Lake County vs BG Live Blog

It’s a beautiful day for baseball here at Classic Park in Eastlake for baseball as the Lake County Captains take on the Bowling Green Hot Rods. Here are my thoughts today in a live blog style from the press box during today’s game.

Mother Nature is finally letting us have a nice day for baseball to take place here in Northeast Ohio as it is 57 degrees outside and just a Northeastern wind at 13mph.

Bowling Green picked up a pair of hits in the first and second inning while the Captains were unable to muster a baserunner in the opening frame.

Lake County is unable to score in their second at bat and the contest heads to the 3rd tied 0-0.

Be sure to check out the Captains and all of the great content on their website at Captains Baseball including links to their radio broadcasts with their terrific broadcaster Andrew Luftglass.

First time I’ve ever been out here to the Eastlake area to get to see Classic Park in person and if you are looking for an affordable time for the family and a great time get in the car and head out here because this is a BEAUTIFUL place to watch a ballgame…..even if you can’t get into the pressbox where I sit up behind the home plate.

Oh and while you’re here be sure to get the grilled chicken sandwich, my personal favorite.

Nolan Jones who plays third base for the Captains just made one of the best plays at third I’ve seen in quite some time. On a sharp ground ball hit to him at third base he fields the ball and as he’s falling down nearly flat on his back he proceeds to tag the runner Vidal Brujan Jcoming from second base for the second out of the inning. Not to be outdone however just seconds later the Captains pick up their third out on a Bowling Green attempted steal and throw out by catcher Jonathan Laureano.

Follow along with the game if you can’t listen today: Box Score

Lake County is the single A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians while the Hot Rods represent the Tampa Bay Rays.

Austen Wade’s RBI double down the left field line scores the first run of the ballgame and puts the Captains on top 1-0 on Wade’s 8th run knocked in and 4th double of the young season. Passed ball by the Hot Rods catcher now allows Wade to move to third with Jorma Rodriguez hitting, 0-1 on the day.

Shameless plug: Andrew Luftglass (Follow Andrew on Twitter) will be the next guest of my podcast “PBP Stories” and will tell the story of his life and career. I’m really excited to record this interview as he has been a bit of everywhere as he will tell you on the new episode. Previous episodes with great stories from play by play men such as Marty Bannister, Logan Anderson and Kevin Gehl can be found on Itunes: PBP Stories.

Nolan Jones single up the middle into short center scores Austen Wade to make the game 2-0 Lake County in the bottom of inning three as the Hot Rods will go have a chat with their pitcher.

Lake County in their white jerseys today at home while the Hot Rods are in a navy blue jersey with orange numerals. If I had to go Mr. Blackwell for the fashion advantage between the two teams today it would go to the Captains with a sharp looking kit you can see below:

The third inning comes to an end on a ball hit out to left but man the wind has really picked up in the last 10-15 minutes as it is brutal blowing in from center now up behind the field where we sit.

One of the oddest things I’ve seen in a while at a game just happened in the outfield during the last half inning while the Captains were batting as play was stopped to pick up a camera that fell from behind the wall into the field of play. As Andrew pointed out on his broadcast (because I’ll be honest I didn’t know this): each major league team sets up a camera out there to review how their prospects are doing at the lower levels.

Two-way prospect Brendan McKay for the Hot Rods is someone to watch out for in the Tampa organization. I’ve seen him in just a couple of innings here as he is the DH for the day for his team but he pitched yesterday in the win over Lake County and after drawing a walk as I type this just stole second base. McKay attended Louisville where he played and pitched before being selected #4 overall and signed for a 7 million dollar signing bonus with the Rays.

Ronaldo Hernandez drives in a run and moves to second on an overthrow to cut the deficit they face to 2-1 here in the top of the 4th.

Wind update: BRUTAL. It’s the same 13mph as when we started out of the northeast but it feels way worse here in the area near Lake Erie. You know it is bad when the pitcher “warming up” is fully clad in a hoodie while tossing to his catcher in the bullpen. The catcher however has no hoodie on because well……they say those guys are the toughest (they = I).

Captains escape more trouble in the 4th with a groundout and lead 2-1 heading to their at bat in the bottom of the 4th.

Possibly my favorite thing about bullpens near the field and it applies here at Classic Park is that the pitchers who aren’t warming up to go in just hang out against the outfield wall trying to stay in the sun and away from the swirling wind to get warm.

Jonathan Laureano blasts one to right field and is gone here in the bottom of the fourth to put Lake County up 3-1. Bowling Green’s manager is now currently arguing whether it should be a homer or not while home plate umpire Ben Rosen says it’s gone. Andrew says on the live radio cast that is Laureano’s first hit of the season. Nice time to do it here for his team as they try to avoid being swept this weekend.

Lake County scores on a flare to right field just past the outstretched hands of the second baseman and again Bowling Green’s manager loses an argument with the home plate umpire about whether or not the runner should have been out at home on the throw as it was a very close play. Captains lead 4-1 in 4th with 2 outs as BG makes a pitching change.

New pitcher same result for Bowling Green, a run scored by Lake County who now lead 6-1 before a groundout 1-3 that ends the stanza.

Alex Valverde ends his day for BG giving up 6 hits in his 3.2 innings of work before being replaced by 22 year old Jose Disla.

1-2-3 half inning for BG at the plate in the fifth as the Captains will come to bat in the bottom of the frame after we find out “what’s in the box?” on the Lets Make a Deal promotion presented by Life Storage here at the ballpark.

If for some reason you don’t get that reference I’ll help you out: it’s a Brad Pitt quote from the movie Se7en. Please look it up.

The 50-50 here is nearly $300 today with a nice crowd on hand suffering through this windy Sunday that looks beautiful outside to root on their future Cleveland Indians.

Disla goes 1-2-3 to send the Captains down in order in the bottom of the fifth to send up the top of inning six with the home team on top 6-1.

An RBI groundout by Ronaldo Hernandez scores a run to make the lead 6-2 as former Iowa Hawkeye pitcher Nick Gallagher will come on to make his pro debut in relief for Lake County.

Gallagher was selected last season by the Indians in the 16th round after walking on at Iowa. The Captains will travel to near where he’s from in July of Iowa City when they visit Cedar Rapids for a weekend 3 day series on the 14th-16th. Cedar Rapids is located approximately 30 miles from Iowa City on 380.

The top of the 6th inning ends with Gallagher recording his first professional strikeout after arriving from extended spring squad Mahoning Valley as he sat down Eleardo Cabrera for the final out.

Another 1-2-3 stanza for Disla in the bottom of the 6th as he sends the game at 6-2 Lake County into the 7th.

The top of the 7th ends with a terrific shoe top catch by Austen Wade for Lake County.

7th inning stretch time here in Eastlake sees people getting up and active singing along, probably to try to stay warm or to try to win the section of the game promotion?

Jorma Rodriguez is the ice cream strikeout hitter of the game. Naturally he leads off by keeping the frozen treat away from people and improves on his .339 average with a single to right field. Captains load the bases with an error by the second baseman and a walk against Disla.

Ulysses Cantu batting with the bases loaded and a .178 average. I have to imagine he’s named for President Grant…..or now that I google it probably because it’s the Latin version of Odysseus which means wraithful if you don’t know. Whatever the reason for his name, Cantu gets a free RBI as he is walked by Disla whose day is now over with 1 out in the 7th and his team trailing 7-2.

Right handed pitcher Nick Padilla will come on to pitch for Bowling Green trying to not let any of Disla’s runners score. Padilla has a 6.75 ERA on the season and is a 21 year old from the Bronx drafted in the 13th round of the 2015 draft by Tampa out of Grayson Community College in Denison, Texas.

Close the book on Disla, all of his runners just scored on a long double to the warning track by Laureano that puts hit RBI total at 4 and the score at 10-2 Captains. Ground out ends the 7th.

Nothing happened in the top of the 8th inning run wise for Bowling Green as I walked around the park for a bit and found the VERY WARM Cargo Hold shop and well because I am me had to buy a hat. It is rather sharp and hey, they’re an Indians affiliate (who won today in Baltimore I might add) so I can support them:

No runs for the Captains in the bottom of the 8th so now Gallagher will look to pick up his 1st career save with the 3 inning quality work rule of it in a 10-2 game.

Ground out, line out, ground out for the final three outs of the inning as the Captains avoid the sweep and give Eli Morgan his victory of the season and Gallagher his first save.

Captains improve to 7-8 on the season while BG drops to 8-9. Lake County is home for a 4 game set this week against West Michigan beginning tomorrow at 6:30pm while Bowling Green will welcome the Captains to their house next weekend for a Friday through Sunday set.

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Big Green shut out Rams

TOLEDO, OH – Ottoville’s bats notched 10 hits on the day at 5/3 Park in Toledo but it was the pitching that shined the brightest on the big stage as Josh Thorbahn and Zane Martin combined to keep the Upper Sandusky hitters to just a pair of hits in a 6-0 non-league victory.

In the first all-time meeting with Ottoville and just the fifth against a team from Putnam County the Rams picked up a base runner in the first inning as the second hitter in shortstop Diago Cazares singled off Thorbahn and was followed by Ben Sheaffer who was hit by a pitch. Upper Sandusky was unable to put a run on the scoreboard in the inning however as Jevon Dible and Keaton Cunningham were retired by the Big Green hurler to end the frame.

Ottoville’s first inning saw their opportunity to score end with a bases loaded groundout from Nick Moorman but their second time with a runner on every base produced a run in their next at bat on RBI singles by Zane Martin and Andy Schimmoeller to give their team a 2-0 advantage after two complete.

The only runners for Upper Sandusky to reach in the next few innings came on a walk to Cazares in the third, an error that allowed Parker Frombaugh to reach, a double by Brett Bianchi in the fifth, and an error that put Jevon Dible on base in the sixth. All were part of a six left on base day for the Rams.

Offensively the Big Green had their best inning in the fourth of the contest as they plated two more runs on a trio of singles by Schimmoeller, Clayton Schnipke, and Zane Martin. Schimmoeller and Schnipke would come in to score before the inning came to a conclusion to make it a 4-0 Ottoville lead into the fifth.

Jack Langhals single and an RBI single for Schimmoeller who finished the day 3-4 with the bat brought in a run in the fifth before a double and a run from Martin on a Thorbahn ground out gave the game its final markers at 6-0.

Following six strong innings in which he struck out eight batters, Thorbahn was replaced on the mound by the Bluffton University recruit Martin who proceeded to end the ballgame by striking out all three batters he faced to end the contest and secure his teams victory at the home of the Toledo Mudhens.

Ottoville improves to 5-3 on the year and will be in action on Monday at rival Fort Jennings at 5pm while Upper Sandusky sees their record slip to 7-7 and will take on a Bucyrus team on Monday they beat 15-4 just a trio of days ago on the road.

WP: Josh Thorbahn (2-2)
LP: Jevon Dible (0-4)
Time of game: 1:54


Schrieber pitches Titans past Celina

CELINA, OH – Ottawa Glandorf hurler Chase Schrieber surrendered just a trio of hits while striking out 10 Celina hitters in the Titans 2-0 win over the Bulldogs on the road on Friday night at Montgomery Field.

Through the first three innings the Bulldogs were able to put a runner on against the Titan right hander but were unable to bring them in to score as a series of outs put a stop to their opportunities to break the scoreless contest. In the first Celina saw their first two baserunners be left on when Gabe Perry bounced out, in the second it was a 3-1 putout against Kane Moeller to stop the frame.

A two out single from Parker Maurer for the third and final hit of the game for the Bulldogs gave the home team an opportunity, but it would be short lived as the Celina centerfielder would a batter later become the last out of the inning on a 6-4 putout by the visitors.

Ottawa Glandorf’s only two to reach base also came in the third inning as Mike Bowers and Owen Hiegel drew walks but were forced to head back into the dugout when outfielder Grant Fuerst was thrown out 6-3 for the third out.

The lone markers of the contest came in the top of the fifth inning of play for the Titans as designated hitter Ethan White opened the frame with a single. Mike Bowers reached for the second time in the game on an error by Celina catcher Kyle Stein on a bunted ball that pulled first baseman Reid Harter off of the bag in an attempt to make the out.

Following a sacrifice bunt by BJ Fortman to move the runners to second and third respectively, Owen Hiegel was walked to load the bases for OG. A 4-3 groundout by Grant Fuerst scored White before Austin Horstman knocked in a run and nearly had a second RBI but saw his teammate Hiegel was thrown out at the plate trying to score by Maurer to keep the lead at 2-0 headinf to the bottom of the fifth.

After allowing Maurer to reach with a single and Perry to end the third frame with a fielders choice, Schrieber would retire the final 12 batters of the contest including 8 via the strikeout to secure the Titan win.

OG moves to 9-2 on the season overall and 3-1 in Western Buckeye League play with the win while the Bulldogs fall to 2-9 on the season and 1-5 in WBL contests.

Celina will travel to Fort Loramie on Saturday for the Loramie Invitational while the Titans are off until Tuesday when they begin the first of their five straight home games by hosting WBL foe Shawnee.

Head coach Nick Miller now has 199 wins in his career and will look to become just the eighth coach in Putnam County history to reach the 200 victory mark when the Titans play on Tuesday.

Schrieber improves his record to 2-2 on the season as he struck out 10 Celina hitters in 7 innings of work while handing out just three hits and walking one while also hitting just one batter.

Ethan Piper fared well on the mound as well for the Bulldogs but saw his season record fall to 0-1 as he allowed just 2 runs on 4 hits while striking out 4 and walking 3 batters in the game. Piper opened the game by retiring the first seven hitters he faced and allowed just three of the first 15 to reach base.

Parker Maurer led Celina with a pair of singles while Ethan White did the same for OG and scored one of his teams two runs.

Celina leads the all-time series between the two WBL mates 22-21.

WP: Schrieber (2-2)
LP: Piper (0-1)
Time of Game: 1:29

*Stats compiled with help of Gamechanger*


Redskins hand Cavs first MAC loss

COLDWATER, OH – In a contest that was an instant classic the St. Henry Redskins turned one big play and one run into a 1-0 victory on Thursday night at MAC rival Coldwater.

With a pair of Cavalier runners on the basepaths at the corners a deep shot headed towards the left centerfield alley by cleanup hitter Nate Grunden which would score both runners if it landed on the ground found its way into the glove of a diving Tyler Schlarman for the games final out and to secure the St. Henry victory.

Redskins hurler Daylon Lange (2-1) whose only loss of the season on the mound came on March 26th in a 2-0 loss to Coldwater tossed a beauty as he finished with a line of seven innings pitched, allowing three hits and zero runs while striking out four. Four Cavalier batters were plunked by pitches from Lange on the day but none, including Austin Riethman and Sam Broering in the final frame came around to score.

Cole Frilling (4-1) who beat Lange in the contest in March took the loss for the Cavaliers as he finished with seven innings pitched, allowing four hits and one run while striking out two and walking zero on 70 pitches.

Both teams were able to put baserunners on during the contest but unfortunately for the two squads they saw a handful of innings come to and end with those runners left on the bases as well. St. Henry left 5 men on base while their hosts would finish with 10 men left on base including the bases loaded in the first frame.

The lone run of the contest came in the top of the fifth inning when Sam Lefeld who had singled to open the inning was moved ultimately to third base by a hit batter and a fielders choice from teammates Jay Knapke and Daylen Froning. Ryan Bruening’s fielders choice knocked in Lefeld for the lone marker of the contest before a pop out to Frilling put a stop to the half inning.

Offensively the Redskins (6-3) who move into a tie atop the Midwest Athletic Conference standings with Coldwater at 4-1 were led by Schlarman who finished with a pair of singles while teammate Curtis Uhlenhake doubled to right field in the fourth inning but was left there when Schlarman grounded out for the third out moments later.

Coldwater (8-2) drops just their second game of the season and was led on the offensive side of the ball by Jacob Wenning who tallied all three of his teams hits on the day.

Next up for the Redskins will be a trip to Dayton’s Fifth Third Field on Sunday where they will have a 4pm tilt against Covington. Coldwater will travel north to Bryan on Saturday for a three-way doubleheader with the Golden Bears and the Maumee Panthers.

WP: Daylon Lange (2-1)
LP: Cole Frilling (4-1)
Time of game: 1:30

*Stats compiled with help of Gamechanger*


Pirates down Musketeers in extra innings

BLUFFTON, OH – Bluffton coupled together a pair of walks with a key single Wednesday night as they defeated Fort Jennings in an eight inning non-league contest 4-3.

With the contest tied at 3-3 in the bottom of the eighth inning the Pirates Dakota Bricker became Ft. Jennings hurler Brandon Wehri’s 10th strikeout of the game to open the frame. Teammates Brice Rayle and Aaron Belcher were walked to put a pair of runners on. Rayle who earned his walk on five pitches wouldn’t stay on first base long as he stole two of his teams nine bases on the night to station himself at third base with just one out.

Following a Braeden Edwards line out to left it was Cayden Rayle who slapped a ball to mid left field to drive in the final marker of the contest and give his team the victory, their third of the season.

Fort Jennings jumped on Pirate starter Kaden Reneker in the top of the opening inning of the ballgame for a pair of runs on RBI singles by Brandon Wehri and Kyle Norbeck before seeing three of their teammates end the inning as strikeout victims to end the frame.

For his part on the mound through the first time through the lineup, Wehri was both sharp and struggled at different times as he struck out three Bluffton hitters, walked a pair and gave up his first hit to DH Brayton Businger but still found himself in the lead 2-0 heading to the bottom of the third.

Singles from Brady Romick and Dakota Bricker gave the home squad a pair of base runners while the same amount of stolen bases and RBI hits from Rayle and Belcher knocked in the runs to send the game tied at 2 into the fourth inning of play.

The other two runs in the game came thanks to a walk and a pair of sacrifice bunts for Fort Jennings in the 6th following a 3-2 lead for Bluffton on a single/pair of stolen bases by Reneker who was knocked in on an RBI ground out by Bricker.

Brandon Wehri (0-3) took the loss for Ft Jennings (5-6, 0-2) as he surrendered 4 runs on 6 hits while striking out 10 while walking four and handing out one intentional pass in 7.2 innings of work. In the contest the Musketeer senior also picked up career hit 101 which ties him for the school record with 2015 graduate Mark Metzger.

The Musketeers will return to PCL play on Thursday at Pandora Gilboa as they search for their first conference win of the season.

Bluffton improves their record to 3-5 on the year and will travel to take on NWC foe Spencerville on Thursday in an attempt to even their league record at 2-2.

Dakota Bricker (1-1) earned the win on the mound in relief of starter Kaden Reneker (5.2 IP, 3 runs, 5 hits, 6 strikeouts, 4 walks) as he finished the game with 2.1 innings of work while giving up just 2 hits and nabbing a pair of strikeouts.

Bluffton picked up 6 hits on the day by six different players while their opponents ended with 5 hits by the same amount of players.

*Stats compiled with help of Gamechanger app*


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Titans win in extras

GLANDORF, OH – It took the Ottawa Glandorf Titans an extra frame but they were able to pick up their second Western Buckeye League win of the season with a 4-3 triumph over Bath.

OG hurler Chase Schrieber was tagged for three first inning runs by Bath but settled down over the course of the next seven innings of work where he would surrender just three hits and a pair of bases on balls. Twelve straight hitters from the second through the fifth would be retired by Schrieber.

Bath’s starting pitcher Hunter Iiames suffered the same fate as his opposing pitcher in the contest until the final frame on the afternoon where he was hit for three runs in an inning before settling down to retire 18 straight Titan batters.

Trailing 3-0 in the bottom half of the second inning the home team went to work with the bats as leadoff hitter BJ Fortman reached on an error and moved over on an Iiames balk before being knocked in on a one out single by Michael Bowers. Bowers himself was quickly able to cross home plate as teammate Ethan White reached on a triple before himself being brought in to tie the ballgame at 3-3 on a Logan Miller double.

While pitching was dominating on both sides of the diamond, defensive gems were also in high fashion in Glandorf. Bath DH Cole Parlapiano was robbed of a single on a ball into short right field by Ottawa second baseman Fortman to keep his pitchers string of consecutive outs intact. After Iiamed and Boedicker both reached via singles, the greatest threat for the visitors to retake the lead came on Boedicker’s hit but ended quickly the top of the fifth frame when the trio of Ethan White, Owen Hiegel and catcher Logan Miller combined for a 7-6-2 putout at the plate on a laser throw from Hiegel in the outfield grass.

Bath’s last best chance to push across the go ahead run in the ballgame came in the top of inning seven when the bases were loaded following a single by Parlapiano and a pair of walks to Iiamed and Boedicker. Jeremiah Bolon grounded out for the third time in the contest to Michael Bowers at third base and sent the game tied ultimately into extra innings after a 1-2-3 inning by the Titans in the bottom of the last regulation frame.

The bottom of the 8th inning began with a 6-3 ground out by Miller. Evan Balash reached a full count against Iiames and was ultimately walked before he was sent to third on a single by Owen Hiegel. Right fielder Grant Fuerst who approached his final at bat at 0-3 on the day ripped a fastball back up the middle to score Fuerst and give OG their first win against Bath since the 2015 tournament meeting between the two schools.

Ottawa Glandorf (7-2, 2-1) will be in action weather permitting on Saturday at home in Glandorf with a double header against Wauseon while the Wildcats (4-6, 1-2) will take on a red hot St. Henry squad on Monday evening that has scored 35 runs in their last two contests.

In defeat Hunter Iiames tossed 7.1 innings and surrendered 4 runs (3 earned) on 5 hits while striking out 4 and walking just a single Titan hitter on 90 pitches. Schrieber hurled 8 innings on the day and ended with 109 pitches on his resume while surrendering 3 runs (3 earned) along with 6 strikeouts and a pair of free passes.

Bath outhit their opponents 8-5 in the game and were led by the duo of Iiames and Isaiah Bolon who each notched two hits. Five players for OG (Hiegel, Fuerst, Bowers, White, Miller) finished with hits.

WP: Chase Schrieber
LP: Hunter Iiames
Time: 1:41

*Stats compiled with help of Gamechanger*


Bulldogs outslug Rockets in PCL battle

COLUMBUS GROVE, OH – Columbus Grove struck first and last in Tuesday night’s Putnam County League matchup with rival Pandora Gilboa as they defeated the Rockets at home 16-6 in a 5 inning contest.

PG nabbed the first two baserunners of the contest in their half of the opening stanza but came up empty on the scoreboard when Ryan Lee was forced out at third and Isaac Stahl was thrown out at the same base to end the top half of the first inning with the Rockets scoreless.

Columbus Grove wasted no time putting up runs in their first at bat as the Bulldogs would account for a five spot and bat around in their opening at bat. Just a pair of hits came across for the home team but a trio of walks and a hit by pitch from PG hurler Ryan Lee helped his opponents to a 5-0 advantage after the first six outs of the game.

In their second time at the plate the Rockets blasted off against Grove starter Kurt Griffith and utilized a trio of singles, a pair of walks and a sacrifice fly by Austin Decker to centerfield to tie the ballgame with a 5 run inning of their own.

Three runs on three hits in the third inning put Columbus Grove ahead for good as Dane Schroeder and Alex Schnieder both singled before catcher Brady Hauenstein was hit by a pitch for the second time in as any at bats before two of the three were knocked in by Tayt Birnesser to push ahead ultimately at 8-5 when the inning ended.

For the second time in the contest the Bulldogs batted around, this time coming in the bottom of the fourth inning. After seeing Hauenstein hit by a pitch for the third consecutive trip at the plate, Columbus Grove would send 12 batters to the plate and scratch across 7 runs on 4 hits to go ahead 15-5 after four innings.

Needing to get at least one run to keep from being run ruled the Rockets saw their catcher Josh Shartell reach on an error and quickly be moved to second base on a Kurt Griffith balk. Moments after right fielder Zeb George was hit by a pitch in the helmet and pinch run, PG would get Shartell on the scoreboard for their sixth run and keep the game going into the bottom of the fifth when shortstop turned relief pitcher Brennen Moorman singled him in.

With the bases loaded and just one out in the bottom of the inning it was the Bulldogs Dane Schroeder who provided the final hit of the ballgame as he singled into left center to bring home Brady Rudasill and provide the final score of 16-6 in the contest.

Kurt Griffith improved to 2-1 on the season on the mound for the Bulldogs who improve to 4-3 overall and 1-2 in Putnam County League play. Griffith threw 74 pitches on the day and gave up 6 runs on 6 hits while striking out and walking a pair in the win. Columbus Grove will be back in action on Wednesday as they take on Miller City in PCL action starting at 5pm.

Pandora Gilboa’s Ryan Lee sees his record fall to 0-1 on the year as he tossed 66 pitches over 2 innings of work, giving up 8 runs on 4 hits while walking 5 and striking out just one batter. The Rockets are in action against Vanlue in Blanchard Valley Conference play on Wednesday at home at 5pm.

Top Performers:

Ryan Lee (PG) 2-3
Alex Schneider (Grove) 3-4

*Stats compiled with help of Gamechanger*


Kalida wins battle of Wildcats

MILLER CITY, OH – A pair of runs in the fifth inning decided Monday night’s Putnam County League battle of the Wildcats as visiting Kalida came away with a 2-0 victory against Miller City.

Through 90 all-time meetings the two programs have each now won 45 games against the other.

A terrific pitchers duel between Miller City hurler Noah Otto and Kalida right hander Owen Recker was scoreless heading into the games fifth inning.

With a pair of outs coming via strikeouts of Gabe Hovest and Josh Klausing to open the top half of the frame Kalida sent their first baserunner of the inning in the form of Matt Kehres who reached on a Miller City error. Josh Recker drove in the games first scroe as the next hitter by doubling in Kehres before ultimately being driven in himself by teammate Zach Von der Embse own RBI double.

Kalida would rally once more in the top of the seventh inning as the trio of Josh Recker, Luke Erhart, and Von der Embse each singled to load the bases but would find themselves unable to add any insurance runs as teammates Kevin Hamburg and Owen Recker were sat down by a strikeout and a flyout by reliever Mark Kuhlman to keep the game at 2-0 heading to the last half inning of play.

Miller City’s last go round in the contest came against Kalida reliever Josh Klausing and saw only a two out single from catcher Cole Niese before Mark Kuhlman was the games final out on a slow roller back to the pitchers mound to secure the victory.

Early in the games opening frame the Miller City Wildcats placed three runners on the basepaths via a single from Niese and a pair of walks but saw their chance at pulling ahead thwarted by a pair of strikeouts by Kalida’s Recker.

On the evening Recker, a Kent State commit would finish with 15 strikeouts and allow just a pair of hits in his six innings of work. Recker ended the game by tossing 106 pitches but did walk four Miller City hitters in earning his first win of the season on the mound.

Josh Klausing finished with the save for Kalida (3-1) as he threw 17 pitches, struck out a pair and gave up just one hit.

Noah Otto (0-1) took the loss for Miller City (0-3) as he surrendered both of the games tallies along with a pair of hits in 5 innings of work in which he tossed 80 pitches.

Kalida moves to 2-0 in Putnam County League play while Miller City drops to 0-1. Kalida will be in action next on Friday at Patrick Henry while Miller City will look for their first PCL win on Wednesday as they play host to Ottoville at 5pm in a game that can be heard live on WZOQ Radio .

Box Score:

Kalida (2):

Zach Von der Embse 2/4, 1 RBI
Kevin Hamburg 0/4, 2K
Owen Recker 0/4
Trevor Lambert 0/2, 1 BB
Gabe Hovest 1/3, 1K
Josh Klausing 0/3, 2K
Matt Kehres 0/3, 1R, 1K
Josh Recker 2/3, 1 RBI, 1R
Luke Erhart 1/1, 2 HBP

Owen Recker (W, 1-0) 6.0 IP, 106 pitches, 2 hits, 15 strikeouts, 4 walks
Josh Klausing (SV, 1) 1.0 IP, 17 pitches, 1 hit, 2 strikeouts

Miller City (0):

Cole Niese 2/4, 1K
Mark Kuhlman 0/4, 1K
Jeremy DuMuth 0/2, 1K, 1BB
Tyler Schroeder 1/2, 1K, 1BB
Drew Johnston 0/2, 2K, 1BB
Noah Otto 0/3, 3K
Chase Kuhlman 0/3, 3K
Eli Ellerbock 0/3, 3K
Jacob Koenig 0/2, 2K, 1BB

Noah Otto (L, 0-1) 5.0 IP, 80 pitches, 2 hits, 2 runs (2 ER), 4 strikeouts, 1 walk
Mark Kuhlman 2.0 IP, 25 pitches, 4 hits, 2 strikeouts

*Stats compiled with use of Gamechanger*


District 8 Boys All-Star Game results

ELIDA, OH – Tuesday night the boys 2017-18 basketball season wrapped up in Elida as the District 8 All-Star games took place with the sides splitting the two contests.

Game 1: D1-2-3
East 114
West 94


Isaac McAdams (Elida) 13
Chad Frey (Bath) 20
Austin May (L. Benton) 6
Jacob Logsdon (Findlay) 22
BJ Miller (Lima Sr) 5
Will Poling (L. Benton) 14
Skyler Smith (Elida) 5
Daniel Unruh (Elida) 18
Mark Janowski (LCC) 6
Donte Johnson (Elida) 5

3PT: 22 (Logsdon 7, Frey 6, Unruh 4, Poling 2, McAdams, Johnson, Smith)


Alex Rode (D. Jeff) 9
Austin Wilker (St. M) 2
Derek Albers (Coldwater) 10
Jacoby Kelly (VW) 16
Bryce Schroeder (OG) 13
Jake Dible (OG) 6
Harrison Gough (Bath) 11
Jace Copeland (Wapak) 5
Jay Kaufman (OG) 14
Tyler Bratton (D. Jeff) 8

3PT: 10 (Kelly 3, Schroeder 3, Kaufman 2, Copeland, Rode)

Game 2: D4
West 94
East 85


Tyler Mescher (Marion Local) 9
Logan Kemper (Ottoville) 10
Cole Horstman (Ft Jennings) 15
Mark Kuhlman (Miller City) 10
Derek Stout (Crestview) 14
Richard Cocuzza (DSJ) 7
Tyler Schlarman (St Henry) 5
Caden Ringwald (Lincolnview) 8
Nathan Tinnerman (N. Knoxville) 15

Playing but not scoring: Brandon Wehri (Ft Jennings)

3PT: 15 (Tinnerman 3, Ringwald 2, Kemper 2, Kuhlman 2, Stout 2, Mescher, Schlarman, Cocuzza, Horstman)


Noah Howell (Temple Christian) 8
Jacob Rider (McComb) 2
Drew Johnson (PG) 14
Logan Schroeder (Grove) 8
Eli Phillips (PG) 14
Levi Squire (Arcadia) 6
Ethan Swaney (Ada) 4
Eric Ritter (Cory Rawson) 13
Logan Dray (Perry) 17

Playing but not scoring: Caleb Price (Arlington)

3PT: 19 (Dray 5, Johnson 4, Ritter 3, Howell 2, Schroeder 2, Squire 2, Phillips)

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