Ottawa Legion drops District 1 opener
Thursday, July 17, 2014 10:19 AM
Ottawa Legion shortstop Brandon Benroth takes a swing at a pitch during the teams tournament game with Port Clinton Wednesday evening at Memorial Park. (Putnam Sentinel/Charlie Warnimont)
OTTAWA — Ottawa's American Legion baseball team banged out 17 hits and had 23 total base runners against Port Clinton Wednesday evening.
Despite these impressive numbers, Post 63 was unable to pull out a win.
Port Clinton pitching limited Ottawa's ability to come up with a big hit and Port Clinton used two big inning to defeat Post 63 12-7 in the District 1 tournament opener at Memorial Field.
The loss sends Ottawa into the losers bracket where they will face Maumee tonight at Pemberville at 7 p.m. Port Clinton stays in the winners bracket to face Napoleon tonight at Mercy Field in Toledo.
Post 63 looked to take an early lead against Post 113 as they loaded the bases in the top of the first inning. Port Clinton was able to escape the jam, then took advantage of two Post 63 defensive mistakes in the bottom of the inning to score five times. Port Clinton went 6-0 in the bottom of the second before Ottawa came up with three runs in the third inning.
Port Clinton led 6-3 going to the bottom of the fourth when they scored four times to regain control of the game. Both teams scored twice in the sixth inning and Post 63 scored twice in the seventh inning for the final runs of the game.
Clay Grubb took the loss for Ottawa as he went 3 2/3 innings. Matt Warnecke finished the game.
Tanner Schimmoeller had two singles, a double and two RBIs for Post 63, while Jacob Lerch had three singles and Blake Hoffman had two singles, a double and an RBI. Tyler Zender had a double and single with two RBIs and Brandon Benroth had two singles. Brady Stolly had a single and double with an RBI.