Ottawa-Glandorf claims ACME district title
Tuesday, July 08, 2014 10:00 AM
Ottawa-Glandorf baseball players and coaches celebrate after winning the District 2 ACME championship Monday evening. (Putnam Sentinel/Charlie Warnimont)
HAMLER — At the beginning of the ACME baseball season, not many would have expected Ottawa-Glandorf to repeat as District 2 champions.
Having to replace five starters from its spring team, including four all-WBL players, the Titans were in a rebuild mode. The games leading up to the ACME tournament helped prepare the team and after a two week tournament run, the Titans are once again district champions.
Ottawa-Glandorf claimed its second straight District 2 championship Monday evening as they defeated Miller City 5-4 at Garrold Parratt Field at Patrick Henry.
The win advances the Titans (8-9) to the ACME state tournament this Saturday against Perrysburg at noon at Archbold. Miller City saw its summer end at 13-4-1.
After losing two games to the Wildcats in the ACME sectional tournament finals, the Titans had to play the Wildcats twice in the ACME district tournament. In each game the Titans scored in their final at-bat to defeat a team that had their number this summer until the district tournament.
After Miller City tied the game with two runs in the fifth, the game remained tied at 4-4 until the bottom of the sixth. The game remained deadlocked going to the bottom of the sixth after the Titans threw out at Miller City base runner at the plate in the top of the sixth.
Ryan Maas walked to start the Titan sixth and scored from first base on a double down the left field line by Tory Schroeder. Austin Verhoff followed with a single to center that runners on the corners. Miller City was able to escape the jam without O-G adding a run to their lead.
In the seventh inning, O-G catcher Ben Deitering came on to relieve Titan starter Verhoff. Deitering worked a one-two-three seventh inning to pick up a save.
Schroeder, Jordan Diemer and Chandler Kersh all had two hits for the Titans in the game.
Seven different players had hits for Miller City in the setback.
Jackson Lammers took the loss for the Wildcats as he went five plus innings. Ross Lehman finished the game.
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Miller City 010 120 0 - 4 7 1
Ottawa-Glandorf 002 201 x - 5 10 1
WP-Verhoff. LP-Lammers. SV-Deitering.