WAPAKONETA — Ottawa-Glandorf’s offense has been producing in the early season and that trend continued with a 13-7 win over Wapakoneta in a Western Buckeye League clash Friday.
Ottawa-Glandorf improves to 2-0 in the WBL and 5-2 for the year. Wapakoneta falls to 1-5 for the year and 0-2 in league action.
This was the fourth straight game the Titans have scored in double digits and the fifth game they have scored 10 or more runs this season.
The Titans big offensive output was aided by Wapakoneta’s pitching inability to consistently throw strikes as the Redskin hurlers gave up 14 walks and the Titans drew seven base on balls to open the game. This lead to a seven-run first.
“Their starting pitcher struggled with command and we took advantage of those walks,” Titan head coach Nick Miller said. “We got some big hits in that first inning to drive in some runs and we were able to put seven runs on the board right away and our pitcher came out and threw strikes. We are swinging the bats pretty well right now.”
Miller added that is the fourth or fifth straight games with 10 hits or more.
O-G’s Nate Maag, who went 3 for 3 with two doubles, struck the big hit in the first frame when he drove in two with a two-batter. Maag finished with 4 RBI and two runs scored. Jacob Balbaugh had two hits and drove in a run and Carter Duling went 2 for 3 with with two three runs scored.
Errors also proved to be costly for the Redskins as the team totaled five for the game.
“Fourteen free passes and a hits baseman is not going to win you game especially a WBL game,” Redskin head coach Jason Brandt said. “We just had a long talk. It is the simple things is what has been holding us down. It is a simple game of throwing the ball and catching the ball and hitting your partner in the chest.
“Errors have absolutely killed us this year. Walks have absolutely killed us this year and when you get down like that it is really, really bad. It could have been worse. We could have been run ruled and had every chance of being run ruled but our guys had a little energy but if you take away the first inning it is a whole different game but unfortunately for us you can’t take away that first inning. We have to be a lot better.”’
On the mound for the Titans, starter Jaxson Buddelmeyer was effective on the mound, scattering five hits, surrendering three runs while striking out three and walking three. The Titan righty was effective in working his way out of jams and limited the Redskins to one run innings in the third, fourth and five frames.
Buddelmeyer helped himself at the plate by driving in two runs.
“We were able to limit the big inning until the sixth inning there and we fell in trouble with walks and that is the name of the game,” Miller said. “If your pitcher can throw strikes it gives your defense a chance to be in every game.”
Going into the bottom of the sixth, the Redskins were in danger of being run ruled 13-3, but Wapakoneta rallied for four runs off Titan relief pitching to close the gap but fell short of making up the huge run gap.
With the Titans off to a successful start to the year, Miller still sees room for improvement.
“We are still a little behind because of state basketball,” the Titan skipper said. “We didn’t get as much practice as we needed to but there are coming together as a team. We have been scoring some runs and that has helped eliminate some of the pitching worries that we have every day.”
Reach Jose Nogueras at 567-242-0468.