HAMLER- Pettisville spotted Ottawa Glandorf four runs in the first inning, then fought back to tie the Titans in the bottom of the seventh before falling 7-5 in eight innings in ACME district play at Patrick Henry on Saturday.
Austin Verhoff drew a walk off Blackbird pitcher Tate Kauffman to open the game and stole second.
Brent Ellerbrock followed with a single to right and when the ball was bobbled in the outfield, Verhoff scored the Titans first run.
Ellerbrock stole second and also scored when the Blackbirds threw away Noah Recker’s chopper that went for an infield hit and an error.
Jordan Diemer beat out a grounder to short that was also thrown away to allow Recker to score to make it 3-0 Titans.
Diemer scored on a wild pitch with two out to mark the fourth O-G run of the inning.
However Pettisville fought back thanks to the wildness of Titan starter Ryan Maas.
Tate Kauffman and Eli King walked and Noah Miller was hit by a pitch to load th bases with no one out in the Pettisville first.
Christian Barhite’s one-out fly ball brought in the Birds first score.
The Birds chopped into the Titan lead even further in the third.
King drew another walk, Noah Miller’s grounder to short was mishandled and after Dustin Nofziger’s pop up behind the plate was dropped, he too got a base on balls from Maas.
Barhite followed with a base hit to right-center that scored two runs when Verhoff’s throw to the plate that would have easily beaten Miller scoring from second was inexplicably cut off by Maas, making the score 4-3.
O-G doubled their lead in the fourth when Evan Barrett singled, went to second on a wild pitch and scored on a two-out error to make it 5-3.
However Pettisville got that run back in their half of the inning.
Nate Houtzler led off with a single to left, advanced to second on another base on balls given up to Kauffman and scored on Miller’s two-out single.
The Birds had a chance to tie the game in the fifth when Gabe Beck pounded a one-out triple over the center fielders head, but he was cut down at the plate when he tried to score on a short wild pitch to keep the Titans on top.
However the Birds knotted the game in the bottom of the seventh when King was hit by a pitch and Nofziger drew a one-out walk.
Verhoff pitching in relief got Barhite to pop to second, but when he fielded a Beck nubber in front of the plate, the Titan right-hander threw wild to first to allow the tying run to score.
The Titan pitcher would make amends in the top of the eighth when he doubled down the left field line to start the O-G winning rally.
Ellerbrock singled to short left, then Recker followed with a solid single to left that scored Verhoff. When the ball got away in the outfield, Ellerbrock came around to score an insurance run to make it 7-5 while Recker made his way to third with one out.
The Birds escaped further damage when Diemer flied to center and Nofziger shot down Recker trying to score.
Pettisville’s come back hopes were shot when Verhoff worked a 1-2-3 bottom of the eighth to pick up the win in relief.
Kauffman went the whole way for Pettisville and took the loss.
The Birds were eliminated from the district tournament when after beating Patrick Henry 13-4 in game one of the consolation bracket on Sunday, they fell to Miller City, 9-0, in a contest which took place shortly after.