O-G falls to Van Wert in ACME action
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 6:34 PM
GLANDORF - Van Wert wanted to jump on Ottawa-Glandorf right away.
Ottawa-Glandorf third baseman Noah Recker displays the baseball for the umpire after tagging out this Van Wert base runner.
They did just that. But the Cougars didn't stop there.
Van Wert had an even better second inning on their way to a 9-2 ACME win over the Titans on a warm and overcast night at the Field of Dreams in Glandorf.
Justice Tussing got the Cougar offense going against O-G starter Ben Deitering as he worked a walk and stole second base. Cody Keirns laid down a sacrifice bunt that was misplayed by O-G which allowed Tussing to race home with a run as Keirns was safe at first base.
After an out, Tyler Williams lined a single to left before Kevin Agler bounced a ball up the middle that was fielded by Titan shortstop Brad Croy at the bag. Croy stepped on second for an out, but when his throw to first bounced in the dirt it allowed Agler to reach base and Keirns to race home with the Cougars second run of the inning. A groundball to third base ended the inning.
Ottawa-Glandorf had a scoring threat in the bottom of the first, but ran themselves out of the opportunity. With runners at second and third and one out, Deitering hit a groundball back towards the mound that Henry snared. He was able to get Croy in a rundown and Croy was eventually tagged out at the plate by first baseman Agler. Austin Williams, who was on second, made a late attempt to try and reach third base and was thrown out trying to advance.
Jake Williamson opened the Cougar second by working a walk and Joe Lisa followed with a single to right. A wild pitch allowed the two Van Wert base runners to advance a base before Jacob Brown singled to right to score both runners and Brown took second when the O-G rightfielder bobbled the ball.
The next two Van Wert batters were retired, before Henry singled to left to score a run before he stole second base. After a walk to Williams, Agler lined a double up the left-center field gap to score two runs. Ethan Williams followed with a walk before a wild pitch advanced the runners. A strikeout stranded the two Cougar base runners.
Down 7-0 after an inning and a half. O-G saw its offense cut into the Cougar lead with two runs in the bottom of the second.
With one out, Jordan Diemer lined a single to center and took second on a wild pitch. After a strikeout, Herm Recker lined a pitch to right field that scored Diemer and Recker took second base when the Van Wert right fielder had trouble coming up with the ball. Chandler Kersh followed with a single to right and O-G loaded the bases when Brad Croy worked a walk. A passed ball allowed Recker to score before a groundout to second base ended the inning.
The second inning was the last inning O-G really had a scoring threat until the seventh when they loaded the bases with one out. The Titans had base runners in every inning but could not string any hits together as Van Wert pitchers Henry and Agler combined to shut down the Titans.
Henry worked the first three innings allowing two runs on five hits with three strikeouts. Agler worked the final four innings not allowing a run on three hits. He had three strikeouts.
Van Wert finished their scoring in the fifth as Keirns had a two run triple to right-center that scored Lisa and Brown with two outs in the inning.
Brown, Lisa, Agler, Williams and Keirns all had two hits each for the Cougars.
Deitering took the loss for the Titans as he worked a total of four innings allowing seven runs. Croy worked three innings in relief allowing two runs.
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Van Wert 250 020 0 - 9 12 2
Ottawa-Glandorf 020 000 0 - 2 8 3
WP- Henry. LP-Deitering.