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Utendorf takes over as Ottoville boys head coach

OTTOVILLE — According to Ottoville High School Athletic Director Mark Odenweller, Keith Utendorf was hired by the Ottoville Board of Education to be the new Big Green boys basketball coach at Wednesday night’s meeting.

Utendorf — the boys coach at Fort Jennings High School for the past four years — takes over for Todd Turnwald.

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Lady Bearcats score in 9th to edge Wildcats

SPENCERVILLE — Spencerville’s Julie Mulholland outdueled Jefferson’s Kiya Wollenhaupt in the Northwest Conference fast-pitch softball contest Thursday at Spencerville.

The Lady Bearcats scored a run in the bottom of the ninth frame to eke out a 3-2 victory.

Mulholland went the distance, ceding one hit and two runs, walking eight and fanning 16.

Wollenhaupt also went the distance, giving up six hits, four walks and three runs (1 earned), striking out one.

Spencerville’s Kara May had her 11th double in 13 games.

Spencerville improves to 7-6 (3-1 NWC) while Jefferson falls to 2-11 (0-3 NWC).

Spencerville visits Minster Friday.

Jefferson visit Wayne Trace for a Saturday doubleheader starting at 11 a.m.

Score by Innings: R H E

Delphos Jefferson 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 - 2 1 1

Spencerville 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 - 3 6 1

WP: Julie Mulholland. LP: Kiya Wollenhaupt. 2B: Kara May (S).

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Lancers score early and often in rout of Ada

ADA — A 4-pitch walk to Lincolnview lead-off hitter Chayten Overholt wasn’t the way Ada starting pitcher Conner Frazier wanted to begin his day.

Three errors, four more walks and a 2-run home run later, Frazier’s day was done before he could escape the second inning.

The visiting Lancers rolled to a 22-1 5-inning Northwest Conference win.

After two errors helped the Lancers score three times in the first, Gavin Cater singled home Overholt in the second before Jaden Youtsey reached on a 2-out error to prolong the inning. Ethan Kemler then turned on a 1-0 offering and pounded a ball over the right field fence for a 7-0 advantage, ending Frazier’s day on the hill.

Things didn’t get better for the Bulldogs, as two relievers combined to allow 12 runs on 10 hits and nine walks in only 3 1/3 innings.

Carter got the win on the mound for the Lancers, and pitched brilliantly. He held Ada to three hits over four shutout innings, walking only one against eight strikeouts. Nick Motycka worked the fifth allowing one run on one hit.

Carter went 3-for-5 at the dish and scored five runs. He and Sam Myers each drove in a team-high three runs. Overholt tripled in his 1-for-4 day, but walked twice and scored four times. He also knocked in a pair. Reece Farmer went 1-for-2, a double, with two runs scored and two RBIs. Motycka went 1-for-2 at the plate with two runs scored.

The Lancers stole nine bags against Ada without being caught.

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Lady ‘Dawgs whitewash Spartans

LIMA — Elida’s fast-pitch softball crew whitewashed Lima Senior 14-0 in five innings Thursday in Lima.

The Lady Bulldogs (5-8) out-hit the Spartans 15-3, with Kesler leading the way with four hits and Alexander with four runs batted in.

Kori Baker moved to 3-1 with a 3-hit shutout, striking out six and walking one.

Patterson surrendered 15 hits and a pair of free passes, striking out three.

Elida 14, Lima Senior 0 (5 innings)

Elida 6 2 2 3 1 - 14 15 1

Lima Sr. 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 3 3

WP: Kori Baker. LP: Patterson. 2B: Sumption 2 (E), Smith (E), Murphy (E). HR: Alexander (E). RBIs: Elida - Alexander 4, Bakjer 2, Sumption 2, Murphy 2. Multiple Hits: Elida - Kesler 4, Alexander 2, Baker 2, Sumption 2.