DURAND — How does one throw a perfect game, striking out all 15 batters you face?
For Durand’s Max Ortmann, it starts with a good defense. Even if you don’t need it.
“I’ve got the best defense behind me,” he said. “Even if (opponents) touch the fastball, my defense has the ball. I’m confident out there.”
On top of that, Ortmann had two hits in three at-bats as the Railroaders rolled past winless Flint Hamady, 10-0, in the first game of a Division 3 district at Durand on Saturday.
The second semifinal, between New Lothrop and Byron, was suspended in the bottom of the fourth inning with the Hornets leading 9-2. It will be resumed at 4 p.m. Monday, with the winner meeting Durand a short time later in the district title game.
“It’s Michigan baseball,” Durand coach Brandon Dickinson said. “It sums up how the season has been so far. We can’t get in a full week without getting poured upon.”
The Hornets were led by Camden Orr, who was 3-for-3 with a double and three runs scored while keeping Byron at bay on the mound.
“It’s tough,” New Lothrop coach Ben Almasy said, “because my guys were hitting really well today.”
As for waiting two days to complete the game, Alamasy wasn’t too concerned.
“With them being so young, they’ve never been through district before, except for one or two of them,” he said. “It’ll be just another day. We’ll get ready the same way we did today. We’ll finish this game up, get our work done in an orderly fashion and play our buddies from Durand.”
Byron, of course, still has a shot at winning on Monday, which mattered not to Dickinson.
“It doesn’t matter who we’re playing,” he said. “We have to come out and stay focused.”
Dickinson was pleased with his team’s approach against Hamady, which finished the season 0-18.
“The challenge was getting them to not play down,” Dickinson said. “We wanted to make sure as hitters we were focused, not swinging at stuff out of the zone, focusing on our pitch and driving it. They did that, for the most part.”
Ortmann did the rest.
“He was pounding the zone, commanded with his fastball and mixed in the curve when needed,” Dickinson said. “For the most part, he didn’t need too many breaking balls. Just pound the zone and hit the spots with the fastball. (Saturday) and his last start against New Lothrop are probably his two best starts of the year.”
Division 3 District at Durand
DURAND 10, FLINT HAMADY 0
Hamady 000 00 — 0 0 4
Durand 315 1x — 10 9 0
WP: Max Ortmann, Durand (5 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 15 K, 0 BB).
LP: Rayuonn Weston, Hamady (2.1 IP, 7 ER, 7 H, 2 K, 2 BB).
Hits: Durand — Devin Freier 2-2, 2B, 2 RBI; Brock Holek 2-3, 2 2B, RBI; Ortmann 2-3, 2B; Ben Nebo 1-3, 2 RBI.
Records Durand 15-8, Hamady 0-18.