FINDLAY - Ottawa's American Legion baseball team built a lead, then held off a Findlay rally Friday night to post a 9-5 win in the District 1 tourament at Flag City Field.
The win advances Ottawa in the tournament to a Saturday afternoon game against the Port Clinton and Whitehouse winner at 1 p.m. at Memorial Field in Ottawa.
In a pitchers duel between Ottawa's Tanner Schimmoeller and Findlay's Garrett Sendelbach, Post 63 broke through in the fifth inning for a 1-0 lead on an error.
In the sixth inning, Ottawa added to its lead scoring six runs as they sent 10 men to the plate. Tyler Zender plated a run with a fielders choice groundout, while Lerch, Stolly and Drew Schierloh had RBI singles. Trent Phillips picked up an RBI on a suicide squeeze bunt and Schimmoeller scored on a double steal.
Findlay came back with two runs in the bottom of the sixth, then made things interesting with three runs in the eighth inning. Findlay left the bases loaded as a fielders choice groundball to third ended the inning.
Having seen their lead trimmed to two runs, Post 63 scored a pair of insurance runs in the top of the ninth on a two out double to left-center by Jacob Lerch.
Findlay attempted to mount a rally in the bottom of the ninth, but could not score a run.
Tanner Schimmoeller picked up the win for Ottawa as he worked six innings. Brady Laudick went an innings and two-thirds and Matt Warnecke worked the final inning and a third for a save.
Lerch, Schimmoeller and Brad Stolly all had two hits for Ottawa.
Should Ottawa win its game in the afternoon, they would advance to the losers bracket final Saturday night at 7 at Findlay against the Toledo-Napoleon loser. Toledo and Napoleon play at 1 p.m. Saturday in Findlay.