Titans rally to win share of WBL baseball title
Friday, May 02, 2014 10:18 PM
Ottawa-Glandorf's Tanner Schimmoeller (ground) is mobbed by teammates after his single in the eighth inning helped the Titans clinch a share of Western Buckeye League crown Friday night 8-7. (Putnam Sentinel/Charlie Warnimont)
GLANDORF — For five and a half innings Friday evening Ottawa-Glandorf's offense was shut down by Wapakoneta pitching.
But with two outs in the bottom of the sixth the Titans offense came to life scoring six times to tie the Redskins at 7-7. That lead to extra innings and when a chance to win the game in the bottom of the eighth presented itself, O-G took advantage as they claimed a thrilling 8-7 WBL win.
The win moves the Titans to 7-1 in the league and gives them at-least a share of the WBL title as Wapakoneta and Defiance both lost Friday giving every other WBL team at least two league losses. The Titans are 12-4 overall and close out league play Tuesday at Elida.
Wapakoneta is 6-2 in the league and 14-6 overall.
The league title is the Titans first since the 1982 season.
For five and a half innings the Titans had just two hits and scored one run that left them trailing 7-1 after the Redskins pushed across five runs in the fourth inning.
The O-G sixth started quietly enough as the first two batters went down on flyballs. Then a pair of hit batters and a couple of Wapakoneta errors led to six Titan runs.
With two out in the Titan sixth, Austin Williams and Tyler Zender reached when they were hit by pitches. Ben Deitering loaded the bases as his groundball to shortstop was misplayed. Drew Schierloh and Matt Warnecke followed with RBi singles before Andrew Wischmeyer lined a two run single to right field. Tanner Schimmoeller reached on an error that made it 7-6 before Chandler Kersh dropped a single into field that tied the game at 7-7 and forced the Redskins to make a pitching change. A popup on the infield ended the inning.
Both teams went down in order in the seventh before the Reskins threatened in the top of the eighth inning.
Jordan Kaeck started the Redskin eighth with a bunt single and was sacrificed to second base. Adam Henderson hit a groundball to third base and when the throw to first base was off line that gave Wapakoneta runners on the corners. A pop foul to third base and a strikeout ended the inning.
In the bottom of the inning, Schierloh put O-G in business with a bloop single to center. Schierloh then stole second base on a delay steal that forced Wapakoneta to intentionally walk Matt Warnecke. A wild pitch moved the runners up a base and that forced the Redskins to load the bases with an intentional walk to Wischmeyer. Schimmoeller stepped in and lined a hard single to center that scored the winning run.
Warnecke picked up the win as he pitched the eighth inning. Schimmoeller went the first seven innings.
Schimmoeller had two singles and two RBIs for the Titans. Schierloh had two singles and Brad Croy had a double.
Zac Gollidy took the loss for Wapakoneta as he went an inning and a third. Kodi Morgan went 5 2/3 innings.
Adam Henderson had a triple for the Redskins, while Nick Kaeck and Morgan both had two singles.
“You have to give credit to our kids, down 7-1 and two outs in the sixth inning and put six runs across to tie the game,” O-G coach Nick Miller said. “What a great team effort today. We didn't play a great first half of the game, but the second half we played pretty clean baseball and got the hits when we needed them.
“We have Elida on Tuesday and that will be another challenge for us. I know they haven't won many league games, but in this league any one can beat any one. We can win this outright and that is goal,” Miller added.