OTTOVILLE — Pitching dominated the Ottoville and Miller City baseball game Tuesday night.
neither team able to generate much offense for 11 innings, the Wildcats
finally were able to string together enough hits to plate six runs in
the top of the 12th for an 8-2 Putnam County League win over the Big
With the win, the Wildcats claimed an outright PCL title as
they moved to 6-0 in the league and repeat as PCL baseball champions.
Miller City is 12-4 overall, while Ottoville is 1-4 in the league and
Miller City had a 1-0 lead going to the sixth before
they added a run on a two out single by Adam Drummelsmith that scored
Jackson Lammers, who had reched on an error. The Big Green tied the game
in the bottom of the inning taking advantage of two, two out errors to
plate two runs. Alex Horstman’s groundball to shortstop was misplayed
with the bases loaded allowing Jared Fanning and pinch runner Wes
Markward to score when the throw to first base was in the dirt.
both teams had base runners over the next five innings, no one was able
to plate a run until Miller City did so in the top of the 12th.
one out in the Wildcat 12th, Jeremy Balbaugh lined a double down the
left field line and took third on a wild pitch. Ottoville pulled the
infield in and Jackson Lammers hit a groundball to second base. The
grounder was misplayed allowing Balbaugh to score the go ahead run.
took second on a groundout to third base and he scored on a single to
center by Corbin Niese as he just beat the throw to the plate from
centerfield allowing Niese to take second base. Adam Drummelsmith
followed with an RBI single to right and Jared Fuka reached when his
groundball to shortstop was misplayed. The two runners moved up a base
on a wild pitch before Ross Lehman lined a single to center to score
both runners. Adam Niese was hit by a pitch that put runners at first
and second before Logan Dukes singled to left to make it an 8-2 game.
threatened to get some of those runs back in the bottom of the inning
as they loaded the bases on a Luke Schimmoeller single and walks to Joe
Van Oss and Trent Miller. A strikeout and fielders choice groundout
ended the game.
“For the first 11 innings this was a well pitched
game,” Miller City coach Dusty Pester said. “It was a well pitched game
and we were fortunate enough to string a few hits together to make it
look worse than what it was. This was not an 8-2 game. This was a very
good game and hats off to Ottoville, I thought they played very well.”
(4-1) picked up the win for Miller City as he worked the final two
innings after starter Jackson Lammers worked 10 innings, the maximum
allowed. Drummelsmith allowed one hit and struck out two.
went 10 innings allowing two unearned runs on four hits with 10
strikeouts and two walks. Lammers allowed only one base runner going
into the sixth before two errors allowed the Big Green to tie the game.
Lammers retired the first eight batters he faced before Cory Honigford
singled. He then retired the next nine batters before Ottoville tied the
game as four straight batters reached.
Lammers struck out the
first two Ottoville batters in the sixth inning before Fanning reached
on an error. Joel Beining walked and Markward came on to run for him. A
Brandon Boecker single loaded the bases before Horstman hit a groundball
to short that was bobbled and two runs scored.
“Give them credit
for putting the ball in play,” Pester said. “Until that point our
defense had done a good job of making the plays. We take about two out
errors and two outs and we had both of them in that inning. Jackson
Lammers did a good job for 10 innings not allowing them much of
anything. Unfortunately we were unable to get a run across for him and
get a key out when we needed one there. Ottoville’s pitchers did a good
job for them. Schimmoeller started and threw the ball well and their
relievers came in and did a good job.”
“This is the kind of game
we need going into tournament,” Ottoville coach Ty Wannemacher said.
“They are a hell of a team and Lammers pitched a hell of a game throwing
120, 126 pitches. We did a good job coming back, we have done it all
year, we just haven’t been able to put the games away. Miller City
played very well and they they scored all those runs with two outs and
that’s what killed us. Overall it was a great ball game.”
Beining took the loss for Ottoville as he went three innings allowing
six runs on seven hits. Schimmoeller went 5 2/3 innings allowing two
runs on four hits with four strikeouts and Kyle Bendele went 3 1/3
innings giving up two hits.
Corbin Niese and Drummelsmith both had three hits for Miller City, while Dukes had two singles.
Boecker and Honigford had two hits each for the Big Green.
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