PIQUA - Ottawa's American Legion baseball team only scored in two innings of Sunday's second game against Piqua.
A late five run outburst in the second game was enough to give Post 63 an 8-7 win over Piqua. Piqua won the first game 5-3 despite being outhit by Ottawa in the game. Post 63 closed out regular season action with a 15-11 record.
In the second game, Post 63 took a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning as Cody Bockrath had a two run double that scored Blake Hoffman and Dylan Stouffer. A Clay Grubb single allowed Bockrath to score. After Grubb stole second base, he tried to score on a Trent Phillips single, but was cut down at the plate.
Ottawa's lead didn't last long as Piqua came back and scored seven runs in the bottom of the first inning. Piqua sent 11 batters to the plate in the bottom of the first inning.
That would be the only runs Piqua would score in the game although they were able to get runners in scoring position.
Piqua's early lead held up until the sixth inning when Post 63 scored five times to take an 8-7 lead.
Jaylen Von Sossan opened the Ottawa sixth with a walk and Phillips put runners at second and third with a double to left. Cody Schuerman plated a run with a sacrifice fly. Phillips moved to third as Derek Schimmoeller reached on an infield single. Cory Imm followed with an RBI single to center that scored Phillips.
An erorr advanced Schimmoeller and Imm a base before Hoffman walked to load the bases. A wild pitch allowed Schimmoeller to score before Ross Thompson plated two runs with a single that gave Ottawa the lead.
Piqua's final six batters wentd own in order as Taylor Reardon struck out five of the six batters. Reardon picked up the win as he worked the final four innings not allowing a run on two hits with seven strikeouts and a walk. Von Sossan started allowing seven runs on eight hits with a strikeout and two walks.
Hoffman and Phillips both had two hits for Post 63.
In the opener Sunday, Post 63 outhit Piqua 9-8, but could not come up with the key hit to drive in runners in scoring position.
Piqua took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first and went up 2-0 in the third inning. Piqua went up 4-0 in the fifth inning before Post 63 got on the scorboard in the top of ths sixth with three runs.
Matt Jay opened the Ottawa sixth with a walk and Von Sossn had a one out single. Stouffer put Post 63 on the scoreboard with a single to right that scored pinch runner Schuerman. After the second out, Imm lined a single to center to score Von Sossan before Brandon Benroth and Blake Hoffman walked to force in a run. A groundout ended the inning leaving the bases loaded.
Piqua added an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth and Post 63 had a one out base runner in the top of the seventh before a doubleplay ended the game.
Derek Schimmoeller took the loss for Ottawa as he worked 5 1/3 innings. Stouffer worked two-thirds of an inning.
Imm and Hoffman both had two hits to lead Post 63.
Thursday evening, Post 63 traveled up US 224 to face rival Findlay in a regular season game. Findlay sent Ottawa back home on the short end of a 10-6 score.
Findlay grabbed a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, then added two runs in the third inning. A five run fifth inning had Findlay on top 8-0.
After having seen their offense held in check for five innings, Post 63 broke out in the sixth inning as they scored five times.
Drew Schierloh had a two run single for Post 63 in the inning, while Hoffman, Imm and Matt Warnecke all drove in a run in the inning. A groundout ended the inning and left two runners on base for Ottawa.
Findlay came back with a run in the bottom of the inning and scored another run in the eighth inning. Ottawa scored a run in the top of the ninth on a Bockrath groundout.
Derek Schimmoeller took the loss for Post 63 as he worked five innings. Von Sossan worked in relief.
Hoffman had three hits and an RBI for Ottawa, while Imm had two hits and an RBI. Schierloh plated two runs for Post 63.
Jordan Harpst went 5-for-5 for Findlay with five RBI. Findlay banged out 16 hits in the win.
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Ottawa 000 003 0 - 3 9 1
Piqua 101 021 x - 5 8 0
WP-Wysong. LP-D. Schimmoeller.
Ottawa 300 005 0 - 8 10 1
Piqua 700 000 0 - 7 10 2
Ottawa 000 005 001 - 6 9 0
Findlay 102 051 01x - 10 16 3
WP_Harter. LP-D. Schimmoeller.