SHERWOOD — The Defiance Jr. ACME baseball team clinched a spot in the Jr. ACME state tournament over the weekend, dispatching Fairview 11-4 in the district championship game on Saturday to earn a spot at the state tournament this weekend in Archbold.

Defiance will be joined by Archbold as the state tourney host and either Napoleon as area teams competing on Saturday, Sunday and Monday at Archbold.

Napoleon took down Ottawa-Glandorf 8-4 in the loser’s bracket final on Monday to clinch the district berth with district champion Archbold already ensured a berth as state host.

Defiance will face Archbold at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday at Archbold while Napoleon or O-G will take on Triad at 2:30 p.m.

Anthony Wayne took home the Jr. ACME state tournament title last year while Archbold has finished either first or second every year except one (2016) since 2013.

In ACME tournament action, Defiance finished off the District 1 sectional in winning fashion with an 8-4 win over Fairview, with both squads moving on to district action this weekend at Bryan and Defiance.

Defiance will take on the loser of Edon/Hilltop or Bryan in the district tournament Friday at 5 p.m. at Bryan following Edon/Hilltop and Bryan’s sectional final tonight. The winner will face Fairview at 7:15 p.m. on Friday.

The Friday winners will meet up Saturday at 1:15 p.m. at Defiance High School with the losers playing an elimination game beforehand at 11 p.m. The survivor of the loser’s bracket will play at 5 p.m. on Sunday at a location to be determined with a district championship game and state tournament berth to be played Monday at 5 p.m.

In District 2, Archbold advanced to the districts at Patrick Henry and will take on Ottawa-Glandorf at 4 p.m. on Friday while Wauseon and Kalida will match up at 6:15 p.m. on Friday at Garrold Parratt Field.

The O-G-Archbold winner and Wauseon-Kalida victor will meet at noon on Saturday with the losers meeting up at 2:30 p.m. Saturday. An elimination game will be played Sunday at 1 p.m. with the district final slated for 3:30 p.m. and an opening on Monday at 6 p.m. if needed.


District 1

Fairview 000 000 4 — 4 6 4

Defiance 012 230 x — 8 6 2

Records: Defiance 14-8.

Winning pitcher: Wade Liffick (7 innings, 4 runs, 6 hits, 2 strikeouts, 2 walks).

Losing pitcher: Grime (4.1 innings, 7 runs, 5 hits, 1 strikeout, 4 walks). Other: Adkins.

Leading hitters: (Fairview) — Singer single, double. (Defiance) — Jack Mortier 2 singles; Jacob Hutcheson 2 singles.

Hilltop 000 060 4 — 10 12 1

Edon 500 202 2 — 11 12 2


Bryan 000 00 — 0

Defiance 004 33 — 10

Record: Defiance 18-7.

Winning pitcher: Wade Liffick (5 innings, 0 runs, 2 hits, 8 strikeouts, 3 walks).

Losing pitcher: Ethan Psurny. Other: Mikey Wolff.

Leading hitters: (Defiance) — David Jimenez 2 doubles, 3 RBIs; Tyler Frederick 2 singles; Kameron Brown 2 singles; Kam’Ron Rivera double; Bailey DeTray double.

Fairview 000 000 0 — 0

Defiance 006 201 x — 9

Records: Defiance 19-7.

Winning pitcher: David Jimenez (4.1 innings, 0 runs, 3 hits, 7 strikeouts, 3 walks). Other: Aidan Kiessling.

Losing pitcher: Adkins. Other: Brady Karzynow.

Leading hitters: (Defiance) — Drew Kellermyer 2 singles; Kam’Ron Rivera triple, 3 RBIs; Wade Liffick 3 RBIs.

Fairview 200 020 0 — 4

Defiance 047 000 x — 11

Records: Defiance 20-7.

Winning pitcher: Tyler Frederick (6 innings, 4 runs, 4 hits, 4 strikeouts, 4 walks). Other: Sander Neff.

Losing pitcher: Grime. Other: Samuel Clemens.

Leading hitters: (Fairview) — Grime 2 singles; Ryan Richards 2 singles. (Defiance) — Bailey DeTray 2 singles, double; Kam’Ron Rivera 2 singles; Dan Hoffman double; Drew Kellermyer 3 RBIs.

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