After several years of disappointments in the Sectionals, the Tinora Rams were looking to finally get back to the Districts at Defiance High School.
The #2 seeded Rams were awaiting the #8 seeded Otsego Knights. The Knights were victorious over GMC foe Fairview on Thursday night, a 2-0 walk off homerun for Otsego. Michigan St. commit Joseph Dzierwa pickup up the win, meaning the Rams would avoid the tall left-hander.
Tinora, 18-5, would send it’s senior righty Casen Wolfrum to the hill vs Otsego’s Jared Crozier. Wolfrum entered at 4-0, sporting a 1.03 ERA. Crozier brought a 4-2 mark with a 2.72 ERA against the Ram attack that averaged over eight runs per game.
With the high temps and a strong wind blowing out to center field, Wolfrum looked to shut down the Knights attack, and boy, did he.
Wolfrum started the game by striking out the side in the top of the first inning, and retiring the first 11 batter he would face. With the strong wind in his face, it actually seemed to help Wolfrum, his breaking ball was moving the best it has all season.
The Tinora offense would wait until the second frame to get started. The Ram attack would send nine men to the plate, scoring four runs. Highlighted in the inning were four Rams hits, a bases loaded walk to Nolan Schafer, and Cole Commisso picking up his 49th RBI on an RBI single, scoring Bryce Bailey. The Rams would lead 4-0 after two innings of play.
Tinora would break the game open with a seven run third inning. Schafer would again draw a bases loaded walk for a second RBI, Sophomore shortstop Kadyn Radzik would collect his third RBI with a single, scoring Shaublin and Bailey. Commisso would collect RBI #50 and his second single in three at bats, increasing the Tinora lead to 11-0 after three innings.
Wolfrum would allow his first hit in the fourth, just one of two hits for the Knights on the day. Otsego would score an unearned run in the fourth, a Jaxon Jeremy single would score Tyler O’Brien, Tinora would still lead Otsego 11-1 after three and a half innings.
Tinora would add a single run in the bottom of the fourth, Casen Wolfrum would double home Tristan Birks, giving the Rams a 12-1 lead.
On the mound, Wolfrum would add two more strikeouts in the final inning, the top of the fifth, for a total of nine for the game. Wolfrum would pick up his team leading fifth win in the Rams 12-1 Sectional Final victory.
Casen was the recipient of the Higbea Embroidery Player of the Game for his efforts, great job Casen.
Tinora improves to 19-5 and will advance to play Archbold Thursday at 2 pm at Defiance High School.
Otsego drops to 19-8, their postseason ends.
OTSEGO 000 10 1 run 2 hits 1 error
TINORA 047 1x 12 runs 11 hits 1 error
L -Crozier 4-3
Schafer 2 RBI, 2 BB, R
Radzik 3 RBI, SB, single, R
Commisso 2 RBI, 2 singles,
Wolfrum BB, R, double, RBI
Birks 3 runs, 2 singles
Ward R, single
Schaublin 2 R, single, BB
D Wolfrum Single, RBI
Bailey 2 R, HP, Single, RBI
Jeremy RBI, Single
The Rams played their final home game this evening, thanks to the press box crew of Logan Bailey and Greg Schafer, both of you do an amazing job!! Always a great time!
PICS – Nancy Fedderke