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.
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)
Davis 0-3, Walk
Purdy 1-3, Walk, RBI
Dietering 0-3, Walk
Dockery 0-2, Walk
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