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ELIDA — With their backs to the wall — win or go home for the summer — Van Wert lefty Ryan Stoller held down St. Marys Memorial enough for a 6-4 victory in the losers’-bracket ACME District tournament Saturday afternoon at Ed Sandy Memorial Field at the Elida Athletic Complex.

Stoller threw a 112-pitch complete game (73 strikes), ceding seven hits and four earned runs. He walked five and fanned 10.

The Roughriders, who end the summer season 10-3, got 4-plus frames out of right-hander Derek Jay (7 hits, 5 runs, 4 earned, 3 BBs, 1 K) and two innings from lefty Michael Hastreiter (1 unearned run, 1 BB, 1 K).

Brandt Henry led the Cougar offense in going 3-for-3 (2 runs), while Justice Tussing was 2-for-4 (2 runs).

Dustin Howell was 2-for-3 for the Roughriders, while Tristan Becker was 2-for-4.

“It didn’t take a lot for this team to bounce back after a tough loss in the opener (4-1 to LCC). There’s great leadership on this team,” Cougar coach Carlin Dunlap noted. “We’ve battled all year and today was no different. We got great pitching performances both games today, especially Ryan. He pitched backwards today because St. Marys is such a good-hitting team. He kept them off-balance.”

Van Wert went up 1-0 in the bottom of the first. Tussing chopped a hit up the gut to lead it off, Joe Lisa walked and Henry bunted his way aboard to load them up. Stoller flied out to left to get Tussing across the dish.

Memorial tied it in the top of the second on 1-out 2-baser by Dustin Howell and a 2-out chopper to center by Michael Hastreiter.

The Cougars broke a 1-1 tie in the home third. Tussing beat out an infield hit to third, Lisa sacrificed him up a base and he scored on Henry’s double to left.

The Cougars got three big tallies in the fifth. Lisa’s liner to right got it started and Henry chopped one to left. Stoller bunted them up; an error on the play left bases loaded. A wild pitch plated Lisa and moved the others up a base, from where they scored on a 2-run double to left by Caleb Fetzer for a 5-1 edge. That finished Jay.

The Cougars made it 6-1 in the sixth on a 1-out hit batter (Henry), an error on Stoller’s grounder that put the lead runner at third and he scored on Fetzer’s sacrifice fly to center.

The ’Riders made it interesting in the seventh, scoring three runs on a leadoff free pass (Colin Burke), a Tristan Becker single, a run-scoring 2-baser by Logan Maze and a 2-run double to left by Isaac Fitzgerald. A 1-out bounceout by Josh Young put Fitzgerald at third but after a walk to Howell, Hastreiter lined out to left to end the Roughriders’ season.

In the opener, the Cougars lost 3-1 to Lima Central Catholic.

The southpaw Henry went five innings for the Cougars (5 hits, 3 runs, 1 earned, 5 BBs, 8 Ks). Kaleb Jenkins mopped up (1 IP, 3 BBs, 2 Ks).

Ian Friesner tossed an 84-pitch complete game (3 hits, 1 unearned run, 3 BBs, 2 Ks).

Jacob Judy had the only multi-hit game for either unit, going 2-for-3.

LCC scored all three of its runs in the bottom of the third. Bitler Rumer walked to lead it off and went to third on a single by Judy. A wild pitch plated Rumer and put Judy on second. Ethan O’Connor sacrificed; an error allowed runners on the corners. Liam Stolly sacrificed O’Connor to second. With Aiden O’Connor at the bat, he laid down a perfect suicide squeeze to score Judy; however, after the umpires ruled that Henry had stepped off the rubber on his throw home, it was ruled a no-pitch. O’Connor fanned and Keaton Meyer walked to load the bases. Joey Watkins lashed a sinking liner to left that plated Judy and E. O’Connor for a 3-0 lead; on the sequence, Meyer was caught too far off second and tagged out.

The Cougars got their only tally in the top of the sixth. With one down, Henry was safe on a 2-base throwing error on his grounder. However, he was caught stealing by catcher Watkins. Ryan Stoller walked and made it to third on a wild pitch and throwing error. He scored on Mason Carr’s line single to left.

“We were fortunate to get such a good pitching performance from Ian. It would be a lot harder to have to come back right away today,” LCC coach Neil Ribley noted. “Ian did a nice job on the mound; he was efficient out there and got good defense behind him. We had some young kids making their first starts of the summer today and they made good plays.”

In the middle contest, Bath downed the Roughriders 3-1 in another pitchers’ duel.

Cam Clark (7 IPs, 5 hits, 1 earned run, 3 BBs, 3 Ks; 112 pitches, 66 strikes) outdueled Joe Pfenning (7 IPs, 6 hits, 3 earned runs, 2 BBs, 8 Ks; 95 pitches, 62 strikes).

Isaac Fitzgerald for the ’Riders was the only offensive player with a multi-hit game, going 3-for-4.




Justice Tussing 2b 4-0-0-0, Joe Lisa rf 3-0-0-0, Kaleb Jenkins p 0-0-0-0, Brandt Henry p/rf 3-0-0-0, Ryan Stoller cf 1-1-1-0, Mason Carr lf 2-0-1-1, Josh Braun 3b 3-0-0-0, Ethan Williams dh/c 3-0-1-0, Bryan Mills pr 0-0-0-0, Jacob Williamson ss 0-0-0-0, Gavin Gardner 1b 3-0-0-0, Ryan McCracken c/pr 1-0-0-0, Caleb Fetzer ph 1-0-0-0. Totals 23-1-3-1.



Bitler Rumer cf 2-0-1-0, Alex Lehmkuhl ph 0-1-0-0, Jacob Judy lf 3-1-2-1, Ethan O’Connor ss 1-1-0-0, Liam Stolly 1b 3-0-1-0, Aiden O’Connor 2b 2-0-0-0, Keaton Meyer 3b 1-0-0-0, Joey Watkins c 3-0-1-2, Derek Wolfe rf 3-0-0-0, Ian Friesner p 1-0-0-0, Regan Altenbach pr 0-0-0-0. Totals 19-3-5-2.

Score by Innings:

Van Wert 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 - 1

Lima CC 0 0 3 0 0 0 x - 3

E: Watkins 2, Henry, McCracken, Stolly, Friesner; LOB: Van Wert 6, Lima Central Catholic 10; CS: Henry (by Watkins); POB: Stoller (by Friesner); Sac: E. O’Connor 2, Carr, Stolly.



Henry (L) 5.0 5 3 1 5 8

Jenkins 1.0 0 0 0 3 2


Friesner (W) 7.0 3 1 0 3 2

WP: Henry, Jenkins, Friesner; HBP: Stoller (by Friesner); PB: McCracken; Intentional Walk: E. O’Connor (by Jenkins); BB: Meyer 2, Friesner 2, Stoller, McCracken, Fetzer, Rumer, Lehmkuhl, A. O’Connor.



BATH (3)


Ty Stahr cf 2-0-0-0, Jared Davis 3b 3-0-1-1, Cam Jenkins c 2-0-0-0, Cam Clark p 4-1-1-1, Andrew Jordan 1b 2-0-0-0, Dylan Burkholder rf 3-0-1-0, Chase Clark cf 3-0-1-0, Andrew Renner ss 3-1-1-0, Luke Niebel dh 3-1-1-0, Drew Korkate 2b 0-0-0-0. Totals 25-3-6-2.



Tristan Becker cf 4-1-1-0, Logan Maze 3b 3-0-1-0, Isaac Fitzgerald c 4-0-3-1, Matt Douglas dh 3-0-0-0, Derek Jay ph 1-0-0-0, Joe Pfenning p 0-0-0-0, Austin Quellhorst lf 3-0-0-0, Michael Hastreiter 1b 1-0-0-0, Michael Eberle pr 0-0-0-0, Dustin Howell ss 3-0-0-0, Michael Harbaum rf 2-0-0-0, Josh Young ph 0-0-0-0, Colin Burke 2b 3-0-0-0. Totals 27-1-5-1.

Score by Innings:

Bath 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 - 3

Memorial 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 1

E: Jordan, Howell; LOB: Bath 7, St. Marys Memorial 9; 2B: Fitzgerald; SB: Ca. Clark; CS: Ch. Clark (by Fitzgerald); Sac: Stahr, Davis, Maze.



Ca. Clark (W) 7.0 5 1 1 3 3


Pfenning (L) 7.0 6 3 3 2 8

PB: Jenkins; HBP: Stahr (by Pfenning), Jordan (by Pfenning); BB: Jenkins 2, Hastreiter 2, Young.





Tristan Becker cf 4-1-2-0, Logan Maze 3b 3-1-1-1, Isaac Fitzgerald c 2-0-1-2, Spencer Knous lf 4-0-0-0, Josh Young rf 4-0-0-0, Dustin Howell ss 3-1-2-0, Derek Jay p 2-0-0-0, Joe Pfenning 1b 2-0-0-0, Michael Hastreiter 1b/p 3-0-1-1, Colin Burke 2b 2-1-0-0. Totals 29-4-7-4.



Justice Tussing 2b 4-2-2-0, Joe Lisa rf 2-1-1-0, Josh Braun rf 0-0-0-0, Brandt Henry cf 3-2-3-1, Ryan Stoller cf 3-1-0-1, Caleb Fetzer 3b 2-0-1-3, Bryan Mills pr 0-0-0-0, Mason Carr rf 3-0-0-0, Gavin Cross dh 3-0-1-0, Jacob Williamson ss 0-0-0-0, Gavin Gardner 1b 2-0-0-0, Ryan McCracken c 3-0-0-0. Totals 25-6-8-5.

Score by Innings:

St. Marys 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 - 4

Van Wert 1 0 1 0 3 1 0 - 6

E: Pfenning, Burke, Tussing, Henry; LOB: St. Marys Memorial 9, Van Wert 9; 2B: Fitzgerald, Maze, Howell, Henry, Fetzer; SB: Maze, Stoller, Cross; Sac: Lisa, Stoller; SF: Stoller, Fetzer;



Jay (L) 4.0 7 5 4 3 1

Hastreiter 2.0 1 1 0 1 1


Stoller (W) 7.0 7 4 4 5 10

WP: Jay 2; HBP: Henry (by Hastreiter); BB: Fitzgerald 2, Maze, Howell, Burke, Lisa, Fetzer, Carr, Gardner.


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