OTTOVILLE - Twice Monday evening Ottoville was forced to rally from a two run deficit in what was their last at-bat.
Both times the Big Green were successful in completing their comeback as Ottoville's second two run rally resulted in them defeating Ft. Jennings 6-5 in a Putnam County League game.
The win for Ottoville was the 200th career coaching win for coach Tony Castronova. The wins are between his two head coachin jobs at Lordstown and Ottoville.
The Big Green (4-1 PCL) trailed 3-1 going to the bottom when they trailed 3-1 only to tie the game at 3-3 and force extra innings.
After the Big Green had bases loaded in the eighth and ninth innings and failed to score, the Musketeers took the lead with two runs in the top of the tenth as Ryan Rau and Caleb Banky both had RBI singles. In a wierd turn of fate the Musketeers also had two runners thrown out at the plate in the inning after Banky's long singe to left.
In the bottom of the bottom of the tenth, the Big Green had a base runner but were down to their final out.
The next four Ottoville batters reached as Derek Schimmoeller walked and Jake Turnwald lined an RBI single to center to score Alex Horstman, who had a one out single. A wild pitch advanced the two Big Green base runners to second and third before Luke Schimmoeller tied the game with a single to center. Bryan Hohlbein ended the game with a single to deep shortstop. Musketeer shortstop Brett Clay went to his right to field the ball, but slightly bobbled before throwing to first base as Hohlbein beat the throw.
Joel Beining picked up the win for Ottoville in relief as he worked just two-thirds of an inning. Derek Schimmoeller started and pitched four no-hit innings of baseball before leaving with a sore arm. Horstman came on and took the no-hitter ito the sixth befoe the Musketeers collected their first hit.
Rau took the loss for Fort Jennings.