NORTH BALTIMORE — Makenzie Wentling smacked three singles and a triple to lead Carey past North Baltimore 7-4 in Midland Athletic League softball action on Saturday.
Jordan Strahm lined three singles and Ali Rymer doubled and singled for Carey (13-6, 6-3 MAL). Rymer also pitched a complete game, striking out six batters.
Bailey Boyer had two singles for North Baltimore (7-12, 2-5 MAL).

Carey 113 001 1 — 7 14 3 North Baltimore 000 200 2 — 4 7 2
WP — Rymer. LP — Bean (3-8). top hitters: (Car) Wentling 3B, 3-1B; Rymer 2B, 1B; Strahm 3-1B. (NB) Boyer 2-1B.
records: Carey 13-6, 6-3 MAL. North Baltimore 7-12, 2-5 MAL.

ST. WENDELIN 9
HOPEWELL-LOUDON 2
BASCOM — Allie Rutter fired a complete game, striking out six with no walks, as St. Wendelin defeated Hopewell-Loudon 9-2 on Saturday in a Midland Athletic League softball game.
Courtney Babb belted a two-run triple for the Mohawks (8-10, 3-4 MAL). Edy Mowrey added two singles, a double and an RBI; and Mikayla Gilliland two singles and an RBI.
Kelsey Coppus and Emma Kirby had RBI doubles for Hopewell-Loudon (2-18, 0-8 MAL).

St. Wendelin 021 001 5 — 9 11 0
Hopewell-Loudon 000 200 0 — 2 7 5
WP — Rutter. LP — Goshe. top hitters: (SW) Gilliland 2-1B, RBI; Mowrey 2-1B, 2B, RBI; Babb 3B, 2-RBI; Digby 1B, RBI; Weidner 2B, RBI’ Reineck 1B, RBI. (H-L) Coppus 2B, RBI; Kirby 2B, RBI.
records: St. Wendelin 8-10, 3-4 Midland Athletic League; Hopewell-Loudon 2-18, 0-8 MAL.

MILLER CITY 6
OTTOVILLE 5
OTTOVILLE — Miller City scored five runs in the top of the seventh inning to rally for a 6-5 Putnam County League softball victory at Ottoville on Saturday.
Tiffany Welty hit a two-run homer to cut the lead to 4-3 in the seventh. Cassie Niese doubled in a run to tie the game, and Morgan Inkrott and Alissa Schnipke added RBI singles to give the Wildcats the cushion theyy needed to survive Ottoville’s rally in the bottom of the inning.
Inkrott finished with three singles and Schnipke and Jessica Vennekotter added two hits each for Miller City (10-6, 4-1 PCL).
Alena Horstman doubled, singled and drove in a run and Mazzie Brinkman added a pair of singles and an RBI for Ottoville (1-12, 0-4).

Miller City 001 000 5 — 6 13 1
Ottoville 004 000 1 — 5 10 0
WP — Schimmoeller. LP — Von Sossan. top hitters: (MC) Inkrott 3-1B, RBI; Schnipke 2-1B, RBI; Vennekotter 2-1B; Welty HR, 2 RBI; Niese 2B, RBI. (Otto) Horstman 1B, 2B, RBI; Brinkman 2-1B, RBI; Turnwald 1B, RBI; Landwehr 2B; Burgei 1B, RBI.
records: Miller City 10-6 overall, 4-1 Putnam County League; Ottoville 1-12 overall, 0-4 PCL.

BLUFFTON 6
ALLEN EAST 5
BLUFFTON — Abbie Parkins doubled, singled and drove in three runs and Bluffton scored six runs in the first two innings and held on to edge Allen East 6-5 in a Northwest Conference softball game on Saturday.
Sami Fruchey (10-3) allowed five runs (one earned) on seven hits in seven innings to pick up the win for the Pirates (11-3, 6-2 NWC). She also had eight strikeouts and two walks.
Erin Conkle singled and blasted a solo home run for Allen East (17-6, 6-3 NWC).

Allen East 031 000 1 — 5 7 2 Bluffton 240 000 x — 6 8 4
WP — Fruchey (10-3). LP — Davis (15-5). top hitters: (AE) Conkle HR, 1B, RBI; Wireman 2-1B. (Blu) Parkins 2B, 1B, 3 RBI; Wilson 1B, 2 RBI; Hunt 2B, RBI.
records: Allen East 17-6, 6-3 NWC. Bluffton 11-3, 6-2 NWC.

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ADA — Ohio Northern University swimmers Jordan Breitigam and Lindsey Rayhill have been presented with awards signifying them as the outstanding male and female senior athletes at the school.
Jordan Breitigam received the Gale E. Daugherty Award as ONU top male athlete. A four-year letterman and three-time honorable mention all-American in the 200-meter butterfly event, Breitigam owns six school records and has won 14 OAC titles. The pharmacy major helped ONU win four straight conference championships and was the 2013 OAC Swimmer of the Year.
Rayhill received the Helen A. Ludwig award give to ONU’s outstanding female athlete.
Rayhill, who won seven individual and relay titles and was named OAC Swimmer of the Year this seasons.
A pharmacy major, Rayhill is a 20-time OAC champion and three-time Academic All-OAC selection.
Sanimquel leads UF
ALLENDALE, Mich. — The University of Findlay track teams wrapped up the regular season by competing in Saturday’s Laker Last Chance Meet at Grand Valley State.
Maud Sanmiquel took fourth in the 400-meter hurdles with a NCAA automatic qualifying and school record time of 1:00.12.
Shelby Stump (Hardin Northern), Adrianna Powell-Lawrence, Kadesha Roberts and Kirsten Gaerke teamed to take second in the 1,600-meter relay (3:52.50).
In the men’s meet, Ben Hahler placed first in the shot put with a NCAA provisional qualifying toss of 54-9½.
Next up for the Oilers is the NCAA Division II outdoor national championships May 22-24 at Grand Valley State.

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By GENNA FREED
STAFF WRITER
In 2011, the Hancock County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services board surveyed 18- to 25-year-olds and found that an overwhelming 78 percent believed that prescription drug abuse or misuse is inappropriate and unacceptable.
The board is building its new “I Am Enough” anti-drug campaign based on that finding.
“The ultimate goal is to raise that 78 percent,” said Zach Thomas, the board’s director of wellness and education, during a campaign kickoff event Saturday in Findlay.
“The ultimate goal is that people will come to feel and believe that who they are is enough, that they don’t have to do anything else to make them be better, and that they’re part of the majority, so they don’t have to do anything they don’t want to do to fit in,” he said.
The board received a grant in 2011 from the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services, called a state incentive strategic prevention grant. The purpose of these grants is to help a community work through a specific series of steps to determine what issues are most pressing.
Thomas said the board used the grant to survey community needs, and then did an additional survey on community readiness. The board discovered the community realized there was a problem with prescription drug abuse, but didn’t feel equipped to handle or address it.
“… We discovered that really the majority of our target population don’t misuse prescription drugs, and they see the misuse as unacceptable or that it poses a high risk,” Thomas said. “In the prevention world, the idea is working with social norms, and you work to change that norm, or work to promote it or encourage more to join the norm.
“Since we saw our norm was a majority who doesn’t misuse/abuse prescription drugs, we are going to capitalize on that and say, ‘Hey, you know what, good for you! There’s a majority of people that don’t do it and think the same way you do, so keep it going.’”
The hope is that through the campaign, those who are abusing or are at risk of abusing will feel the influence of that social norm.
Modo Media has been working for the board since January to develop the “I Am Enough” campaign. The campaign will exist mainly on social media, to reach the targeted age group, but a campaign launch party was held Saturday at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church.
“The idea of today’s event is to introduce the campaign to everybody, so the entire community is aware of the message and they can then share the message with people they encounter within the target population,” Thomas said at the launch party.
“We’re doing a second kickoff in the fall on the University of Findlay’s campus so that we can reach those kids, because they’ve already left for the summer. We thought since the campaign is going to be active on a physical level at least until December, why not reintroduce it when those kids are back on campus?”
A secondary goal of Saturday’s event was to collect selfies from those attending. A photo booth was available, and the pictures will be uploaded to the campaign’s Facebook page and website. The photos are meant to show that these people “are enough” without the aid of drugs.
“I Am Enough” also is accepting selfies submissions through a number of social media outlets, such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat or email.
Online:
www.iamenoughproject.org
facebook.com/iamenoughproject
instagram: iamenoughproject
youtube.com/iamenoughproject
twitter.com/iamenough2014
snapchat: iamenoughproj
Freed: 419-422-5151
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McCOMB — A Leipsic man was injured in a motorcycle accident early Sunday morning in rural Hancock County.
The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reported Michael Peterson, 32, of Leipsic, was driving a 2013 Harley-Davidson motorcycle westbound on Ohio 613 near Pleasant Township 117 at 12:24 a.m. Sunday when he lost control and traveled off the left side of the road. Peterson, who was not wearing a helmet, was ejected from the motorcycle.
Peterson was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment, according to the Hancock County Sheriff’s office.
Assisting at the scene were McComb firefighters, PMP Emergency Medical Service, McComb Police Department and Ed’s Towing.
The crash remains under investigation.

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JADEN STAHL, who is pictured in the medical technologies lab at the Millstream Career Center, has been elected president of the state Skills USA chapter. She is the first Millstream student to hold that position. (Photo by Nick Moore)

JADEN STAHL, who is pictured in the medical technologies lab at the Millstream Career Center, has been elected president of the state Skills USA chapter. She is the first Millstream student to hold that position. (Photo by Nick Moore)

By Max Filby
STAFF WRITER
For Jaden Stahl, joining Skills USA was a way to try to move on.
The 17-year-old Cory-Rawson and Millstream Career Center junior lost her mother last fall. This year, she has risen to the highest office in the Skills USA organization’s state chapter.
“My teacher said it would be a good thing for me to do,” Stahl said. “She thought it would make me happy.”
In April, Stahl was named president of the state chapter, the first student to hold the post in Millstream’s nearly 30-year history.
It’s a position Stahl wasn’t planning on being elected to so quickly, but it’s one she’s excited to serve in.
“I definitely have a nice weight on my shoulders, but I’m happy about it,” Stahl said. “I know now that I have to really be a leader and work extra hard in my field.”
Skills USA is a professional organization for students to network and learn about professionalism. The organization has more than 300,000 student members and more than 13,000 chapters in 54 states and territories, according to its website.
Stahl is a student in the medical technologies program at Millstream. Upon graduation in another year, she’ll have earned her State Tested Nursing Assistant’s license and is hoping to further her medical training by attending the University of Michigan or University of Kentucky.
Stahl credits most of her success in school and at Skills USA to Millstream, its administration and its teachers.
“I owe a lot of it to them,” Stahl said. “They all really encouraged me and really helped me campaign for it.”
As part of her role in serving as the state chapter’s president, Stahl will participate in at least 10 statewide conferences this year and will speak at several.
Stahl’s medical technology teacher, Carol Treece, said she’s proud of her for achieving something that no other Millstream student has.
“Jaden truly is inspirational,” said Treece. “She’s full of confidence and an example for every high school student.”
Competition is fierce for such positions, one reason why Millstream has never before had a student ascend to the state chapter’s presidency, said Chris Renn, director at Millstream.
Renn said Stahl’s abilities and skills make her one of the best candidates for leadership in Skills USA.
“It’s very easy for us to see why it’s Jaden,” Renn said.
Stahl was elected by a group of delegates from the state’s nearly 100 career centers, Renn said. To run for the position, Stahl had to give something of an impromptu speech to an audience of a few hundred.
“You’re up there and you’re just having a heart attack but it was worth it in the end,” Stahl said.
Although the group of students Stahl spoke to may have been an intimidating audience, the delegates who elected her are ones Stahl said she plans on staying friends with for a long time.
“We still have group text messages and I still see most of them, especially the ones nearby,” Stahl said.
Filby: 419-427-8422
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Twitter: @MaxFilby

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A Findlay man was arrested following a high-speed chase that began on the east side of Findlay Saturday night.
According to Findlay police, an officer attempted to stop a motorcycle driven by Kenneth H. Beasley, 20, of Findlay, in the 14400 block of Hancock County 212 at about 11:30 p.m. Saturday. Police reported Beasley, who was riding a 2003 Suzuki motorcycle, failed to comply with the officer and fled.
The motorcycle continued east on Hancock County 212, turning south on to Hancock County 236 until reaching the parking lot of Walmart at 2500 Tiffin Ave.
Police say the motorcycle traveled through the parking lots between Walmart and Kohl’s Department Store at 2310 Tiffin Ave. before turning east onto Tiffin Avenue.
Beasley headed east out of Findlay on U.S. 224, reaching speeds in excess of 130 mph. He came to a stop in the parking lot at 2860 U.S. 224 at the intersection of U.S. 224 and U.S. 23 in Alvada, where he was arrested.
According to police, Beasley has been charged with failing to comply with an order or signal of police officer, a third-degree felony, and is being held at the Hancock County Justice Center.
The pursuit lasted about 9 minutes and covered 13 miles. No one was injured.

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A Findlay motorist was hurt in a two-vehicle crash at 6:56 p.m. Sunday in the 1200 block of Tiffin Avenue, city police said.
Rainer Mueller, 61, was transported with serious injuries to Blanchard Valley Hospital.
According to the Findlay Police Department, Tim Gephart, 49, of Findlay, was stopped in traffic to make a left turn when his GMC pickup truck was hit from behind by Mueller’s Toyota Avalon.
The accident remained under investigation Sunday night.
Hanco Ambulance and the Findlay Fire Department also were summoned to the scene.

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RIDGEWAY — Arcadia’s Chad Baker allowed just two runs on three hits and struck out 10 in a complete game 10-2 win over Ridgemont in a Division IV sectional semifinal game on Saturday.
The Redskins (4-13) will play at Upper Scioto Valley at 5 p.m. Wednesday in a sectional final.
Hayden Ramsey and Dylan Conine combined for five singles, five runs scored and three RBIs as all nine Arcadia batters had a hit.

Arcadia 301 002 4 — 10 11 0 Ridgemont 000 020 0 — 2 3 4
WP — Baker (2-4). LP — Mitchell. top hitters: (Arc) Ramsey 3-1B, RBI; Conine 2-1B, 2-RBI; Lentz & Vera 1B, RBI; Baker 2B. (Rid) Spanks 1B, RBI.
records: Arcadia 4-13.

VANLUE 2
ADA 1
Vanlue’s Sam Wagner struck out seven, gave up just three hits and allowed no earned runs as the Wildcats defeated Ada 2-1 in a Division IV sectional semifinal at Findlay High School.
Vanlue (5-13) advances to Wednesday’s 5 p.m. sectional final at McComb (16-3).
Wagner also scored the go-ahead run when he led off the bottom of the sixth inning with a single, advanced to second on Jacob Coldren’s sacrifice and scored on a double from Jason Summers to break a 1-1 tie.
Steven Gray had two hits and an RBI for Ada (4-15). Ada had the tying run on third with one out in the seventh before Wagner struck out the final two batters.

Ada 000 010 0 — 1 3 0
Vanlue 000 101 x — 2 4 1
WP — Wagner. LP — English. top hitters: (Ada) Gray 2-1B, RBI. (Van) Hagerty 1B; Wagner 1B; Smith 1B; Wingate 1B, RBI; Summers 2B, RBI.
records: Ada 4-15, Vanlue 5-13.

ARLINGTON 9
HARDIN NORTHERN 1
ARLINGTON — Arlington jumped to a 6-0 lead and never looked back in rolling to a 9-1 win over Hardin Northern in a Division IV sectional semifinal at Arlington.
The Red Devils (16-5) will host Cory-Rawson (3-16) at 5 p.m Wednesday in a sectional final.
Jordan Freed and Justin Rice led Arlington’s 15-hit attack with three singles each. Tyler Richards and Kyle McDowell both had two hits and an RBI.
Richards also earned the win to improve to 5-1 this season.
Jacob Gossard and Brett Roby each had two hits for Hardin Northern (0-17).

Hardin Northern 000 100 0 — 1 6 3
Arlington 204 102 x — 9 15 2
WP — Richards (5-1). LP — Gossard. top hitters: (HN) Gossard 2-1B; Roby 2-1B. (Arl) Solt 1B, 2B; Freed 3-1B, RBI; Richard 2-1B, RBI; McDowell 2-1B, RBI; Rice 3-1B.
records: Hardin Northern 0-17; Arlington 16-5.

WAYNE TRACE 3
CONTINENTAL 2
HAVILAND — Wayne Trace scored three runs in the first inning and then held on to knock off Continental 3-2 in a Division IV sectional semifinal.
Aaron Stoller had a two-run first-inning double for the Raiders (7-14), who will play at No. 1 seed Patrick Henry at 5 p.m. Wednesday in a sectional final.
Marcus McVay earned the win, pitching a complete game and allowing an earned run on four hits. Austin Mansfield picked up the loss for the Pirates (13-3), allowing three runs (zero earned) on five hits in six innings.

Continental 001 100 0 — 2 4 3 Wayne Trace 300 000 x — 3 5 3
WP — McVay. LP — Mansfield. top hitters: (Cont) Troyer 2B, Thomas, Williams & Rue 1B. (WT) A. Stoller 2B, 2 RBI; N. Stoller 2B.
records: Continental 3-13, Wayne Trace 7-14.

KALIDA 8
OTTOVILLE 2
KALIDA — Austin Swift and Brady Laudick combined for two doubles, three singles and four RBI as Kalida took care of Ottoville 8-2 in a Division-IV sectional baseball semifinal.
The Wildcats (8-13) will play at Columbus Grove on Wendesday at 5 p.m. Ottoville fell to 6-10.
Randy Zeller picked up the win, pitching 51/3 innings and allowing two runs (one earned) on six hits.
Joel Beining had two singles for Ottoville, and Jared Fanning doubled and drove in a run.

Ottoville 010 001 0 — 2 7 5 Kalida 003 140 x — 8 9 4
WP — Zeller. LP — Schimmoeller. top hitters: (Otto) Beining 2-1B; Fanning 2B, RBI; Schimmoeller 1B, RBI. (Kal) Swift 2B, 2-1B, RBI; Laudick 2B, 1B, 3 RBI; Warnimont & Zeller 1B, RBI.
records: Ottoville 6-10, Kalida 8-13.

LEIPSIC 3
FORT JENNINGS 0
FORT JENNINGS — Grant Rader handcuffed Fort Jennings on seven hits as Leipsic stopped the Musketeers 3-0 in an opening-round Division IV sectional semifinal.
Leipsic will take on Miller City in the district quarterfinals Wednesday at 5 p.m.
Pierce Henry had two singles and Gavin Cupp and Dylan Schey both had doubles to lead the Vikings (7-16) at the plate.
Fort Jennings starter Ryan Rau took the loss despite allowing seven hits and striking out 10. Dylan Van Loo and Alex Vetter both had a pair of singles for the Musketeers (7-13).

Leipsic 011 000 1 — 3 7 0
Fort Jennings 000 000 0 — 0 7 1
WP — Rader. LP — Rau. top hitters: (Leip) Henry 2-1B; Cupp 2B; Schey 2B. (FJ) VanLoo 2-1B; Vetter 2-1B.
records: Leipsic 7-16, Fort Jennings 7-13.

MOHAWK 4
LUCAS 2
SYCAMORE — Mohawk’s Austin Harper got the win and helped his own cause with a single and two RBIs in the Warriors’ 4-2 Division IV sectional baseball win over Lucas.
Mohawk (10-11) will play at Tiffin Calvert Wednesday at 5 p.m. in the district quarterfinals.
The Cubs touched up Harper for 10 hits over seven innings but could muster only a pair of runs.

Lucas 000 011 0 — 2 10 0
Mohawk 300 100 x — 4 7 0
WP — Harper. LP — Schell. top hitters: (Moh) Harper 1B, 2 RBI; (Luc) Wagner 4-1B; Schell 2B, 1B; Switzer 2B, 1B.
records: Mohawk 10-11.

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BLUFFTON — Chris McClain fired a three-hit shutout Saturday as Bluffton defeated Allen East 3-0 in a Division III sectional baseball semifinal at Bluffton.
The Pirates (11-8) play at Ottawa-Glandorf (17-4) at 5 p.m. Thursday in a sectional final.
Bluffton also had just three hits in the game, but the Pirates made them count with a three-run fourth inning. Trent Phillips reached on an error to start the frame, and Brett Rumer, Drake Luginbuhl and Braden Skilliter all had base hits.
McClain struck out two and walked four, and his teammates backed him up with errorless defense and a pair of double plays.

Allen East 000 000 0 — 0 3 2
Bluffton 000 300 x — 3 3 0
WP — McClain. LP — Goodwin. top hitters: (AE) Stippich 1B; Ketchum 1B; Lawrence 1B. (Blu) Rumer 1B; Luginbuhl 1B; Skilliter 1B.
records: Allen East 13-11, Bluffton 11-8.

HOPEWELL-LOUDON 9
COLONEL CRAWFORD 2
BASCOM — All nine Hopewell-Loudon starters had at least one base hit and all nine scored a run Saturday as the Chieftains romped past Colonel Crawford 9-2 in a Division III sectional semifinal at Hopewell-Loudon.
The Chieftains (15-8) advance to Wednesday’s 5 p.m. sectional final at Huron.
Garret Sendelbach singled, doubled, drove in two runs and picked up the win on the mound. Sendelbach allowed just two hits and struck out 11.
Tyler Imes had three base hits and Jordan Stewart (2 RBI) and Ryan Depinet had two each for Hopewell-Loudon.
Connor McCreary had two RBIs for Colonel Crawford (7-14).

Colonel Crawford 000 020 0 — 2 2 0
Hopewell-Loudon 106 020 x — 9 13 0
WP — Sendelbach (6-3). LP — Burkhart. top hitters: (CC) McCreary 1B, 2-RBI. (H-L) Sendelbach 1B, 2B, 2-RBI; Depinet 2-1B; Imes 3-1B, RBI; Stewart 2-1B, 2-RBI.
records: Colonel Crawford 7-14, Hopewell-Loudon 15-8.

PARKWAY 8
VAN BUREN 0
VAN BUREN — Austin Adams scattered six hits over seven innings, while striking out three and not issuing a walk, and added a triple and three RBIs at the plate as Parkway blanked Van Buren 8-0 in a Division III sectional semifinal on Saturday.
Parkway advances to the sectional final at Liberty-Benton (19-3) on Thursday at 5 p.m.
Wyatt Felver doubled, singled twice and drove in a run and Austin Dennison added an RBI double for the Panthers.
Van Buren’s Jameson Jacobs recorded two of the six singles by the Black Knights (12-8).

Parkway 104 010 2 — 8 10 1
Van Buren 000 000 0 — 0 6 2
WP — Adams. LP — Turner. top hitters: (Pwy) Depweg 1B, RBI; Riley 2-1B; Adams 3B, 2 RBI; Felver 2-1B, 2B, RBI; Dennison 2B, RBI; Gibson 1B, RBI. (VB) Jacobs 2-1B.
records: Van Buren 12-8.

VAN WERT 9
RIVERDALE 0
VAN WERT — Four runs in the first inning put Van Wert well on its way Saturday and the Cougars shut out Riverdale 9-0 in a Division III sectional semifinal.
Ethan Williams had two singles and two RBIs and Justice Tussing had an RBI double for Van Wert. The Cougars will play at St. Henry at 5 p.m. Wednesday in a sectional final.
Van Wert ace Brant Henry limited Riverdale (4-16) to just two hits, singles by Evan McKee and Tristan Davis.

Riverdale 000 000 0 — 0 2 5
Van Wert 400 500 x — 9 8 0
WP — Henry. LP — Loveridge. top hitters: (Riv) McKee 1B; Davis 1B. (VW) Williams 2-1B, 2-RBI; Tussing 2B, RBI.
records: Riverdale 4-16.

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Fostoria's Chris Hampton  gets mobbed by his teammates at home plate after ripping a game-winning home run with two outs in the seventh inning against Upper Sandusky in an opening-round Division II sectional tournament game at Grant Jackson Field. Hampton's blast gave the Redmen a 4-3 win over the Rams and allowed them to advance to Thursday's 5 p.m. sectional final at Wapakoneta. (Photo by Matthias Leguire.)

Fostoria’s Chris Hampton gets mobbed by his teammates at home plate after ripping a game-winning home run with two outs in the seventh inning against Upper Sandusky in an opening-round Division II sectional tournament game at Grant Jackson Field. Hampton’s blast gave the Redmen a 4-3 win over the Rams and allowed them to advance to Thursday’s 5 p.m. sectional final at Wapakoneta. (Photo by Matthias Leguire.)

By SHANNON DOVE
FOR THE COURIER
Two outs, two runners on base, down by two runs in the bottom of the last inning.
Every baseball player dreams of walking to the plate in this situation and knocking a home run out of the park, winning the game and perhaps a championship for their team.
Chris Hampton got to live it Saturday.
The Fostoria High School junior stepped up to the plate at Grant Jackson Field in the bottom of the seventh and sent the first pitch he saw over the left field fence to give the Redmen a 4-3 victory over Upper Sandusky in a Division II sectional semifinal.
“I was looking to hit it as hard as I could,” Hampton said.
Fostoria (14-9) advances to the Division II sectional championship game at Wapakoneta Thursday at 5 p.m.
“Unbelievable. I don’t know what else to say other than unbelievable,” Fostoria coach Dustin Smith said.
“We kept our heads in the game, battled and battled and battled, had lots of opportunities to score runs and just for whatever reason couldn’t get it done until the bottom of the seventh.”
Upper Sandusky coach Keith Miller was philosophical afterward.
“One more out. One more out and we’re out of here with a win. It’s part of baseball,” he said.
Hampton’s bomb was even more dramatic after the Rams (13-10) broke a 1-1 tie with two runs in the top of the seventh.
With a runner on second and two outs, Smith decided to issue an intentional walk to Cody Gabriel, who had given the Rams a 1-0 lead in the third with a solo home run. However, that brought clean-up hitter Carson Mittermaier to the plate and he belted a triple to the gap in right-center field.
“Either way, you pick your poison,” Smith said. “You either pitch to (Gabriel) and leave a base open at first or … I was looking for forces at any base. (Mittermaier) hit it into the gap and that’s just the way the game goes.”
Twice earlier, it looked as if the Rams may take command.
Upper Sandusky put its first two hitters of the second inning on base on infield errors, but pitcher Trey Yates was able to work out of the jam when Dermot Garza hit into a fielder’s choice, Tylor Pritchard flied out to center field and Cameron Binau hit a pop fly that first baseman Hunter Abell caught in foul territory.
Upper Sandusky threatened again in the sixth when Mittermaier hit a leadoff double and moved to third on Alex Kenner’s single. After Kenner stole second, Andre Myers grounded out to shortstop, Garza grounded out to the pitcher and Pritchard hit a pop fly to shortstop Kaleb Bemis.
“One of our most consistent pitchers on the team and he’s a freshman,” Smith said of Yates. “Throws strikes, keeps the ball down, stays composed — I don’t really see him get riled, worried, out of whack or anything. He just does his thing, throws strikes, and he’s going to be good. He does a real nice job for us.”
Upper Sandusky stranded nine runners on base, including six in scoring position.
“We had other chances throughout the game, too, a lot of guys in scoring position, and couldn’t get them in when we needed to,” Miller said. “We still worked hard enough at the end that we got that two-run lead, and unfortunately it just wasn’t enough to hold up.”
Yates earned a complete-game win, allowing three earned runs on six hits, striking out three while walking.
Rams starter Sam Plott had a solid outing, giving up just one earned run on five hits and one walk while fanning nine in six innings.
Gabriel was charged with the loss in relief after surrendering three earned runs on three hits and striking out one in two-thirds of an inning.
Hampton also singled in the third inning and knocked in all four of Fostoria’s runs. Lance Smith added a pair of singles and Alex Jackson a double for the Redmen.

Upper Sandusky 001 000 2 — 3 6 0
Fostoria 001 000 3 — 4 8 2
WP — Yates. LP — Gabriel. top hitters: (US) Gabriel HR; Mittermaier 2-2B, 2 RBI. (Fos) Smith 2-1B; Hampton HR, 1B, 4 RBI; Jackson 2B.
records: Upper Sandusky 13-10, Fostoria 14-9.

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