MILLER CITY – On a hot and very sunny late morning at Miller City, the Tinora Rams baseball team coasted in on fumes.
Playing in their sixth straight game, and seventh game in eight days, Rams head coach Brent Renollet didn’t know what to expect from his Tinora ball club. Having an eight member senior class certainly helps with the unknown at times.
Tinora, 16-4, was coming in off a Friday loss at Bryan to the Golden Bears, while the Wildcats of Miller City, 12-7, also tasked defeat at the hands of GMC member Wayne Trace.
Renollet sent senior righty Cole Commisso, 3-1, while Wildcats headman Dusty Pester sent righty Evan Niese.
The Tinora bats were ready to go out of the gate despite missing several starters. The Ram attack scored a single run in the first, a Casen Wolfrum single scored Grady Gustwiller, giving Tinora the early 1-0 lead in the first inning.
Tinora would add two more in the third inning. Senior Casen Wolfrum again in the middle of the action, Wolfrum’s bloop single brought in Gustwiller and Commisso, giving the Rams a 3-0 lead after two and a half innings.
Tinora starter Cole Commisso ran into a bit of trouble in the Miller City third inning. Back to back walks to Wildcats Thomas Weis and Evan Niese put runners on with no outs. After Commisso got the next two outs, Miller City’s Caleb Warnimont singled to left, scoring Weis, Miller City trailed 3-1.
Wildcats catcher Brenden Barlage then stepped up with two out and doubled over the head of Rams centerfielder Gustwiller, scoring Niese. On the play, a perfect relay from Gustwiller to Commisso to Rams catcher Ty Wiemken cut down the potential tying run at the plate, Caleb Warnimont who was trying to score from first on the double. The third inning ended with Tinora holding a 3-2 lead.
Tinora would add a single run in the top of the fourth inning. Luke Harris singled, stole second base, and scored on a Ty Wiemken single to left, increasing the Rams lead to 4-2 through four innings.
The Tinora starter Commisso would exit with two out in the fifth, being received by Teron Ward. Ward entered the game with just 2/3 of work on the season, that came in a win on Tuesday over Wauseon.
Miller City starter Evan Niese lasted five innings, he was relieved by Ethan Ellerbrock to start the sixth inning.
The Wildcats would a single run in the bottom of the fifth off the Rams receiver Ward. Evan Niese led off with a single, and would score on a two out single by Caleb Warnimont, cutting the Rams lead to 4-3 through five innings of play.
Rams shortstop Kadyn Radzik and his glove would play a major role over the final two innings. With the tying run at second for the Wildcats, the Rams sophomore shortstop made an over the shoulder catch in shallow left on a blooper off the bat of CJ Lehman, Radzik then fired back to second to complete the inning ending double play with the Rams still leading 4-3.
In the bottom of the seventh, with the Rams receiver Teron Ward still on the hill, Miller City’s Evan Niese drew a one out walk. Niese would move to second on a fielders choice, another fine play by Radzik retired Austin Ruhe for the second out in the final inning.
In a déjà vu moment, Wildcat Caleb Niese sent a blooper that appeared to be ticketed to left field to tie the game, but, the Rams shortstop again made a fantastic over the shoulder catch to end the Miller City TN threat, ending the game.
The Rams escaped with a 4-3 win on a great team effort, and a stellar relief outing by Teron Ward, who picked up the save.
With the win, the Rams improve to 17-4 on the season. Tinora will travel to Delta on Monday, and Anthony Wayne on Tuesday.
Miller City falls to 12-8 and will host Pandora-Gilboa Sunday, 5/15.
A BIG thanks to Mike Hirn for allowing me to join him for this broadcast.
123 456 7
Tinora 102 100 0 4 runs 8 hits 1 error
Wildcats 002 010 0 3 runs 5 hits 0 errors
WP Commisso 4-1
LP Evan Niese
Save – Ward (1)
Pics: Nancy Fedderke