ADA - St. Henry scored the go-ahead run on a balk and made it standup in a 2-1 Division III district semi-final baseball game at Ohio Northern University.
The win sends St. Henry to the district finals Saturday at 2 p.m. against Coldwater, a 5-0 winner over Parkway in the second game. O-G saw its season end at 19-7.
The game was a pitchers duel between the Titans' Tanner Schimmoeller and St. Henry's Ryan Mikesell as both right-handers were pretty much in control throughout the game. The fourth inning was where the Redskins scored the eventual game winning run after they loaded the bases with two outs.
With one out in the Redskin fourth Garrett Stout reached on an infield single and moved to third base on a wild pickoff attempt at first base. After a strikeout by Schimmoeller, Jason Jacobs and D.J. Kunkler walked to load the bases. With Mitchel Stammen at the plate, Schimmoeller was called for a balk that allowed Stout to score the go ahead run. A strikeout ended the inning.
Mikesell made the run standup as he stranded the potential tying run at second base in the fifth, then stranded another tying run at third base in the top of the seventh. O-G had the tying run at the plate in the seventh after a Matt Warnecke one out double and Tory Schroeder moved to third base on a groundout. Mikesell got the final out on a weak grounder back to the mound.
Mikesell (7-0) picked up the win as he allowed one run on three hits with seven strikeouts.
Schimmoeller (3-2) took the loss as he allowed two runs on four hits with three strikeouts. It was the first time Schimmoeller had played for O-G since suffering a concussion in the sectional opener against Lima Central Catholic nearly two weeks ago.
O-G took a 1-0 lead in the second inning as Ben Deitering was hit by a pitch and he moved to second base on a sacrifice bunt by Drew Schierloh. Ryan Maas came on to run for Deitering at that point and he scored on a single to right-center by Schimmoeller.
St. Henry tied the game in the third inning as Brian Kremer walked with two outs and stole second base. Andrew Lundvall tied the game with an opposite field single that just fell inside the left field foul line.
In the bottom of the fourth O-G had runners on the corners after on out singles by Schierloh and Schimmoeller. After a strikeout, pinch runner Nick Schroeder took off for second on a steal attempt before Mikesell delivered his pitch. Mikesell threw to first base and Schierloh started to take off for home. Redskin first baseman Jacobs threw to Briar Holloman at home plate and he started to look Schierloh back to the base. Holloman threw to third base and the ball glanced off Schierloh and slightly past Kunkler at third. Kunkler quickly recovered the loose ball and threw home where the Redskins tagged out the sliding Schierloh.
“We talked coming in that this could be a 2-1 type game,” O-G coach Nick Miller said. “We strike early and they fought back and there was a balk and that was the difference.
“Tanner was dialed in today. He was on. It was one of the better games he has thrown all year for us. He had some bad, bad luck on the mound today with a couple of cheap hits that led to their runs. It just wasn't meant for us today,” Miller added.