Findlay High School’s baseball team led early, but Lima Senior put three runs on the board in the top of the fourth inning to erase the Trojans’ 4-2 lead as the Spartans ousted FHS from the Division I district tournament with a 6-4 win at Bowling Green’s Carter Park Wednesday.
Findlay, the No. 6 seed, fell to 13-9 with the loss in a game in which the Trojans were scheduled to be the home team but opted to play the game at Carter Park. Lima Senior, the No. 13 seed, improved to 9-14 and will play third-seeded Perrysburg in the Division I district semifinals next week at Carter Park.
With two outs in the first inning, FHS starting pitcher Patrick Dillon and Drew Parish sandwiched singles around a walk to Ethan Canterbury. Findlay’s first run came via a balk and before Tyler Lydick’s single scored Canterbury.
Lima Senior got single runs in the second and third inning off Dillon.
In the bottom of the third, Canterbury got things started with a walk. Parish followed with an RBI single. Lydick was hit by a pitch and Alex Reimer, who came on to pinch run for Parish, scored on Harrison Hall’s sacrifice bunt to give Findlay a 4-2 lead.
Lima Senior singles by Ethan Jordan and D’Ontre Cowen and a walk to Reece Waithe loaded the bases in the top of the fourth. A ground out scored one run and a fielder’s choice scored another. The third, and what turned out to be the winning run, scored when Bayden O’Dell put the ball in play and a pair of FHS errors allowed Caleb Dugan to come around and score the third run of the inning.
The Spartans tacked on an insurance run in the top of the seventh.
Dillon took the loss as he allowed five runs, all earned, on five hits with six walks and three strikeouts. Lydick went the final four frames, yielding one run on two hits with a walk and five strikeouts.
Bryce Binkley allowed four runs on 10 hits in five innings with four walks and three strikeouts to get the win.
Parish finished with two singles, Phillip Bibler tripled and Garit Krupp doubled to lead FHS at the plate.
O’Dell tripled and doubled driving in a run to lead Lima Senior.
Findlay will wrap up the season Friday with a Three Rivers Athletic Conference road game at Lima Senior.
Lima Senior 011 300 1 — 6 7 0
Findlay 202 000 0 — 4 11 2
WP — Binkley. LP — Dillon. top hitters: (Fin) Parish 2-1B; Bibler 3B; Krupp 2B. O’Dell 3B, 2B.
records: Findlay 13-9, Lima Senior 9-14.
VAN BUREN 10
VAN BUREN — Van Buren scored in every inning and never trailed before knocking off Bluffton 10-3 in Wednesday’s Division III district baseball tournament opener.
The Black Knights will meet top-seeded and state-ranked Coldwater (20-5) in the district quarterfinals 5 p.m. Friday at Coldwater. The Cavaliers are ranked No. 1 in the state for Division III.
A.J. Overmyer hit two doubles and tallied two RBIs to front Van Buren while Kaleb Snodrgass and Cade Whitticar also singled and drove in two runs.
Nick Prater and Nephi Perlta each singled and had the only RBIs for the Pirates (1-19).
Bluffton 010 110 0 — 3 6 3
Van Buren 211 132 x — 10 10 4
WP — Switzer. LP — Colley. top hitters: (Blu) Rayle 2B, 1B; Prater 1B, RBI; Peralta 1B, RBI. (VB) Overmyer 2-2B, 2 RBI; Rader 2B, 1B, RBI; Lance 2B, 1B, RBI; Jones 2B, RBI; Whitticar 1B, 2 RBI.
records: Bluffton 1-19; Van Buren 13-10.
FOSTORIA — Fostoria built a 7-0 lead through five innings before seeing Spencerville whittle away at it in the sixth and seventh innings on its way to a 7-5 win over the Bearcats in a Division III district baseball tournament game on Wednesday.
With the win, Fostoria (11-13) travels to Liberty-Benton (19-3) for a 5 p.m. Division III district quarterfinal on Friday.
The Redmen opened the game with three straight singles by Dylan Sheets, Karsen Bemis and Trey Groves off Spencerville starter and loser Zach Ringwald.
Sheets scored on Groves’ single, Bemis scored on an error and Groves scored on a single by Devin Mauricio to give Fostoria a 3-0 lead.
After scoring single tallies in the third and fourth innings, Noah Damschroder and Groves scored on errors in the bottom of the fifth to push Fostoria’s lead to 7-0.
The Bearcats (5-17) finally got to Sheets in the sixth on an RBI double by Dylan Mertz and run-scoring single from Jaden Shimp.
Treshawn Jones blasted a two-run, two-out home run in the seventh. Sheets got Kale Lee to fly out to centerfield to end the game.
Sheets doubled and singled with an RBI and Groves and Mauricio both had two singles with an RBI to lead the Redmen at the plate.
Lee had two singles with a double and Jones homered and singled for Spencerville.
Spencerville 000 003 2 — 5 8 4
Fostoria 301 120 x — 7 11 0
WP — Sheets. LP — Ringwald. top hitters: (Fos) Sheets 2B, 1B, RBI; Groves 2-1B, RBI; Mauricio 2-1B, RBI. (Spen) Lee 2B, 2-1B; Jones HR, 1B; Mertz 2B.
records: Fostoria 11-13, Spencerville 5-17.
NEW RIEGEL 11
TIFFIN CALVERT 5
TIFFIN — New Riegel’s Chris Acree and Logan Schalk were solid on the mound and their teammates pounded the ball Wednesday as the Blue Jackets whipped Tiffin Calvert 11-5 in a Sandusky Bay Conference River Division game.
Acree got the win as he allowed one run in 42/3 innings. Schalk allowed one run in the final 21/3 innings.
Darek Feindel doubled with two singles driving in a pair and JacobTheis added three singles with an RBI as the Blue Jackets (11-8 overall, 8-5 SBC River) banged out 17 hits.
Nick Seifert (RBI) doubled and singled to lead the Senecas (6-11, 3-7).
New Riegel 222 003 2 — 11 17 3
Tiffin Calvert 001 031 0 — 5 7 2
WP — Acree. LP — Paul. top hitters: (NR) E. Theis 3B, 2B, 2 RBI; J. Theis 2-1B, 2B, RBI; Reinhart 2-2B, RBI; Schalk 2B, 1B; Acree 2-1B, RBI; Noftz 2B; Feindel 2-1B, 2B, 2 RBI. (TC) Seifert 2B, 1B, RBI; Wuescher 1B, 3 RBI.
records: New Riegel 11-8 overall, 8-5 Sandusky Bay Conference River Division; Tiffin Calvert 6-11, 3-7.
LIMA BATH 1
LIMA — Jacob Balbaugh limited Lima Bath to just a run on four hits as he pitched Ottawa-Glandorf to a 5-1 win in a Division III district tournament baseball game on Wednesday.
With the win, Ottawa-Glandorf (9-11) travels to third-seeded Paulding at 5 p.m. Friday for a district quarterfinal matchup.
Balbaugh went all seven innings with six walks and three strikeouts.
Logan Miller (RBI) and Cory Warnecke both had a pair of singles, Grant Hovest tripled and Ethan Alt doubled for the Titans.
Lex Boedicker doubled for Lima Bath (7-12).
Ottawa-Glandorf 020 002 1 — 5 8 1
Lima Bath 000 000 1 — 1 4 2
WP — Balbaugh. LP — Parlapiano. top hitters: (O-G) Miller 2-1B; Warnecke 2-1B, RBI; Hovest 3B; Alt 2B. (LB) Boedicker 2B.
records: Ottawa-Glandorf 9-11, Lima Bath 7-12.
ARLINGTON — Arlington’s Zavier Thornton and Grant Riegle each had an RBI single as the Red Devils got by Ottoville 2-1 in Wednesday’s Division IV district baseball opener.
Arlington will meet Fort Jennings (8-14) in the district quarterfinals at 5 p.m. today at Fort Jennings.
Riegle’s base knock tied it at 1-1 in the fifth inning before Thornton drove in Brayden Bushong as the go-ahead run.
Losing pitcher Josh Thorbahn allowed the two runs, one earned, on four hits with six strikeouts to one walk.
Ottoville 001 000 0 — 1 4 3
Arlington 000 011 x — 2 4 3
WP — W. Bushong. LP — Thorbahn. top hitters: (Ott) Schlagbaum 2-1B; Kemper 1B, RBI; Langhals 1B. (Arl) Thornton 1B, RBI; Lafferty 1B; B. Bushong 1B; Riegle 1B, RBI.
records: Ottoville 5-12; Arlington 10-8.
OAK HARBOR 12
KANSAS — Oak Harbor ended Lakota’s postseason on Wednesday with a 12-4 win against the Raiders in a Division III district tournament contest.
Oak Harbor will now travel to fourth-seeded Huron for a Division III district quarterfinal matchup on Friday at 5 p.m.
Lakota dropped a game below .500 at 11-12.
DELPHOS JEFFERSON 5
BLOOMDALE — Cole Barton’s walk-off double with two outs in the seventh inning scored Dylan Gerkens and made Elmwood a winner as the Royals stopped Delphos Jefferson 6-5 in a Division III district tournament game on Wednesday.
With the win, Elmwood (13-7) will play at fourth-seeded Fort Recovery in a district quarterfinal at 5 p.m. on Friday.
Tyler St. Clair doubled and singled and Jonathan Duvall doubled as Zach Endicott picked up the win for the Royals.
Braxton Scalf had a pair of hits for Delphos Jefferson. (12-12).
Delphos Jefferson 012 010 1 — 5 12 1
Elmwood 210 011 1 — 6 7 0
WP — Endicott. LP — Scalf. top hitters: (Elm) St. Clair 2B, 1B; Duvall 2B. (DJ) Scalf 2-1B; Shurelos 2-1Bp; Bailey 2-1B.
records: Elmwood 13-7, Delphos Jefferson 12-12.