Olentangy Knocks Maumee Out Of State 12U Baseball Tournament

Maumee went 3-2 at the Ohio Little League 12-U State Baseball Tournament this year. Manager L.J. Archambeau’s squad included (from left) back row, Ayden McCarthy, Colby VanDusen, Peyton Wegman, Zac Harris, Michael Dembski, Jacob Olszewski and Cole Graetz; and front row, Noah Armstrong, Sam Archambeau, Owen Seiler, Dylan Riley, Danny Hazard and Cody Keller. MIRROR PHOTOS BY DENNY McCARTHY

BY ANDY ROWER | MIRROR SPORTS — Maumee’s 12-and-under state baseball tournament run came to an end with a 3-0 loss to Olentangy on July 19 at Robert S. Hoag Field at Ford Park. Playing in the tournament’s 16th game after dropping out of the winners’ bracket following a 6-5 loss to Canfield the previous evening, the Patriots broke a combined streak of 10 batters being left on base by finally plating a run in the bottom of the fourth inning against Maumee. Third baseman Anderson Gomez reached base on a fielder’s choice to start the stanza. With two outs already recorded, first baseman Nathan Leininger doubled down the rightfield line – just out of the reach of a diving Danny Hazard. Having already stranded six of those aforementioned runners on a single and walk by shortstop Michael Dembski and additional walks from Hazard, pinch-hitter Zac Harris and third baseman Dylan Riley, Maumee looked to answer in the fifth. Dembski and Riley reached on a one-out single and an error to start the frame, but Olentangy refused to budge, as shortstop Mason Onate made up for the error with a pair of great plays on fielder’s choices by corner outfielder Jacob Olszewski and first baseman Peyton Wegman. Onate’s play enabled the Patriots to cushion their lead in the bottom of the inning, when second baseman David Dielman drew a one-out walk, advanced to second and third on a bunt single by centerfielder Aiden O’Brien and scored on a Maumee throwing error. Though O’Brien was caught in a rundown during the play, the next batter – catcher/first baseman Nathan Holycross – followed with a solo home run over the centerfield fence. Now leading 3-0, Olentangy looked to Leininger to preserve the lead, and the reliever did just that by ordering up a pair of groundouts before striking out the contest’s final batter. Colin Bester started the game for the Patriots and struck out a pair of batters over two frames. Gomez struck three more batters out while throwing Olentangy’s next 1.1 innings before Dielman earned the win in 0.2 frames. Holycross (home run, double, run, RBI), Leininger (double, RBI) and O’Brien led the Patriots’ offense with two hits apiece. Colby VanDusen started for Maumee and was charged with one run while striking five Patriots batters out over 3.2 strong innings. Owen Seiler and Dembski combined for Maumee’s final 1.1 frames. Dembski posted the only two hits for Maumee on the afternoon and also drew a walk. Catcher Sam Archambeau, pinch-hitter Noah Armstrong, second baseman Cole Graetz, centerfielder/shortstop Cody Keller and leftfielder Ayden McCarthy also contributed to the team’s cause, despite the loss. Maumee ended the tournament at 3-2 and Olentangy advanced on as one of only four remaining teams in the 11-team tournament. Manager L.J. Archambeau’s staff included coaches Bill Graetz and Dan Hazard.

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