Seventh-inning rallies earned Pemberville the cushion it needed to win both games at the Findlay High School field on Sunday when the Freedom Post 183 team swept Findlay 8-6 and 6-5 in the final games of the 2019 regular season.
Findlay entered Sunday’s games on a three-game winning streak after beating Ottawa 9-6 and pummeling Piqua 12-2 and 16-5 in a Saturday doubleheader.
Post 3 led Pemberville 4-0 in the second game on Sunday after two-run second-inning doubles by Cody Balliet and Matthew Boes.
But Post 183 went up 5-4 in the top of the sixth inning on two-out RBI singles by Scott Mackiewicz and Joshua Vischer. Pemberville put the game winner on the board in the seventh on a leadoff double by Zach Marvin and two-out RBI single by Dawson Delventhal.
Singles by Jonathan Duvall and Boes led to a Findlay run in the bottom of the seventh, but Pemberville reliever Sam Witt retired three in a row to end it.
In Sunday’s opener, Pemberville’s Tyler Haas doubled and scored in the top of the seventh to provide the cushion needed for the 8-6 win.
Duvall had three base hits and Balliet, Levi Gazarek, Travis Milligan and Ryan Stillings had two each.
Findlay manhandled Piqua 12-2 in six innings and 16-5 in five in Saturday’s doubleheader.
Gazarek (4-1) allowed two hits and two runs in the opener and drove in four runs with a pair of base hits. Balliet (3-1B), Duvall (2-1B, 2B, 3 RBI), and Caden Lance (3-1B, RBI) all had three hits and Boes homered.
Tyler Lydick upped his pitching record to 4-0 by winning the second game. Stillings had three RBI singles and Lance (2-1B, RBI) and Gazarek (1B, 2B, 2 RBI) added two hits each.
Boes hit a leadoff solo home run in the top of the eighth inning and tripled in a run in the ninth in Findlay’s 9-6 win over Ottawa.
Findlay went 20-11 in regular-season games and is seeded No. 3 among the five teams that will compete in the double-elimination First District American Legion tournament that begins today. Games will be played at Ottawa and Pemberville, with No. 4-seeded Ottawa hosting No. 5 Napoleon at 7 p.m. today. On Thursday at 7 p.m., Findlay will face No. 2-seeded Toledo at Ottawa and Pemberville will host the winner of today’s game between Ottawa and Napoleon.
Ottawa will host the winners bracket final Friday at 7 p.m., the losers bracket final Saturday at 7 p.m., and the district championship game Sunday at 1 p.m.
PEMBERVILLE 8-6, FINDLAY 6-5
Pemberville 150 000 2 — 8 11 0
Findlay 201 200 1 — 6 13 1
WP — Vischer. LP — Wolford (0-2). top hitters: (Pem) Noftz 2-1B, RBI; Pickerel 1B, 3B, RBI; Haas 1B, 2-2B, 3 RBI. (Fin) Balliet 2-1B; Duvall 3-1B, RBI; Gazarek 2-1B, RBI; Milligan 2-1B, RBI; Stillings 2-1B, RBI.
Pemberville 002 003 1 — 6 8 0
Findlay 040 000 1 — 5 8 6
WP — Witt. LP — Sierra (4-2). top hitters: (Pem) Marvin 1B, 2B; Delventhal 2-1B, RBI. (Fin) Balliet 2-1B, 2-RBI; Duvall 2-1B, 2B; Boes 1B, 2B.
records: Findlay 20-11.
findlay 12-16, piqua 2-5
Findlay 010 434 — 12 15 1
Piqua 001 100 — 2 3 2
WP — Gazarek (4-1). LP — Ventura. top hitters: (Fin) Balliet 3-1B; Duvall 2-1B, 2B, 3 RBI; Boes HR, 2 RBI; Gazarek 2-1B, 4 RBI; Lance 3-1B, RBI. (Piq) Eversole 1B, RBI.
Findlay 735 10 — 16 14 0
Piqua 200 21 — 5 9 1
WP — Lydick (4-0). LP — Magoteaux. top hitters: (Fin) Stillings 3-1B, 3 RBI; Lance 2-1B, RBI; Gazarek 1B, 2B, 2 RBI; Boes 2B. (Piq) Ludwig 1B, 2B; Ventura 1B, 2B; Evans 2-1B.
FINDLAY 9, OTTAWA 6
Findlay 000 013 122 — 9 8 4
Ottawa 030 010 011 — 6 7 0
WP — Wilkinson (5-3). SV — Sierra (1). LP — Crumrine. top hitters: (Fin) Boes 3B, HR, 2 RBI; Gazarek 2B, 2 RBI; Milligan 2-1B, RBI; Lydick 1B, 2B, RBI. (Ott) Col. NIese 2-1B, 2 RBI; Macke 1B, 2B, RBI.