O-G opens ACME district with win
Sunday, July 14, 2013 4:35 AM
HAMLER - Ottawa-Glandorf's ACME baseball team couldn't have asked for a better start to the District 2 tournament Saturday afternoon at Patrick Henry High School.They couldn't have asked for a better ending, either.
After jumping out to a quick lead, the Titans scored five late runs to halt a Napoleon comeback effort as the Titans defeated the Wildcats 14-7 in the opener.
The win advances the Titans to face Wauseon Sunday at 3:30 p.m. at Patrick Henry. The Indians defeated Patrick Henry in the second game Saturday 7-1.
O-G opened Saturday's game scoring four times in the first inning. The Titans appeared to break the game open as they scored five times in the third inning for a 9-0 lead.
Down nine runs, Napoleon started to get back into the game with three runs in the bottom of the third and they pushed across two runs in the fourth inning.
Neither team scored again until the sixth when the Titans pushed across a run. Napoleon answered that run in the bottom of the sixth before O-G put the game away with four runs in the top of the seventh.
Tanner Schimmoeller picked up the win for the Titans as he worked into the fifth inning. Matt Warnecke recorded a save as he worked three innings.
Warnecke halted the Napoleon comeback effort in the fifth as he entered the game with the bases loaded and no one out. Warnecke got the first batter to hit a short flyball to right for the first out of the inning. After striking out the next batter, Warnecke got the third out with a popup to second base.
Drew Schierloh had three hits for the Titans, while Tyler Zender, Schimmoeller and Chandler Kersh all had two hits.
Napoleon had just five hits in the game as Layne Schmitz-Payton had two of them. The Wildcats were able to take advantage of seven O-G errors in the game and 10 walks to make a comeback bid.