GLANDORF – Defiance doesn’t usually need much help winning baseball games.
But Ottawa-Glandorf gave the Bulldogs a big helping hand anyway.
Defiance took advantage of eight O-G errors to post a 12-5 Western Buckeye League baseball win over O-G Friday at O-G.
The win marked Defiance coach Tom Held’s 500th win at Defiance. He has 703 wins overall at Elmwood, Bryan and Defiance.
“It’s been a heck of a fun 20 years,” Held said. “I wouldn’t trade it for anything. …. You don’t ever go into this even thinking about that. I remember when my brother got 100 wins and I thought, ‘If I ever get 100 wins it’s going to be awesome.’
“But you have to be in the right place at the right time, especially in this sport. You have to be in a baseball community. I’ve been in three of the best baseball schools in northwest Ohio in Elmwood, Bryan and Defiance.’’
Defiance is 13-1, 4-1 in the WBL. O-G is 9-4, 3-3 in the WBL.
Wapakoneta clinched at least a share of the WBL title with a win over Celina Friday to go 8-0.
“These games are really important,” Defiance right-hander Logan Andonian said. “We have Elida (at Elida) tomorrow and have Wapak (at home) on Tuesday.’’
Defiance scored six in the first, with the help of three Titan errors in the inning.
The Bulldogs led 11-0 in the top of the third before O-G battled back to within 11-5 after six.
“We had a great first inning,” Held said. “O-G gave us a couple and we earned a couple.’’
Of the 12 runs the three O-G pitchers gave up, only five were earned.
O-G coach Nick Miller was less than pleased with his defensive performance.
“It was an embarrassing effort to tell you the truth out there in the field,” Miller said. “Our pitchers didn’t get a fair shake with the defense behind them. You can’t win games that way.’’
Andonian (3-1) earned the win. He went 6 2/3 innings and gave up five runs, all earned, on 11 hits. He struck out three and walked four.
Andonian threw 118 pitches, 74 for strikes, before giving way to lefty Tyrel Goings, who got the final out of the game.
“He couldn’t locate his fastball,” Held said. “He needs that. He’s not an overpowering pitcher. The last two innings he basically went with the curveball.’’
Andonian said, “My fastball wasn’t do well, location-wise. I threw my curveball for a first-pitch strike.’’
Defiance also played excellent defense, especially with standout plays by shortstop Nick Rodriguez (two double plays), second baseman Christian Haidler and first baseman Blayne Robinson.
“Our infield defense was sensational,” Held said.
Haidler went 4 for 5 with three runs and an RBI for Defiance. J.D. McNett went 2 for 2. Goings and Jackson Meter both had two RBI.
For O-G, Nathan Arrington went 2 for 2. Michael Bowers was 2 for 3 with two RBI.
B.J. Fortman went 2 for 3 for the Titans.
The six-run first sent the Bulldogs on their way.
Rodriguez walked and stole second. Brandon Shafer reached on an error on the O-G shortstop. Rodriguez came home on the error and it was 1-0.
Javen Newton walked and Andonian hit an RBI single to left to make it 2-0.
Meter’s RBI single gave Defiance a 3-0 lead.
Robinson walked with the bases loaded and it was 4-0.
Mitchell Spencer reached on an error on the O-G third baseman and that allowed Defiance’s fifth run to score. Meter came home from third on a wild throw to third by the O-G catcher and it was 6-0 in the first.
For the inning, Defiance had six runs, on three hits with three O-G errors.
Ethan White started for O-G and went one inning, giving up nine runs, three earned, on four hits. He walked four and struck out one.
Evan Balash came on and went five innings, giving up three runs, two earned, on six hits. He struck out three and walked three.
Grant Fuerst threw a shutout seventh inning.
Both teams had 11 hits and both teams had 11 left on base.
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