HAMLER — Ross Lehman got the win and Jackson Lammers came on to get a clutch save as Miller City edged Patrick Henry 2-1 on Monday in a classic season opener between the two schools, both two-time state baseball champions.
Lehman limited Patrick Henry, state champion in 2008 and ’09, to four hits. The Wildcats’ junior struck out seven, including one to leave the bases loaded in the second inning. Lehman also got a strikeout in the fifth inning and a strikeout and a pop-up in the sixth with the trying run on third base both times.
Lammers pitched a 1-2-3 seventh, retiring the top three batters in the Patriots’ lineup, to get the save.
Patrick Henry got an excellent pitching effort from Josh Petersen, who also struck out seven batters.
Miller City, Ohio’s state baseball champion in 1977 and again in 1984, took a 1-0 first-inning lead when Hunter Berner lined a one-out single and Jared Fuka doubled him home.
Patrick Henry loaded the bases but failed to score in the second inning, and was turned aside in the third when Joey Nickels’ liner to left was caught. The Patriots finally tied it 1-1 in the fifth when Kollin Spence drew a one-out walk, stole second and scored on Petersen’s double.
Miller City stranded runners at third base in the third and fifth innings, then pushed across the go-ahead run in the top of the seventh. Lammers singled leading off the inning, stole second, advanced to third on Lehman’s base hit, and scored on Fuka’s grounder to second.
Miller City 100 000 1 — 2 7 1 Patrick Henry 000 010 0 — 1 4 1
WP — Lehman (1-0). LP — Petersen (0-1). top hitters: (MC) Lammers 2-1B; Berner 2-1B; Fuka 2B. RBI. (PH) Petersen 2B, RBI.
records: Miller City 1-0, Patrick Henry 0-1.
NORTH BALTIMORE 3
TONTOGANY — North Baltimore sophomore Andrew Hollinger fired a one-hit shutout, striking out five, as the Tigers topped Otsego 3-0 in Monday’s nonconference baseball season opener.
Jacob Frost had the key hit for North Baltimore, a two-run single in the third inning.
North Baltimore 002 000 1 — 3 5 0 Otsego 000 000 0 — 0 1 1
WP — Hollinger (1-0). LP — Vollmar (0-1). top hitters: (NB) Frost 1B, 2-RBI. (Ots) Thomas 1B.
records: North Baltimore 1-0, Otsego 0-1.
NORWALK ST. PAUL 3
BASCOM — After falling behind 3-0 in the top of the first, Hopewell-Loudon chipped away all game before plating a run in the bottom of the seventh Monday for a 4-3 win over Norwalk St. Paul in the season opener for both baseball teams.
Tyler Imes got the win for the Chieftains.
Norwalk St. Paul 300 000 0 — 3 4 2 Hopewell-Loudon 000 210 1 — 4 4 2
WP — Imes (1-0). LP — Carper (0-1). top hitters: (NSP) Carper 2-1B; Veita 2-1B. (H-L) Stewart 1B; Depinet 1B; Tooker 1B; Steinmetz 1B.
records: Hopewell-Loudon 1-0, Norwalk St. Paul 0-1.
UPPER SANDUSKY 2
KENTON — Kenton got just three hits Monday, but two came in a three-run bottom of the seventh as the Wildcats downed Upper Sanduksy 3-2 in a nonleague baseball season opener for both schools.
Sam Plott singled twice and doubled, and pitched five inning of one-hit shutout ball for Upper. Andre Myers singled twice.
Connor Jones doubled and drove in two for Kenton, and Trey Reichelderfer won the game with an RBI single.
Upper Sandusky 100 010 0 — 2 7 1 Kenton 000 000 3 — 3 3 0
WP — Reichelderfer (1-0). LP — Gabriel (0-1). top hitters: (US) Plott 2-1B, 2B; Myers 2-1B. (Ken) Jones 2B, 2-RBI; Reichelderfer 1B, RBI.
records: Upper Sandusky 0-1, Kenton 1-0.
COLONEL CRAWFORD 2
NORTH ROBINSON — Carey gave Matt Holsinger a 4-0 first-inning lead and the senior pitcher made it stand up in the Blue Devils’ 4-2 nonleague win over Colonel Crawford on Monday.
Holsinger doubled in a run and Jonathan Racheter and Cody Ferguson added RBI singles during Carey’s first-inning rally.
Holsinger limited Colonel Crawford to three singles, striking out seven and walking three.
Carey 400 000 0 — 4 7 1 Colonel Crawford 010 100 0 — 2 3 2
WP — Holsinger (1-0). LP — Burkhart (0-1). top hitters: (Car) Holsinger 2B, RBI; Racheter 1B, RBI; Ferguson 1B, RBI.
records: Carey 1-0, Colonel Crawford 0-1.
new riegel 0
NEW RIEGEL — Gibsonburg’s Gabe Hickman and Andrew Dellinger combined on a two-hit shutout and the Golden Bears scored nine times in the fourth and fifth inning to run-rule New Riegel 13-0 on Monday in the baseball season opener for both teams.
Sam Kohler, Andrew Cantrell and Jacob Auld all had two hits for Gibsonburg, a veteran team coming off an 18-7 season. Kohler, a returning first-team all-Toledo Area Athletic League player, drove in four runs and scored twice for the Bears.
Gibsonburg 022 45 — 13 11 2 New Riegel 000 00 — 0 2 2
WP — Hickman (1-0). LP — Dryfuse (0-1). top hitters: (Gib) Kohler 2-1B, 4 RBI; Cantrell 2-1B, 2 RBI; Auld 2-1B, RBI.
records: Gibsonburg 1-0, New Riegel 0-1.
DELPHOS JEFFERSON 8
KALIDA — Delphos Jefferson’s Ross Thompson pitched a two-hit shutout and the Wildcats broke the game open with a five-run rally in the fourth inning in rolling past Kalida 8-0 on Monday in the baseball opener for both schools.
Nick Fitch and Ryan Bullinger had two hits each and Austin Jettinghoff drove in three runs for Delphos Jefferson. Noah Lambert had both hits for Kalida.
Delphos Jefferson 020 501 0 — 8 9 1 Kalida 000 000 0 — 0 2 1
WP — Thompson (1-0). LP — Swift (0-1). top hitters: (DJ) Bullinger 2-1B; Fitch 2-1B. (Kal) Lambert 2-1B
records: Delphos Jefferson 1-0, Kalida 0-1.