|St. Marys wins Nathan Miller Tournament, four awarded memorial scholarships|
|Sunday, June 01, 2014 8:00 PM|
dhi MEDIA Correspondent
DELPHOS — The weather was absolutely perfect for the fifth annual Nathan Miller Memorial Baseball Tournament held over the weekend at Stadium Park. The yearly event has seen unseasonable cold temperatures, extreme heat near 95 degrees and rain in its short four year history.
The three day tournament kicked off Friday evening with the opening ceremony and the awarding of scholarships awarded in Nathan’s memory. Past winners include Ben Babcock and Jordan Leininger in 2011, Justin Rode and Alex Wehri in 2012, and Seth Wollenhaupt and Curtis Geise last year. For 2014, Sam and Angie Miller decided to expand the award to a pair of winners from each Delphos school. Austin Jettinghoff and Justin Stewart represented Delphos Jefferson School and Aaron Hellman with Kyle Pohlman were selected from St. John’s.
“We had six really excellent candidates interview this year and it was extremely hard narrowing it down to these four,” Angie said. “I would have loved to give scholarships to all the kids but our committee had to make a difficult choice.”
The action on the field Friday night was also doubled as eight games were played with Van Wert defeating the Delphos Pirates, Elida over Columbus Grove, Kalida doubled up the Delphos Braves, Delphos Reds lost to Buffalo Wild Wings 8-0 and the Delphos V.F.W. was victorious 14-5 over Spencerville.
Saturday promised a full day of action on all four diamonds as a total of 23 games were on the slate. It was a rough day for Delphos teams as Glandorf shutout the Delphos V.F.W. 11-0 in the first game of the day. Columbus Grove also scored 11 runs defeating the Delphos Pirates 11-1 as did St.Mary’s outscoring the Delphos Braves 11-7. The Delphos Reds lost a heartbreaker to eventual champion St.Marys by one run, 5 to 4.
The economic impact of the tournament could be seen all over town as 20 teams converged on Delphos. Fast food restaurants were busy, as was The Dairy Hut and The Creamery. Gas stations also saw an increase in business as teams needed to fill up driving as far away as Kenton, Sidney and Ayersville.
The most exciting game of the day was also the last game as Bath tied the Delphos Braves in the last inning to send the contest to extra innings. The last pitch was thrown at 11:15 p.m. as Bath came from behind to defeat the Braves 9 to 8 in 8 innings.
Pool play winners included: St.Marys (12), Kalida, Glandorf, Columbus Grove and Kenton. Three wildcard teams also advanced to Sunday: Sidney, Ayersville and Tinora’s Buffalo Wild Wings.
In the championship game, St. Marys scored six runs in their final at bat to break open a close game to cruise to a 16-7 victory over Kenton. Last year’s tournament champion, Kalida, took the consolation game over their Putnam County rival Glandorf to finish third.
Friday Night Games
Van Wert 9 Delphos Pirates 4
Elida 5 Columbus Grove 3
Delphos VFW 14 Spencerville 5
Sidney 5 Glandorf 3
Bath 5 St.Marys (11) 4
St.Marys (12) 14 Rockford 1
Buffalo Wild Wings 8 Delphos Reds 0
Kalida 10 Delphos Braves 5
Glandorf 11 Delphos VFW 0
Ft.Loramie 14 Kenton 4
Ayersville 10 Middle Point 2
Columbus Grove 11 Delphos Pirates 1
St.Marys (11) 11 Delphos Braves 7
Buffalo Wild Wings 12 Rockford 3
St.Marys (12) 5 Delphos Reds 4
Glandorf 15 Spencerville 0
Kalida 13 Bath 0
Van Wert 9 Elida 5
Kenton 3 Ayersville 1
Fort Loramie 11 Middle Point 5
Fort Loramie 6 Ayersville 4
Sidney 13 Delphos VFW 3
Elida 11 Delphos Pirates 5
Kalida 12 St.Marys (11) 0
Kenton 10 Middle Point 7
St.Marys (12) 7 Buffalo Wild Wings 6
Columbus Grove 6 Van Wert 1
Sidney 21 Spencerville 0
Bath 9 Delphos Braves 8
Rockford 6 Delphos Reds 4
St. Mary’s (12) 5 Sidney 1
Kalida 11 Ayersville 1
Glandorf 6 Buffalo Wild Wings 1
Kenton 4 Columbus Grove 3
St. Marys (12) 3 Kalida 0
Kenton 9 Glandorf 4
St.Marys (12) 16 Kenton 7 - Championship Game
Kalida 8 Glandorf 3 – Consolation Game
|Last Updated on Sunday, June 01, 2014 7:49 PM|