BATH TOWNSHIP – Bath had beaten Ottawa-Glandorf in Western Buckeye League play during the regular season, so the Titans knew they needed to play much better during their sectional clash Wednesday at Bath High School.
Thanks to the pitching prowess of right-hander Jake Balbaugh’s complete game, the Titans did so for a 5-1 victory.
Balbaugh ceded four hits and an earned run. He struck out three and tossed 97 pitches, 59 for strikes.
The Titans (10-11) move on to play Paulding.
“The way Jake pitched, he was great. He had to work out of jams a couple of times with key pitches,” Ottawa-Glandorf head coach Nick Miller said. “He threw strikes and he was backed up by his defense. He was around the plate. He did walk six batters but he was able to work through that well.”
He outdueled Bath (7-12) pitcher Cole Parlapiano. He worked six frames on 85 pitches, 48 for strikes, giving up six hits, four earned runs, walking two and striking out four. Les Boedicker gave up two hits and an earned run in an inning of relief.
“Give credit to their pitcher. He had us off-balance a lot of the time,” Bath acting head coach Andy Herr said. “We have struggled a lot, especially the second half of this season to score runs. We had plenty of chances to get on the board but we could not come up with the big hit at crucial times. We left nine guys on base, so we had opportunities but could not come up the big hits.”
The Titans got two runs in the top of the second. Ethan Alt doubled to left to begin the inning and Logan Miller singled to right-center. Cory Warnecke bounced out to get Alt in and Jarrett grounded out to get L. Miller in for a 2-0 edge.
O-G got two more in in the upper sixth on a 1-out walk to Alt, a single by L. Miller, a line single to left by Warnecke and a 2-run liner to left to get Alt and L. Miller in for a 4-0 edge.
“We came through with some big hits. We came through when we needed big hits,” Coach Miller said. “We did a good job of capitailzing on what they gave us and taking care when we needed crucial hits. We know if we can get Jake five to six runs, we have a good chance to win the games. We had no errors today, which is also a good sign.”
The Titans got their final tally in in the upper seventh on a leadoff single by Baulbaugh, a sacrifice bunt by Grant Hovest, a wild pitch and a line single off the glove of the third baseman, Austin Williams’, glove for a 5-0 lead.
“Cole (Parlapiano) did a nice job pitching but whereas we couldn’t get the timely hits, they did,” Herr said. “Les did a nice job of allowing us to stay in the game for his one inning of work. It just came down to us not being able to score runs when we had the chance.”
The Wildcats got their lone run in the bottom of the seventh as Boedicker doubled to left center to begin it and scored on a wild pitch and a groundout by Wyatt Maley.