Findlay First Edition Cabaret 2014 will be held in the Findlay High School R.L. Heminger Auditorium on Friday, May 16 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, May 17 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Cabaret will showcase the FFE show choir, their musical accompaniment The Boingers, and technical crew members in a variety of musical performances which are chosen, arranged, and rehearsed by the students. The performances will include solo and ensemble acts featuring classical, Broadway, jazz and rock music. In addition, FFE will perform its competition show.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for senior citizens and students. Tickets will be sold Monday through Friday, May 12-15, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Heminger Auditorium lobby. Limited tickets, based on availability, will be available at the door one hour prior to the performances.
FFE will perform its competition show which includes the following selections: “This is the Life,” “The Ed Sullivan Show,” “Morning Glow,” “Tainted Love,” “Wings” and “Raise You Up.”
The group is directed by Kevin Manley, assistant director is Alycia Althaus and choreographer is Andy Haines.
During the 2013-14 season FFE competed in five regional events with the following results:
• Ada Music Feast: Overall first runner-up, Class AA grand champion, overall best instrumental combo, best combo class AA, Marquis Ramsey (most dynamic performer).
• Cuyahoga Classic: Overall second runner-up, Class A first runner-up, best costumes, Sybil Anast (most dynamic performer).
• Medina Midwest Classic: Overall grand champion, overall best choreography, Class A first runner-up, Michaela Long (most dynamic performer).
• Solon Invitational: Overall grand champion, overall best vocals, overall best choreography, overall best show design, overall best combo, best performance of “Wings,” Class A champion, Chase Wagner (most dynamic performer).
• Bishop Luers Midwest Invitational: Overall grand champion, overall best vocals, overall best choreography, Class A champion, Spirit of Luers Award, best female soloist Sybil Anast, Sarah Pulcheon (most dynamic performer).
• FAME Branson: Overall first runner-up, overall best tech crew.
In addition, FFE performed at the Arie Crowne Theatre in the FAME National Show Choir Championship. FFE was named the overall third runner-up show choir in the nation, and also received the award for overall best male vocals in the nation.
For more information, contact the Findlay High School choir office, 419-425-8282, or email Manley at kmanley@findlaycityschools.org.

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By MORGAN MANNS
STAFF WRITER
Fostoria junior high band members will participate in the Ohio Music Education Association’s large group Middle School/Junior High district contest May 16-17.
This is the first year in several years that Fostoria will host the event, according to Fostoria High School Band Director Steve Kauffman.
This year’s contest will feature 14 groups total, including both bands and choirs. Bands will perform in the Performing Arts Center at the Fostoria Junior/Senior High School, located at 1001 Park Ave., and choirs will perform in the gymnasium.
Groups participating include Fostoria Junior High band, Fremont Middle School bands, Port Clinton Middle School bands, Seneca East Junior High, Woodmore bands, Sailorway Middle School band and choir, St. Peter School concert band, Western Reserve Middle School concert band, Lakota Local Schools choir, and Grant Middle School band and mixed choir.
Only the eighth-grade band members from Fostoria will take part in the event. They are scheduled to perform at 4:35 p.m. Friday. This is the fourth straight year the band has participated.
“I’m very excited,” Kauffman said. “Any opportunity to show off our facility, our kids and our town is a good one.”
Friday’s show will last from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. with bands only, while Saturday’s recitals will begin at 9 a.m. with both band and choir performances.
Kauffman said this event is similar to the OMEA District II large group adjudication event, otherwise known as Ohio State Band Contest, which the high school band attended in March.
The bands and choirs will perform three songs, one of which was selected from a required list, in front of judges who will give them ratings. The difference is the groups won’t be required to complete a sight-reading piece.
A judge will work with the group for 10 to 15 minutes after each group performs their songs, according to Kauffman.
“The judge will work with them and teach them a couple things based off of what they heard (during their performance),” he said. “It’s a nice thing; the kids get more out of it then. It enforces (the judges’) written comments.”
The eighth-grade band will play “Quantico,” “Mozart’s Symphony No. 15 Finale” and “Antagonist.”
The bands and choirs will receive a rating of 1 through 5, 1 being a superior rating. Scores will be received on a white board in the school’s cafeteria.
Kauffman said the Fostoria Junior High band members will play these songs at their concert, scheduled for 7 p.m. May 15 in the FJSHS Performing Arts Center.
Both the contest and the concert are free and open to the public. No video or pictures are permitted during the contest.

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The Findlay High School Symphony Orchestra and the Findlay High School Chamber Orchestra will present a final spring concert on Monday, May 19, at 7:30 p.m. in the R.L. Heminger Auditorium at Findlay High School.
The Chamber Orchestra will begin the concert by performing three selections: “Irish Suite,” “Allegro from Symphony No. 12 in G” and “Gregorian Rhapsody.” The Chamber Orchestra, founded in 1987, is composed of a select group of 19 string players who also perform in the Findlay High School Symphony Orchestra. The Chamber Orchestra rehearses on Monday afternoons throughout the year and performs challenging music written specifically for chamber groups.
Next, Hiromasa “Alex” Harada will perform a violin solo, “Allegro Molto Appassionato from Violin Concerto, Op. 64 in E Minor” by Felix Mendelssohn. He will be accompanied on piano by Anita Schaible, assistant director of the FHS Symphony Orchestra. Harada has played violin in the Findlay City Schools orchestra program for eight years. He has been the concertmaster of the Toledo Youth Orchestra for four years, and won the TYO concerto competition in 2011 and 2013. He participated in Ohio Northwest Regional Orchestra for four years (serving as concertmaster two of those years) and was selected for the Ohio All-State Orchestra for four years. He also participated in various national honors orchestras, performing at The Kennedy Center and the Grand Ole Opry. He has also performed the national anthem and solo works at various sporting, academic, church and fundraising events. A Findlay senior, he plans to attend the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania to study economics and international relations, while minoring in music and violin performance.
The Findlay High School Symphony Orchestra, comprised of 81 students, will perform six selections at the concert, including “Winds of Poseidon” by Robert W. Smith, which is based on the classic story, “The Odyssey,” about a shipwrecked warrior who wanders the land and sea for 10 years. Three other selections were performed by the orchestra at the Ohio Music Education Association State Orchestra contest, where they received a “Superior” rating from a panel of judges. The three selections are: “Shalom Chavarin,” “Procession of the Sardar” and “Bacchanale from Sampson and Delilah.”
The Findlay High School Symphony Orchestra is directed by Ken Pressel, with assistant director Anita Schaible. This is Pressel’s 21st year teaching orchestra at Findlay City Schools. He received his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in violin performance from Ohio University.
The concert is free and open to the public.

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LIMA — Ottawa-Glandorf got runner-up finishes at No. 1 and No. 3 singles Saturday to place third at the Western Buckeye League tournament at the University of Northwestern Ohio.
The Titans scored 32 points in the tourney and finished behind Lima Shawnee (54) and Celina (46).
Coupled with its third-place finish in the regular season standings, O-G placed third in the final WBL standings. Lima Shawnee and regular season champ Celina shared the final league crown.
O-G’s Alex Schroeder, at No. 1 singles, downed Wapakoneta’s Drew Wayman 6-0, 6-1 in the quarterfinals and Van Wert’s Lane Mansfield 5-7, 7-6 (2), 6-1 in the semis. Lima Shawnee’s Jason Barton defeated Schroeder 6-2, 0-6, 6-0 in the final.
The Titans’ John Schroeder beat Celina’s Nathan Lutz 1-6, 6-0, 6-1 in the quarters at No. 3 singles, and defeated St. Mary’s Justin Nedderman 2-6, 6-3, 6-1 in the semis. Lima Shawnee’s Ruthvik Avvari won the title match 6-2, 6-1.
Brandon Hempfling placed third for O-G at No. 2 singles. He beat Van Wert’s Eric Yeung 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 in the quarters, fell to Celina’s Alex Siebel 6-0, 6-0 in the semis and rebounded to defeat Kenton’s Jake Abbott 6-2, 6-1.
The Titans placed eighth at No. 1 double and sixth at No. 2 doubles.

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By AMY M. CARLES
Vacations are a much-deserved treat, and are necessary for health and emotional well being. However, they can be quite costly and they can put you in debt.
Do not let the idea, “We deserve it!” set you back financially. There are ways to enjoy a vacation on a budget.
Start by planning your trip. If you plan early enough, you can set up a vacation savings account to pay for it.
Setting up an automatic deposit each month is more effective than putting money in a jar, plus it will earn you a little interest. It also helps you avoid dipping into your vacation fund.
Planning early can also often save you money on travel. However, you can often find last-minute deals if you can be flexible when and where you go.
Create a vacation spending plan. Determine where you are going, how you will get there, what you will do there, and what you will need to take with you.
You should also create a daily budget for food, drinks, activities, souvenirs and shopping.
Make a list of people you want to buy for and set a spending limit. Before buying souvenirs, ask yourself if you really need another trinket you will not use.
Would a photo of a landmark or tourist attraction be just as good? Consider purchasing souvenirs to use every day.
Be careful not to underestimate vacation expenses, and build in a cushion for the unexpected.
Travel during the off-season, take your own food, and eat large meals at lunch or breakfast to save money on meals. Look for packaged, all-inclusive deals and coupons.
Consider staying with friends and family. But, if you do, make sure you do not overstay your welcome, and give a nice gift to say thank you for the hospitality.
Pack light to save money on baggage fees. However, packing all you need may avoid expenses when you arrive at your travel destination and cost you less in the long run.
The weather may not be what you expect. Pack with this in mind by packing clothes that are versatile and easily layered, and do not forget a jacket and umbrella.
Alert your bank and credit card companies of your travel plans, especially if leaving the state or country. Otherwise, you may discover your ATM card or credit card shut down because the bank believes it to be stolen.
If you are going to use a credit card for your trip, make sure you can pay it off to avoid going into debt. Putting a vacation on credit is not a good idea.
The debt will make the vacation more expensive and create stress that takes the fun of your vacation. Taking out a home equity loan for a vacation is considered bad debt, and could put your house at risk.
If the only way you can have a vacation is to charge it, consider a “staycation” instead, then start planning and saving for a vacation later.
If you need help, Hancock Saves can help at www.hancocksaves.org.
Carles is with the Ohio State University Extension, Hancock County, and program coordinator for Hancock Saves.

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LIMA — Ottawa-Glandorf got runner-up finishes at No. 1 and No. 3 singles Saturday to place third at the Western Buckeye League tournament at the University of Northwestern Ohio.
The Titans scored 32 points in the tourney and finished behind Lima Shawnee (54) and Celina (46).
Coupled with its third-place finish in the regular season standings, O-G placed third in the final WBL standings. Lima Shawnee and regular season champ Celina shared the final league crown.
O-G’s Alex Schroeder, at No. 1 singles, downed Wapakoneta’s Drew Wayman 6-0, 6-1 in the quarterfinals and Van Wert’s Lane Mansfield 5-7, 7-6 (2), 6-1 in the semis. Lima Shawnee’s Jason Barton defeated Schroeder 6-2, 0-6, 6-0 in the final.
The Titans’ John Schroeder beat Celina’s Nathan Lutz 1-6, 6-0, 6-1 in the quarters at No. 3 singles, and defeated St. Mary’s Justin Nedderman 2-6, 6-3, 6-1 in the semis. Lima Shawnee’s Ruthvik Avvari won the title match 6-2, 6-1.
Brandon Hempfling placed third for O-G at No. 2 singles. He beat Van Wert’s Eric Yeung 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 in the quarters, fell to Celina’s Alex Siebel 6-0, 6-0 in the semis and rebounded to defeat Kenton’s Jake Abbott 6-2, 6-1.
The Titans placed eighth at No. 1 double and sixth at No. 2 doubles.

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The Fostoria Redmen celebrate Saturday after Chris Hampton's homer in the bottom of the seventh gave the Redmen a 4-3 win over Upper Sandusky in a Division II sectional semifinal game. (Photo by Mathias Leguire)

The Fostoria Redmen celebrate Saturday after Chris Hampton’s homer in the bottom of the seventh gave the Redmen a 4-3 win over Upper Sandusky in a Division II sectional semifinal game. (Photo by Mathias Leguire)

FOSTORIA — Chris Hampton hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the seventh inning as Fostoria rallied for three runs in the final frame to drop Upper Sandusky 4-3 in a Division II sectional semifinal on Saturday.
The Redmen (15-7) advance to the sectional final at Wapakoneta (16-8) on Thursday at 5 p.m.
Hampton also singled and drove in all four runs for Fostoria. Lance Smith notched a pair of singles as well.
Cody Gabriel, who picked up the loss on the mound, hit a solo home run and Carson Mittermaier doubled twice and drove in a pair of runs for the Rams (14-8).

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 14-8; Fostoria 15-7.

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FREMONT — Nolan Rodman started Friday’s game with Fremont Ross with a leisurely stroll around the bases.
His second time up, he was a bit more aggressive.
Rodman scored Findlay’s first run when Fremont starter Michael Hufford walked the first four batters he faced. Rodman came up a second time in the first inning and smashed a grand slam, highlighting a 12-run barrage that propelled the Trojans to a 15-4 Three Rivers Athletic Conference win.
Ryan Golden added a two-run home run and Wes Breitigam a two-run single in the first inning. Connor Curlis had three hits in the game and Payton Evans had two as Findlay (12-9, 7-2 TRAC) gave sophomore starter Chandler Stillings plenty of offensive support.
Jalen Slick (1B, 3B) had two hits for Ross (8-14, 2-6 TRAC).

Findlay (12)03 00 — 15 13 3
Fremont Ross 110 20 — 4 8 1
WP — Stillings (3-2). LP — Hufford. top hitters: (Fin) Rodman HR, 4 RBI; Golden HR, 2 RBI; Curlis 3-1B, RBI; Evans 2-1B, RBI; Breitigam 1B, 3 RBI. (FR) Slick 3B, 1B; Johnson 2B.
records: Findlay 12-9 overall, 7-2 TRAC; Fremont Ross 8-14, 2-6 TRAC.

FREMONT ROSS 6, FINDLAY JV 5
Fremont Ross 001 030 2 — 6 6 2
Findlay JV 000 004 1 — 5 6 3
WP — White. LP — Weickert. top hitters: (FR) Gross 2-1B; White 2-1B, RBI; Curl 2-1B, 3 RBI. (Fin) Cosiano 1B, 2 RBI; Rinebolt 2B, RBI; Barger 2B; Berry 1B, RBI.
records: Findlay 10-11 overall, 2-6-1 TRAC.

VANLUE 10
CAREY 0
CAREY — Vanlue’s Jacob Coldren pitched a two-hit shutout and Sam Wagner drove in four runs as the Wildcats run-ruled Carey 10-0 in a nonleague baseball game between the backyard rivals.
Wagner got Vanlue on the board with a bases-clearing 3-run double in the third inning. He added a sacrifice fly in the fifth, while Nick Hagerty (2B, 1B), Coldren (2-1B), Jason Summers (3B) and Tyler Wingate drove in runs as well.
Coldren set down every Carey batter but Steve Yontz, who doubled and singled for the Blue Devils only hits.

Vanlue 034 03 — 10 10 0
Carey 000 00 — 0 2 2
WP — Coldren (1-4). LP — Musgrave. top hitters: (Van) Hagerty 2B, 1B, RBI; Wagner 2B, 4 RBI; Coldren 2-1B, RBI; Summers 3B, RBI; Wingate 1B, RBI. (Car) Yontz 2B, 1B.
records: Vanlue 4-13, Carey 4-12.
OTTAWA-GLANDORF 18
NAPOLEON 1
NAPOLEON — Tanner Schimmoeller belted a home run and drove in three runs and Ottawa-Glandorf exploded for 18 runs on 16 hits to demolish Napoleon 18-1 in five innings in a nonconference game.
Brad Croy (three doubles, three RBIs), Tyler Zender (three singles, three RBIs) and Andrew Wischmeyer (double, two singles) each had three hits for the Titans (16-4), who scored eight runs in the fifth inning.

Ottawa-Glandorf 104 48 — 18 16 1 Napoleon 000 01 — 1 5 3
WP — Maas (3-1). LP — Torrez. top hitters: (O-G) Croy 3-2B, 3 RBI; Zender 3-1B, 3 RBI; Schimmoeller HR, 3 RBI; Wischmeyer 2B, 2-1B. (Nap) Schlade 3B; Torrez 2B.
records: Ottawa-Glandorf 16-4, Napoleon 15-3.
TIFFIN CALVERT 12
FOSTORIA ST. WENDELIN 2
TIFFIN — Tiffin Calvert scored 10 runs in the second inning and crushed Fostoria St. Wendelin 12-2 in a Midland Athletic League game.
Jesse Gase, Bailey Hickman and Peyton Deats each had two singles for Tiffin Calvert (15-4, 5-2 MAL).
Brad Buhrow and Trent Whetsel each singled twice for Fostoria St. Wendelin (2-20, 0-9 MAL).

Fostoria St. Wendelin 001 01 — 2 9 0 Tiffin Calvert 1(10)0 1x — 12 14 0
WP — Ritzler. LP — Whetsel. top hitters: (FSW) Buhrow & T. Whetsel 2-1B. (TC) Gase, Hickman & Deats 2-1B.
records: Fostoria St. Wendelin 2-20, 0-9 MAL. Tiffin Calvert 15-4, 5-2 MAL.

PANDORA-GILBOA 11
ADA 6
PANDORA — Pandora-Gilboa used 3-run rallies in three consecutive innings to overcome a 5-2 deficit and post an 11-6 nonleague win over Ada.
Brian Schneck (2-1B, 3B) and T.J. Koepplinger (2-1B, 2B) drove in two runs each. Jacob Basinger tripled and plated three runs for the Rockets (10-10), who tied the game with a 3-run rally in the third inning and surged ahead with 3-run rallies in the fourth and fifth.
Brayden Sautter (1B, 2B) drove in three runs and Connor English had a pair of RBI singles for Ada (13-11).

Ada 050 001 0 — 6 9 4
Pandora-Gilboa 023 330 x — 11 13 2
WP — Osborn (3-1). LP — Gray. top hitters: (Ada) Sautter 1B, 2B, 3 RBI; English 2-1B, 2 RBI; Everhart 2-1B; Downing 2-1B. (P-G) Schneck 2-1B, 3B, 2 RBI; Koepplinger 2-1B, 2B, 2 RBI; Basinger 3B, 3 RBI; Stall 1B, RBI; George 2-1B; Rieman 1B, RBI.
records: Ada 13-11, Pandora-Gilboa 10-10.

WYNFORD 11
RIVERDALE 5
BUCYRUS — Wynford capitalized on seven Riverdale errors and scored in every inning except the fourth to grab an 11-5 victory and clinch at least a share of the North Central Conference title.
Alex Crall recorded a double, a single and two RBIs, Jake Glowaski added a pair of singles and two RBIs and Austin Shutler tripled, singled and drove in a run for the Royals (13-7, 11-2 NCC).
Grant Loveridge and Luke Bowman each tallied two singles and an RBI, while Tristan Davis doubled and drove in a run for the Falcons (4-15, 2-10).

Riverdale 001 010 3 — 5 9 7
Wynford 132 032 x — 11 9 3
WP — Leer. LP — Bowman. top hitters: (Riv) Loveridge 2-1B, RBI; Bowman 2-1B, RBI; Davis 2B, RBI. (Wyn) Shutler 1B, 3B, RBI; Glowaski 2-1B, 2 RBI; Crall 1B, 2B, 2 RBI.
records: Riverdale 4-15 overall, 2-10 North Central Conference; Wynford 13-7 overall, 11-2 North Central Conference.

UPPER SANDUSKY 13
GALION 12
GALION — Alex Kenner finished with a double, two singles and three RBIs as Upper Sandusky outslugged North Central Conference-leading Galion 13-12 on Friday.
Cody Gabriel doubled, singled and drove in two runs, Andre Myers hit a double, a single and drove in a run and Tylor Pritchard notched singled twice and had an RBI for the Rams (14-7, 9-4 NCC).
Eric Powell homered, singled and drove in a pair of runs, Chad Karnes added two singles and two RBIs and Bryton Carpenter finished with a single and four RBIs for the Tigers (18-5, 10-3).

Upper Sandusky 501 214 0 — 13 13 2
Galion 401 007 0 — 12 10 5
WP — Kenner. LP — Karnes. top hitters: (US) Gabriel 1B, 2B, 2 RBI; Mittermaier 1B, RBI; Kenner 2-1B, 2B, 3 RBI; Myers 1B, 2B, RBI; Garza 1B, RBI; Pritchard 2-1B, RBI. (Gal) Powell HR, 1B, 2 RBI; Flower 2-1B; Campbell 1B, RBI; Harris 1B, RBI; Karnes 2-1B, 2 RBI; Carpenter 1B, 4 RBI; Burket 1B, RBI.
records: Upper Sandusky 14-7 overall, 9-4 North Central Conference; Galion 18-5, 10-3.

LAKE 7
FOSTORIA 2
MILLBURY — The four hits and two runs Fostoria had against Lake on Friday may not look like much.
But those are the kind of numbers this year’s players might one day be telling their kids about.
Fsotoria got those four hits and two runs off of Lake ace Jayce Vancena, a 6-foot-5, 220-pound right-hander who has signed a national letter of intent to play baseball, if he’s not drafted by a major league team first. It is believed to be the most hits and runs Vancena has allowed in any one game this year.
Donovan Vogel had two of those base hits for Fostoria (13-9, 3-6 NBC). Vancena helped his on causwe with a pair of hits for Lake, 19-2 and 9-0 in the league.

Fostoria 000 101 0 — 2 4 2
Lake 103 201 x — 7 7 0
WP — Vancena. LP — Smith (4-1). top hitters: (Fos) Vogel 2-1B. (Lake) Vancena 2-1B; Ackerman 2-1B.
records: Fostoria 13-9 overall, 3-6; Lake 19-2, 9-0.

PATRICK HENRY 11
ANTWERP 1
HAMLER — Joey Nickels finished with a double, a single and three RBIs as Patrick Henry pounded Antwerp 11-1 in a nonconference meeting on Friday.
Kyler Seemann notched a double and two RBIs, Derek Hoops had a double and a pair of singles, while Derek Kolpien notched a double and an RBI for the Patriots (17-7).

Antwerp 100 00 — 1 3 5
Patrick Henry 160 13 — 11 10 2
WP — Ziegler. LP — Coleman. top hitters: (Ant) Messman 3B; Coppsey 2B. (PH) Hoops 2-1B, 2B; Nickels 1B, 2B, 3 RBI; Ziegler 2-1B; Seemann 2B, 2 RBI; Kolpien 2B, RBI.
records: Patrick Henry 17-7.

MCCOMB 7
HOLGATE 1
MCCOMB — Clay Grubb singled twice and drove in a pair of runs, while Mitch Schroeder added a single and two RBIs in McComb’s 7-1 nonleague victory against Holgate on Friday.
Andrew Adams contributed a single and an RBI and Malachi Abbott improved to 7-0 on the mound for the Panthers (17-3).
Matt Westrick hit a double to lead Holgate (8-11).

Holgate 000 001 0 — 1 7 2
McComb 010 204 x — 7 8 0
WP — Abbott (7-0). top hitters: (Hol) Westrick 2B. (McC) Grubb 2-1B, 2 RBI; Schroeder 2B, 2 RBI; Adams 1B, RBI.
records: Holgate 8-11, McComb 17-3.

MILLER CITY 9
KALIDA 8
KALIDA — Miller City scored all of its runs in the second and third innings to slip past Kalida 9-8 Friday to finish 7-0 in Putnam County League play this season.
Jeremy Balbaugh doubled, singled twice and drove in three runs, Jackson Lammers tallied a double and two RBIs, Logan Dukes added a single and two RBIs and Jared Fuka recorded a double and two singles for Miller City (14-5, 7-0 PCL).
Jeffrey Knueve had a double, a single and three RBIs, Brent Hovest hit a single and drove in a pair of runs and Blaine Warnimont tripled, singled and had an RBI for Kalida (7-13, 4-3).

Miller City 054 000 0 — 9 11 1
Kalida 004 210 1 — 8 7 3
WP — Dukes. LP — Buss. top hitters: (MC) Lammers 2B, 2 RBI; Dukes 1B, 2 RBI; Fuka 2-1B, 2B; Niese 2-1B; Balbaugh 2-1B, 2B, 3 RBI. (Kal) Warnimont 1B, 3B, RBI; Hovest 1B, 2 RBI; Lambert 1B, RBI; Knueve 1B, 2B, 3 RBI.
records: Miller City 14-5 overall, 8-0 Putnam County League; Kalida 7-13 overall, 4-3 Putnam County League.

NEW RIEGEL 6
CARDINAL STRITCH 0
NEW RIEGEL — Michael Kirian pitched a two-hit complete-game shutout, striking out 15 Cardinal Stritch batters, and blasted a home run at the plate as New Riegel won 6-0 in nonconference baseball action on Friday.
Aaron Reinhart also hit a home run, a single and drove in three runs for New Riegel (11-8). Austin Mathias added two singles as the Blue Jackets jumped out to a 3-0 lead after the first inning.

Cardinal Stritch 000 000 0 — 0 2 0 New Riegel 301 020 x — 6 8 0
WP — Kirian (5-2). LP — Gasser. top hitters: (NR) Reinhart HR, 1B, 3 RBI; Kirian HR, 3 RBI; Mathias 2-1B.
records: New Riegel 11-8.

FORT JENNINGS 9

CONTINENTAL 7
CONTINENTAL — Fort Jennings answered Continental’s seven-run barrage in the third inning with a game-turning five-run rally in the fifth and held on to post a 9-7 Putnam County League baseball win on Friday.
Connor Wallenhorst had three base hits for Fort Jennings (7-12, 4-3 PCL). Terry Dockery III and Derek Troyer tripled for Continental (3-12, 0-7 PCL).

Fort Jennings 030 150 0 — 9 9 1
Continental 007 000 0 — 7 5 7
WP — Clay. LP — Williams. top hitters: (FJ) Wallenhorst 3-1B; VanLoo 2-1B. (Cont) Dockery 1B, 3B; Williams 2B; Mansfield 2-1B; Troyer 3B.
records: Fort Jennings 7-12 overall, 4-3 PCL; Continental 3-12, 0-7 PCL.

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PREP BASEBALL
Area Batting Leaders
G AB R H Avg.
Terry Dockery III, Cont. 14 42 13 20 .476
Aaron Reinhart, New Riegel 18 51 16 24 .471
Carson Mittermaier, Upper 17 56 18 26 .464
Hunter Abell, Fostoria 20 54 26 25 .463
Kaleb Bemis, Fostoria 20 53 23 22 .462
Garret Sendelbach, H-L 22 72 23 33 .458
Jordan Freed, Arlington 20 62 24 28 .452
Sam Plott, Upper Sandusky 17 51 18 23 .451
Tyler Imes, H-Loudon 22 60 17 27 .450
Ross Adolph, Van Buren 20 66 31 29 .439
Zach Stewart, N. Baltimore 18 64 15 28 .438
Matt Holsinger, Carey 16 53 16 23 .433
Kyle Lamb, Hardin Northern 16 44 6 19 .432
Jared Neiling, Liberty-Benton 22 72 22 31 .431
Jameson Jacobs, Van Buren 20 63 28 29 .426
Michael Kirian, New Riegel 18 55 17 23 .418
Jake Dryfuse, New Riegel 18 63 18 27 .429
Mitch Schroeder, McComb 19 67 23 28 .418
Chance Sonnenberg, VB 20 65 14 27 .415
Bryan Scherger, H-Loudon 22 70 22 28 .400
Chris Hampton, Fostoria 20 50 21 20 .400
Caden Schroeder, McComb 19 43 9 17 .385
Levi Newcomer, N. Baltimore 18 51 12 20 .392
Cody Gabriel, Upper San. 17 54 13 21 .389
Gavin Cupp, Leipsic 23 70 – 27 .386
Schuler Turner, Van Buren 20 55 23 21 .382
Hunter Berner, Miller City 17 63 13 24 .381
Alex Harter, Liberty-Benton 22 63 14 24 .381
Satchel Strahm, Carey 16 50 15 19 .380
Jacob Frost, North Baltimore 18 58 11 22 .379
Braden Park, H-Loudon 22 45 12 17 .378
Adam Drummelsmith, Mil. City 17 61 6 23 .377
Paul Frey, Riverdale 18 53 14 15 .377
Tyler Richards, Arlington 20 56 16 21 .375
Lance Smith, Fostoria 20 59 24 22 .373
Nick Affholder, Arlington 20 65 13 24 .369
Ryan Depinet, H-L 22 72 23 26 .361
Tyler Zender, O-G 18 64 14 23 .359
Brett Roby, Hardin Northern 16 45 3 16 .356
Jacob Wise, Elmwood 17 64 16 39 .352
Isaac Sexton, Van Buren 20 66 21 23 .348
Caleb Russell, Liberty-Benton 22 72 17 25 .347
Dylan Musgrave, Carey 16 46 7 16 .347
Jordan Stewart, H-L 22 67 20 23 .343
Nolan Rodman, Findlay 20 50 9 17 .340
Tristan Davis, Riverdale 15 53 12 18 .340
Brad Croy, O-G 17 62 18 21 .339
Travis Clark, McComb 19 59 17 20 .339
Alex Ellerbrock, Leipsic 23 77 – 26 .338
Michael Roche, Findlay 20 30 10 6 .333
Connor Curlis, Findlay 20 33 5 11 .333
Logan Tyree, H-L 22 54 10 18 .333
Doubles
Hunter Berner, Miller City, 13; Bryan Scherger, Hopewell-Loudon, 9; Tyler Imes, Hopewell-Loudon, 8′ Tyler Richard, Arlington, 8; Aaron Reinhart & Jake Dryfuse, New Riegel, 8; Jameson Jacobs, Van Buren, 8; Donovan Scudder, St. Wendelin, 7; Brad Croy, Ottawa-Glandorf, 7; Garret Sendelbach, Hopewell-Loudon, 7; Jeremy Balbaugh, Miller City, 6; Matt Holsinger, Carey, 6; Terry Dockery III, Continental, 6; Jordan Freed, Arlington, 6; Matt Holsinger, Carey, 6; Ross Adolph, Van Buren, 6.
Triples
Ross Adolph, Van Buren, 9; Jackson Lammers & Jared Fuka, Miller City, 2; Alex Kenner, Upper Sandusky, 2; Terry Dockery III, Continental, 2; Garret Sendelbach, Hopewell-Loudon, 2; Nick Affholder, Arlington, 1; Caleb Russell & Jared Neiling, Liberty-Benton, 1; Jake Dryfuse & Michael Kirian, New Riegel, 1; Payten Whitaker, Van Buren, 1; Satchel Strahm & Brandon Zechman, Carey, 1; Mitch Schroeder, Clay Grubb, Taylor Reardon & Logan Meares, McComb, 1.
Home Runs
Carson Mittermaier, Upper Sandusky, 5; Hunter Abell, Fostoria, 3; Taylor Reardon, McComb, 3; Tyler Richard, Arlington, 3; Bryan Scherger, Hopewell-Loudon, 2; Jason Summers, Vanlue, 2; Isaac Sexton, Van Buren, 2; Drew Conner, Van Buren, 1; Ross Lehman, Miller City, 1; Cody Gabriel, Alex Kenner & Tylor Pritchard, Upper Sandusky, 1; Tyler Zender & Matt Warnecke, Ottawa-Glandorf, 1; Nick Affholder, Arlington, 1; Gavin Cupp, Leipsic, 1; Nolan Rodman & Dakota Feay, Findlay, 1; Jake Dryfuse, New Riegel, 1; Matt Holsinger, Carey, 1; Tyler Wingate & Nick Hagerty, Vanlue, 1; Jacob Gossard, Hardin Northern, 1.
Runs Batted In
Carson Mittermaier, Upper Sandusky, 27; Bryan Scherger, Hopewell-Loudon, 27; Michael Kirian, New Riegel, 25; Hunter Abell, Fostoria, 25; Garret Sendelbach, Hopewell-Loudon, 24; Isaac Sexton, Van Buren, 24; Ross Adolph, Van Buren, 23; Adam Drummelsmith, Miller City, 23; Jameson Jacobs, Van Buren, 21; Tyler Imes, Hopewell-Loudon, 20; Chris Hampton, Fostoria, 20; Jordan Freed, Arlington, 18; Kaleb Bemis, Fostoria, 17; Caleb Russell, Liberty-Benton, 17; Chance Sonnenberg, Van Buren, 17; Gavin Cupp, Leipsic, 16; Taylor Reardon, McComb, 16; Cody Gabriel, Upper Sandusky, 16; Andre Myers, Upper Sandusky, 15; Hunter Berner, Miller City, 15; Tyler Zender, Ottawa-Glandorf, 15; Tyler Richards, Arlington, 15; Drew Conner, Van Buren, 15; Jordan Stewart & Braden Park, Hopewell-Loudon, 14; Alex Harter & Jared Neiling, LIberty-Benton, 14; Alex Jackson, Fostoria, 14; Chandler Kersh, Ottawa-Glandorf, 14; Tyler Starr, Arlington, 14; Logan Tyree, Hopewell-Loudon, 13; Aaron Reinhart, New Riegel, 13; Mitch Schroeder, Clay Dysert, Caden Schroeder & Travis Clark, McComb, 13; Nick Affholder, Arlington, 13; Matt Holsinger, Carey, 13; Ryan Golden, Findlay, 13.
Stolen Bases
Mitch Schroeder, McComb, 30; Jordan Freed, Arlington, 28; Jordan Stewart, Hopewell-Loudon, 23; Clay grubb, McComb, 19; Drew Conner, Van Buren, 19; Neil Haselman, Leipsic, 16; Jackson Sebetto, Hopewell-Loudon, 15; Terry Dockery III, Continental, 14; Lance Smith, Fostoria, 14; Anthony Webb, Liberty-Benton, 14; Tyler Zender, Ottawa-Glandorf, 12; John Solt, Arlington, 12; Ross Adolph, Van Buren, 12; Satchel Strahm, Carey, 11l Drew Schierloh, Ottawa-Glandorf, 10; Nick Affholder, Arlington, 10; Ryan Depinet, Hopewell-Loudon, 10; Alex Harter, Liberty-Benton, 10; Jacob Gossard, Hardin Northern, 10; Jameson Jacobs, Van Buren, 10; Josh Ostrander, Liberty-Benton, 9; Chris Hampton, Fostoria, 9; Jacob Wise, Elmwood, 9; Isaac Sexton, Van Buren, 9; Kaleb Bemis, Fostoria, 8; Ross Dible, Upper Sandusky, 8; Parker Lease & Jared Neiling, Liberty-Benton, 8.
Area Pitching Leaders
IP ER ERA
Nick Affholder, Arlington 351/3 4 0.79
Zac Durliat, Arlington 242/3 3 0.85
Jared Neiling, Liberty-Benton 52 7 0.94
Matt Warnecke, O-G 372/3 6 1.11
Tyler Richards, Arlington 291/3 5 1.19
Carson Mittermaier, Upper San. 31 6 1.35
Austin Mansfield, Continental 38 6 1.42
Michael Kirian, New Riegel 29 6 1.44
Grant Loveridge, Riverdale 341/3 8 1.63
Malachi Abbott, McComb 38 9 1.66
Sam Plott, Upper Sandusky 29 7 1.69
Chandler Stillings, Findlay 311/3 8 1.78
Jameson Jacobs, Van Buren 362/3 10 1.91
Grant Loveridge, Riverdale 361/3 10 1.92
Ross Lehman, Miller City 431/3 12 1.94
Tanner Schimmoeller, O-G 351/3 10 1.98
Austin Harper, Mohawk 242/3 7 1.99
Grant Rader, Leipsic 30 9 2.10
Brad Croy, O-G 212/3 7 2.26
Austin Shock, Mohawk 321/3 11 2.38
Garret Sendelbach, H-L 47 16 2.38
Jordan Freed, Arlington 26 9 2.42
Schuler Turner, Van Buren 40 14 2.45
Adam Drummelsmith, Miller City 281/3 10 2.47
Caleb Russell, Liberty-Benton 31 11 2.48
Satchel Strahm, Carey 301/3 11 2.54
Clay Grubb, McComb 42 16 2.67
Jackson Lammers, Miller City 352/3 14 2.75
Brock Boyer, N. Baltimore 251/3 10 2.76
Dylan Schey, Leipsic 311/3 13 2.90
Cody Gabriel, Upper Sandusky 24 10 2.92
Alex Harter, Liberty-Benton 33 14 2.97
Trevor Solether, Elmwood 402/3 18 3.12
Trey Yates, Fostoria 252/3 9 3.16
Strikeouts
Garret Sendelbach, Hopewell-Loudon, 69; Jared Neiling, LibertyBenton, 68; Clay Grubb, McComb, 63; Jacob Gossard, Hardin Northern, 54; Nick Affholder, Arlington, 44; Carson Mittermaier, Upper Sandusky, 43; Ross Lehman, Miller City, 42; Caleb Russell, Liberty-Benton 42; Jackson Lammers, Miller City, 39; Nick Hagerty, Vanlue, 40; Tyler Imes, Hopewell-Loudon, 39; Alex Harter, Liberty-Benton, 38; Tyler Richard, Arlington, 38.
Individual Records
Jared Neiling, Liberty-Benton, 8-1; Malachi Abbott, McComb, 6-0; Ross Lehman, Miller City, 6-1; Matt Warnecke, Ottawa-Glandorf, 5-2; Garret Sendelbach, Hopewell-Loudon, 5-3; Brad Croy, Ottawa-Glandorf, 4-0; Zac Durliat, Arlington, 4-0; Alex Harter, Liberty-Benton, 4-0; Tyler Richard, Arlington, 4-1; Adam Drummelsmith, Miller City, 4-1; Michael Kirian, New Riegel, 4-2; Jameson Jacobs & Schuler Turner, Van Buren, 4-2; Tyler Imes, Hopewell-Loudon, 4-2; Trevor Solether, Elmwood, 4-3; Rob Crotty, Fostoria 3-0; Sam Plott, Upper Sandusky, 3-1; Caleb Russell, Liberty-Benton, 3-1; Clay Grubb, McComb, 3-1; Nick Affholder & Jordan Freed, Arlington, 3-2; Austin Shock, Mohawk, 3-3.
Team Records
Liberty-Benton 19-3, McComb 16-3, Patrick Henry 16-7, Ottawa-Glandorf 15-4, Arlington 14-5, Fostoria 14-7, Hopewell-Loudon 14-8, Columbus Grove 14-11, Miller City 13-5, Upper Sandusky 13-7, Van Buren 12-7, Findlay 11-9, Bluffton 10-8, New Riegel 10-8, Pandora-Gilboa 9-10, Mohawk 9-11, North Baltimore 8-13, Elmwood 7-11, Kalida 7-12, Ottoville 6-9, Fort Jennings 6-12, Leipsic 6-16, Carey 4-11, Ada 4-14, Riverdale 4-14, Continental 3-12, Vanlue 3-13, Arcadia 3-13, Cory-Rawson 3-16, Fostoria St. Wendelin 2-19, Hardin Northern 0-16.

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By MICHAEL BURWELL
Staff Writer
OTTAWA — It’s been an emotional season for the Ottawa-Glandorf baseball team.
From a heartbreaking 2-1 loss in 12 innings at the hands of baseball-powerhouse Defiance, to a walk-off RBI single to edge Wapakoneta 8-7 in eight innings a week later after trailing 7-1 entering the bottom of the sixth, the Titans have had their highs and lows.
But along with the sadness and triumph of those games, O-G also earned a sense of pride this season by becoming the first baseball team in school history to win the outright Western Buckeye League title.
In 47 years of WBL play before this season, the Titans (16-4, 8-1 WBL) earned a share of the 1982 WBL title with Defiance and the 1980 crown with St. Mary’s Memorial and Delphos St. John’s.
This year, they have the title all to themselves.
“It’s a surreal feeling,” O-G senior pitcher and third-baseman Matt Warnecke said. “I don’t think it’s still kicked in yet.
“It’s so crazy to think that we’re going to be remembered in history as the only team to ever win it all. It feels amazing.”
O-G has won 10 of its last 11 games, with the lone loss being to Defiance on April 25. The Titans had several chances to end the Bulldogs’ 71-game WBL winning streak, which was ended by Wapakoneta four days later, but they couldn’t pull it off.
A week later against Wapakoneta, however, with both teams at one loss in the league and Defiance picking up its’ second league loss, 7-3 to St. Marys Memorial, earlier in the night, O-G clinched at least a share of the WBL title. Tanner Schimmoeller ripped a walk-off RBI single up the middle to give the Titans the 8-7 win against the Redskins.
“It’s tough to talk about the Defiance game,” Warnecke said. “We had them, and just so much emotion was built up and then losing it. Just the feeling of anger and depression, it all kicked in at the same time.
“Then the Wapak game was crazy after the win. That was probably the greatest I’ve ever felt after a game.”
With Warnecke’s complete-game shutout in O-G’s 4-0 win over Elida on Tuesday, the Titans clinched the outright WBL title.
“The kids were extremely happy, and we preached ‘we don’t want to share this thing with two other teams or three other teams, let’s get this done all by ourselves,’” O-G head coach Nick Miller said. “And the kids responded, and there’s just no way that Elida was going to beat us. Going in, we had the right mindset, had a great pitching performance by Matt Warnecke, and we got some timely hits there to break it open.”
By earning the WBL title, the Titans’ chemistry on the field is clicking and their confidence level is high, with five seniors, seven juniors and two sophomores making up the roster.
“We have great camaraderie,” O-G senior outfielder Tyler Zender said. “We play relaxed, we enjoy being around each other and I think that helps us on the field. You know you want to win for the guy playing next to you and have that kind of mentality, and we have fun doing it.”
Pitching and defense has been the recipe for O-G’s success this season. The Titans’ three-man starting rotation of Schimmoeller (2-1 record, 1.98 ERA), Warnecke (5-2, 1.11) and Brad Croy (4-0, 2.26) have been dominant on the mound.
“Tanner sets the tone for us. He’s thrown a lot of big games for us,” Miller said. “Then you have Matt that’s thrown some big games and Brad Croy that’s undefeated this year.
“All three, when we send them out on the mound, we expect to win or at least be in a position to win, and they’ve done that on every start and hopefully that will continue for the rest of the year.”
Schimmoeller, who will pitch for the University of Cincinnati next year, has thrown in 351/3 innings this season while striking out 35 batters. Warnecke has pitched 372/3 innings with 28 strikeouts, and Croy has been on the mound for more than 21 innings. Along with those three, Ryan Maas (2-1, 3.00) threw a five-inning perfect game against Continental on Monday.
As good as the Titans’ pitching has been this season, the hitting has equally struggled. Only three players, Zender (.359 batting average), Croy (.339), and Warnecke (.327), are batting over .300.
“Our bats, they just haven’t been there this year, but we’ve won our games on pitching and defense and like we’ve said, we can win a lot of games that way if you don’t give teams extra outs and you’re throwing strikes,” Miller said.
Whether it’s holding on or coming back to win, the Titans have had several close calls. Nearly half of O-G’s games have been decided by one run, and they’ve come out on top six times.
“There’s just been no quit in those guys,” Miller said. “They’ve battled until the last pitch in every game and this year, we’ve been fortunate on a lot of close games this year of winning some late games.”
O-G, a fourth seed in Division-III, will open the Ohio High School Athletic Association baseball tournament today at home against Lima Central Catholic at noon. The Ada district has several tough teams, including No. 1 seed and five-time state champion Coldwater (20-3), followed by St. Henry (20-2) and Liberty-Benton (19-3).
“The WBL title really gave us a ton of confidence going into tournament, but we also know that people aren’t going to back down for WBL champs,” Zender said. “You have to earn it, and we have a tough district with Coldwater, St. Henry, even LCC that first game. We’re going to have to come to play every game or else anything can happen in tournament.”
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