OTTAWA - Whitehouse pitcher Ryan Smoyer threw eight shutout innings Wednesday evening to help his team past the Ottawa Legion 9-0 in the opening round of the District 1 tournament.The loss moves Ottawa into the consolation bracket where they will face the loser of the game between Napoleon-Toledo or Maumee Friday evening in Findlay at 7 p.m. Whitehouse advances to face Pemberville Thursday evening at Mercy Field in Toledo.
Smoyer, who is headed to Notre Dame to play baseball, pitched eight strong innings not allowing a run on five hits with seven strikeouts and he walked five. Korte pitched the ninth inning allowing a hit with two strikeouts.
Whitehouse grabbed a 1-0 lead in the opening inning as Josh Schwerer had an RBI double. Whitehouse went up 2-0 in the second inning as afield choice groundout scored a run.
Whitehouse broke the game open in the third inning as they scored four times for a 6-0 lead.
Ottawa had a chance to get back into the game in the fourth as they loaded the bases on singles by Blake Hoffman and Ross Thompson and a walk to Matt Jay. Smoyer settled in striking out two batters and getting an infield popup to keep Ottawa off the scoreboard.
Post 63 loaded the bases in the eighth inning with one out before Smoyer used a double play groundball to end the inning.
Pepper had three hits, including two doubles, and three RBIs in the win. Andy Fisher had two hits and two RBI.
Jaylen Von Sossan took the loss for Ottawa as he worked six innings allowing six runs on 11 hits with four strikeouts and he walked five. Dylan Stouffer worked two innings in relief allowing three runs on four hits.
Brandon Benroth and Hoffman both had two hits for Post 63. Tanner Schimmoeller had a double in the game for Ottawa.