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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BUCYRUS — It was a solid day Saturday for Upper Sandusky’s boys tennis team as the Rams claimed four championships and a runner-up at the North Central Conference tournament at Bucyrus High School.
The Rams swept the Nos. 2 and 3 singles spots and both doubles draws. Evan Sheck, at No. 2 singles, defeated Crestline’s Cody Taylor 6-0, 6-0 in the semis before beating Dalon King of Bucyrus 6-2, 6-0 in the final.
At No. 3 singles, Seth Frey downed Crestline’s Jacob Martin 6-0, 6-0 in the semis and defeated Galion’s Caleb Ivy 6-2, 6-0 in the final.
Danial Malsbarger and Aaron Pirc beat Crestline’s Blake Miller and Hunter Music 6-0, 6-0 in the semifinals at No. 1 doubles, and topped Bucyrus’ Greg Patrick and D.J. Dagher 6-1, 6-1 in the final.
At No. 2 doubles, Drew Barth and Noah Frey got a bye into the final, where they beat Galion’s Alex Barker and Nic Oehler 6-1, 6-2.
Upper’s Seth Sprang topped Galion’s Sam Maddox 6-0, 6-0 in the semis at No. 1 singles, and fell 6-4, 6-4 to Mark Musick of Bucyrus in the final.

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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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BLUFFTON — Chris McClain fired a three-hit shutout Saturday as Bluffton defeated Allen East 3-0 in a Division III sectional 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 Bluffton’s defense backed him up with 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 against HURON/WESTERN RESERVE WINNER at a site to be determined.
Garret Sendelbach singled, doubled, drove in two runs and picked up the win on the mound with 11 strikeouts. Sendelbach allowed just two hits and one earned run.
Bryan Scherger and Jordan Steward had two RBIs each for Hopewell-Loudon. Tyler Imes had three singles and an RBI.
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, Austin Dennison tallied a double and an RBI, while Cody Depweg and Brandon Gibson each finished with a single and an RBI for the Panthers.
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 at Van Wert.
Van Wert will play at St. Henry at 5 p.m. Wednesday in a sectional final.
Evan McKee and Tristan Davis each had singles to account for all the offense for the Falcons (4-16).
Ethan Williams had two singles and two RBIs, and Justice Tussing a double and an RBI for Van Wert.

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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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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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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Area Batting Leaders
G AB R H Avg.
Taylor Kirian, New Riegel 22 70 37 42 .600
Hanna Brian, N. Baltimore 14 43 17 25 .581
Maddie Willis, Bluffton 13 47 17 27 .574
Maddi Pape, Liberty-Benton 17 61 – 35 .574
MacKenzie Sowers, Mohawk 17 51 17 29 .569
Rachel Nye, Patrick Henry 20 70 32 38 .543
Natalie Herder, Pat. henry 20 77 38 41 .532
Rebecca Harvey, Elmwood 16 46 27 24 .522
Samantha Anders, L-B 14 46 – 24 .522
Dana Miller, Cory-Rawson 16 31 11 16 .516
Kristin Bostelman, Pat. Henry 20 74 34 38 .514
McKenna Scott, Continental 13 43 16 22 .512
Maranda Stansbery, Upper 16 63 26 32 .508
Madison Arnold, Elmwood 16 50 23 25 .500
Maddie Mock, Arcadia 19 60 20 30 .500
Jaya Smalley, Upper San. 16 45 12 22 .489
Liz Schimmoeller, Miller City 14 45 17 22 .489
Miranda Benschoter, Elm. 16 54 6 26 .481
Kakenna Vorst, Kalida 15 48 13 23 .479
Courtney Cramer, Arcadia 19 70 27 33 .471
Alex Quigley, Continental 13 45 19 21 .467
Makenzie Wentling, Carey 18 60 19 28 .467
Lea Rowe, Hardin Northern 13 41 10 20 .465
Lauren Zoeller, New Riegel 22 78 19 36 .462
Taylor Farmer, Riverdale 18 65 24 30 .462
Courtney Stoltz, Arlington 19 63 27 29 .460
Ashley Baird, Arcadia 18 63 22 29 .460
Lindsay George, Elmwood 16 46 10 21 .457
Aaliyah Comstock, Arlington 19 44 14 20 .455
Julie Adelsperger, Mohawk 17 51 9 23 .451
Megan Johnson, Arlington 19 65 18 29 .446
Edy Mowrey, St. Wendelin 14 48 11 21 .438
Hannah Johnson, Arlington 19 62 27 27 .435
Olivia Myers, Elmwood 16 53 22 23 .434
Hannah Draper, Carey 18 60 13 26 .433
Molly Glick, Arcadia 17 51 16 22 .431
Jasmine Marsh, Elmwood 16 40 12 17 .425
Abbie Parkins, Blluffton 13 45 15 16 .422
Britnee Johnson, Arlington 19 64 16 27 .422
Laine Laudick, Kalida 17 57 17 24 .421
Justeen Searfoss, Upper San. 16 57 23 24 .421
Alisha Baird, Arcadia 19 67 30 28 .418
Meghan Reiter, St. Wendelin 14 48 14 20 .417
Taylor McClain, Mohawk 17 51 14 21 .412
Alissa Schnipke, Miller City 14 51 14 21 .412
Chey. Hernandez, N. Balt. 14 39 10 16 .410
Kara Scherger, New Riegel 22 74 22 30 .405
Haleigh Fleck, N. Baltimore 14 42 3 17 .405
Allie Sheldon, Arlington 13 30 5 12 .400
Jessica Vennekotter, Mil. City 14 43 12 17 .395
Rachel Peters, N. Baltimore 14 41 9 16 .390
Morgan Noftz, New Riegel 22 80 30 31 .388
Sara Gier, Upper Sandusky 16 57 15 22 .386
Mica Terrian, L-B 19 65 – 25 .385
Kristi Reiser, Elmwood 16 37 14 14 .378
Kackayla Wilson, Bluffton 13 43 15 16 .372
Erica Fitzwater, Continental 13 35 17 13 .371
Nicole Recker, Kalida 16 46 13 17 .370
Libby Crow, Findlay 24 73 24 27 .370
Shayna Helms, Arlington 13 30 11 11 .367
Taylor Arbigast, New Riegel 22 74 24 27 .365
Addy Bame, Hardin Northern 15 39 14 14 .359
Julia Naus, Riverdale 17 65 17 23 .354
Alexandria Crouse, PH 20 65 17 23 .354
Lauren Parkins, Bluffton 13 37 8 13 .351
Mikaela Ricksecker, C-R 14 40 8 14 .350
Chelsie Schmitz, Elmwood 16 46 4 16 .348
Emily Logan, Continental 12 38 11 13 .342
Kyla Cusac, Upper Sandusky 15 47 12 16 .340
Alison Imbrock, Pat. Henry 19 47 15 16 .340
Brooklyn Watts, Hardin No. 15 39 10 13 .333
Doubles
Natalie Herder, Patrick Henry, 13; Taylor Kirian, New Riegel, 11; Taylor Arbogast, New Riegel, 9; Liz Schimmoeller, Miller City, 9; Mica Terrian, Liberty-Benton, 8; Libby Crow, Findlay, 8; Megan Hill, Arcadia, 8; Rachel Nye, Patrick Henry, 8; Kristin Bostelman, Patrick Henry, 7; Alisha Baird, Courtney Cramer & Maddie Mock, Arcadia, 7; Rebeca Harvey, Elmwood, 7; MacKenzie Sowers, Mohawk, 7; Maddi Pape, Liberty-Benton, 7; Jaya Smalley, Upper Sandusky, 6; Morgan Noftz & Lauren Zoeller, New Riegel, 6; Ashley Baird, Arcadia, 6; Meghan Reiter & Edy Mowrey, St. Wendelin, 6; Taylor Farmer, Riverdale, 6; Jasmine Marsh, Elmwood, 5; Justeen Searfoss, Upper Sandusky, 5; Jordyn Wright, Riverdale, 5; Alissa Schnipke, Miller City, 5; Samantha Anders, Liberty-Benton, 5; Taylor Marshall, Cory-Rawson, 5; Amie Ricksecker, Cory-Rawson, 4; Britnee Johnson, Arlington, 4; Shaye Rodesky, Liberty-Benton, 4.
Triples
Britnee Johnson, Arlington, 8; Makenzie Wentling, Carey, 6; Maranda Stansbery, Upper Sandusky, 5; Julia Naus, Riverdale, 5; Breanne Parish, Riverdale, 4; Mica Terrian, Liberty-Benton, 4; Rebecca Harvey & Miranda Benschoter, Elmwood, 3; McKenna Scott, Continental, 3; Abbie Parkins, Bluffton, 3; Taylor Arbogast & Leah Bouillon, New Riegel, 3; Sheli Sauber, Hopewell-Loudon, 3; Rachel Nye, Patrick Henry, 3; Mikayla Gilliland, St. Wendelin, 3; Hannah Johnson & Courtney Stoltz, Arlington, 3; Alisha Baird, Arcadia, 3; Ashley Baird & Courtney Cramer, Arcadia, 2; Miranda Arnold, Elmwood, 2; Kara Scherger & Taylor Kirian, New Riegel, 2; Liz Schimmoeller, Miller City, 2; Lea Rowe & Brooklyn Watts, Hardin Northern, 2; Gabby Gregg, Hopewell-Loudon, 2; MacKenzie Sowers, Mohawk, 2; Justeen Searfoss & Madi Vince, Upper Sandusky, 2; Janessa Taylor, Riverdale 2; Megan Johnson, Arlington, 2; Mikaela Ricksecker, Cory-Rawson, 2; Maddie Pape, Liberty-Benton, 2; Mariah Nill, Brooke Brigadoi & Kailyn Abell, Findlay, 2.
Home Runs
Alisha Baird, Arcadia, 7; Rebecca Harvey, Elmwood, 5; Mackayla Wilson, Bluffton, 4; Natalie Herder, Patrick Henry, 4; Taylor Kirian, New Riegel, 4; Ashley Baird, Arcadia, 3; Julie Adelsperger, Mohawk, 3; Jasmine Bretz, North Baltimore, 3; Kara Scherger, New Riegel, 3; Addy Bame, Hardin Northern, 2; Madison Arnold & Olivia Myers, Elmwood, 2; Justeen Searfoss Upper Sandusky, 2; Taylor Arbogast, New Riegel, 2; Liz Schimmoeller, Miller City, 2; Dani Heaster & Megan Johnson, Arlington, 2; Kristin Bostelman & alison Imbrock, Patrick Henry, 2; Maddie Pape, Liberty-Benton, 2; Mica Terrian, Liberty-Benton, 1; Lindsay George & Chelsie Schmitz, Elmwood, 1; Sloan Zachrich, Continental, 1; Courtney Cramer, Maddie Mock, Megan Hill & Molly Glick, Arcadia, 1; Sara Gier, Upper Sandusky, 1; Jessica Vennekotter & Kylee Recker, Miller City, 1; Hannah Johnson, Arlington, 1; Leah Bouillon, Morgan Noftz, Hailey Theis & Lauren Zoeller, New Riegel, 1; Jordan Hector, Cory-Rawson, 1; Libby Crow, Bree Snapp, Shelby Roether, Taylor Steinke & Katlee Rush, Findlay, 1.
Runs Batted In
Kristin Bostelman, Patrick Henry, 31; Kara Scherger, New Riegel, 31; Taylor Kirian, New Riegel, 29; Rebecca Harvey, Elmwood, 27; Ashley Baird, Arcadia, 27; Taylor Arbogast, New Riegel, 26; Maddie Mock, Arcadia, 25; Alisha Baird, Arcadia, 23; Lindsay George & Madison Arnold, Elmwood, 24; Natalie Herder, Patrick Henry, 24; Lauren Zoeller, New Riegel, 24; McKenna Scott, Continental, 23; Britnee Johnson, Arlington, 22; Liz Schimmoeller, Miller City, 20; Megan Johnson, Arlington, 19; Arika Hill, Riverdale, 18; Megan Hill, Arcadia, 18; Courtney Cramer, Arcadia, 17; Edy Mowrey, St. Wendelin, 17; Hannah Johnson, Arlington, 17; Jasmine Bretz, North Baltimore, 16; Jessica Vennekotter, Miller City, 16; Morgan Noftz, New Riegel, 16; Olivia Myers, Elmwood, 15; Janessa Taylor, Riverdale, 15; Kasey Adelsperger, Mohawk, 15; Miranda Benschoter, Elmwood, 14; Breanne Parish, Riverdale, 14; Molly Glick, Arcadia, 14; Sara Gier, Upper Sandusky, 14; Mackenzie Atchison, Findlay, 14; Mackayla Wilson, Bluffton, 14; Jaya Smalley, Upper Sandusky, 13; Addy Bame, Hardin Northern, 13; Hailey Theis & Brittany Gillig, New Riegel, 13.
Stolen Bases
Alex Quigley, Continental, 24; Libby Crow, Findlay, 24; Madison Arnold, Elmwood, 23; Dana Miller, Cory-Rawson, 21; Maranda Stansbery, Upper Sandusky, 18; Kylie Hooker, Hardin Northern, 17; Morgan Noftz & Kara Scherger, New Riegel, 17; Megan Johnson, Arlington, 16; Rachel Nye, Patrick Henry, 15; Olivia Myers, Elmwood, 14; Amie Ricksecker, Cory-Rawson, 14; Cambra Kohlenberg, Mohawk, 13; Michaela Curtis, Hardin Northern, 13; Kelsi Knapp, Upper Sandusky, 13; Courtney Stoltz & Hannah Johnson, Arlington, 13; Ashley Baird, Arcadia, 13; Rebecca Harvey, Elmwood, 12; Taylor Marshall, Cory-Rawson, 12; Hanna Brian, North Baltimore, 11.
Area Pitching Leaders
IP ER ERA
Allie Rutter, St. Wendelin 25 3 0.84
Addy Bame, Hardin Northern 822/3 10 0.85
Sara Gier, Upper Sandusky 642/3 15 1.18
Kyla Cusac, Upper Sandusky 491/3 13 1.20
Alison Imbrock, Patrick Henry 68 12 1.24
Katie Kurtz, Patrick Henry 52 8 1.37
Ali Rymer, Carey 892/3 21 1.64
Taylor Kirian, New Riegel 1312/3 32 1.70
Sydney Wentling, Carey 201/3 5 1.72
Kasey Adelsperger, Mohawk 651/3 17 1.82
Britnee Johnson, Arlington 992/3 26 1.83
Julie Adelsperger, Mohawk 462/3 14 2.10
Sami Fruchey, Bluffton 12 76 23 2.12
Chey. Hernandez, N. Balt. 402/3 15 2.58
Ashley Baird, Arcadia 106 43 2.84
Taylor Farmer, Riverdale 1072/3 43 2.85
Kylee Ricker, Miller City 22 9 2.86
Miranda Benschoter, Elmwood 97 30 2.90
Bree Snapp, Findlay 29 13 3.14
Strikeouts
Addy Bame, Hardin Northern, 145; Miranda Benschoter, Elmwood, 119; Britnee Johnson, Arlington, 99; Taylor Farmer, Riverdale, 90; Kasey Adelsperger, Mohawk, 82; Madi Pape, Liberty-Benton, 80; Macy Bowling, Findlay, 76; Taylor Kirian, New Riegel, 74; Ashley Baird, Arcadia, 72; Meghan Reiter, St. Wendelin, 72; Sami Fruchey, Bluffton, 56; Julie Adelsperger, Mohawk, 53; Alison Imbrock, Patrick Henry, 53; Ali Rymer, Carey 48; Liz Schimmoeller, Miller City, 46; Kelsey Coppus, Hopewell-Loudon, 43; Cheyenne Hernandez, North Baltimore, 43; Sara Gier, Upper Sandusky, 38; Brittany Roth, Cory-Rawson, 31; Sam Nagy, Kalida, 31; Kylee Ricker, Miller City, 27; Katie Henry, Cory-Rawson, 25; Kyla Cusac, Upper Sandusky, 22.
Individual Records
Taylor Kirian, New Riegel, 17-4; Miranda Benschoter, Elmwood, 13-3; Britnee Johnson, Arlington, 13-4; Ashley Baird, Arcadia, 13-5; Alison Imbrock, Patrick Henry, 11-0; Ali Rymer, Carey, 10-4; Sami Fruchey, Bluffton, 9-3; Taylor Farmer, Riverdale, 9-7; Kasey Adelsperger, Mohawk, 8-2; Addy Bame, Hardin Northern, 8-4; Sara Gier, Upper Sandusky, 7-2; Ali Rymer, Carey, 7-4; Liz Schimmoeller, Miller City, 6-4; Julie Adelsperger, Mohawk, 5-2; Katie Kurtz, Patrick Henry, 5-3; Kyla Cusac, Upper Sanndusky, 4-3; Allie Rutter, St. Wendelin, 3-1; Cheyenne Hernandez, North Baltimore, 3-2.
Team Records
New Riegel 18-4, Patrick Henry 17-3, Arlington 15-4, Mohawk 15-4, Ottawa-Glandorf 14-3, Elmwood 14-4, Arcadia 13-6, Upper Sandusky 13-6, Carey 12-6, Columbus Grove 12-7, Riverdale 12-9, Ada 11-7, Bluffton 10-3, Hardin Northern 10-5, Van Buren 10-12, Miller City 9-6, Fostoria St. Wendelin 7-10, North Baltimore 7-11, Liberty-Benton 7-11, Continental 6-8, Findlay 6-17, Vanlue 5-13, Fostoria 5-13, Pandora-Gilboa 4-9, Kalida 4-12, Leipsic 4-15, McComb 3-17, Cory-Rawson 2-11, Hopewell-Loudon 2-16, Ottoville 1-11 .

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