HAMLER - Ottawa-Glandorf was down to their final out, and their final strike twice.With the tying run standing at third base and the winning run at second, Titan catcher Ben Deitering held his ground against Wauseon reliever Chad Shadbolt. And when Deitering lined a 2-2 curveball into centerfield it allowed pinch runner Andrew Wischmeyer to score the tying run and Tyler Zender to score the winning run as O-G rallied to defeat the Indians 5-4 in the District 2 championship game.
The win sends the Titans to the state ACME tournament Saturday at Coldwater against either Minster or Crestview at 5 p.m. This will be the Titans' eighth trip to the state ACME tournament, the last coming in 2000.
Wauseon took a 4-3 lead in the top of the seventh as Ty Suntken scored on a one out double. It was the fourth time Suntken had crossed home plate in the game.
In the bottom of the inning, Brad Croy worked a one out walk on a 3-2 pitch and was replaced by pinch runner Wischmeyer. Zender followed with a single to right with Wischmeyer beating the throw to third base and Zender taking second on the throw.
After a strikeout, that brought Deitering to the plate. Deitering fell behind 0-2 but evened the count at 2-2. Deitering then lined a pitch to center that allowed Wischmeyer to score easily and Zender followed suit sliding in safely as the throw from center field was off the mark.
The single made a winner of O-G pitcher Ryan Maas as he went the distance allowing four runs on six hits with two strikeouts and four walks.
Zender had three hits for the Titans, while Deitering had one hit and drove in three runs for O-G.
Sandbolt took the loss for Wauseon working two innings in relief of Suntken, who could only work five innings after throwing a five inning no hitter against Napoleon.