OTTOVILLE — Pitching dominated the Ottoville and Miller City baseball game Tuesday night.

With neither team able to generate much offense for 11 innings, the Wildcats finally were able to string together enough hits to plate six runs in the top of the 12th for an 8-2 Putnam County League win over the Big Green.

With the win, the Wildcats claimed an outright PCL title as they moved to 6-0 in the league and repeat as PCL baseball champions. Miller City is 12-4 overall, while Ottoville is 1-4 in the league and 6-9 overall.

Miller City had a 1-0 lead going to the sixth before they added a run on a two out single by Adam Drummelsmith that scored Jackson Lammers, who had reched on an error. The Big Green tied the game in the bottom of the inning taking advantage of two, two out errors to plate two runs. Alex Horstman’s groundball to shortstop was misplayed with the bases loaded allowing Jared Fanning and pinch runner Wes Markward to score when the throw to first base was in the dirt.

Although both teams had base runners over the next five innings, no one was able to plate a run until Miller City did so in the top of the 12th.

With one out in the Wildcat 12th, Jeremy Balbaugh lined a double down the left field line and took third on a wild pitch. Ottoville pulled the infield in and Jackson Lammers hit a groundball to second base. The grounder was misplayed allowing Balbaugh to score the go ahead run.

Lammers took second on a groundout to third base and he scored on a single to center by Corbin Niese as he just beat the throw to the plate from centerfield allowing Niese to take second base. Adam Drummelsmith followed with an RBI single to right and Jared Fuka reached when his groundball to shortstop was misplayed. The two runners moved up a base on a wild pitch before Ross Lehman lined a single to center to score both runners. Adam Niese was hit by a pitch that put runners at first and second before Logan Dukes singled to left to make it an 8-2 game.

Ottoville threatened to get some of those runs back in the bottom of the inning as they loaded the bases on a Luke Schimmoeller single and walks to Joe Van Oss and Trent Miller. A strikeout and fielders choice groundout ended the game.

“For the first 11 innings this was a well pitched game,” Miller City coach Dusty Pester said. “It was a well pitched game and we were fortunate enough to string a few hits together to make it look worse than what it was. This was not an 8-2 game. This was a very good game and hats off to Ottoville, I thought they played very well.”

Drummelsmith (4-1) picked up the win for Miller City as he worked the final two innings after starter Jackson Lammers worked 10 innings, the maximum allowed. Drummelsmith allowed one hit and struck out two.

Lammers went 10 innings allowing two unearned runs on four hits with 10 strikeouts and two walks. Lammers allowed only one base runner going into the sixth before two errors allowed the Big Green to tie the game. Lammers retired the first eight batters he faced before Cory Honigford singled. He then retired the next nine batters before Ottoville tied the game as four straight batters reached.

Lammers struck out the first two Ottoville batters in the sixth inning before Fanning reached on an error. Joel Beining walked and Markward came on to run for him. A Brandon Boecker single loaded the bases before Horstman hit a groundball to short that was bobbled and two runs scored.

“Give them credit for putting the ball in play,” Pester said. “Until that point our defense had done a good job of making the plays. We take about two out errors and two outs and we had both of them in that inning. Jackson Lammers did a good job for 10 innings not allowing them much of anything. Unfortunately we were unable to get a run across for him and get a key out when we needed one there. Ottoville’s pitchers did a good job for them. Schimmoeller started and threw the ball well and their relievers came in and did a good job.”

“This is the kind of game we need going into tournament,” Ottoville coach Ty Wannemacher said. “They are a hell of a team and Lammers pitched a hell of a game throwing 120, 126 pitches. We did a good job coming back, we have done it all year, we just haven’t been able to put the games away. Miller City played very well and they they scored all those runs with two outs and that’s what killed us. Overall it was a great ball game.”

Joel Beining took the loss for Ottoville as he went three innings allowing six runs on seven hits. Schimmoeller went 5 2/3 innings allowing two runs on four hits with four strikeouts and Kyle Bendele went 3 1/3 innings giving up two hits.

Corbin Niese and Drummelsmith both had three hits for Miller City, while Dukes had two singles.

Boecker and Honigford had two hits each for the Big Green.

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