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Maas pitches Titans over Kalida in summer ball
Written by Charlie Warnimont   
Sunday, June 29, 2014 8:02 PM


DHI Media Correspondent

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MILLER CITY — Pitching was the difference Sunday afternoon as Kalida and Ottawa-Glandorf squared off in an ACME sectional winners’-bracket game.

The Titans received a solid outing from starter Ryan Maas, while the Wildcats sent four hurlers to the mound. The end result was a 16-4 win for the Titans over the Wildcats in six innings at Miller City.

With the win, O-G advances to the District 2 South championship game Tuesday night against either Kalida or Miller City at 6 p.m. The two Wildcat squads play this evening at Columbus Grove in a losers’-bracket game at 6 p.m. Miller City remained alive in the tournament with a 12-2 5-inning win over Columbus Grove.

O-G had its way against Wildcat pitching, banging out 11 hits and working 14 walks.

Ottawa-Glandorf wasted little time in getting to Kalida starter Trent Siebeneck Sunday afternoon as they scored four times in their half of the first inning.

Austin Verhoff and Chandler Kersh started the game with singles before Noah Recker walked to load the bases. Ben Deitering followed with a single to center to score two runs. Austin Williams reloaded the bases with a walk before Jordan Diemer hit a groundball to shortstop. Kalida attempted to turn a double play as Recker scored. Williams was forced at second base; however, the throw to first base was off line and that allowed Deitering to race home with the Titans’ fourth run of the inning.

O-G reloaded the bases on walks to Brent Ellerbrock and Tory Schroeder around a strikeout. That ended the day on the mound for Siebeneck as Jeffrey Knueve took over. He was able to retire Verhoff on a fly ball to center to end the O-G first inning.

After Kalida went in order in the bottom of the first, O-G pushed across three runs in its half of the second inning.

Recker, Williams and Diemer walked around outs to load the bases for the Titans. Ellerbrock sent a shot to the right-center field gap that just eluded diving Kalida centerfielder Brady Laudick that resulted in a 3-run triple and a 7-0 O-G lead. A ground ball to first base ended the inning.

After the bad start, Kalida got back in the game in the bottom of the second inning as they scored four times.

Knueve opened the inning being hit by a pitch before Maas struck out the next batter. Colton Farrell reached on a single to left and Noah Lambert walked to load the bases. After a fly ball to right for the second out of the inning, Siebeneck came through with a key 2-run single to center and when the Titan center fielder misplayed the ball, it allowed a third run to score and Siebeneck to take second base. Siebeneck scored on a pair of wild pitches.

The second inning was the only inning Maas struggled as Kalida only had two more runners in scoring position the rest of the game. Each time, the O-G defense turned a double play to end the threat.

Maas picked up the win as he allowed four runs on five hits with nine strikeouts and two walks.

After Kalida’s big second inning, the Titans came right back with two runs in the third inning as Kersh lined a 2-run triple to right center. The only inning O-G didn’t score in was the fourth.

Blaney on a hot streak, wins third Ohio Speedweek show at Limaland
Written by Staff Reports   
Sunday, June 29, 2014 8:01 PM
Australians James McFadden (3) and Jamie Veal battle in All Star Sprint action at Limaland Friday. (DHI Media/Mike Campbell Photos)



LIMA – Dale Blaney won his 100th career University of Northwestern Ohio All Star Circuit of Champions feature in April.

He was held winless until the 32nd annual Ohio Sprint Speedweek. On Friday, “The Low Rider” recorded his third win out of the five speedweek events, including Friday’s stop at Limaland Motorsports Park.

Blaney inherited the lead when Jamie Veal smacked the front stretch wall on lap 27 and went on to record his 103rd career UNOH All Star victory. It was Blaney’s fourth series win of 2014 and he now has five All Star wins at Limaland.

“We had a good car. It didn’t take off the best but I knew we were going to have a good car by 40 laps. We kind of picked our way and I saw where they were running and the car got better and better. I can’t say enough about Tony (Kennedy, car owner). He’s put together a great team and we’re having some fun. George (Fisher, crew chief) is as focused as I’ve ever seen him,” said Blaney beside his Kennedy Cattle/Ti22 Performance/GF1 Chassis/Penske Shocks/Tom’s Sewer and Septic Service backed machine.

“I’ve made so many laps around here and I know the track’s going to move. I knew when I had to get up on the track and to the middle. The guys give me a great car and it’s second nature for me to go do those spots.”

Byron Reed would finish third and considering how up and down his year has been, this may be the shot in the arm his team needed.

Friday’s Ohio Sprint Speedweek visit was the 29th appearance at Limaland for the UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions. The field of 45 cars was narrowed to the 24-car starting field for the 40-lap feature with Duane Zablocki and Stevie Smith comprising the front row.

When the green flew Zablocki would jump to the lead over Smith, Jamie Veal, Rob Chaney, Travis Philo, Reed and Blaney. Veal would grab second on lap 2 and immediately pressured Zablocki for the top spot. Veal would slide in front of Zablocki on lap five before the caution flew for Paul May.

On the ensuing restart, Veal led Zablocki, Chaney, Reed, Philo, Smith and Blaney. After a lap was completed Ronnie Blair would stop with suspension damage. On the restart, Sheldon Haudenschild and Derek Hagar would get together for another caution. When the green flew so did Veal as he pulled away from a tremendous battle for second between Zablocki, Reed, Chaney and Philo with Blaney staying close. Reed would take second on lap 10 with Chaney and Philo also getting around Zablocki.

Blaney would move into fifth by lap 11 with Veal pulling away from Reed with Chaney and Philo having a great battle for third. Philo would gain the position on lap 14.

By lap 15 the leaders were approaching heavy lapped traffic and Reed closed quickly on Veal with Philo third and Blaney in fourth. At the half-way point, lapped cars were really coming into play with Veal leading Reed, Philo, Blaney, James McFadden, Wilson, Chaney and Smith.

Before Reed could try to get to Veal, Philo would challenge him for second and with 15 laps to go it was a tremendous 3-car battle for second with Blaney joining in. McFadden and Wilson would also close on the leaders. Blaney would drive by Phil for third on lap 26 and ran beside Reed for second. As the leaders came off turn four to complete lap 27, Veal bounced off the outside retaining wall as Blaney shot below to steal the lead.

Lima Junior Golf Association
Written by Staff Reports   
Sunday, June 29, 2014 8:01 PM

McDonald’s Junior Series

Rienecke Ford Open - Colonial Golfers Club

Tuesday’s Tee Times

Hole Tee Time Age Division Names

01 8:00 am Team #1 - Boys 16-18: Nathan Clark, Caleb Meadows, Wesley Ruedebusch

01 8:08 am Team #2 - Boys 16-18: Drew Wayman, Evan Recker, Brandon Pedersen

01 8:16 am Team #3 - Boys 16-18: Zach Erhart, Spencer Stubbs, Grant Ricketts

01 8:24 am Team #4 - Boys 16-18: Kayne Richardson, Chance Campbell, Joshah Rager, Kaleb Kuhn

01 8:32 am Team #5 - Boys 16-18: Sam Meredith, Ben Heilshorn, Xavier Francis, Wesley Markward

01 8:40 am Team #6 - Boys 16-18

Dutch, Costa Ricans advance to quarterfinal match
Written by Associated Press   
Sunday, June 29, 2014 8:00 PM

Associated Press


RIO DE JANEIRO — Regulation time doesn’t seem to mean much at this stage, judging by the way Netherlands, Costa Rica and Brazil have advanced through the first of the World Cup knockout rounds.

The Dutch needed a penalty deep in stoppage time to seal a 2-1 comeback win over Mexico and advance to a match against a Costa Rica lineup that beat Greece on penalties later Sunday to reach the World Cup quarterfinals for the first time. The Costa Ricans had to play for almost an hour with 10 men and just had the legs to win 5-3 on penalties after the match finished level at 1-1 after extra time.

That was the second penalty shootout of the weekend, following Brazil’s narrow win over Chile on Saturday.

In oppressive heat at Fortaleza, a Dutch attack that scored five goals against 2010 champion Spain in its opening game was on the verge of a second-round exit until finding a way past Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa in the 88th minute.

Once they did, the turnaround happened quickly. Wesley Sneijder’s bullet-like strike canceled out Giovani Dos Santos’ 48th-minute opener for Mexico. Klaas Jan Huntelaar sealed the win with a calmly-taken penalty late in stoppage time after Mexico captain Rafael Marquez took down Robben in the area.

The veteran Dutch forward had been dangerous in attack but all his efforts had been fruitless, as had his frequent tumbles and appeals for penalties and free kicks.

“Unbelievable,” Robben said. “Five minutes from full time, we were out.”

It was unbelievable for Mexico coach Miguel Herrera, too. The effusive coach was mystified that the penalty was awarded by referee Pedro Proenca, disputing the contact that resulted in Robben sprawling on the pitch.

“Today, it was the man with the whistle who eliminated us from the World Cup,” Herrera said. “We ended up losing because he whistled a penalty that did not exist.

“I repeat this because (Robben) dived three times. The referee should have cautioned him. If that had happened, Robben would have been cautioned or even sent off.”

Hernandez strikes out 9, Mariners top Indians 3-0
Written by Associated Press   
Sunday, June 29, 2014 8:00 PM


Associated Press


SEATTLE — Seattle Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon has run out of superlatives to describe Felix Hernandez.

The Mariners ace allowed just one hit over eight innings while striking out nine and Robinson Cano backed him with a 2-run homer as Seattle earned a 3-0 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Sunday.

"Felix is great. I don't have the adjectives to explain it anymore. It's just unbelievable," McClendon said.