BUCYRUS – Six feet, the approximate distance the Lady Rams were short in tying the game in the bottom of the six at 6-6.
Coach Tony Fairchild and the Lady Rams were one of just eight teams in Division III left standing as they made the long bus trip southeast to Bucyrus to take on the #10 team in the state, the Johnstown Johnnies, in the D3 Regional 10 Final.
The Lady Rams knew they would have to play nearly flawless ball in the field as they faced the Johnnies Macy Walters, who limited the Fairview Apaches on Wednesday, allowing just one hit to the 2023 GMC Champs.
Unfortunately for Tinora, the Johnnies took advantage of two first inning errors as they sent seen batters to the plate, scoring three runs. Dakota Staffan, who had an RBI single in the first, was just getting started for Johnstown as they grabbed an early 3-0 lead.
Tinora would answer with a run themselves. Senior Anna Frazer led off with a single, and would score on Paige Gamby’s double to the wall, cutting the lead to 3-1 after one inning.
Johnstown would add two more runs in the top of the third. Dakota Staffan would hit a solo homerun to right, giving the Johnnies a 4-1 lead. Addie Tripplet would walk, steal second base, and come around to score on another Tinora infield error, putting the Johnnies up 5-1 in the top of the third.
Tinora fought back, adding two runs in the bottom of the third to trim the lead to 5-3. Anna Frazer would single with one out. Logan McQuillin would double, putting Lady Rams runners at second and third with two outs. Freshman Paige Gamby, who has been clutch all season, doubled to the wall, scoring Frazer and McQuillin.
Johnstown’s Dakota Staffan would hit her second straight homerun, this time in the top of the fifth, a no doubter to left, giving the Johnnies a 6-3 lead in the top of the sixth.
Tinora, who trailed to Oak Harbor 5-0 in the District Semi Finals, would make it interesting in the bottom of the sixth. Paige Carpenter would single with one out. After a ground out, Skylea Zolman would walk, giving Tinora two runners with two out. Up came the Lady Rams Tegan Norden with Tinora trailing 6-3. Norden would send a blast to left center field, sending Lany Zak to the wall, Zak would reach up and seemingly take a game-tying homerun away from Norden and the Lady Rams.
Johnstown’s Macy Walters, who heading to Akron, would allow a walk in the bottom of the seventh to Anna Frazer, then retire the next two Lady Rams, giving the Johnnies a 6-3 win and a trip to the Final Four next week in Akron.
The Lady Rams magical season ends at 20-8. They were just the second team in Tinora softball history to reach the Elite Eight.
Johnstown improves to 27-2 and will play on Thursday at 10 am against Lewistown Indian Lake.
Thank you to the five seniors, Anna Frazier, Paige Carpenter, Logan McQuillin, Holmes, and Maren Pittman for all the thrills and excitement during your years as a Lady Ram softball player.
From Friday: *4×400 relay team – 2nd place *3200 Paul Westrick – 7th *3200 Lauren Sattler – 1st *400m Cole Anders – 7th *800m Jaxen Durfey 1st *4×100 8th *Long Jump Addison Lee – 6th *100m Addison Lee 6th *1600m Jaxen Durfey – 1st *4x200m -6th *1600m Lauren Sattler – 1st *High Jump Owen Ackerman – 5th *1600m Logan Coy 6th *4×100 – 8th
From Wednesday, from coach Winsman. The Tinora Rams boys 4×800 of Cole Anders, Paul Westrick, Logan Coy, Jaxen Durfey finished 3rd, qualifying them for the State Championships next weekend with a new Tinora Track record of 8:07.59. This beat the old record set last year at State, 8:11.67.
*Owen Ackerman in Long Jump, finishing 4th with a new PR 21’5.5”.
*Isabel Ferguson just missed qualifying for State, finishing 5th with a season PR 5’1.
BUCYRUS – Coming into the Sweet 16 matchup, the Tinora Lady Rams and Huron Lady Tigers knew one run could be the difference in a trip to the finals.
The two starters in the Regional Semifinals, Tinora’s Scylea Zolman and Huron’s Eliza Maloney, came in with a combined 31 wins, 397 strikeouts, and an ERA of 1.09, runs would be at a premium, both teams assumed.
The Lady Rams got started in the top of the first inning as Anna Frazier led off with a single, and moved to second on the same play. Maren Pittman would sacrifice Frazer over to third with one out. On a ground out to third, Frazer would score, giving the Lady Rams an early 1-0 lead.
With Zolman in complete control, Huron, coming in hitting .425 as a team, would not register their first baserunner until a two-out single in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Tinora would add two insurance runs in the top of the seventh inning. Paige Gamby led off the inning with a single, she would score on an opposite-field single by Paige Carpenter, and a throwing error by Huron, giving the Lady Rams a 2-0 lead.
With one out, Tinora’s Scylea Zolman would send a triple to the right field wall, scoring pinch runner Trynity Koerber, putting the Lady Rams up 3-0.
Huron would get a runner on with one out in the bottom of the seventh on a Tinora infield error, Zolman would however retire the final two Huron batters, sending the Lady Rams to the Regional Finals for just the second time in school history.
Zolman improved to 17-5 on the season, she allowed just one hit and struck out eight, not walking a batter.
Tinora improves to 20-7. The Lady Rams will return to Bucyrus and play Johnsonville on Saturday at 12pm for a spot in the OHSAA Final 4.
The Higbea Embroidery Player of the Game went to Scylea Zolman, what a great performance. Scylea!
In a game that took 58 minutes, the Tinora Lady Rams hosted the Edgerton Bulldogs as both teams got in a tuneup game prior to their Sweet 16 games on Wednesday,
Both starters, Tinora’s Scylea Zolman and Edgerton’s Corrine Cape pitched as if they both were late to family dinners.
Edgerton’s only scoring threat of Zolman came in the top fourth as they placed runners at second and third with no out. After a meeting on the mound with Tinora head coach Tony Fairchild, Zolman and the Lady Rams retired the next three Bulldog hitters, including a great play by Tinora shortstop Tegan Norden to save a single off the bat of Edgerton’s Ella Miller.
The first run of the game came in the bottom of the fourth as Tinora’s Paige Gamby sent a Cape pitch over the left center wall, giving the Lady Rams a 1-0 lead after four.
Tinora added an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth. Paige Gamby came around to score on a Paige Carpenter RBI single, giving the Lady Rams a 2-0 lead.
Edgerton would bring the tying run to the plate in the top of the seventh with two out, Zolman would end the Bulldog threat with a strikeout.
Tinora improved to 19-7. Tinora will travel to Bucyrus and play Huron on Wed at 5 pm.
Edgerton falls to 18-7. Edgerton will travel to Gisonburg and play Plymouth on Wed at 2 pm.
AYERSVILLE – The Tinora Rams track and Field team headed to Ayersville to compete in the Division III Districts held at Craig McCord Field. The top four individuals or relay teams qualify to move on and head to the Regionals in Fostoria in the upcoming week.
Order your Higbea T’s at the end of this page:
Tinora will send a great lineup to the Regionals
Girls 4×800 relay team of: Addison Gerken, Karli Okuley, Lauren Sattler, & Nova Okuley
Girls 4×100 relay team of: Julia Durfey, Addison Gerken, Nova Okuley, and Addison Lee
1600 Lauren Sattler 3200 Lauren Sattler Long Jump Addison Lee High Jump Isabel Ferguson 100m Addison Lee 200m Addison Lee
The Boys Regional qualifiers are:
4×800 relay team of: Cole Anders, Paul Westrick, Logan Coy, & Jaxen Durfey
4×200 relay team of: Dustin Haas, Gavin Eckert, Joey Guisinger, & Graham Askins
4×100 relay team of: Cole Sweinhagen, Joey Guisinger, Graham Askins, & Gain Eckert
4×400 relay team of: Gavin Eckert, Dustin Haas, Ryan Steingass, & Cole Anders
Top 8 Advance by Time Record: R 49.71 5/22/2014 Tinora, Tinora K. Hall, C. Seifert, A. Otte, T. Abdul State Record: S 48.70 6/6/2009 Gates Mills Gilmour Academy, Gates Mills Gil A Dahlhausen, K Drew, R Bloom, CLongino-Thomas
Record: R 49.71 5/22/2014 Tinora, Tinora K. Hall, C. Seifert, A. Otte, T. Abdul State Record: S 48.70 6/6/2009 Gates Mills Gilmour Academy, Gates Mills Gil A Dahlhausen, K Drew, R Bloom, CLongino-Thomas
Record: R 1:43.80 5/22/2014 Tinora, Tinora K. Hall, A. Otte, C. Seifert, t. Abdul State Record: S 1:41.31 6/6/2009 Gates Mills Gilmour Academy, Gates Mills G A Dahlhausen, K Drew, B Simko, C Longino-Thomas
Top 8 Advance by Time Record: R 4:01.05 5/19/2022 Wayne Trace, Wayne Trace R Stoller, K Bahena, G Shepherd, S. Sinn State Record: S 3:55.16 6/6/2015 Minster, Minster C Jutte, M Meiring, J Slonkosky, C Francis
Record: R 9:34.16 5/18/2017 Pettisville, Pettisville E Sauder, N Foor, M Leppelmeier, A Leppelmeier State Record: S 9:05.84 6/3/2016 Louisville St. Thomas Aquinas, Lou. St. Th A Welsh, H Soehnlen, K Soehnlen, K Soehnlen
Top 8 Advance by Time Record: R 43.50 5/20/2010 Defiance Tinora, Defiance Tin D. Hall, L. Benecke, P. Stokey, C. Strup State Record: S 42.08 1998 Columbus Bishop Hartley, Columbus Bishop Har E Perdue, K Rose, A Groom, K Shade
Record: R 43.50 5/20/2010 Defiance Tinora, Defiance Tin D. Hall, L. Benecke, P. Stokey, C. Strup State Record: S 42.08 1998 Columbus Bishop Hartley, Columbus Bishop Har E Perdue, K Rose, A Groom, K Shade
Top 8 Advance by Time Record: R 1:30.29 5/19/2011 Archbold, Archbold D Sleigh, D Herrett, N Keefer, D Young State Record: S 1:27.63 5/30/2014 Lima Central Catholic, Lima Central Cathol S Willeke, D Floyd, J Coleman, M Rogers
Record: R 1:30.29 5/19/2011 Archbold, Archbold D Sleigh, D Herrett, N Keefer, D Young State Record: S 1:27.63 5/30/2014 Lima Central Catholic, Lima Central Cathol S Willeke, D Floyd, J Coleman, M Rogers
Top 8 Advance by Time Record: R 3:27.00 1991 Wayne Trace, Wayne Trace Hatcher, Gelliott, Goings, Thomas State Record: S 3:18.65 6/5/2010 Gahanna Columbus Academy, Gahanna Columbus C Hoster, N Sutton, J Hilsheimer, G Keny
Record: R 8:14.27 5/17/2018 Liberty Center, Liberty Center W. Kundo, J. Keller, C. Stark, N. Meller State Record: S 7:48.39 6/1/2007 Yellow Springs, Yellow Springs A Onfroy, A Peters, E Firestone, S Borchers
The Tinora Lady Rams scored early and often as they captured their second straight District Finals Championship, defeating Eastwood 14-4 in 5 innings.
After knocking off the knocking off the #1 seeded Oak Harbor Rockets on Wednesday, Tinora, the #3 seed, got things rolling in the first inning as they would score three runs, grabbing an early 3-0 lead over the #2 seeded Eagles.
The Lady Rams lead-off hitter Anna Frazer singled to start the game and the Ram train was off and running. After two infield errors by the Eagles put Frazer at third, and Logan McQuillin at first, up stepped Tinora freshman Paige Gamby. Gamby would send the 2-0 pitch by Eagles starter Cassi Kieper deep over the left field fence for a three-run homerun, giving the Rams an early 3-0 lead.
The Tinora bats would explode in the top of the second. The Lady Rams would send 13 hitters to the plate, scoring seven runs, grabbing a 10-0 lead. The Eastwood Eagles would commit three errors in the inning, aiding the Lady Rams attack.
Tinora shortstop Tegan Norden, who would reach safely two times in the inning, would reach on an error to start the avalanche of runs. Anna Frazer, who would also reach safely twice in the inning, would be hit on the elbow, putting runners at first and second. Maren Pittman would then single to load the bases. McQuillin’s single plated Norden, giving the Rams a 4-0 lead.
Gamby, who would also reach safely two times in the inning, more later on that, reached on another infield error, scoring Pittman, putting the Lady Rams on top 5-0. Paige Carpenter reached on another error by the Eagles, scoring McQuillin, and increasing the Tinora lead to 6-0 in the second.
Zoe Roesti would get in on the action, singling to right, scoring Gamby, the Lady Rams led 8-0. After a strikeout, and a double steal by Carpenter and Roesti, Tegan Norden would single, scoring two, giving Tinora a 10-0 lead after two innings.
Tinora would add four more in the top of the third inning, highlighted was Paige Gamby’s second homerun. After a McQuillin single, Gamby sent this one to center field, putting Tinora on top 12-0.
Tinora’s Scylea Zolman would hit her third homerun in two days, this one a two-run shot, scoring Zoesti who singled, putting Tinora ahead 14-0 through three innings.
Scylea Zolman didn’t allow her first hit until the fourth inning. Elmwood would put two on the board in the bottom of that fourth, cutting the Tinora lead to 14-2. McKenzie Hady’s double to the wall would score both Delaney Maynard, who singled, and Addison Bowe who reached on an error.
Elmwood would add another two runs in the bottom of the fifth, cutting the Tinora lead to 14-4. Lily Escobedo singled to start the fifth for the Eagles, she would score on a double off the bat of Delaney Maynard, and the Eagles trailed 14-3. Addison Bowe’s single to right would score Maynard, but Tinora still had a 14-4 advantage.
Zolman would retire the next two Eagles, sending Tinora to its second consecutive District Championship.
The Lady Rams have a 4-0 record at Blue Devil’s Field over the last two postseasons.
Paige Gamby reached base four times, scoring three runs, hitting two homers, and had fie runs batted in.
Zolman picked up win 15 on the season for the Lady Rams.
Coach Fairchild improved his two-year record to 37-11 in the green and white.
The Lady Rams improve to 18-7 and will play the Huron Tigers on Wednesday, May 24 at 5 pm. Location: 900 W Perry in Bucyrus, Ohio. Jack Hewitt Field
Eastwood sees their season end at 26-4.
The Higbea Embroidery Player of the Game went to Paige Gamby, great job, Paige!
For the second straight season, the Tinora Rams bats were buzzed down by Ottawa Hills lefty, Sebastian Stevens. Stevens and the Green Bears dominated the Rams on their way to a Sectional Championship, defeating the Tinora Rams, 7-1
Last season in the Districts Finals at Defiance High School, Stevens and the Green Bears knocked out the #2 seeded Rams, 4-0.
This season, the #1 seeded Rams again met up with the Green Bears, Ottawa Hills was the #6 seed as the teams battled in the Sectional Finals from Grube Field at Tinora High School on a dark evening from Tinora.
Rams senior righty Korbin Casteel drew the tough matchup against Stevens. Casteel entered with a 6-2 record, coming in off two straight shutouts, and a 1.45 ERA.
Tinora threatened in the bottom of the first as Kayden Radzik would walk, move to second on a wild pitch. Radzik was thrown out trying to steal at third by Green Bears catcher, Brady Larson, to end the Inning.
The first runs of the game came in the top of the third inning. Ottawa Hills. After a Tinora infield error, the Golden Bears AJ George connected for a double off the left field wall, scoring Brady Larson, giving the Green Bears a 1-0 lead. Anthony, who earlier singled, would score on a sac fly off the bat of Jackson Snyder to give Ottawa Hills a 2-0 lead after three,
Ottawa Hills put the game away with a four run fifth inning to lead, 6-0. Reddik Pillarelli would be hit by a pitch, move to second on an errant pick off attempt, and score on a passed ball, Ottawa Hills led 3-0 and still batting in the fifth.
AJ George again was in the middle of the rally for the Green Bears as he would single putting runners at first and second for Ottawa Hills. An intentional walk to Jackson Snyder would load the bases with one out.
Luke Gnepper would double in George and Snyder, the Green Bears led 5-0. Ottawa Hills added another run after a Nash Barnes double, he would score Gnepper, increasing the lead to 6-0 through five.
The Green Bears added a single run in the top of the sixth on an AJ George double, scoring Brady Larson, giving Ottawa Hills a 7-0 lead into the bottom of the sixth.
With Sebastian Stevens in complete control, The Rams would finally collect their first hit in the bottom of the sixth on a Grady Gustwiller single. After an Ayden Moser groundnut advanced Gustwiller to second, Kadyn Radzik would follow with a double, scoring Gustwiller, giving the Rams their first and only run of the game, Tinora would trail 7-1 after six.
Stevens would finally exit with one out in the seventh as his pitch count was close to 120. Jackson Snyder would come on and get the final two outs, sending Ottawa Hills home with a Sectional Championship.
Tinora would only get six base runners in the game, two hits and four walks.
In the win, Stevens would allow only one run on two hits, striking out 11 Rams. In two games and 12 innings pitched against the Rams in 2022 and ’23, Stevens allowed one run on four hits, striking out 19 Rams batters.
Ottawa Hills advance to Defiance HS, where they will play Genoa on Thursday at 2 pm.
The Tinora Rams see their magical season end at 19-6.
Tinora’s lead man Brent Renollet and Ottawa Hills head Coach Chris Hardman combined for 66 years coaching at the same schools, 23 at Tinora for Renollet and 43 at Ottawa Hills by Hardman.
Tinora graduates six seniors, Luke Harris, Korbin Casteel, Ty Wiemken, Eli Plassman, Dalton Wolfrum, and Teron Ward. Thank you boys for a great season!