GLANDORF — An instant classic.
Ottawa-Glandorf and Defiance battled back and forth for 12 innings Friday evening before the Bulldogs played 'small ball' to defeat the Titans 2-1 in Western Buckeye League.
The win kept Defiance undefeated in WBL play at 4-0 and they are 12-2 overall, while O-G is 4-1 in the league and 9-4 overall. The win was the 72nd straight in WBL play for the Bulldogs.
With pitching and defense dominating the game, the Bulldogs took advantage of two Titan errors in the 12th inning and two well played bunts to push across the deciding run.
Jacob Green opened the Defiance half of the 12th reaching on an error at third base on his hard smash. Green took second on a sacrifice. Sierra then laid down a bunt that O-G catcher Ben Deitering fielded in front of the plate. Deitering's throw to first base was low and in the dirt allowing Sierra to reach and once Green saw the ball in the dirt he took off for home and scored. A bunt single by Dom Gentil and a walk to Tyler Weaver, after a flyout, loaded the bases before a popup to shortstop ended the inning.
Ottawa-Glandorf attempted a comeback in the bottom of the inning as they loaded the bases.
Chandler Kersh reached to start the inning when his groundball to second base was mishandled. Brad Croy followed with a single to right field as Kersh motored all the way to third base. Croy took second base on a wild pitch before Austin Williams slapped a groundball to third base. The Bulldog third baseman started to throw to first, but noticed Kersh was breaking for home as he started to throw. The third baseman stopped his throw and got Kersh in a run down for an out as Croy and Williams moved to third and second base. Tyler Zender was intentionally walked to load the bases.
Defiance pitcher Austin Hancock buckled down getting a strikeout and a groundout to shortstop to end the game.
Hancock picked up the win working three innings in relief. Derek Turner started for Defiance.
Trevor Bauer and Green both had two singles for Defiance.
Warnecke took the loss for O-G working two innings in relief of starter Tanner Schimmoeller. Schimmoeller went 10 innings allowing one run on six hits with 10 strikeouts.
Croy had a single and double for the Titans, while Andrew Wischmeyer had two singles. Schimmoeller had a double for O-G.
Defiance took the lead in the fifth inning as Smiddy reached on an error with one out. Bauer followed with a single before Green and Hancock bunt for singles as Hancock picked up an RBI with his bunt just to the third base side of the pitchers mound.
The Titans tied the game in the sixth inning as Croy walked to start the inning and he took second on a sacrifice bunt. Tyler Zender reached second base on an error as O-G had runners at second and third base. A groundout by Deitering tied the game at 1-1 before a strikeout left the game tied.
Ottawa-Glandorf had a runner in scoring position in five of the next six innings, after tying the game, but could never come up with a key hit to drive that run home.
“This was an excellent baseball game by both teams,” O-G coach Nick Miller said. “Both teams had a lot of chances to win throughout the extra innings and the game. They got it done and we didn't today. They play small ball all the time and tried to get a big hit and they pushed one more across than we did.
“All the pitchers that worked today battled. This is a tough one to swallow. We hung in there with one of the better teams around and hopefully the kids will build off this,” Miller concluded.