The Putnam County League championships won’t be the only track meet around the region taking place as schools will compete in five other invitationals scattered across northwestern Ohio tonight.
One area school will be hosting a meet tonight as Elmwood welcomes six other teams for the John Ramsey Invitational.
Arcadia, Van Buren, Lakota, Ridgedale, Toledo Woodward and defending champion Wauseon will join the host Royals in the seven-team field.
The field events and 6,400-meter relay kick the meet off at 4:30 p.m. The remainder of the running events start at 6 p.m.
Admission is $4 for adults and $2 for students.
Galion Invitational
Findlay and Upper Sandusky will join 12 other schools tonight for the Galion Kiwanis Invitational.
It’s set for an afternoon start with field events and running events both beginning at 3:30 p.m.
Other schools scheduled to compete include Ashland, Clear Fork, Colonel Crawford, Lexington, Mansfield Senior, Marion Harding, West Salem Northwestern, Ontario, Shelby, Pataskala Watkins Memorial, Westerville Central and the host Tigers.
Green Bears Relays
Hopewell-Loudon and North Baltimore will head north to Ottawa Hills for the 42nd Green Bear Relays.
Danbury, Emmanuel Christian, Evergreen, Gibsonburg, Cardinal Stritch, Maumee Valley Country Day, Northwood and Summerfield, Mich., will also take part in the meet.
Field events will begin at 4 p.m. with running events at 4:15 p.m. Admission is $6 for adults and $5 for students.

Clay Eagle Invitational
Liberty-Benton will complete at tonight’s Oregon Clay Eagle Invitational.
Other teams scheduled to compete include Amherst Steele, Anthony Wayne, Sylvania Northview, Sylvania Southview, Toledo St. Francis, Toledo St. Ursula and Toledo Whitmer.
Field events begin at 4 p.m. with running event semifinals at 4:30 p.m. Finals are set for 6 p.m.

Jim Hauser Relays
Sandusky Perkins will host seven other schools, including Fostoria, tonight for the Jim Hauser Pirate Relays.
Field events start at 4:15 p.m. followed by the 6,400 relay at 4:45 p.m. and rest of the running events at 6 p.m.
Medina Buckeye, Clyde, Avon Lake, Bowling Green, Sandusky and Willard make up the rest of the field.

Saturday Meets
There’s a light Saturday schedule as Vanlue, Cory-Rawson, Hardin Northern, Bluffton, Mohawk and Carey compete at the Ada Invitational beginning at 9 a.m.; and Patrick Henry heads to Montpelier’s Lamberson Invitational at 10 a.m.

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Bluffton's Drake Luginbuhl makes a diving catch in Thursday's game against Paulding.  (Photo by Kent Tarbox)

Bluffton’s Drake Luginbuhl makes a diving catch in Thursday’s game against Paulding. (Photo by Kent Tarbox)

BASCOM — Four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning helped Hopewell-Loudon rally from an 8-5 deficit to a 9-8 nonleague victory against Liberty-Benton on Thursday.
Bryan Scherger slammed a three-run walk-off homer to win the game for the Chieftains.
Garret Sendelbach tripled, doubled, singled and drove in two runs and Jordan Stewart notched three singles and two RBIs for the Chieftains (14-8).
Jared Neiling tallied three singles and two RBIs, Parker Lease contributed a pair of singles and drove in two runs and Anthony Webb finished with a singled and three RBIs for Liberty-Benton (19-3).

Liberty-Benton 040 004 0 — 8 13 0
Hopewell-Loudon 120 200 4 — 9 13 3
WP — Scaife (2-0). LP — Russell. top hitters: (L-B) Webb 1B, 3 RBI; Lease 2-1B, 2 RBI; Neiling 3-1B, 2 RBI; Harter 1B, 2B; Young 2-1B; Rose 1B, RBI. (H-L) Stewart 3-1B, 2 RBI; Depinet 2B; Sendelbach 1B, 2B, 3B, 2 RBI; Imes 2B; Scherger HR, 3 RBI; Tyree 2-1B; Gelinas 1B, 2 RBI.
records: Liberty-Benton 19-3; Hopewell-Loudon 14-8.
COLUMBUS GROVE — Riley Brubaker went 5 for 5, with a triple, four singles and two RBIs and worked two innings to pick up the victory on the mound as Columbus Grove overcame a late Lincolnview rally to post an 11-10 win in a Northwest Conference matchup on Thursday.
Mason Smith notched a triple, a double, a single and three RBIs and Logan Diller added two singles and drove in two runs for the Bulldogs (14-11, 3-4 NWC).
Kyle Williams homered, doubled and added three RBIs and Connor McCleery notched a double, two singles and three RBIs for Lincolnview (6-10, 5-3).

Lincolnview 102 410 2 — 10 10 2
Columbus Grove 111 115 1 — 11 13 2
WP — Brubaker. LP — Leeth. top hitters: (Lin) Williams HR, 2B, 3 RBI; McCleery 2-1B, 2B, 3 RBI; Richey 1B, 2B, 3B; Patterson 1B, 2 RBI; Schmersal 2B, RBI. (CG) Brubaker 4-1B, 3B, 2 RBI; Verhoff 2B, RBI; Smith 1B, 2B, 3 RBI; Diller 2-1B, 2 RBI; Shafer 1B, RBI.
records: Lincolnview 6-10 overall, 5-3 Northwest Conference; Columbus Grove 14-11 overall, 3-4 Northwest Conference.
ADA — Delphos Jefferson scored at least four runs in each of the first four innings and rolled past Ada 18-3 in Northwest Conference action on Thursday.
Slade Downing homered, singled and drove in three runs for the Bulldogs (4-15, 2-6 NWC).
Delphos Jefferson improved to 15-10 overall and 5-3 in the NWC.

Jefferson 544 50 — 18 12 3
Ada 300 00 — 3 7 3
WP — Stockwell. LP — Kellum. top hitters: (DJ) Hermon 2-2B, 4 RBI. (Ada) Downing HR, 1B, 3 RBI.
records: Delphos Jefferson 15-10 overall, 5-3 Northwest Conference; Ada 4-15 overall, 2-6 Northwest Conference.
OLD FORT — Zac Durliat improved his record on the mound to 4-0 and had two singles and an RBI at the plate as Arlington cruised past Old Fort 10-7 in nonleague baseball action Thursday.
Arlington (15-5) led 6-2 after three innings and 9-3 after five innings. Kyle McDowell added a double, single and two RBIs for the Red Devils.
Brad Heilman singled three times to lead Old Fort (5-16), and he picked up the loss as well.

Arlington 024 031 0 — 10 10 6
Old Fort 101 101 3 — 7 10 1
WP — Durliat (4-0). LP — Heilman. top hitters: (Arl) McDowell 2B, 1B, 2 RBI; Durliat 2-1B, RBI; Starr 2B, 2 RBI; Freed 2-1B. (OF) Wilson 2B, 1B, RBI; Heilman 3-1B.
records: Arlington 15-5, Old Fort 5-16.
GLANDORF — Brad Croy smacked three doubles and drove in four runs as Ottawa-Glandorf blasted Leipsic 15-1 in a five-inning nonleague game on Thursday.
Austin Williams doubled twice, singled and had three RBIs, Andrew Wischmeyer added a double and a single and Tanner Schimmoeller recorded a pair of singles for the Titans (15-4).
Neil Haselman’s three singles led Leipsic (6-16).

Leipsic 000 01 — 1 6 3
Ottawa-Glandorf 314 7x — 15 14 1
WP — Schierloh. LP — Haselman. top hitters: (Lep) 3-1B. (O-G) Croy 3-2B, 4 RBI; Williams 1B, 2-2B, 3 RBI; Schimmoeller 2-1B; Wischmeyer 1B, 2B.
records: Leipsic 6-16; Ottawa-Glandorf 15-4.
TIFFIN — Down 5-0 entering the seventh inning, Fostoria rallied for six runs to pull out a 6-5 win over the Senecas in a nonconference baseball game.
Noah Hammer had the big blow with a grand slam in the seventh. Rob Crotty and Kaleb Bemis each had two hits for the Redmen (13-8).

Fostoria 000 000 6 — 6 7 2
Tiffin Calvert 000 230 0 — 5 7 2
WP — Hampton (1-1). LP — Hickman. top hitters: (Fos) Bemis 2-1B; Crotty 2-1B; Hammer HR, 4-RBI. (TC) Prenzlin 2-1B.
records: Fostoria 13-8, Tiffin Calvert 14-4.
UPPER SANDUSKY — A five-run first inning put Upper Sandusky in control Thursday and the Rams went on to defeat Marion Harding 8-1 in a nonconference baseball game.
Cody Gabriel smacked a home run and Alex Kenner doubled and drove in two runs for the Rams (13-7). Sam Plott had two singles.

Marion Hardin 001 000 0 — 1 5 3
Upper Sandusky 500 003 x — 8 9 2
WP — Binau. LP — Hamon. SV — Martin. top hitters: (MH) Endsley 3B, RBI. (US) Plott 2-1B, Gabriel 1B, HR, 2-RBI; Mittermaier 2B, RBI; Kenner 2B, RBI; Myers 2-1B.
records: Upper Sandusky 13-7.
NORTH ROBINSON — Colonel Crawford turned a 5-4 advantage into a 10-4 lead with five runs in the third inning and dispatched Riverdale 15-5 in a five-inning North Central Conference contest on Thursday.
Jon Hoffman doubled, singled twice and drove in two runs, Connor McCreary added three singles and an RBI and Dylan Burkhart tallied a triple, a single and an RBI for Colonel Crawford (7-13, 3-8 NCC).
Paul Frey hit a double and two singles to lead Riverdale (4-14, 2-9).

Riverdale 202 01 — 5 4 6
Colonel Crawford 415 32 — 15 13 2
WP — Rider. LP — Miller. top hitters: (Riv) Frey 2-1B, 2B. (CC) Hoffman 2-1B, 2B, 2 RBI; McCreary 3-1B, RBI; Burkhart 1B, 3B, RBI.
records: Riverdale 4-14 overall, 2-9 North Central Conference; Colonel Crawford 7-13 overall, 3-8 North Central Conference.
HOLGATE — Jackson Lammers had three hits in a losing cause Thursday as Holgate downed Miller City 6-4 in a nonleague baseball game.
Adam Drummelsmith and Ross Lehman doubled for the Wildcats (13-5), and Jeremy Balbaugh hit two doubles.
Jay Hoffman had a single and a double for Holgate (8-10).

Miller City 001 201 0 — 4 10 1
Holgate 000 600 x — 6 9 0
WP — Mack. LP — Schimmoeller (0-1). top hitters: (MC) Lammers 2-1B, 2B; Drummelsmith 2B, Lehman 2B; Balbaugh 2-2B. (Hol) Westrick 2-1B; Kingshire 2B; Hoffman 1B, 2B.
records: Miller City 13-5, Holgate 8-10.
NEW RIEGEL — Jake Dryfuse allowed one unearned run on four hits, struck out nine and walked three in seven innings, while singling twice and adding a double at the plate as New Riegel dropped Cory-Rawson 9-1 in a nonconference matchup on Thursday.
Alex Theis had two singles and four RBIs, Austin Mathias notched two singles and an RBI and John Zoeller recorded a pair of singles for New Riegel (10-8).
Ethan Misamore (2-1B) tallied half of the hits for the Hornets (3-16).

Cory-Rawson 000 100 0 — 1 4 2
New Riegel 030 060 x — 9 11 3
WP — Dryfuse. LP — Butler. top hitters: (C-R) Misamore 2-1B. (NR) Dryfuse 2-1B, 2B; Zoeller 2-1B; Mathias 2-1B, RBI; Theis 2-1B, 4 RBI.
records: Cory-Rawson 3-16; New Riegel 10-8.
DEFIANCE — Three Ayersville pitchers combined on a four-hitter and the Pilots scored the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning of 3-2 decision over Patrick Henry on Thursday in nonconference baseball action.
Starter Jacob Kahle and Clay Long each allowed an unearned run for Ayersville (17-4). Matt Engel got the final out in the top of the seventh and eventually earned the win.
Logan Ziegler came on in relief of starter Kyler Seemann and allowed the winning run with one out in the seventh.
Kollin Spence was 2 for 4 for Patrick Henry (16-7).

Patrick Henry 010 010 0 — 2 4 2
Ayersville 001 010 1 — 3 8 4
WP — Engel. LP — Ziegler. top hitters: (Ayer) Clark 3B; Dales 2B. (PH) Spence 2-1B.
records: Patrick Henry 16-7. Ayersville 17-4.
BLUFFTON — Bluffton finished with a 6-2 record in Northwest Conference play as the Pirates dropped their league finale 8-7 to Paulding.
Bluffton has already earned at least a share of the NWC title.

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The Hancock County commissioners established tap fees Thursday for businesses connecting to the sewer line in the new Distribution Drive industrial park.
Commissioner Phillip Riegle said the fees are the same as for any other sewer taps in the county. A fee of $5,500 will be charged for residential units connecting to the gravity sewer, and a $1,000 per acre fee for any future industrial or residential developments not included in the tax increment financing area.
A tax increment financing plan allows additional real estate tax revenue, created by new development in a specific area, to be diverted from public entities like schools and townships, and used to finance infrastructure improvements.
The commissioners agreed to finance infrastructure for Findlay’s new Ohio Logistics Business Park through a tax increment financing plan. It is expected to take 10 years to pay off the nearly $2 million in debt.
Ohio Logistics, at 12560 Distribution Drive, built a 125,000-square-foot addition on the north side of its warehouse, and a 130,000-square-foot warehouse to the east of its building. The expansion is expected to create 35 to 45 jobs, with the company to begin occupying the new warehouses this month.
The 47-acre industrial park is north of Hancock County 99 and east of Ball Metal and the CSX railroad tracks.
The park will include the existing 21-acre Ohio Logistics warehouse tract. Five lots on the east side of Distribution Drive will be for use by other businesses to be recruited.
Separately Thursday, the commissioners approved the sale of equipment formerly used by the Hancock County Engineer’s Office.
The equipment, including a 1960 grader, plasma cutter, flip-deck mower, drill press, two tool boxes, a traffic arrow board and two air compressors, will be sold by online auction at GovDeals.
All of the equipment is valued at less than $2,500.
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The University of Findlay continues to lay groundwork, with Findlay city officials’ help, to build a $9 million, 5,000-seat lacrosse/football stadium off Trenton Avenue.
Findlay City Planning Commission on Thursday recommended City Council close Foulke Avenue from Morey Avenue to Cory Street, and also close four nearby alleys. Council will have the final say in a few weeks, but the university makes a compelling argument.
“West Foulke runs straight through where the middle of the stadium would be, roughly on the 50-yard line,” said Todd Jenkins, engineering project manager for Peterman Associates.
Closing the street and alleys will enable water, sewer and other utility lines to be moved and stadium designs to advance, he said.
The four north-south alleys which would be closed all extend from Trenton Avenue to Foulke Avenue, between Morey Avenue on the west and Cory Street on the east.
A construction date for the open-air stadium has not been set yet. But the university plans for the women’s lacrosse team to play on the new turf by spring 2015, and the football team to use it in fall 2015.
The stadium will be in the block bounded by Morey Avenue on the west, Cory Street on the east, Trenton Avenue on the north and Howard Run on the south. The area is now the site of Kremer Field, and is behind the Koehler Fitness and Recreation Complex, residential housing and offices.
The stadium also will offer more space to the university’s intramural sports programs, which include 25 activities and 3,000 participants.
It also will host eight concerts a year which will be live-streamed online.
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Construction of a Taylor Volkswagen dealership will start soon at the southeast corner of Hancock County 99 and Speedway Drive in Findlay.
It will likely open in early 2015, Taylor Automotive General Manager Steve Taylor said Thursday.
Plans for the $5 million, 25,000-square-foot building with offices, showroom, service and parts departments were approved Thursday by Findlay City Planning Commission.
Taylor will employ 25 to 30 at the dealership.
“We are itching to break ground and get going,” Taylor said. “We think there’s pretty good demand for Volkswagen in Findlay.”
He is hoping to sell 100 new and used cars per month. With 9.5 acres at his site, he has room to expand the dealership eventually, he said.
Taylor a year ago had been considering building the dealership at the former site of Imperial House Motel, 1305 W. Main Cross St. The hotel was demolished in 2008, and the site just southeast of the Interstate 75-Ohio 12 interchange is barren.
But Taylor had to give up on that site when it turned out it had less space than it initially appeared. The state has right of way claims which it may use for a planned Interstate 75 widening.
The Volkswagen dealership will be Taylor’s third dealership in Findlay, joining Taylor Hyundai at 15199 U.S. 224 East, and Taylor Kia at 12002 Hancock County 99, northeast of the Speedway Drive site.
Taylor Automotive bought the Hyundai property and franchise in 2012 from Tom Ahl. It opened the Kia dealership in 2010.
It also owns Cadillac and Kia dealerships in Toledo, a Hyundai franchise in Perrysburg and a Kia franchise in Lima.
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Terms of the settlement in the Carla Reeg civil rights case were “confidential,” but Findlay government’s monetary payments and attorney fees in the case are public matters, according to legal precedents.
On April 8, Law Director Don Rasmussen provided City Council members with a letter stamped “FYI,” explaining his request to appropriate $3,344 from the city’s self-insurance fund.
The money was to go toward “the settlement claim we reached in the Reeg matter that I discussed with you in executive session,” he wrote to council.
“I remind you that this settlement is confidential. I am providing this letter to you directly for your information only,” Rasmussen told council. “This letter will not be read at council.”
At its April 15 meeting, council gave the ordinance for the appropriation a first reading, with no discussion. The ordinance was given a second reading this week.
No explanation for the proposed appropriation was offered in the council meeting packets that are made available to the public prior to each regular council meeting.
The packets include information on matters that council is expected to consider, and other information such as committee meeting minutes.
The Courier on April 16 made a public records request that asked for copies of correspondence from this year labeled “FYI” that had been included in council members’ meeting packets but had not been released to the public.
Rasmussen’s April 8 letter was not provided until a reporter asked him about it in person. Rasmussen said he didn’t immediately release the letter because settlement details were still being completed and he didn’t want to jeopardize them.
The city released the document last week.
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Bluffton's Lauren Parkins (left) and Taylor Monday exchange high fives after Parkins caught an infield fly ball Thursday night during the Pirates' 2-0 win against Paulding.  (Photo by Kent Tarbox)

Bluffton’s Lauren Parkins (left) and Taylor Monday exchange high fives after Parkins caught an infield fly ball Thursday night during the Pirates’ 2-0 win against Paulding. (Photo by Kent Tarbox)

BLUFFTON — Sami Fruchey tossed a three-hitter in seven innings of work to complete her second straight shutout in the circle in Bluffton’s 2-0 win against Paulding in Northwest Conference action on Thursday.
Olivia Hunt’s third-inning triple plated one of the Pirates’ (10-3, 5-2 NWC) two runs.
Paulding (4-10, 3-5) got a single from Morgan Riley.

Paulding 000 000 0 — 0 3 1
Bluffton 001 001 x — 2 5 0
WP — Fruchey (9-3). LP — Farr. top hitters: (Blu) Hunt 3B, RBI.
records: Paulding 4-10 overall, 3-5 Northwest Conference; Bluffton 10-3, 5-2.
OLD FORT — Shayna Helms and Erin Helms combined for three singles, a triple and three RBIs as Arlington scored five runs in the sixth inning to defeat Old Fort 7-5 in a nonleague softball game.
Dani Heaster singled twice and drove in a run as well for Arlington (15-4), which converted two double plays to end the bottom of the fifth and sixth innings.
Krista Ward and Michaela Davidson each doubled, singled and drove in a run to lead Old Fort (10-8).

Arlington 000 025 0 — 7 10 2
Old Fort 000 112 1 — 5 12 1
WP — Myers (1-0). LP — Pence. top hitters: (Arl) S. Helms 3B, 1B, RBI; E. Helms 2-1B, 2 RBI; Heaster 2-1B, RBI. (OF) Ward & Davidson 2B, 1B, RBI; P. Miller 2-1B
records: Arlington 15-4, Old Fort 10-8.
PANDORA — Pandora-Gilboa broke a scoreless game open with seven runs in the bottom of the fourth inning and rolled past Ottoville 10-0 in a five-inning Putnam County League contest.
Brittany Riegle doubled and drove in two runs, Megan Maag added a single and an RBI, while Jenna Sigler and Shana Hovest each notched a double for the Rockets (5-10, 2-2 PCL).
Nikki Burgei singled to record the only hit for Ottoville (1-11, 0-3).

Ottoville 000 00 — 0 1 2
Pandora-Gilboa 000 73 — 10 6 1
WP — Maag (5-10). LP — Von Sossan. top hitters: (P-G) Reigle 2B, 2 RBI; Maag 1B, RBI; Sigler 2B; Hovest 2B.
records: Ottoville 1-11 overall, 0-3 Putnam County League; Pandora-Gilboa 5-10 overall, 2-2 Putnam County League.
TOLEDO — St. Ursula tallied 11 hits and scored in every inning except the fifth in an 11-5 Three Rivers Athletic Conference victory against Findlay on Thursday.
Kirstin Webb had a pair of singles and three RBIs for the Arrows (10-8, 6-5 TRAC).
Mariah Nill doubled and drove in two runs for Findlay (6-18, 4-7).

Findlay 021 000 2 — 5 8 3
St. Ursula 121 302 2 — 11 11 2
WP — Ott. LP — Bowling (4-16). top hitters: (Fin) Nill 2B, 2 RBI. (SUA) Webb 2-1B, 3 RBI.
records: Findlay 6-18 overall, 4-7 Three Rivers Athletic Conference; St. Ursula 10-8 overall, 6-5 Three Rivers Athletic Conference.
CONTINENTAL — Continental hammered out 20 hits and scored one run in the bottom of the seventh to edge Kalida 17-16 in a Putnam County League matchup.
Emily Logan singled three times and drove in two runs, Erica Fitzwater added a triple, two singles and two RBIs, while Alex Quigley and Amelia Weller each tallied four singles for Continental (6-8, 2-1 PCL).
Laine Laudick notched five singles, Casey Wehri added a pair of singles and Sarah Hovest hit a double for Kalida (4-12, 1-4).

Kalida 161 602 0 — 16 13 5
Continental 343 042 1 — 17 20 6
WP — Recker. LP — Nagy. top hitters: (Kal) Laudick 5-1B; Hovest 2B; Wehri 2-1B. (Cont) Quiqley 4-1B; Fitzwater 2-1B, 3B, 2 RBI; Scott 3-1B; Logan 3-1B, 2 RBI; Weller 4-1B.
records: Kalida 4-12 overall, 1-4 Putnam County League; Continental 6-8 overall, 2-1 Putnam County League.
DEFIANCE — Natalie Herder singled twice and drove in two runs while earning the win in the circle as Patrick Henry knocked off Ayersville 4-1 in nonleague softball action.
Patrick Henry improved to 17-3 on the season.

Patrick Henry 011 100 1 — 4 3 1
Ayersville 010 000 0 — 1 5 1
WP — Herder (1-0). top hitters: (PH) Herder 2-1B, 2 RBI. (Ayers) Carnahan 2B.
records: Patrick Henry 17-3.
CAREY — Fremont Ross jumped out to a 2-0 lead, but it was all Carey after that as the Blue Devils won 9-2 in a nonconference softball game on Thursday.
Abby Hall tripled, singled and drove in a run for Carey (12-6), and Makenzie Wentling ripped two singles and had two RBIs. Dani Berardinelli-Clark picked up her first win of the season, allowing an earned run on two hits in seven innings while walking 10 batters and striking out six.

Fremont Ross 110 000 0 — 2 2 2
Carey 030 321 x — 9 10 3
WP — Berardinelli-Clark (1-0). LP — Swaisgood. top hitters: (FR) Swaisgood 2-1B. (Car) Hall 3B, 1B, RBI; Schlack 2B, 1B, RBI; Wentling 2-1B, 2 RBI; Draper 2-1B; Fletcher 1B, 2 RBI.
records: Fremont Ross 5-16, Carey 12-6.
NORTH BALTIMORE — Bailey Boyer led North Baltimore’s hit parade Thursday as the Tigers downed Liberty Center 9-1 in a nonconference softball game.
Boyer had three singles, Hanna Brian 2 singles and an RBI, and Kelcie Bean two singes as North Baltimore improved to 7-11. Bean picked up the win in the circle.
Lexie Noll singled and tripled for Liberty Center (2-17).

Liberty Center 000 000 1 — 1 5 3
North Baltimore 020 412 x — 9 12 1
WP — Bean (3-7). LP — Noll. top hitters: (LC) Gilson 2-1B; Noll 1B, 3B. (NB) Brian 2-1B, RBI; Boyer 3-1B; Bean 2-1B.
records: Liberty Center 2-17, North Baltimore 7-11.
HOLGATE — Tiffany Welty smacked a two-run, eighth-inning single Thursday as Miller City rallied from an early 4-0 deficit to defeat Holgate 8-6 in a nonconference softball game.
Welty also doubled and had four RBIs on the day. Cassie Niese had three singles and an RBI, and winning pitcher Kylee Ricker doubled and drove in a run for Miller City (9-6).
Salina Gray, Sarah Niese and Natalie Kelly each had two hits for Holgate (3-9).

Miller City 011 013 02 — 8 8 2
Holgate 400 011 00 — 6 13 3
WP — Ricker (3-2). LP — Howe. top hitters: (MC) Niese 3-1B, RBI; Welty 2-1B, 2B, 4-RBI; Ricker 2B, RBI. (Hol) Kelly 2-1B, RBI; Gray 2-1B, RBI; Niese 2-1B, RBI.
records: Miller City 9-6, Holgate 3-9.
NORTH ROBINSON — Taylor Farmer allowed three runs on eight hits, while striking out 10 and walking two in seven innings as Riverdale topped Colonel Crawford 12-3 in North Central Conference play.
Aricka Hill tripled, doubled and drove in three runs, Hannah Morris singled twice and had two RBIs and Jordyn Wright added three singles and an RBI for the Falcons (12-9, 5-6 NCC).
Bri Rankins and Courtney Tinkey had two hits each for Colonel Crawford (6-12, 2-8).

Riverdale 302 004 3 — 12 9 0
Colonel Crawford 020 001 0 — 3 8 1
WP — Farmer. LP — Widman. top hitters: (Riv) Morris 2-1B, 2 RBI; Wright 3-1B, RBI; Hill 2B, 3B, 3 RBI. (CC) Rankins 2-1B; Tinkey 2-1B.
records: Riverdale 12-9 overall, 5-6 North Central Conference; Colonel Crawford 6-12 overall, 2-8 North Central Conference.
COLUMBUS GROVE — Columbus Grove kept its hopes of a share of the Northwest Conference title with a 7-6 NWC softball victory over Lincolnview on Thursday.
The win gives the Bulldogs (12-7) a 6-1 mark in the NWC. Convoy Crestview sits in first with a 7-0 league mark.
Hope Schroeder homered for Grove in Thursday’s win. Deanna Kleman and Micah Stechschulte each had two hits.

Lincolnview 004 001 1 — 6 8 3
Columbus Grove 000 140 2 — 7 8 1
WP — G. Schroeder (1-4). LP — McClure. top hitters: (Lin) Springer 1B, 2B; Ashbaugh 2B. (CG) H. Schroeder Hr; Kleman 2-1B; M. Stechschulte 2-1B.
records: Lincolnview 11-11, 5-3 Northwest Conference; Columbus Grove 12-7, 6-1 NWC.
ADA — Ada plated four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to hold off Delphos Jefferson 7-4 and earn its first Northwest Conference win of the season.
Tori Wyss came through with a double, a single and three RBIs, Ashley Summer had a double and drove in a run and Quinn High notched a pair of singles for Ada (11-7, 1-7 NWC).
Shayla Rice recorded a double, a single and an RBI and Samantha Branham tallied a double and an RBI for Jefferson (2-15, 0-8).

Jefferson 000 040 0 — 4 4 6
Ada 001 204 x — 7 6 6
WP — Sumner. LP — Thompson. top hitters: (DJ) Thompson 2-1B; Rice 1B, 2B, RBI; Branham 2B, RBI. (Ada) High 2-1B; Sumner 2B, RBI; Wyss 1B, 2B, 3 RBI.
records: Delphos Jefferson 2-15 overall, 0-8 Northwest Conference; Ada 11-7 overall, 1-7 Northwest Conference.
KANSAS — Morgan Gangwer drilled three singles and drove in a run while picking up the win in the circle as Lakota scored five unearned runs to beat Van Buren 5-1 in nonleague softball action on Thursday.
Lakota (14-6) scored three runs in the third inning to break a 1-1 tie.
Nichole Miller had three singles for Van Buren (10-12), which had five errors.

Van Buren 100 000 0 — 1 4 5
Lakota 103 100 0 — 5 9 0
WP — Gangwer. LP — Miller. top hitters: (VB) Miller 3-1B. (Lak) Gangwer 3-1B, RBI.
records: Van Buren 10-12, Lakota 14-6.
Michelle Sdao homered and drove in runs as Ottawa-Glandorf beat Liberty-Benton 13-3 in five innings Thursday in nonconference softball.
Sdao finished 3 for 3 including a double, and Stephanie Hempfling went 2 for 4 for Ottawa-Glandorf (14-3), which also took advantage of four L-B errors.
Katie Devore was 2 for 2 with a double for Liberty-Benton (7-11).

Ottawa Glandorf 330 43 — 13 11 1
Liberty-Benton 000 03 — 3 6 4
WP — Kitchen 3-2 (kramer). LP — Katie Roberts. top hitters: (O-G) Sdao 3-3, HR, 2B, 3RBI; Hempfling 2-4. (L-B) Hannah Brown 1-1; Katie Devore 2-2, 2B.
records: Ottawa-Glandorf 14-3. Liberty-Benton 7-11.
TIFFIN — Brittany DuMonte belted a home run, two singles and drove in three runs as Tiffin Columbian knocked off Hopewell-Loudon 12-7 in nonconference softball action on Thursday.
Ronnie Daughenbaugh also had three hits, all singles, for Tiffin Columbian, which scored four runs in the sixth to extend its’ lead to 12-5.
Gabby Gregg hit three singles for Hopewell-Loudon (2-16), and Abby Park had doubled, singled and drove in a run.

Hopewell-Loudon 000 500 2 — 7 13 5
Tiffin Columbian 105 204 x — 12 11 2
WP — Schalk. LP — Coppus (1-11). top hitters: (H-L) Park 2B, 1B, RBI; Gregg 3-1B; Sauber 2-1B. (TC) DuMonte HR, 2-1B, 3 RBI; Daughenbaugh 3-1B; Shope 2B, 1B, RBI.
records: Hopewell-Loudon 2-16.
TIFFIN — Fostoria scored six runs in a three-inning stretch and capitalized on six Tiffin Calvert errors to earn an 8-4 nonconference victory on Thursday.
Breanna Biles doubled and drove in a run, Alex Hersch added two singles and an RBI and Jada Hampton recorded a single and an RBI for Fostoria (5-13).
Allison Huss hit a double and drove in three runs and Taylor Ritzler tallied three singles for Calvert (7-7).

Fostoria 200 123 0 — 8 5 2
Calvert 300 010 0 — 4 7 6
WP — Moore. LP — Bennett. top hitters: (Fos) Gonyer 2B; Biles 2B, RBI; Hersch 2-1B; Hampton 1B, RBI. (TC) Ritzler 3-1B; Brickner 2-1B; Huss 2B, 3 RBI.
records: Fostoria 5-13; Tiffin Calvert 7-7.

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MILLER CITY — Miller City scored five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning and stayed undefeated in Putnam County League play with a 9-3 win over Continental on Wednesday in baseball action.
Ross Lehman picked up the win to improve to 6-1 on the mound, and he doubled at the plate, for the Wildcats (13-4, 7-0 PCL). Gabe Williams singled twice for Continental (3-12, 0-5 PCL).

Continental 010 000 2 — 3 6 0 Miller City 003 105 x — 9 4 0
WP — Lehman (6-1). LP — Dockery III. top hitters: (Cont) Williams 2-1B. (MC) Lehman 2B.
records: Continental 3-12, 0-5 PCL. Miller City 13-4, 7-0 PCL.
CAREY — Brandon Zechman and Satchel Strahm combined for five singles, a double and five RBIs while Matt Holsinger blasted a solo home run as Carey cruised past Old Fort 11-1 in Midland Athletic League baseball action on Wednesday.
Strahm (2-4) picked up the win for Carey (5-11, 3-5 MAL) allowing an earned run on six hits in five innings.
Brad Heilman doubled twice and Mason Steyer doubled and drove in a run to lead Old Fort (5-15, 1-7 MAL).

Old Fort 000 010 — 1 6 4
Carey 030 512 — 11 13 2
WP — Strahm (2-4). LP — Tittle. top hitters: (OF) Heilman 2-2B; Steyer 2B, RBI. (Car) Strahm 3-1B, 3 RBI; Zechman 2B, 2-1B, 2 RBI; Holsinger HR, 2 RBI; O’Flaherty 2B, 1B, 2 RBI.
records: Old Fort 5-15, 1-7 MAL. Carey 5-11, 3-5 MAL.

BASCOM — Jordan Stewart singled twice and drove in four runs and Bryan Scherger doubled twice, singled and knocked in three runs as Hopewell-Loudon clubbed North Baltimore 18-2 in five innings Wednesday in Midland Athletic League play.
Jared Gelinas and Ryan Depinet each hit three singles and drove in a pair of runs, while Weston Hill singled twice and knocked in three for the Chieftains (13-8 overall, 6-2 MAL).
Winning pitcher Tyler Imes (4-2) allowed two earned runs on five hits in a complete game. He also doubled, singled and drove home a run.
Garret Sendelbach doubled, singled twice and drove in a run, while Jackson Sebetto singled and notched two RBIs for Hopewell-Loudon.
Tyler Trumbull had a double and single and Brock Boyer had a single and an RBI for the Tigers.

North Baltimore 000 20 — 2 5 0
Hopewell-Loudon 871 2x — 18 20 0
WP — Imes (4-2). LP — Watson. top hitters: (NB) Trumbull 2B, 1B; Boyer 1B, RBI. (H-L) Stewart 2-1B, 4 RBI; Depinet 3-1B, 2 RBI; Sendelbach 2B, 2-1B, RBI; Imes 2B, 1B, RBI; Scherger. 2-2B, 1B, 3 RBI; Sebetto 1B, 2 RBI; Gelinas 3-1B , 2 RBI; Hill 2-1B, 3 RBI.
records: Hopewell-Loudon 13-8 overall, 6-2 Midland Athletic League; North Baltimore 8-13, 3-3.

FORT JENNINGS — Mark Metzger and Caleb Bankey combined for two doubles, five singles and four RBIs as Fort Jennings jumped out to a 9-2 lead after three innings and cruised past Ada 13-5 in a nonleague baseball game on Wednesday.
Fort Jennings (6-12) had 12 hits and took advantage of five Ada errors, with only four of the 13 runs being earned.
Brayden Sautter and Connor English each had two singles for Ada (4-14), and Cort Everhart singled and drove in two runs.

Ada 002 210 0 — 5 7 5
Fort Jennings 414 211 x — 13 12 3
WP — Vetter. LP — Evans. top hitters: (Ada) English 2-1B, RBI; Sautter 2-1B; Everhart 1B, 2 RBI. (FJ) Metzger 2-2B, 2-1B, 3 RBI; Bankey 3-1B, RBI; Rau 1B, 2 RBI.
records: Ada 4-14, Fort Jennings 6-12.

FOSTORIA — Marcus Kerr tallied a triple, a single and an RBI for Fremont St. Joseph in an 11-9 victory over Fostoria St. Wendelin Wednesday in Midland Athletic League play at Lucadello Field.
Lucas Michael added a pair of singles and drove in a run for the Crimson Streaks, while Jordan Hartley had a double and an RBI and Jake Yeckley singled and drove in a run.
Bennett Wickert gained the win on the mound, while Donovan Scudder took the loss as the Mohawks fell to 2-18 overall and 0-7 in the MAL.
Scudder led St. Wendelin at the plate with a double, two singles and three RBIs, while Trent Whetsel had a pair of singles and three RBIs and Cyle Smith hit a double and drove in a run.
Devin Frankart had a double and a single, while Brady Rutter hit two singles for the Mohawks.

Fremont St. Joseph 001 360 1 — 11 9 X
Fostoria St. Wendelin 302 301 0 — 9 11 X
WP — Wickert. LP — Scudder. top hitters: (FSJ) Yeckley 1B, RBI; Michael 2-1B, RBI; Kerr 3B, 1B, RBI; Hartley 2B, RBI. (FSW) Rutter 2-1B; Scudder 2B, 2-1B, 3 RBI; Smith 2B, RBI; Whetsel 2-1B, 3 RBI; Frankart 2B, 1B.
records: Fostoria St. Wendelin 2-18 overall, 0-7 Midland Athletic League; Fremont St. Joseph 5-13, 3-4.

NORTH ROBINSON — Cody Gabriel and Cameron Binau each blasted a home run and Upper Sandusky scored 15 runs on 17 hits to crush Colonel Crawford 15-3 in five innings in a North Central Conference baseball game Wednesday.
Sam Plott ripped four singles, and Carson Mittermaier doubled, singled twice and drove in four runs for the Rams (12-7, 8-4 NCC). Andre Myers added two singles and three RBIs.
Gabriel picked up the win, allowing two earned runs on four hits and striking out six batters in five innings.

Upper Sandusky 534 03 — 15 17 4
Colonel Crawford 101 01 — 3 4 1
WP — Gabriel. LP — Klingenberger. top hitters: (US) Mittermaier 2B, 2-1B, 4 RBI; Gabriel HR, 2B, 3 RBI; Plott 4-1B; Myers 2-1B, 3 RBI; Binau HR, 2 RBI. (CC) Burkhart 2-1B.
records: Upper Sandusky 12-7, 8-4 NCC. Colonel Crawford 6-13, 2-8 NCC.

NEW WASHINGTON — Buckeye Central scored a run with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning to come away with a 7-6 North Central Conference victory over Riverdale in baseball action on Wednesday.
Seth Parsons and Seth Ollis each had two hits and combined for three RBIs for Buckeye Central (11-13, 6-6 NCC).
Riverdale (4-13, 2-8 NCC) had just one hit: a single by Seth Knoll. He also had an RBI.

Riverdale 000 050 10 — 6 1 4 Buckeye Central 200 130 01 — 7 8 5
WP — Zaebst. LP — Davis. top hitters: (Riv) Knoll 1B, RBI. (BC) Parsons 2B, 1B, 2 RBI; Ollis 2-1B, RBI.
records: Riverdale 4-13, 2-8 NCC. Buckeye Central 11-13, 6-6 NCC.

PEMBERVILLE — Fostoria scored one run in each of the final two innings but fell a run short in a 5-4 Northern Buckeye Conference loss to Eastwood Wednesday.
The Eagles led 3-0 after three innings and scored twice in the fourth inning to take a 5-2 lead.
David Krukemeyer singled twice for Eastwood.
Kaleb Bemis (1-4) took the loss as the Redmen dropped to 12-8 overall and 3-5 in the NBC.
Robby Crotty hit three singles and Trey Yates added two singles as the Redmen outhit the Eagles 7-6.

Fostoria 000 201 1 — 4 7 2
Eastwood 012 200 x — 5 6 0
WP — Steele. LP — Ka. Bemis (1-4). top hitters: (Eas) Krukenmeyer 2-1B. (Fos) Crotty 3-1B; Yates 2-1B.
records: Fostoria 12-8 overall, 3-5 Northern Buckeye Conference; Eastwood 3-14, 2-5.

BLOOMDALE — Genoa put four runs on the board before Elmwood even came to bat, led 9-0 after three innings and cruised to a 13-3 Northern Buckeye Conference win over the Royals.
Logan Scott had three singles and Casey Gose (2-1B) and Nick Wolfe (2B, 3B) added two hits each for Genoa (11-5, 7-1 NBC). Jacob Wise had two hits for Elmwood (7-11, 2-5),

Genoa 405 002 2 — 13 9 0
Elmwood 000 030 0 — 3 5 7
WP — Rightnowar. LP — Kerr (2-4). top hitters: (Gen) Scott 3-1B; Gose 2-1B; Wolfe 2B, 3B. (Elm) Wise 2-1B.
records: Genoa 11-5, 7-1 NBC; Elmwood 7-11, 2-5 NBC.

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BLOOMDALE — Elmwood broke a 3-3 tie with a run in the fourth inning and added another tally in the six inning to come away with a 5-4 win over Genoa Wednesday in Northern Buckeye Conference play.
Rebecca Harvey and Kristi Reiser each belted a home run for the Royals (14-4 overall, 6-1 NBC), with Harvey finishing with three runs batted in.
Brandie Vargas singled and drove in a run and Olivia Myers doubled for Elmwood.
Winning pitcher Miranda Benschoter fired a three-hitter with eight strikeouts and one walk.
Katie Jensen singled and knocked in two runs for the Comets.
Genoa 102 010 0 — 4 3 0
Elmwood 300 101 x — 5 6 1
WP — Benschoter. LP — Theisen. top hitters: (Gen) Jensen 1B, 2 RBI. (Elm) Myers 2B; Harvey HR, 3 RBI; Reiser HR; Vargas 1B, RBI. (Gen) Jensen 1B, 2 RBI.
RECORDS: Elmwood 14-4 overall, 6-1 Northern Buckeye Conference; Genoa 7-10, 1-7.

Elmwood’s Kristi Reiser is all smiles as she circles the bases after belting a go-ahead homer during the sixth inning of Elmwood’s 5-4 Northern Buckeye Conference softball win over Genoa. (Photo by Matthias Leguire)

KALIDA — Columbus Grove earned a share of the Putnam County League softball championship in a big way by whipping Kalida 23-7 on Wednesday.
The Bulldogs improved to 11-7 overall and 5-0 in the PCL. Kalida fell to 4-11 and 1-3.
Kyrah Yinger slammed a pair of doubles and Micah Stechschulte added a home run and single and Katie Roose added two doubles and a single for the Bulldogs.

Kalida 111 04 — 7 10 x
Columbus Grove 813 74 — 23 13 x
top hitters: (CG) Yinger 2-2B; Stechschulte HR, 1B; Roose 2-2B, 1B.
records: Columbus grove 11-7 overall, 5-0 Putnam, County League; Kalida 4-11, 1-3.

CAREY — Ali Rymer allowed one earned run on seven hits in seven innings pitched, and Hannah Draper hit three singles and drove in two runs, as Carey knocked off Old Fort 3-1 in a Midland Athletic League softball game.
Taylor Fletcher doubled and singled for the Blue Devils (11-6, 5-3 MAL), which scored single runs in the first, third and fifth innings.
Krista Ward doubled, singled and drove in a run to lead Old Fort (10-7, 3-3 MAL).

Old Fort 001 000 0 — 1 7 2
Carey 101 010 x — 3 9 0
WP — Rymer (10-4). LP — Magers. top hitters: (OF) K. Ward 2B, 1B, RBI; Adelsperger 2-1B. (Car) Draper 3-1B, 2 RBI; Fletcher 2B, 1B; Schlack 2-1B.
records: Old Fort 10-7, 3-3 MAL. Carey 11-6, 5-3 MAL.

FOSTORIA — Allie Rutter collected a double, a single and three RBIs as Fostoria St. Wendelin totaled 14 hits in a 5-2 Midland Athletic League win over Fremont St. Joseph at Foundation Park.
Meghan Reiter fired off seven strikeouts while allowing two unearned runs on only four hits and no walks to earn the win.
Reiter also doubled and drove in a run and Krystal Krout hit three singles and drove in a run for the Mohawks (7-9 overall, 2-4 MAL). Cailin Reineck added a double and a single while Edy Mowrey and Cortney Babb each singled twice.
Be Reardon took the loss after striking out four and walking one in a complete game.
Natalie Zyski singled and drove in the Crimson Streaks’ lone run.

Fremont St. Joseph 000 002 0 — 2 4 0
Fostoria St. Wendelin 220 001 x — 5 14 2
WP — Reiter. LP — Reardon. top hitters: (FSJ) Zyski 1B, RBI. (FSW) Krout 3-1B, RBI; Reiter 2B, RBI; Mowrey 2-1B; Rutter 2B, 1B, 3 RBI; Babb 2-1B; Reineck 2B, 1B.
records: Fostoria St. Wendelin 7-9 overall, 2-4 Midland Athletic League; Fremont St. Joseph 2-5, 4-7.

BASCOM — North Baltimore took the lead with a three-run rally in the fourth inning, then went ahead to stay with single runs in the sixth and seventh in chalking up a 5-3 Midland Athletic League softball win at Hopewell-Loudon.
Hanna Brian and Makayla Light had two hits and an RBI each to back the five-hit, 10 strikeout pitching of North Baltimore (6-11, 2-4 MAL) pitcher Cheyenne Hernandez.
Abby Park had two of those five hits for Hopewell-Loudon (2-15, 0-7 MAL).

North Baltimore 000 301 1 — 5 8 2
Hopewell-Loudon 200 100 0 — 3 5 1
WP — Hernandez (4-3). LP — Coppus. top hitters: (NB) Brian 2-1B, RBI; Light 2-1B, RBI. (H-L) Park 2-1B.
records: North Baltimore 6-11, 2-4 MAL; Hopewell-Loudon 2-15, 0-7 MAL.

NORTH ROBINSON — Kyla Cusac allowed just two hits in seven innings and struck out five Colonel Crawford batters to lead Upper Sandusky past the Eagles 3-1 in North Central Conference softball action.
Sara Gier and Jaya Smalley each doubled for the Rams (13-6, 9-3 NCC).

Upper Sandusky 000 200 1 — 3 6 2
Colonel Crawford 000 100 0 — 1 2 3
WP — Cusac. LP — Reynolds. top hitters: Gier & Smalley 2B.
records: Upper Sandusky 13-6, 9-3 NCC. Colonel Crawford 6-13, 2-9 NCC.


NEW WASHINGTON — Taylor Farmer backed up her complete-game pitching performance with two singles and an RBI at the plate as Riverdale scored a run in the fifth and sixth inning to escape with a 5-3 win over Buckeye Central in a North Central Conference softball game.
Farmer allowed two earned runs on four hits, and Bre Parish doubled and drove in a run at the plate, for the Falcons (11-9, 4-6 NCC).

Riverdale 010 211 0 — 5 10 3
Buckeye Central 010 200 0 — 3 4 2
WP — Farmer. LP — Wurm. top hitters: (Riv) Farmer 2-1B, RBI; Parish 2B, RBI; McKamey & Morris 2-1B; Hill 3B. (BC) Hildebrand 1B, RBI.
records: Riverdale 11-9, 4-6 NCC. Buckeye Central 10-12, 6-6 NCC.

PEMBERVILLE — Samantha Shirling threw a two-hitter and recorded nine strikeouts for Eastwood in a 5-0 win over Fostoria in Northern Buckeye Conference action.
Michaela Bunge hit a double and drove in a pair of runs for Eastwood while Krista Jennings singled and also drove in two runs and Marissa Tudor had three singles.
Erica Moore doubled for the Lady Red (4-13, 0-7 NBC) while Jada Hampton hit a single.

Fostoria 000 000 0 — 0 2 2
Eastwood 050 000 X — 5 6 1
WP — Shirling. LP — Moore. top hitters: (East) Tudor 3-1B; Bunge 2B, 2 RBI; Jennings 1B, 2 RBI. (Fos) Moore 2B.
records: Fostoria 4-13 overall, 0-7 Northern Buckeye Conference; Eastwood 19-1, 7-1.

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