocking off the then undefeated Indians in a 10-0 win in 2006 but came out swinging on Friday night as they moved to 3-0 with a 43-7 victory to give head coach Doug Frye his 200th career victory.

Roughriders senior Quarterback Dustin Howell continued his personal trend of setting offensive records against the over matched Indians defense as he tossed a trio of touchdown passes and connected on 6/7 passes for 129 yards on the evening. With his second quarter touchdown to Seth Vorhees of 20 yards that made the score 36-0 St. Marys, the third year starter broke the school record for career passing yards of 1,420 previously held by Derek Turner. On the next possession for the Riders, Howell broke the career touchdown pass record of 16 previously held by Derek Dunlap when he tossed a 33 yard score to Demarcus Fountain that gave his squad a 43-0 lead with time remaining in the first half.

Eric Spicer who this week was named to the Blue/Grey All-American Bowl that will be played in January in Jacksonville, Florida had a big night as well as he led the Riders in receiving yards in addition to toting the football five times for 68 yards on the ground. Spicer caught a pair of 38 yard passes from Dustin Howell on the first drive of the ballgame with the second accounting for the first points of the evening for the visiting squad.

Seconds after their first touchdown the Roughriders started their second possession at their opponents 45 yard line due to a botched attempt at fielding a short kick by Shawnee giving them back the football. Following a 33 yard run by the WBL’s second leading rusher in Julius Fisher, Eric Spicer scored his second touchdown in :47 by jaunting in from nine yards out. Further proving how well things were going for St. Marys on the evening, the Riders fumbled the extra point snap but had it land perfectly into the hands of kicker Gabe Vandever who walked into the endzone for the two-point conversion to push the advantage to 15-0.

Following a Grant Keith interception of Shawnee starter Ray Manley, the St. Marys offense utilized a six play 65 yard drive to go up 22-0 with 4:39 left in the opening stanza when Bo Kuenning scored his first touchdown of the season on a one yard touchdown run.

On fourth down and short and inside St. Marys territory the Indians decided to attempt to pick up yardage on their next possession, but were stopped when a screen pass failed to yield enough yardage to move the markers. Seven plays and 72 yards later the Roughriders found themselves ahead by 29 as Spicer struck again, this time from 39 yards out to run the lead to 29-0 with 5.8 remaining.

Another Shawnee long drive was stymied by the Rider defensive unit on the next possession before Howell and crew picked up the aforementioned scores and rode into the halftime break with a 43-0 on the road.

In the second half the game began with a running clock and allowed the Riders to sub in a lot of their younger players on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball and get them some varsity experience under the lights on Friday night.

The only score of the second half gave Shawnee just their second touchdown of the season when Grant Wheeler made tracks all over the field and 45 yards into the endzone with 5:45 remaining in the contest to provide the final margin of 43-7.

For the game the Roughriders finished with 326 yards rushing on 47 attempts while collecting 455 total yards against the Western Buckeye League worst statistical defensive unit.

Wheeler led Shawnee in rushing as he ran 16 times for 93 yards and a score while Julius Fisher accumulated 102 yards on the ground just as he did last week at Van Wert for St. Marys.

Ray Manley finished his evening 9/19 for 67 yards and a pair of interceptions against the Roughriders who forced 3 Shawnee miscues on the evening.

Shawnee (0-3, 0-2) will head to Van Wert next week to take on the winless Cougars who themselves fell to Ottawa Glandorf tonight by a 42-0 score.

St. Marys begins their second straight season at 3-0 and will play host to a Kenton squad that was defeated at home by Wapak 31-10 Friday night and has dropped their last contest against the Roughriders 42-23 a year ago.

Kenton vs St. Marys can be heard live as it happens on WKKI K94.3 FM next Friday night beginning with Pregame starting at 6:30pm and also online at K94.3 FM Celina

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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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Riders even WBL mark with win

ST MARYS, OH – St. Marys jumped out to a 6 run first inning and used a strong outing from starter Nathan Wilker to even their Western Buckeye League record at 2-2 with a 7-3 victory over Shawnee Friday night.

For the Roughriders the first six hitters that came to the plate in the opening inning came around to score. Wilker helped his own cause early on as he led off the game by lacing a pitch into the outfield for a single. Following an error that allowed Drew Jacobs to reach base, Dustin Howell’s triple off the outfield wall brought both of his teammates in to give St. Marys a 2-0 lead.

DH Derek Jay singled in Howell just a pair of pitches later, and Jay himself would be brought in along with Austin Hollandsworth on a Chase Roop double to run the score to 5-0 in the home squads favor. Roop found himself the final run of the inning two batters later as Julius Fisher’s RBI single pushed the advantage to 6-0 where it would stay for most of the contest.

Shawnee pitcher Jordan Tovarnak was replaced in the second inning by Blake Casady after suffering an apparent injury to his right arm following a pitch in the dirt. The Indians Senior hurler would be helped to the bench after falling to his knees on the pitchers mound and taken for further observation.

With Casady as their pitcher the Indians would surrender four hits and a pair of walks during the rest of the contest but only a single run, to Drew Jacobs in the sixth inning as the catcher was singled in by Howell to give the Roughriders their final marker.

Having seen a bases loaded situation not come to pass in the second inning, the Indians capitalized on a two out walk in the fourth inning for a run and a walk/single in the sixth inning for a pair of runs.

Howell led St. Marys (5-3, 2-2) with a 4/4 performance that included a pair of singles, a double and a triple to go along with a stolen base and three RBI.

Nathan Wilker finished a complete game effort by striking out six and walking six but improved his season record to 2-1 with the win for the Riders, while Tovarnak took the loss for Shawnee (1-7, 0-3).

St. Marys will be in action starting at noon on Saturday as they host Indian Lake in a non-league double header while Shawnee is off until Tuesday when they take on Van Wert in league action.

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2nd quarter run surges Titans to 5-0 in WBL

OTTAWA, OH – One of the biggest quarters in Lady Titan basketball history helped OG stay undefeated Thursday night as they surged past visiting Shawnee 73-47.

Leading 23-16 after the first quarter the Titans turned up their defensive pressure on the Indians and outscored Shawnee by a 31-8 margin to push their lead to 54-24 at the halftime break. In the quarter the Titans found themselves on a 14-0 run where they could seemingly not miss, finishing the half by connecting on 19/23 shots from the field along with 10/11 from the free throw line.

Shawnee’s Ijah Austin actually gave her team a 2-0 lead in the early moments of the game but a run by OG fueled by 8 points from Lexi Schroeder put a stop to OG trailing in the game and gave the Titans a lead they would not again relinquish.

Of the 31 points the Titans found themselves with on the Supreme Court scoreboard in the second period 13 came from Sophomore Kadie Hempfling who was forced to sit in the first quarter after picking up a pair of quick fouls on the defensive end. Dani Ellerbrock utilized a pair of OG steals en route to four of her nine markers in the period and also drained a long three pointer from straight away. In all the Titans connected on 6/8 first half shots from deep.

Grace O’Connor’s trio of three pointers in the second half helped pull Shawnee closer, but it was not to be as despite 13 points from gritty point guard DeAsia Smith the Indians would fall and see their record drop to 3-10 on the season.

Ottawa Glandorf was led in scoring by Hempfling’s 22 points and were backed up by a balanced effort as 7 of her teammates etched their name in the scoring column as well. The Titans record improves to 12-1 on the year and the win keeps them as the WBL’s only unblemished squad at 5-0. OG, ranked #5 in Division 2’s first AP Poll of the season will travel to Lima to take on the Lima Senior High Spartans on Saturday at 1:30pm.

Shawnee falls to 1-4 in Western Buckeye League play and will travel to Coldwater for a non-league affair on Saturday afternoon.

Scoring:

OG (73):

Devon Warnecke 8
Carri Johnson 5
Dani Ellerbrock 10
Erin Kaufman 7
Nina Brown 3
Kylie White 7
Lexi Schroeder 10
Kadie Hempfling 22

FG: 27/46
FT: 11/15
TO: 22

Shawnee (47):

Grace O’Connor 9
Alissa Stahler 8
DeAsia Smith 13
Kerri Roberson 7
Rachel Adams 5
Kinsey Heistan 2
Ijah Austin 3

FG: 17/38
FT: 8/11
TO: 24

JV: OG 49-41

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All-WBL Football selections announced

The WBL Champion Wapak Redskins who will play this Friday night against Trotwood-Madison in the Division 3 Regional Finals landed 10 players on the 1st team offense and defense in the league teams announced today including WBL Offensive Player of the Year Cameron Lauck, Co-Offensive Lineman of the Year Corey Crawford (also won Defensive Lineman of the Year), and Kicking Specialist Tristan Meyer.

Joining Lauck and Crawford on the 1st team offense were teammates John Bourne (Center), Cody Klosterman (Guard), Kais Chiles (Tight End), and Colin Smith (Flex). Defensively the Redskins 1st teamers were Lauck (DB), Crawford (DE), Cort Merricle (Defensive Line), Jared Cockerell & Landon Hall (Linebackers).

Joining the Redskins on the 1st team were Bath Guard Tyler Shobe, Van Wert Tackle Nolan Smith, Elida QB Logan Alexander, St. Marys RB Eric Spicer, and Ottawa Glandorf WR Logan McDermott.

Defensively the 1st team was rounded out by Bath’s Kyle Lhamon, Kenton’s Aarin Tillman, and OG’s Connor Blossom on the Defensive line. The Bath Wildcat duo of Tyler Shobe and Bo Gross both made the team as a Defensive End and Linebacker respectively. In the secondary the WBL’s 1st was represented by Van Wert Senior Ryan Stoller and Bath’s Chase Clark. The Flex position was nabbed by another Bath defender in Dylan Burkholder.

With the exception of OG’s Bryce Utrup at WR the entire 2nd team offense was represented by a cat or dog mascot as 3 Bath Wildcats (Tackle Easton Rudasil, TE Dylan Burkholder and RB Bo Gross) joined 4 Elida Bulldogs (Center Tristan Edwards, Guard Tyler Kanitz, RB Cole Harmon and WR Brian Upshaw), 1 Defiance Bulldog (TE Abram Smith) and a pair of Celina Bulldogs (QB Caleb Hoyng/Guard Mitch Mabry).

The 2nd team defense consisted of Celina Freshman Seth Huston, Elida Sophomore Dan Tullis and Shawnee Junior Mitchell Shirk. Senior Defensive Ends Mitch Mabry (Celina), and Gavin Cross (Van Wert) joined Linebackers Zach Marks (Celina), Jack Cavanaugh (OG), and Evan Williams (Van Wert). Rounding out the 2nd team were Defensive Backs Jacob Stolly (Celina), Jay Garcia (OG), and Randy Slife of St. Marys who finished with a team high 5 interceptions.

Honorable Mention selections went out to 40 players, 4 from each school:

Bath: Tre Tenny, Kaden Sullivan, Jon Lieurance, Troy Korkate
Celina: CJ Kimmel, Ryan Harter, Austin Boeckman, Dussel Vondenhuevel
Defiance: Alex Gonzalez, Cole Allman, Jorden Scott, Kohle Clellan
Elida: Dylan Holcomb, Noah Mosley, Scott McDonnel, Noah Meeker
Kenton: Tyler Heintz, Austin Buroker, Trent Hites, Mason Crabtree
Ottawa-Glandorf: Zac Unterbrink, Connor Niese, Noah Recker, Jay Kaufman
Shawnee: Jalen Bagley, Austin Allison, Noah Hanjora, Spencer Jordan
St. Marys: Julius Fisher, Dustin Howell, Jonathan Peterson, Aaron Alexander
Van Wert: Justice Tussing, Gavin Gardner, Josh Braun, Jacoby Kelly
Wapakoneta: Cole Hogan, Aaron Huffman, Dylan Kuehl, Drew Voll

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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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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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