Ottawa Legion drops Tawa Run opener
Friday, June 14, 2013 6:13 PM
By Charlie Warnimont
Ottawa Legion catcher Cody Bockrath looks to make a throw to first base after fielding a bunt.
Sentinel Sports Editor
OTTAWA - Zanesville pitcher Austin Every didn't have his best stuff Friday evening during the opening round of the TAWA Run Classic Legion tournament.But when Every needed to make a pitch he was able to do that.
Despite walking eight Ottawa Legion batters in 3 2/3 innings, Every didn't allow Post 63 to have the big inning as he helped Zanesville to a 5-3 win over Ottawa in the opening game of the Tawa Run Classic for both teams at Memorial Field.
Every showed he wasn't about to let a lack of command hurt his teams chances in the bottom of the first inning. He threw 10 straight balls to open the game on his way to walking the bases loaded.
Dspite it being the bottom of the first inning, Zanesville pulled the infield in and the move worked as Cody Bockrath hit a groundball to first base and Zanesville was able to get an out at the plate. A strikeout and a popup to third base left the bases loaded and Post 63 scoreless.
Ottawa Legion starter Matt Warnecke worked out of a small jam in the first inning, but was unable to do that in the third inning as two walks and an error helped open the door for a five run Zanesville inning.
Timberlake opened the third inning by working a walk. Leadoff batter Ashton Meyers hit a groundball to third with Ottawa electing to get the lead the runner at second. The throw to second was off the mark and went into right-center field giving Post 29 runners at the corners. A walk to Drew Richey loaded the bases before a seeing single by Chris Sparks made its way into left field to make it a 1-0 game before Kevin Every bouned a single into centerfield making it 3-0. A single by Austin Every made it 4-0 before a fielders choice out at second base made the score 5-0.
"It's a game of hit it where they aren't," Ottawa Legion coach Todd Schimmoeller said. "We hit it to them where they were and they hit it where we weren't. Defensively we had a couple of critical plays that hurt us and put Matt in a tough spot. He recovered nicely and threw a great game, but we couldn't get the runs back for him. We make a couple of plays and we possibly win the game 3-2."
Warnecke worked six innings in taking the loss before Clay Grubb worked the seventh inning recording two strikeouts. Zanesville had at least one base runner in every inning but the second inning as they stranded seven base runners in the game.
After leaving the bases loaded in the first inning, Post 63 didn't mount another scoring threat until the fourth.
After Austin Every retired nine straight Ottawa batters, he became his own worst enemy after getting an out to start the fourth inning.
With one out, Dylan Stouffer worked a walk before Every notched his fifth strikeout of the game. Walks to Todd Schimmoeller, Jaylen Von Sossan and Trent Phillips forced in a run for Ottawa. Brandon Benroth followed with a high chopper to third base that Zanesville's third baseman fielded, then bobbled, allowing every one to be safe and forcing in Ottawa's second run.
At that point, Zanesville made a pitching change bringing in Steven Taylor. Taylor got out of the bases loaded jam with a strikeout.
"There were two innings when they had seven walks and we only got two runs," Schimmoeller said. "The first and fourth innings hurt.If we could have punched the ball threw the infield it would have been a different story. If we could have got that key hit, which we talk about all the time, it would have made a big difference."
Post 63 went in order in the fifth before putting together a rally in the sixth inning.
Drew Schierloh opened the sixth inning with a single to left and moved to second on a passed ball. A single to right-center by Tanner Schimmoeller allowed Schierloh to score and Schimmoeller took second on an errant throw back to the infield. He would take third base on a balk call, but Post 63 was unable to plate him as the next three batters were retired.
In the seventh inning, Post 63 had a one out base runner before a popup to short and a strikeout ended the game.
The Ottawa Legion is back in action Saturday at 3 p.m. against Ashland and will play Mt. Prospect at 5:30 p.m.
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