Heading into the summer Acme season after a disappointing end to their spring season, probably the last thing on any member of the Tinora baseball team was playing for a state title in July, especially against a county rival, the Defiance Bulldogs.
But the two neighboring powerhouse programs met of all places, at Ed Sandy Field in Elida Ohio, the winner would leave with the 2021 Acme State Championship trophy.
Tinora sent incoming junior Eli Plassman to the mound, Defiance sent senior David Jiménez. The Rams defeated Jimenez and Defiance in the spring, 4-1. The last time Plassman took the hill, he pitched the Rams past Miller City, sending Tinora to State.
The Rams got a runner as far as second base in the top of the first, left stranded was Cole Commisso as Tinora failed to score in their first at bat.
Defiance wasted no time getting things rolling. A lead off single by starter David Jimenez started the Bulldog’s two run first inning. After a stolen base by Jimenez but him at second, a sacrifice bunt by Wade Liffick turned into a Rams error put Defiance up 1-0. A balk by Plassman platted the second Defiance run, scoring was Brayden Shaw to give the Bulldogs a 2-0 lead after one inning.
Defiance put another run across in the bottom of the second, increasing their lead to 3-0. Two more Tinora errors in the second. Gavino Gomez reached on an error, and also score on another Tinora error. The Rams defense committed three errors in the first two innings.
The Rams finally scored a single run in the top of the third, Tyler Wiemken singled and scored on a Cole Commisso sacrifice fly to center, cutting the Defiance lead to 2-1 after three innings.
Neither team did any damage in the fourth, we headed to the fifth with defiance leading 3-1.
This is where the wheels on the Ram train fell off.
Defiance would score 3 more runs in the bottom of the fifth, increasing their lead to 6-1 over Tinora. Defiance sent 9 batters to the plate, scoring three runs on four more Tinora errors. The Rams would end the day with 8 total errors.
Eli Plassman exited after 4 1/3 innings, relieving him was Cole Commisso. Plassman allowed six runs, just two of those were earned as he took the loss.
Tinora did put together a small rally in the seventh, putting two on with two out, but Defiance starter David Jimenez shut down the Rams rally, ending with a complete game. Jimenez was in complete control the entire game, limiting the potent Tinora offense to just one run on four hits.
A great season for the Tinora Rams acme baseball team, hold your heads high!
Jayden Bergman, an ace in waiting, as well as a thunder stick at the plate, Cole Commisso smashing liners all over the outfield, Christian as well with the power, Casen Wolfrum with nerves of steel, Teron Ward with a vacuum cleaner for a glove at third, as well as a lightning rod for a bat. Eli Plassman, another arm to add to the rotation in 2022 as well as a great glove. Bryce Bailey with the power, Dalton Wolfrum with a slick glove and great bat, The leadership of Ty Wiemken, Keegan Miles, and Luke Harris will be a great sight in 2022 as well. Great things await the 2022 spring Tinora Rams baseball club.
Named to the All Tournament team were: Casen Wolfrum, Cole Commisso, and Teron Ward. Congratulations Rams!
Defiance hurler David Jiménez was named tournament MVP.
Also named were Bulldogs Aidan Kiessling, Jayden Jerger, KamRon Rivera, & Bradyn Shaw. TJ Stoler from Van Wert rounded out the team.
Congratulations to all on a great season.
Defiance ends the season at 21-4-1. Tinora’s season ends at 23-3.
80’s pop star Billy Ocean once sang, “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” Rams incoming senior righty Casen Wolfrum most certainly can relate to Ocean’s lyrics.
They also say defense wins championships, but more on that later.
As he took the ball to the mound in the bottom of the first inning, Casen Wolfrum already knew it was going to be a long afternoon. His jersey was soaked, yet hadn’t thrown a single official pitch yet in the game. With the temp in the mid 80’s and the humidity high, Wolfrum would be battling not only the Versailles Tigers, but not stop perspiration.
Heading into the Final Four match-up in the State Acme semifinal game, the Rams bats were ready for the occasion. For the first time in weeks, the Rams lost the pre-game toss and were the visiting team this evening at Ed Sandy Field in Elida, Ohio.
Cole Commisso wasted no time getting the Ram train started. With a one out walk in the top of the first, Commisso sole second base, went to third on a passed ball, then scored on a Versailles error, giving the Rams a quick 1-0 lead after a half inning of play.
After a scoreless first, the Versailles Tigers answered with two runs in the bottom of the second, grabbing an early 2-1 lead over the Rams after two innings.
Now back to the defense wins championships reference. In the top of the third inning, trailing 2-1, the Tinora Rams battled back to grab a 3-2 lead. Another Cole Commisso walk, followed by an error resulting in Dalton Wolfrum reaching safely. A ground out by Eli Plassman scored Cole Commisso trying the game at 2-2. During an Eli Plassman steal attempt, Dalton Wolfum alertly darted home on the throw to second, giving the Rams a 3-2 lead after three and a half innings.
Heading into the fourth with a 3-2 lead, the wheels completely fell off the Versailles defense. Already with 3 errors through three innings, the Tigers committed 4 additional errors in the fourth inning, allowing the Tinora Rams to send 9 men to the plate, busting the game open with five runs in the fourth to increase their lead to 8-2. Back to back doubles to the left field wall by the Tinora table setters, Jayden Bergman & Cole Commisso, ignited the Rams fourth inning explosion. Ty Weimken, Bergman, Commisso, Ward, & Dalton Wolfrum all scoring for Tinora in the fourth. Tiger starter Eli McEldowney exited after 3 2/3 innings, replacing him was Tiger lefty, Landon Henry.
Over the next few Innings, Casen Wolfrum showed what is meant by grinding to the end, never giving up. Despite constant base runners during innings four through the sixth, Wolfrum never gave in, kept reaching back for more.
Wolfrum allowed just 1 run during this timeframe, dodging a few walks along the way, Wolfrum actually didn’t allow a hit until the fourth inning, despite giving up the two early runs in the second to the tiger offense.
Heading into the top of the sixth, leading 8-3, the Rams bats added two more runs by Dalton Wolfrum & Teron Ward, increasing their lead to 10-3 over Versailles.
The rope finally gave out on Rams starter Casen Wolfrum in the bottom of the sixth, battling 7 walks and exhaustion, Wolfrum exited with a 10-3 lead with one out in the sixth. Enter junior Korbin Casteel. Casteel was thrown right into the frying pan with runners on first & second. Casteel gave up a single to left, charging the ball was Monday’s hero on the hill, Jayden Bergman. Bergman threw a laser to third baseman Teron Ward, who fired home to get the second out of the inning, Rams catcher Ty Wiemken tagging the runner out at the plate for the out. After a Casteel walk loaded the bases, he reached back for some extra gas, striking out Trey Mills to end the Tigers threat in the sixth.
Casteel came out for the seventh, retiring the Versailles Tigers in order, sending the Rams to the State Acme Championship game.
For their efforts, Casen Wolfrum & Cole Commisso were named the co Higbea Embroidery players of the game.
The Rams will face the Defiance Bulldogs at 6 pm in Elida for the right to hoist the 2021 Acme trophy. That’s right, two schools 10 minutes apart with take the hr drive for a chance to play for a state championship. Who could ask for more?
Defiance defeated Van Wert 9-8 in 9 innings in game one of the day, a nail-biter for both teams.
Tinora improves to 23-2, Defiance comes in with a 20-4-1 record.
W: Casen Wolfrum L: Eli McEldowney
Bergman: 2B, run Cole Commisso: 3 runs, 2 BB; double, SB Dalton Wolfrum: 3 runs, single (reached 3 times on 3 errors) Teron Ward 3 singles, BB 2 runs Christina Commisso: Double Bryce Bailey: BB; single, RBI
Note: Tinora defeated Defiance 4-1 in spring season. Tristan Birks with the complete game win for the Rams.
We’ll see everyone from Defiance County at Elida on Tuesday evening.
Tinora Rams Acme coach Doug Plassman had no hesitation when he gave the ball to senior to be Jayden Bergman. After all, all Bergman was responsible for was getting the start in the Rams first ever State Acme Tournament game vs the St. Henry Redskins.
Coming off his complete game shutout just over a week ago vs the Kalida Wildcats in the district opener, Bergman had his sights set on advancing the Rams.
The Tinora righty Bergman was matched up against St. Henry’s hard throwing right-hander senior Dusty Lange.
St. Mary’s threatened to score in their first at bat, back to back walks to Drew Schwieterman and Clayton Everett put Redskins runners at first & second with two out. Bergman responded, getting a strikeout to retire the threat.
The Tinora offense sent six men to the plate in the bottom of the first, scoring 2 runs on a Eli Plassman two out, two RBI double, scoring Dalton Wolfrum & Teron Ward.
Bregman retired the Redskins without damage in the second and third innings, striking out 3.
The Rams increased their lead to 3-0 in the bottom of the third, Cole Commisso led off with a double, scoring on a Teron Ward RBI single over the bag at third.
Tinora’s Jayden Bergman set the Redskins down without damage through the fourth, fifth, and sixth innings, allowing just a lead off single to Kellen Hoing in the fifth. Several great defensive plays kept the Redskins off the board, including a fantastic play by Rams second baseball Cole Commisso in the fourth inning.
The Rams added single runs in the bottom of the fourth and sixth. Casen Wolfrum scored in the fourth on a fielder choice to the pitcher, then a throwing error allowed Wolfrum to score from third on the play, increasing the Rams lead to 4-0 after four.
Wolfrum again scored for the Rams, this time in the sixth, scoring on a bases loaded hit by pitch with Jayden Bergman at the plate, increasing the Tinora lead to 5-0 over St. Henry.
With the pitch count rising, as well as the outside temperature, Rams headman Doug Plassman stuck with his ace heading into the top of the seventh. After shutting down the Redskins bats over the first six innings, all that was standing between the Rams and another game was 3 outs.
The seventh inning started with a pinch hit single by Redskins Logan Dehan. After a caught stealing eliminated Dehan, the Redskins put the next two on via the free pass, walks to Ben Morman and Nolan Kunker brought a visit to the mound from Plassman to talk with Bergman.
Plassman stuck with Bergman, who was shooting for his second straight shutout. An infield error by the Rams loaded the bases for the Redskins with two outs. Just as everyone thought Bergman was laboring, he took a quick troll around the mound to regain his composure. What resulted was Bergman stepping into his ace roll, retiring the final batter on a popup to send the Tinora Rams to the Acme State Semifinals.
Tinora will play Versailes tomorrow at 5:30 pm at Elida High School.
Higbea player of the game award went to Jayden Bergman. CGSO – 7 innings 0 runs; 3 hits, 7 K’s; 4 BB
St Henry 000 000 0 0 Tinora 201 101 x 5
W: Bergman L: Lange
Teron Ward: 1B; 2Bl R Cole Commisso: 2B, R Eli Plassman: 2B, @ RBI Casen Wolfrum: 2 R; 2 singles
Thanks to Michael Hirn for all his assistance during the broadcast.
The gloomy drive over to Miller City ended with the sun shinning down on the Rams Monday night.
As the Ram caravan took off for Miller City Monday afternoon, the last thing on everyone’s mind was a playing ballgame. Dodging the heavy raindrops through the Ayersville & New Bavaria area, everyone arrived in Miller City to a relatively dry baseball field.. The Rams opponent was yet to be determined as Tinora awaited the winner of the 4 pm game between Wauseon vs Miller City.
Rallying from a 4-2 deficit, the Wildcats of Miller city scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh to advance with a 5-4 win over the Indians.
The Tinora Rams Acme Head Coach Doug Plassman put the ball into the hands of junior Eli Plassman, Tinora needed a victory to advance to the State Acme tournament. The Rams were the home team in the contest vs Miller City, at Miller City.
Things certainly started out rough for Plassman and the Rams. The first four Wildcats reached safely, Miller City eventually sent 8 batters to the plate, jumping out to a quick 3-0 lead over the Rams.
The Tinora Bats certainly took notice, coming out hot as well. Jayden Bergman & Cole Commisso reached to start the Rams first inning, both scored on a Dalton Wolfrum sacrifice and a Wildcat throwing error, cutting the Wildcats lead to 3-2 after one inning.
Miller City added a single run in the second inning to increase their lead over the Rams 4-2.
Wildcat starter Owen Tobe shut the Tinora bats down over the next 3 innings, allowing just 1 hit as Miller City continued to hold a 4-2 lead as Tinora headed to the bottom of the fifth.
Senior Jayden Bergman started the rally in the fifth with a one out single. A Cole Commisso walk followed to give the Rams two base runners. Cole Anders reached on a fielders choice, but two were out now, leaving Ram runners at first and third. Rams cleanup hitter Teron Ward walked to load the bases.
Still trailing 4-2, Tinora’s Doug Plassman went to his bench, summoning Christian Commisso to bat for Eli Plassman. Commisso sent a shallow fly ball to left center, both outfielders were unable to make the catch, allowing Bergman and Cole Commisso to score, tying the game at 4-4. On the throw to third base from the outfield, the ball went flying into the Wildcats dugout, allowing Ward to also score, giving the Rams a 5-4 advantage.
Tinora wasn’t done, however. Christian Commisso, Casen Wolfrum, and Bryce Bailey also came around to score, increasing the Rams lead to 8-4 over Miller City after 5 innings.
Rams starter Eli Plassman retired the Wildcats without any damage over the next two innings to give the Tinora Rams their first ever Acme State appearance. Plassman allowed just one hit after the first inning in picking up the win.
Tinora improved to 21-2 in summer acme play.
For their efforts, Eli Plassman & Christian Commisso were named the Higbea Embroidery Co-Players of the game.
Tinora will face St Henry Saturday, July 17 at 3 pm from Elida High School on the State Acme Tournament.
A four run fifth inning, including a Bryce Bailey two run home run, propelled the Tinora Rams to the Acme District 2 Championship game Sunday at 2:15 pm at Miller City High School.
The Rams will face the winner from the loser’s bracket, either Miller City or Wauseon, who will play Sunday at 12 pm.
Tinora is the remaining unbeaten team in the District 2 bracket, Miller City & Wauseon both are 1-1.
Things got off to an ominous start for the Rams in the top of the first inning as Wauseon sent 9 batters to the plate, scoring 3 runs of Tinora senior starter Casen Wolfrum. Trailing 3-0 as they went to bat for the first time, Tinora answered the Indians, scoring two runs on RBI’s by Cole Commisso and Teron Ward, trimming the Wauseon lead to 3-2 after one inning.
Wolfrum then settled into a bit of a groove, allowing just 2 more runs over the next 4 innings. Despite the revival by Wolfrum, the Rams bats were silenced by Wauseon starter Logan Waldron. Waldron limited the Tinora offense to just 2 runs through four innings.
Trailing 5-2 entering the bottom of the fifth, the bats of the Rams finally came to life. A lead off walk to Cole Commisso as well a Commisso steal, followed by a Teron Ward single, started the Ram rally. The Ward single cut the Indians lead to 5-3. After a Wauseon error allowed Dalton Wolfrum to reach, scoring Ward, the Indians lead was cut to 5-4.
Up stepped the man of the hour, senior first baseman Bryce Bailey. With D. Wolfrum in scoring position after a stolen base, Bailey stepped in with the Rams trailing by one run. Bryce Bailey sent the second pitch he saw from Wauseon’s Waldron deep to down the left field line, the ball hit the left field foul pole for a two run homer run, putting the Rams on top 6-4. Casen Wolfrum exited for the Rams after a 107 pitch, 5 inning effort. Cole Commisso came on to pitch the sixth inning for Tinora.
After Wauseon added a single run in the top of the sixth off Commisso, Tinora added two additional runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to grab an 8-6 lead.
Tinora acme head coach Doug Plassman handed the ball to Eli Plassman to start the seventh inning to close the door on Wauseon. The Indians however were not done. Trailing by two in their final at bat, Wauseon mounted a rally, cutting the Rams lead to just one at 8-7 after a run by Kaden Klymer. Plassman however righted the Rams ship, getting the final out, sending Tinora to the Championship game on Sunday.
In the double elimination District 2 tournament, the Rams will need to be defeated two times to be eliminated. If needed, a Monday game would take place.
We will cover the Sunday game, weather permitting.
A big thanks to WZOQ’s Michael Hirn for the great coverage today.
Senior to be Jayden Bergman was a force not only on the mound, but at the plate as well as the Rams move into the winners bracket in the District 2 Acme district tournament.
The righty was dominant on the hill, shutting out the Kalida Wildcats 8-0 in Game #1 to advance to the winner’s bracket in the double elimination tournament held this weekend at Miller City High School. Bergman went 7 innings in the complete game win, striking out 11 Wildcat batters while allowing just 4 hits.
With the win, Tinora advances to Game #3 Saturday morning vs the Wauseon Indians, who defeated the hosts, the Miller City Wildcats 5-0 in Game #2.
While keeping the Kalida bats off balance most of the game, Bergman also aided his own cause at the dish, reaching base in all of his four plate appearances, going 2 for 3 with a walk, as well as 2 runs scored,
The Tinora bats came out blazing, scoring 3 runs in the bottom of the first, never looking back in the 8-8 victory.
Tinora increased their lead to 5-0 in the fifth inning on in an RBI single by catcher Tyler Weimken.
Rams second baseball Cole Commisso left no doubt in the outcome in the sixth inning, smashing a two run home run over the left field fence, giving the Rams a 7-0 lead. Tinora added their final run on a bases loaded fielders choice by Casen Wolfrum, scoring Eli Plassman.
With the win, Rams acme Head Coach Doug Plassman and his Rams improve to 19-2 on the season, advancing to the winner’s bracket vs Wauseon Saturday at 11 am at Miller City.
Tinora Rams first-year head coach Kris Lymanstall is bringing back someone very familiar to him and the Tinora basketball program.
The hiring of former Rams head coach Andy Hunter was approved by the school board on Wednesday. Hunter will be an assistant to Lymanstall on the Rams bench this upcoming basketball season.
In a bit of role reversal, Kris Lymanstall severed as an assistant to Andy Hunter during Hunter’s previous tenure as head coach at Tinora from 2012 – 2016.
During his time as Rams hardwood leader, Hunter accumulated a 58-38 record. Hunter also was the Tinora freshman & JV coach before taking the varsity job at Tinora in 2012.
The addition of Hunter will add experience to the Rams bench, Hunter was a great teacher of the game in his previous tenure at Tinora. Hunter also orchestrated of one of the higher scoring teams in Rams recent history.
Lymanstall will be taking over the program from Paul Wayne who resigned at the season’s end.
Tinora Lady Rams softball coach Denny Helberg submitted his retired a few weeks ago. In his only season as head coach of the Lady Rams Helberg guided the Lady Rams to a 14-7 overall record, and a 6-1 GMC record. The only conference loss was to the state champions Fairview Apaches. Helberg was a longtime assistant in the program. Best of luck in your future Coach Helberg!
The Lady Rams were knocked out of the OHSAA tournament in the Sectionals finals by Otsego, 10-0.
Taking over the program will be former assistant, Tony Fairchild. Fairchild is currently the Acme coach and had been an assistant coach for the lady Rams from 2012-2017 under former Lady Rams headman Garry Rodenberger.
Fairchild is a 1990 Tinora graduate and has been with the program since 2012 either in a spring or Acme summer ball capacity.
New coach, Tony Fairchild will have a promising returning roster. The Lady Rams graduated a class of five seniors, senior shortstop Tristen Norden, Libby Bumb, Ellie Manley, Haylie Lero, & Sara Neff. Underclassman returning are Quinn Horn, Anna Frazier, Logan McQuillin, De’Vona Holmes, Paige Carpenter, Maren Pittman & freshman Scylea Zolman.