Ottawa scored six runs in the top of the sixth inning and the Fighting 63rd, beaten twice by Findlay during the regular season, avenged those setbacks with a 9-5 win over the Post 3 club on Friday in the Region 1 American Legion baseball tournament at the Findlay High School Field.
Ottawa, (13-11-1) stayed alive in the double-elimination tournament and will face Whitehouse today at 1 p.m. in a losers bracket semifinal matchup at Ottawa’s Memoral Park. Findlay Post 3 ended its 2014 season with a 25-7 record.
Ottawa, beaten 9-7 by Findlay in a June 11 matchup, and 6-5 in a rematch at Findlay on July 9, broke a scoreless tie with an unearned run in the fifth inning, then batted around and tacked on six more runs in the seventh.
Findlay answered Ottawa’s sixth-run rally with two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, then trimmed the deficit to 7-5 with three runs in the eighth.
But Ottawa padded the cushion to 9-5 with two runs in the top of the ninth held on.
OTTAWA LEGION 9, FINDLAY LEGION 5
Ottawa Legion 000 016 002 — 9
Findlay Legion 000 002 030 — 5
records: Ottawa Legion 13-11-1, Findlay Post 3 25-7.