COLUMBUS--Ottawa Hills' baseball season may have lasted longer than many expected, but the Green Bears' Division IV state semifinal today ended ahead of schedule.
Ninth-ranked Fort Loramie (29-3) took advantage of the Bears' failure to turn a potential inning-ending double play, producing a five-run rally in the top of the second inning that paved the way to a 13-1 victory at Huntington Park.
The game was abbreviated to five innings by the 10-run mercy rule.
Unranked Ottawa Hills (19-11), was held to two hits by Redskins started Justin Hoying (13-0) and reliever Jared Albers.
Ottawa Hills outfielder Kyle Jarecki (13) can't hold on to the ball against Fort Loramie during the second inning.
The Bears' only run came in the third inning on starting pitcher J.J. Buckey's RBI triple to right-center that scored Rohan Shah. The other Ottawa Hills hit was Will Longthorne's fifth-inning single.
Brad Frilling's two-out, two-run double to right-center in the Redskins' extended second inning proved to be the game-winning hit, and Fort Loramie added runs on a Mitch
Raterman double and a Mitch Boerger single to grab a 5-0 lead.
The Redskins broke things wide open with six more runs on three hits in the fourth against Buckey (8-2), who helped their cause with two walks and two hit batsmen.
Fort Loramie, the 2007 D-IV state champion, lost in the 2008 state semifinals.
Ottawa Hills was making its eighth trip to state, including its seventh under veteran coach Chris Hardman. The Bears were Class A state champions in 1986, and finished as D-IV runners-up in 1992, 1996 and 2001.