GLANDORF –Throwing errors on consecutive infield hits allowed Defiance to score a run in the top of the 12th inning on Friday and the Bulldogs were able to extend their Western Buckeye League winning streak to 72 games with a dramatic 2-1 win over Ottawa-Glandorf.
Defiance plated a run in the fifth inning; O-G tied it in the bottom of the sixth. Friday’s WBL showdown was underscored by outstanding pitching, though.
Derek Turner started and Austin Hancock finished up for Defiance (12-2, 5-0 WBL), which won Ohio’s Division II state title last year and is ranked No. 3 in this season’s most recent coaches poll.
Turner went the first 82/3 innings, allowing just one run and pitching out of runner-in-scoring-position jams in the first, fifth, sixth, seven and eighth innings. Hancock, whose infield single plated Defiance’s run in the fifth inning, got the win with 31/3 shutout innings. Twice he got out of an inning with the tying run on third.
Tanner Schimmoeller started for O-G (9-4, 4-1 WBL) and was outstanding as well. Schimmoeller retired 11 Defiance batters during one stretch, stranded runners at second and third twice and got out of a bases-loaded jam in the fifth. He picked a runner off of second to snuff another threat in the ninth.
When Schimmoeller reached the 10-inning limit, Matt Warnecke took over on the mound. Warnecke got through the 11th, but Jacob Green reached on an infield hit in the 12th and took second on the throw, then raced home on a bunt by Garrett Sierra and another off-base throw.
O-G came right back in the bottom of the 12th. Chandler Kersh reached on an error and raced to third on Brad Croy’s single in the gap. A 5-2-5-1 rundown erased the lead runner, though, and after Tyler Zender was intentionally walked, Hancock got a strikeout and a groundout to end the game.
Jimmy Bauer and Green had two hits each for Defiance, which hasn’t lost a WBL baseball game since the 2006 season. Croy and Andrew Wischmeyer had two hits each and Schimmoeller had a double for O-G.
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WP — Hancock. LP–Warnecke. top hitters: (Def) Bauer 2-1B; Green 2-1B. (O-G) Croy 2B, 1B; Wischmeyer 2-1B; Schimmoeller 2B.
records: Defiance 12-2 overall, 4-0 Western Buckeye League; Ottawa-Glandorf 9-4, 4-1.
ARLINGTON — Tyler Richards homered, doubled and drove in three runs as Arlington overcame and early deficit to post a 13-6 nonconference victory against Ada on Friday.
Jordan Freed singled twice, doubled and drove in a run, Kyle McDowell added two doubles and an RBI and Justin Rice notched a double, a single and two RBIs for the Red Devils (11-3).
Connor English had a double, single and two RBIs and Slade Downing contributed an RBI single for Ada (2-11). The Bulldogs used two three-run rallies to open a 6-4 lead, but Arlington scored the next nine runs.
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WP — Insley (1-0). LP — Gray. top hitters: (Ada) English 1B, 2B, 2 RBI; Downing 1B, RBI. (Arl) Affholder 2B; Freed 2-1B, 2B, RBI; Richards HR, 2B, 3 RBI; McDowell 2-2B, RBI; Rice 1B, 2B, 2 RBI.
records: Ada 2-11; Arlington 11-3.
BASOM — Hopewell-Loudon ace Garret Sendelbach gave up three hits and struck out 13 Mohawk batters on Friday in pitching the Chieftains to a 5-1 Midland Athletic League win over the Warriors.
Sendelbach raised his record to 4-2 as Hopewell-Loudon, 9-7 overall and 3-1 in the MAL, stayed a game back of unbeaten Seneca East (5-0) in the league standings. Mohawk (5-6, 2-2) entered the game as one of six MAL teams with only one league loss.
Tyler Imes, Bryan Scherger and Logan Tyree gave Sendelbach the offensive support he needed. All three had a single and a double and drove in a run.
Derrick Sowers had two of Mohawk’s three hits, one of them a double.
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WP — Sendelbach (4-2). LP — Harper. top hitters: (Moh) Sowers 2B, 1B; Gucker 2B. (H-L) Imes 1B, 2B, RBI; Tyree 2B, 1B, RBI; Scherger 1B, 2B, RBI.
records: Mohawk 5-6 overall, 2-2 Midland Athletic League; Hopewell-Loudon 9-7, 3-1 MAL.
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UPPER SANDUSKY — Bucyrus scored four runs in the fifth inning and came away with a 5-3 win over Upper Sandusky in a North Central Conference contest on Friday.
Matt Amicone doubled, singled and drove in a run as Bucyrus improved to 5-7 overall and 3-4 in the NCC.
Carson Mittermaier had three hits, including a double, and drove in a run for Upper Sandusky (8-6, 4-3 NCC). He also went the distance on the mound, allowing two earned runs on eight hits, while striking out nine and walking one in seven innings.
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WP — Lykens. LP — Mittermaier. top hitters: (Buc) Amicone 2B, 1B, RBI; Korner & Wendling 1B, RBI. (US) Mittermaier 2B, 2-1B, RBI; Johnson 2-1B; Myers 2B.
records: Bucyrus 5-7, 3-4 NCC. Upper Sandusky 8-6, 4-3 NCC.
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KALIDA — Coumbus Grove jumped on top early and rode a strong all-around game from Joshua Verhoff to a 6-1 Putnam County League win over Kalida.
Verhoff pitched the first four innings to get the win. He also drove in two runs with three hits.
Logan Diller had two hits, while Jake Utendorf and Tanner Neu had RBI singles for the Bulldogs.
Brady Laudick had two of Kalida’s three hits.
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WP — Verhoff. LP — Farrell. top hitters: (CG) Verhoff 3-1B, 2 RBI; Diller 2-1B; Utendorf 1B, RBI; Neu 1B, RBI. (Kal) Laudick 2-1B.
records: Columbus Grove 8-7 overall, 3-2 Putnam County League; Kalida 4-8, 3-1.
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HICKSVILLE — Hicksville’s Garrett Crall ripped two singles and drove in two runs as the Aces scored all of their runs in the sixth inning to knock off Patrick Henry 4-3 in a nonconference matchup on Friday.
Brett Tollas earned the win on the mound for Hicksville (6-6), allowing seven hits and two earned runs while striking out seven batters and walking three in seven innings.
Derek Hoops doubled and singled for Patrick Henry (10-4). Logan Ziegler added a single and an RBI, and Derek Kolpien picked up the loss, allowing four earned runs on six hits in five innings.
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WP — Tollas. LP — Kolpien. top hitters: (PH) Hoops 2B, 1B; Ziegler 1B, RBI; Petersen 2B. (Hic) Crall 2-1B, 2 RBI; Karacson 2-1B; Jasso 1B, RBI.
records: Patrick Henry 10-4, Hicksville 6-6.
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LAGRANGE — Courtney Hackney had three hits, including a game-winning bloop single with the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh inning to lift Columbus Bishop Ready past New Riegel 3-2 in the Lagrange Keyston Prebis Memorial Classic.
With Ready leading 1-0 in the top of the seventh, New Riegel’s Taylor Arbogast stroked a two-out, two-run single to left field, scoring Gidge Elchert and Taylor Kirian. Ready loaded the bases in the bottom half of the frame and knotted the score at 2-2 on a throwing error to the plate before Hackney’s game-winning at bat.
Julia Hall earned the complete-game win for Ready, allowing seven hits and striking out 12.
Kirian was the hard-luck loser, allowing three runs, all unearned, on just six hits and a walk. She also hit one batter.
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WP — Hall. LP — Kirian. top hitters: (BR) Hackney 3-4, 2RBI. (NR) Arbogast 2B, 1B, 2RBI.
records: New Riegel 12-4.