OTTAWA — The baseball play wasn’t pretty.
Misplayed balls in the outfield. Passed balls, wild pitches and plenty of errors to go around for each squad..
But that mattered little to the seniors who participated in the Ohio Veterans 4 County Memorial All-Star Games played Saturday.
The two-day event concluded with a doubleheader with the first game featuring Putnam County League players from Continental, Columbus Grove, Pandora-Gilboa and Fort Jennings facing the PCL All-Stars comprised of players from Kalida, Miller City and Continental.
In that contest, the game ended up 17-2 with the Kalida, Miller City and Continental squads gaining the upper hand. Both teams had their fair share of high and low points.
Miller City’s Ezra Deitering said it was nice to get out on the diamond and play after three months of inactivity. Deitering was part of the six-run, first inning for his squad where he singled and scored the first run.
“Nothing really takes the place of an actual game but this was lighthearted and a lot of fun,” Deitering said. “It’s just nice to be out here. You have to have your head in the game but it is all fun, and we are all seniors looking to have some fun.”
Deitering was one of seven Miller City players participating in the event, and he said it was nice to spend one last game with his fellow teammates as well as having fun with his county rivals who he has battled pretty much since he began playing sports.
“It’s kind of fun because we are used to being big rivals, and it is fun to get in the dugout and joke around with them,” Dietering said.
Dietering added that this game was special because it showed how important this is to the community and was happy to see the support not only from Miller City fans but from fans from all the schools.
“For them to actually put something together like this means a lot,” Dietering said.
Columbus Grove’s Austin Macke, who was on the losing end of the PCL contest and would be part of the nightcap of the Northwest Conference also enjoyed the camaraderie with his peers.
“I thought this was just a pretty cool idea to get everyone together just one last time,” Macke said. “We didn’t get to play our senior season and it sucks. We had a lot of good teams in the PCL this year, and it would have been really competitive but it is nice to play some innings out here and have some fun. I think they should keep this going.”
Macke said everyone took the miscues in the field in stride and even the friendly jabs from a Columbus Grove crew who kept the atmosphere light.
“I was excited to see how it turned out and how many people were going to turn out and seeing all the people was great,” Macke said. “This is a great community so seeing all the people out here was great. It was a great feeling.”
Macke was among six Bulldogs who played in the exhibition and that also added to the excitement of playing in the game.
“It is great to play with these guys one last time before we go our separate ways and this is a great experience to go out with and do it one last time,” Macke said.
Saturday’s second game ended after deadline. Head to Limascores.com to learn the outcome.
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