OTTAWA — Ottawa's run in the District 1 Legion baseball tournament came to an end Saturday afternoon at Memorial Field.
But they didn't go without a fight.
Whitehouse built an early lead against Post 63, then had to hold off a valiant rally by Ottawa late in the game to escape with a 13-8 win.
Whitehouse advanced in the tournament to play Toledo Saturday evening in Findlay for the right to meet Napoleon today in the championship game at Findlay. Post 63 finishes the season at 13-12-1.
Post 63 jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead with two runs in the bottom of the first inning on groundouts that scored Brandon Benroth and Blake Hoffman. Whitehouse pitcher Andy Fisher then settled in not allowing Ottawa a run again until the sixth inning as he retired 13 straight Post 63 batters.
Whitehouse overcame Ottawa's quick lead with four runs in the to of the second inning and they scored four times in the fourth inning. Whitehouse had a 12-3 lead going to the bottom of the eighth when Post 63 pushed across five runs to make it a 12-8 game. Post 63 had an opportunity to cut further into the Whitehouse lead, but were unable to do so as they left the bases loaded.
Whitehouse added an insurance run in the ninth inning.
Fisher picked up the win for Whitehouse as he worked seven innings. Murphy pitched two-thirds of an inning and Chandler Dippman came on to get the final four outs of the game.
Ricky Riggs, Fisher and Mark Delas all had three hits for Whitehouse as they finished the game with 16 hits.
Matt Warnecke took the loss for Ottawa as he worked three innings. Luke Schimmoeller pitched four innings and Ryan Rau worked two innings.
Tyler Zender had three RBIs for Post 63 in the setback, while Benroth had two hits and two RBIs. Jacob Lerch drove in a pair of runs and Tanner Schimmoeller had two hits for Ottawa as they had 13 hits in the game.