HAMLER — If Miller City and Ottawa-Glandorf haven't seen enough of each other on the baseball field this summer, they will get at least one more look at each other. Maybe even two times if necessary.
The Wildcats and Titans will renew their rivalry on the baseball field tonight as they meet in the District 2 ACME district championship game at Patrick Henry at 6 p.m. If a second game is needed between the two Putnam County teams that will be played Tuesday evening at Patrick Henry. The winner of the game(s) will advance to the state ACME tournament next weekend in Archbold.
The Titans advanced to the championship game with a 7-6 win over the Wildcats in the winners bracket championship game Sunday afternoon. Miller City set up a rematch with the Titans with a 9-0 win over Pettisville Sunday in the losers bracket final. The first meeting between the two teams Sunday was their fifth of the summer.
Miller City took a 6-4 lead on O-G to the seventh inning before the Titans scored three times in the top of the seventh for a 7-6 lead. Austin Williams had a two run single for the Titans in the seventh to tie the game and he scored on an error in leftfield after a single by Ryan Maas.
Miller City had the tying run on second base in the bottom of the seventh before a groundball to third base ended the game.
Ben Deitering picked up the win for O-G in relief of starter Chandler Kersh. Deitering worked the final three innings. Maas had a pair of singles for the Titans in the game.
Jacob Kuhlman took the loss for Miller City as he went 6 1/3 innings. Jackson Lammers got the final two outs. Jeremy Balbaugh had two singles and two doubles for the Wildcats.
Three hours later, the Wildcats were back in action as they faced Pettisville in the losers bracer. The Black Birds advanced in the tournament with a 13-4 win over Patrick Henry in the second game Sunday.
Miller City got a strong pitching performance from Jacob Schimmoeller to beat the Black Birds. Schimmoeller went the distance allowing Pettisville just two hits, a fourth inning single to center and infield single in the fifth.
The Wildcats took the lead in the second inning as they scored six times sending 10 batters to the plate.
Balbaugh, Hunter Berner, Lammers and Schimmoeller all had an RBI in the uprising and two runs scored on wild pitches.
Berner had three hits in the game for the Wildcats, while Ross Lehman and Schimmoeller both had two hits as the Wildcats banged out 12 hits in the game.
Noah Miller took the loss for Pettisville.