PBR Spotlight Game: #4 (D-II) Defiance vs #9 (D-III) Ottawa-Glandorf



By Dylan Hefflinger
Ohio Editor in Chief/NW Scout

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PBR Spotlight Game: #4 (D-II) Defiance vs #9 (D-III) Ottawa-Glandorf

DEFIANCE – In a battle of two teams trying to stay in contention in the difficult Western Buckeye League, the host Bulldogs rallied to defeat the defending WBL champions Ottawa-Glandorf 4-2.

Brad Croy vs DefianceThe game featured two power-throwing righties, Defiance's Michael Hendricks (Miami, OH commit) and O-G's Brad Croy (BGSU commit, pictured left).

The Titans jumped on top in the 2nd with two runs.

Senior catcher Ben Deitering reached on an error to start the frame. A walk to Austin Williams and a passed ball put runners on second and third for Jordan Diemer who scored Deitering on a ground out to short. A passed ball scored Williams to put the Titans on top 2-0 early.

It would stay that way until the Bulldogs finally got to Croy (pictured left) who was looking dominant, allowing just two hits and a walk while striking out three through the first four innings.

Defiance scored one in the 5th and three in the 6th, with the biggest hit coming from sophomore outfielder Bryce Borton.

The right-handed hitter walked to start the 5th, moving to second on a Wes Detter sacrifice bunt. After a wild pitch and pop out, unsigned senior Boo Sierra scored Borton on an RBI single to left.

In the 6th, Shay Smiddy (Louisville commit) laced a single up the middle to start the frame. Cuyahoga Community College commit Tyler Weaver roped a single to left to put two on for catcher Gage Cordray.

The senior ripped a grounder just fair past third base for a double, allowing Smiddy to score. After a pop out, Borton came to the plate.

With runners on first and second, the sophomore (pictured below put a good swing on an outside fastball to right-center, scoring two and putting Defiance on top 4-2.
Bryce Borton 2B vs O-G

O-G threatened in the 7th but Smiddy came on after a walk to shut the Titans down to pickup the save.

Defiance moved to 10-3 on the season while Ottawa-Glandorf falls to 10-4 in 2015.

Top Performances on the day

Michael Hendricks vs O-G+ Michael Hendricks (pictured right): The Miami of Ohio commit went 6.1 innings allowing two runs on four hits, three walks and two HBPs while striking out five.

+ Shay Smiddy: The junior Louisville commit picked up the save. At the plate the right-handed hitter had a single and scored a run.

+ Bryce Borton: The talented sophomore had a double, walk, 2 RBIs and scored a run.

+ Tyler Weaver: The CCC commit had a single, double and run scored.

+ Boo Sierra: The unsigned senior had two singles and an RBI.

+ Brad Croy: The BGSU commit went the distance for O-G. The righty shutout the Bulldogs for four innings but in total allowed four runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out three.

Linescore

Ottawa-Glandorf   020 000 0 - 2 3 0

Defiance               000 013 x - 4 7 0

Records: Defiance 10-3, Ottawa-Glandorf 10-4.

Winning pitcher: Michael Hendricks (6.1 innings, 2 runs, 0 ER, 3 hits, 5 strikeouts, 3 walks, 2 HBP). Other: Shay Smiddy (2/3 innings, 1 K, 1 BB).

Losing pitcher: Brad Croy (6 innings, 4 runs, 7 hits, 3 strikeouts, 2 walks).

Leading hitters: (Defiance, 7 hits) - Boo Sierra 2 singles, RBI; Tyler Weaver single, double; Bryce Borton double, walk, 2 RBIs; Shay Smiddy single; Gage Cordray double, RBI. (Ottawa-Glandorf, 3 hits) - Brad Croy single; Chandler Kersh single; Austin Williams single.

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