OTTAWA - District 1 Legion baseball rivals Ottawa and Pemberville hooked up in a pitchers duel Friday night at Memorial Field.The outcome of the game was decided in the eighth inning when Pemberville pushed across a run to record a 4-3 win in Post 63's final regular season game at Memorial Field. Ottawa is now 14-10 on the season.
Pemberville scored a run in the second inning only to see Post 63 come back with three runs in the bottom of the inning.
With one out, Jaylen Von Sossan and Matt Warnecke singled to right field. Von Sossan moved to third on Warnecke's single as Warnecke was cut down at second base trying to take an extra base.
Trent Phillips was hit by a pitch and Derek Schimmoeller walked to load the bases. Cory Imm followed with a single to right to score two runs with Schimmoeller and Imm moving up a base when the Pemberville right fielder over ran the ball.
Blake Hoffman followed with an infield single to deep short that scored Schimmoeller. Imm rounded third base too far on the play, slipped and was tagged out.
Pemberville eventually tied the game and took the lead in the top of the eighth on a bad hop groundball that hit the lip of the infield grass and avoided the glove of an Ottawa infielder.
After scoring three times in the second inning, Pemberville pitcher Gordon Watson kept the Post 63 bats in check the rest of the game. Gordon only retired the Ottawa lineup in order once, but never allowed Post 63 to mount a threat after the second inning.
Clay Grubb took the loss for Ottawa in relief. Dylan Stouffer started and worked six innings.
Ottawa is back in action Sunday as they travel to Piqua for a 1 p.m. doubleheader.
Post 63 begins District 1 tournament action Wednesday when they host Whitehouse at 6 p.m.