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Big Green streak past Spencerville

OTTOVILLE, OH – For the Big Green of Ottoville Saturday night’s 54-39 win over visiting Spencerville represented the start and end to a couple of streaks.

Ottoville’s win represented their first in nine tries against Spencerville dating back to their last victory in 2010 over the Bearcats when Tom Von Sossan called Heckman Gymnasium home.

Unfortunately for the Bearcats the loss represents a streak of a different kind, the fifth straight loss to open the season. The last time Spencerville suffered a five game losing streak was the opening of the 2009/10 campaign that saw the Northwest Conference squad drop their first seven contests before rallying to beat Bluffton in their eighth game of the year.

Spencerville 6’4 senior and All-Ohio Offensive lineman Ben Dues scored six of his team high 14 points in the first quarter down low to give his team an early 11-5 lead at the end of the opening quarter.

In the second eight minutes of the contest the Big Green found themselves with many opportunities at the free throw line while their opponents found a pair of their starters on the bench with a pair of fouls. Ottoville’s Keagan Leis connected on a pair of free throws with 3:00 to go in the first half to tie the contest at 17-17 just moments before teammate Ryan Bendele split a pair to put the Big Green on top for good at 18-17.

Nick Moorman nailed all four of his charity tosses in the second stanza to help lead his team to a 12/13 performance in the quarter and to a 25-22 advantage at the break.

Six players marked tallies in the scorebook for Ottoville in the third period led by Josh Thorbahn’s eight points and back to back three pointers that forced Spencerville to utilize a timeout in effort to stop the Big Green run.

Perhaps the biggest highlight of the entire contest came in the waning seconds of the third stanza as 6’6 freshman Ryan Suever ripped away a Spencerville miscue and raced the length of the floor for a slam dunk just in front of the third quarter buzzer for two of his four points in the game.

The final eight minutes of the contest saw the visitors outscore the hosts 7-6 with four players adding buckets, including Dues for his final points of the evening. Ottoville’s Logan Kemper, a 6’3 senior tossed in all of his teams points and finished the night with a game high 17 in the victory.

Ottoville sees their record rise to 6-0 on the season and will host Elida on Friday night before traveling south to Delphos on Saturday night to take on the St. Johns Blue Jays.

Things don’t get any easier for the Bearcats (0-5) on the schedule as they will be home for a pair of games against former Northwest Conference rival Lima Central Catholic and PCL foe Kalida next weekend.

Scoring:

Ottoville (54):
Ryan Bendele 7
Logan Kemper 17
Ryan Suever 4
Keagan Leis
Drew Fisher 3
Nick Moorman 11
Zane Martin 2
Josh Thorbahn 8

FG: 17/46
FT: 17/20
3PT: 3/18 (Thorbahn 2, Moorman)
TO: 8

Spencerville (39):
Drew Armstead 4
Jackson Goecke 7
Keegan Goecke 5
Dalton Prichard 6
Conner Holmes 2
Kolten Murray 1
Ben Dues 14

FG: 13/30
FT: 11/15
3PT: 2/10 (J. Goecke, Prichard)
TO: 24

JV: Ottoville 56-29

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Titans surge past Red Devils to remain unbeaten

OTTAWA, OH – A dominating team defensive performances and two standout offensive performances Saturday afternoon helped to keep Ottawa Glandorf unbeaten on the season.

Despite trailing 16-15 at the end of the first quarter the OG Lady Titans tightened up on their defense and only allowed 27 points over the final three quarters en route to a 69-42 victory.

Junior guard Ashley Schroeder led the Titans and all players in scoring in the contest as she upped her career high point total for the third straight game, this time to 24 when all was said and done. Schroeder, who moved into the starting lineup early in her sophomore season last year accounted for 12 of her markers in a dominating second quarter performance that also included hitting a pair of three pointers.

The second of OG’s dominant individual performances came from the reigning Western Buckeye League Player of the Year Kadie Hempfling who dazzled the early afternoon crowd with an array of long outlet passes leading directly to fast break buckets for her teammates including Schroeder.

When the dust settled on the Titans sixth victory of the season Hempfling notched her second career triple double as she finished with 18 points, a career high 18 rebounds, and 11 assists.

For the third consecutive game the Ottawa Glandorf defense flexed its muscle against an opposing high scoring offense, this time in the games penultimate stanza. Leading by a 37-28 margin heading into the quarter the Titans forced double digit Arlington turnovers and held the Red Devils to just a pair of made free throws by Hannah Willow and Kylie Sheets. The free throw by Sheets gave the visitors their first point of the quarter with 3:28 remaining and pulled Arlington within 42-29.

Jenna Pepple led the Red Devil offense with 15 points on the day but was held to just five points in the second half after starting off hot early on with 10 first half points.

Nine players recorded points for Ottawa Glandorf (6-0, 2-0) in the contest led by Schroeder’s 24. From behind the arc the OG offense hit seven three pointers from the hands of five different players. The Titans will be back in action on Thursday night when they travel to Ottoville to take on the unbeaten Big Green in non-league play before returning home next Saturday afternoon against Marion Local as part of Lady Titan Youth Basketball Day at 11:00 A.M.

Arlington sees their record fall to 6-1 overall.

Scoring:

OG (69):

Ashley Schroeder 24
Carri Johnson 6
Paige Sutter 6
Erin Kaufman 8
Mackenzie Meyer 2
Brianna Schimmoeller 2
Kasey Ellerbrock 3
Kadie Hempfling

FT: 5/8
3PT: 7 (Schroeder 2, Johnson 2, Kaufman, Ellerbrock, Hempfling)

Arlington (42):
Maria Crawford 2
Lindsay Dodds 4
Hannah Willow 9
Sarah Solt 3
Kylie Sheets 5
Jenna Pepple 15
Kyra Bormuth 4

FT: 5/10
3PT: 5 (Willow 2, Pepple 2, Solt)

JV: Arlington 48-43

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Titans rout Bulldogs

ELIDA, OH – Trailing 11-9 after the opening quarter of play Thursday night the OG Titans used back to back 22-5 quarters to move to 4-0 on the season with a 63-31 victory at Elida.

Shyah Wheeler and Hayleigh Bacome each connected on a three pointer and helped lead Elida (1-3, 0-1) to a two point lead at the end of the first quarter on the backs of a handful of Titan miscues turned directly into their own markers.

Reigning Western Buckeye League player of the year Kadie Hempfling took up the scoring mantle for visiting Ottawa Glandorf in the second period as she tossed in eight of her eleven first half points. Kasey Ellerbrock who would finish with a career high 8 points hit on a three pointer and a three point play in the stanza as she and Kelsey Erford helped the Titans anchor a 31-16 halftime advantage.

In the third quarter the Bulldogs would score on just one shot from the field, a three pointer from Wheeler who was responsible for all five of her teams scores in the stanza.

Ottawa Glandorf connected on four shots from behind the arc in the games penultimate period as Ashley Schroeder nailed a pair and assisted on makes by teammates Erin Kaufman and Mackenzie Meyer to push their lead out to 53-21 heading into the final 8:00.

Across the final period each team would utilize their bench players with the contest out of hand. Elida senior Destiney Owens connected on a pair of free throws and a pair of shots from the field to finish with 6 points. OG got scoring in the final minutes from 5 players, including a pair of free throws from Mylee Utrup to secure the 32 point win.

With the win the Titans begin with a successful defense of their WBL championship from a year ago and will attempt to move to 2-0 when they host St. Marys next Thursday night. Elida will return to action on Tuesday night in non-league action against Lincolnview at the Elida Fieldhouse.

Ashley Schroeder led all scorers as she tied her career high for points on the evening for OG with 14. The Bulldogs were led in scoring by Shyah Wheeler who finished with 13.

Scoring:

OG (63):
Ashley Schroeder 14
Kelsey Erford 4
Paige Sutter 6
Erin Kaufman 7
Mackenzie Meyer 5
Brianna Schimmoeller 4
Kasey Ellerbrock 8
Jayla Balbaugh 2
Kadie Hempfling 11
Mylee Utrup 2

FT: 6/9
3PT: 5 (Schroeder 2, Kaufman, Meyer, Ellebrock)

Elida (31):
Hayleigh Bacome 7
Destiney Owens 6
Erika Suever 1
Brooke Reese 1
Shyah Wheeler 13
Alyssa Doty 3

FT: 9/14
3PT: 4 (Wheeler 2, Bacome, Doty)

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Spencerville surges late past Elida

SPENCERVILLE, OH – It took a total team effort and almost all four quarters, but the Spencerville Bearcats kept their record perfect on the young season as they defeated visiting Elida 43-32.

Early in the first quarter behind a strong opening period from 6’4 junior post Alex Carter, the Bearcats jumped out to a 7-0 lead in their home gym. With 1:12 left in the stanza Elida found themselves on the scoreboard for the first time when their leading scorer Shyah Wheeler connected on a two point basket to cut the lead to 7-2.

Nelaya Burden who would lead all scorers with 16 points on the evening for Spencerville totaled 5 of her first half 7 points in the second quarter, but it was again Wheeler who would help lead the visitors back and ultimately into the lead. With 1:23 left in the opening half of play the 5’10 senior connected on a three pointer to put Elida on top 16-14. Three pointers by Hayleigh Bacome and Cienna Kuhn helped to give Elida an 18-17 halftime advantage.

One of the games biggest stories began to come together in the second half of play as each team would see their leading scorers and defenders be given extended time on the bench due to foul trouble.

A free throw to complete an and one opportunity for Burden gave Spencerville a 19-18 lead early in the period and helped to lead her squad to a 10-7 quarter and a two point lead at the third quarter stoppage.

With foul trouble beginning to deeply plague both squads, each team would get to show their skills at the free throw line. For their part the Bearcats were able to connect on 9 of 11 from the charity stripe to help secure their victory.

Jayden Smith led the home team from the stripe and on the floor in the final period as she ended the contest by hitting a key three pointer and 5/6 from the line for 10 points.

Shyah Wheeler led the Elida attack with 11 points, 3.5 under her average through the opening pair of games. The Bulldogs see their season record fall to 1-2 overall and will begin Western Buckeye League play on Thursday night when they play host to defending conference winner Ottawa Glandorf.

Spencerville sees their record move to 2-0 and will travel to Paulding for the start of Northwest Conference play on Thursday night before again hitting the road on Monday night to take on Lima Central Catholic in non-league action.

Scoring:

Spencerville (43):
Kaiden Grigsby 4
Jenna Henline 3
Abbygayle Satterfield 3
Jayden Smith 10
Melanie Keonig 2
Nelaya Burden 16
Alex Carter 5

FT: 12/17
3’s: 3 (Grigsby, Smith, Henline)

Elida (32):
Hayleigh Bacome 9
Cienna Kuhn 7
Shyah Wheeler 11
Amiah Jones 3
Alissa Cuffy 2

FT: 9/14
3’s: 3 (Bacome, Kuhn, Wheeler)

JV: Elida 36-27

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Columbus Grove Girls 2017-18 Season Preview

COLUMBUS GROVE, OH – Columbus Grove lost 6 seniors who were a part of their 2016-17 squad that won both the NWC and the PCL and recently learned they will have an even bigger challenge replacing their punch from last season.

1st team All-Ohio selection Paige Bellman, a senior who is committed to play her college basketball at Detroit Mercy will likely miss all of this upcoming season as she deals with a possible torn ACL. Last season Bellman averaged 17.2 points per game and was named Player of the Year in both the Northwest Conference and the Putnam County League while helping the Bulldogs to a 23-2 mark.

Graduation hit the Bulldogs hard in the offseason as they lost not only 1,300 point scorer Jade Clement who is currently playing for Huntington University in Indiana, but also one of their best three point threats in Macy McCluer.

This season the success for Columbus Grove will rely heavily on how much the returning core of letter winners that includes seniors Carlee McCluer and Lauren Schroeder, alongside junior point guard Rylee Sybert who collectively averaged 16.0 points per game last year.

Grove mentor Brian Schroeder who sports a 75-23 record and an appearance in last seasons District Finals has high hopes for his squad and mentions a handful of promising newcomers in his season media notes such as senior forward Teyah Sautter, junior guard Amy Vorst, sophomores Angel Schneider, Abigail Gladwell, and Emily Watt along with freshman guard Erin Downing as those to watch.

“This team will have a lot of new players filling new roles and learning how to play with each other. As long as we continue to work hard and improve each week, we hope to be much better at the end of the year than we are at the beginning” Schroeder remarked on his outlook for the upcoming campaign.

The Bulldogs kick off their season on Tuesday, November 28th when they travel to Lima to take on the Shawnee Indians in a non-conference clash before beginning their home slate on Saturday, December 2nd against the Bath Wildcats.

2017/2018 Schedule
Tue Nov 28 @ Shawnee
Sat Dec 2 Bath
Tue Dec 5 Continental (PCL)
Thu Dec 7 @ Crestview (NWC)
Tue Dec 12 Patrick Henry
Thu Dec 14 Paulding (NWC)
Sat Dec 16 @ Elida
Tue Dec 19 Kalida (PCL)
Thur Dec 21 @ Lincolnview (NWC)
Thur Dec 28 @ Ottawa Glandorf
Sat Jan 6 Ottoville (PCL)
Thu Jan 11 Spencerville (NWC)
Sat Jan 13 Leipsic (PCL)
Sat Jan 20 @ Miller City (PCL)
Mon Jan 22 @ Ft. Jennings (PCL)
Thu Jan 25 @ Bluffton (NWC)
Tue Jan 30 @ Liberty Benton
Thu Feb 1 @ Delphos Jefferson (NWC)
Thu Feb 8 Allen East (NWC)
Sat Feb 10 @ Arlington
Thu Feb 15 Ada (NWC)
Sat Feb 17 @ Pandora Gilboa (PCL)

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Whitehouse wins high scoring affair

OTTAWA, OH – Both Whitehouse and Ottawa got off to big opening innings in their meeting on Monday night and were held in check until breaking through late for even more scores.

Whitehouse scored three runs in the top of the first inning to jump out to an early lead and eventually added runs late to secure their 10-7 victory over the host Fighting 63rd.

With a pair of hitters having already reached in the top of the opening frame, Whitehouse quickly went up 3-0 when slugger Sam Toft blasted a Kaden Sullivan (Bath) 1-2 offering over the left centerfield wall for the first markers of the contest.

Ottawa responded in their half of the first as Sullivan and teammate Ryan Gossard (Bath) drove in Austin Horstman (Ottawa Glandorf), and Corbin Niese (Miller City) who had doubled and singled respectively with one out in the inning. Lima Senior product Josiah Shoemaker’s two out two RBI single pushed the home team ahead 4-3 before the frame came to an end with a Matthew Bowden (Bluffton) groundout.

The lead would remain in the 63rd’s possession until the top of the third inning when CJ Deacon (University of Toledo) was brought into tie the game at 4-4 on a Toft double down the right field line. Toft himself, and teammate Steve Haugh gave the visitors a 6-4 lead moments later as they were sent home by Quincy Rhodes 2 RBI single.

Two quick runs from the 63rd tied the game at 6-6 in the bottom half of the same inning as Sullivan was again brought around to score after reaching base, this time by Nathan Arrington (OG). Arrington himself would come to the plate as the tying run two hitters later as he scored on a Shoemaker RBI double.

Following four innings on the mound from Sullivan the home team turned to Ada product Seth Evans to face the Whitehouse hitters. In his first inning of work Evans gave up a pair of runs and three hits to see his team fall behind 8-6 in the middle of the fifth frame. After his offense came up empty in the bottom half of the inning, Evans would give up two more runs in the 6th and see his team fall behind by a 10-6 score.

In their last three chances at bat the Fighting 63rd put four runners on base but saw just a single one come across when Sullivan scored for a third time in the contest in the bottom of the 7th inning to pull his team to within three runs.

Facing the possibility of the game ending early due to impending darkness, both teams pitchers worked quickly and mostly effectively through their opponents lineups in the last third of the game and saw it finish with a 10-7 victory for visiting Whitehouse.

Whitehouse (5-3) was led in hitting by Sam Toft who finished just a triple short of hitting for the cycle at 5/5 and with a walk. Toft drove in four runs to help kickstart his teams offense as well.

Ottawa (0-3) was led by Sullivan who finished 2/5 on the day and with three of his teams runs. The Fighting 63rd will return to action on Tuesday night as they welcome Oak Harbor to town for a 6:30pm first pitch.

Aaron Murphy (1-0) was the winning pitcher for Whitehouse as he pitched 5 innings, giving up 8 hits, 6 runs and struck out 2 while throwing 82 pitches. Seth Evans (0-1) took the loss for the Fighting 63rd, he allowed 5 hits and 4 runs in just 1.2 innings on the mound while striking out one and walking one.

Whitehouse finished with 10 runs on 16 hits to go along with their 4 errors while Ottawa scored 7 runs on 10 hits and themselves committed 5 errors.

The two teams will meet again on June 19th in Bowling Green, Ohio in a game that will be broadcast live on WZOQ Radio

*Stats provided with the help of Gamechanger*

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Wildcats clinch PCL share behind Kuhlman no-hitter

MILLER CITY, OH – A no-hitter that began a month ago at Fort Jennings finished up on Monday night at Miller City as Jacob Kuhlman earned the bid and a 2-0 victory for his team to help them clinch a share of the Putnam County League.

April 10th when the contest between the two rival schools began and before it was halted due to storms and lightning in the area in the top of the fifth inning, Kuhlman had allowed just two baserunners to reach against him, each via a full count walk.

Monday night the Wildcat right hander was simply brilliant on the hill as he struck out three Musketeer hitters to open the bottom of the fifth inning and finished the contests last three innings by striking out six of the ten hitters he would see come up to the plate threatening to end his no-hit bid.

With the win Kuhlman moves his season record to 2-1 as he tossed 7 no hit innings, striking out ten Musketeers, handing out a pair of walks and hitting just one batter.

Brandon Wehri took the loss for Fort Jennings (5-13, 0-5) as he pitched 6 innings, striking out 9 Wildcat batters and giving up just a run while surrendering seven hits.

Miller City moves to 13-4 overall and finishes Putnam County League play at 6-1 and clinches a share of the PCL championship for the fifth time in nine years under head coach Dusty Pester. The Wildcats will play a non-conference affair on Tuesday at home against McComb before beginning their tournament run at home on Thursday afternoon.

Fort Jennings will travel to Delphos to take on Ada Tuesday night to begin their run to Columbus before finishing up their regular season with a pair of games later this week and early next week against Pandora-Gilboa, and Continental.

Top Performers:
Bryce Riepenhoff (MC) – 3/3, 2B, BB, 1R
Corbin Niese (MC) – 1/3, 1BB, 1RBI
Mark Kuhlman (MC) – 2/4, 1 RBI

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Ringwald earns win as Bearcats hold off Musketeers

FORT JENNINGS, OH – Spencerville Sophomore pitcher Zach Ringwald earned his first career win on Tuesday night as he and his Bearcats teammates held on to defeat Fort Jennings 8-5 in a non-league contest.

Ringwald worked 6.2 innings and nearly fully completed his first career start but with two outs in the seventh inning and trailing 8-3 Fort Jennings Sam Vetter was able to procure a walk and quickly be tripled in by Connor Stechschulte to trim the Bearcat advantage to 8-4.

A single by Logan Hardeman drove in Stechschulte to make the score 8-5 before a walk to pinch hitter Connor Hoersten again put a runner on base for the home team. With the tying run in pinch hitter Devin Miller coming to the plate the Bearcats head coach Shane Falke would go to his bullpen and put Brady Nolan into the contest.

The decision to move to Nolan with two outs and two on in the bottom of the seventh was a good one for the visiting team as he was able to strike out Miller on five pitches to secure the victory for Spencerville and tie the all-time series at 16 wins apiece.

Bearcat shortstop and future Georgia Highlands College Charger Jacob Meyer who paced the defending Northwest Conference Champions by scoring three of their runs on the day in addition to driving in a pair of runs on two doubles and a single on the afternoon.

Meyer, Luke Market, and Brady Nolan, the top three hitters in the Spencerville lineup combined to reach base nine times in their 15 at bats on the day and drive in or score all but two of their teams scores.

Fort Jennings was led by Brandon Wehri who finished the day 2/4 at the plate and drove in a trio of runs including a pair on a bases clearing double in the fifth inning to pull his team to within five runs at the time of the Bearcats lead.

Both teams were active on the basepaths in the game as they accounted for 11 stolen bases (Spencerville 7, FJ 4).

With the win the Bearcats move their season record to 8-10 and will next travel to take on the Lincolnview Lancers on Thursday afternoon in NWC play. Fort Jennings (4-9) will be in action on Wednesday in Delphos against the Northwest Conference’s remaining unbeaten in the Jefferson Wildcats with first pitch at 4:30pm (hear the game live on WZOQ Radio)

WP: Zach Ringwald (1-0) – 6.2 IP, 5R, 6H, 2K, 111 pitches (63 strikes)
LP: Sam Vetter (1-1) – 4.0 IP, 5R, 10H, 1BB, 66 pitches (40 strikes)

Top Hitters:
Brandon Wehri (FJ): 2/4, 2B, 3RBI
Justin Thiery (SV): 2/3
Jacob Meyer (SV): 3/5, 3R, 2RBI
Brady Becker (SV): 1/4, 3 RBI

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Wildcats shut down Bulldogs, remain perfect in PCL play

COLUMBUS GROVE, OH – Friday night the Kalida Wildcats used a combination of their bats and Columbus Grove errors to remain perfect in defense of their Putnam County League title with a 10-0 five inning victory over the Bulldogs.

It didn’t take long for the Wildcats to get on the scoreboard in the top of the first inning as Brady Decker and Derek Buss reached via a one out error and a hit by pitch. Trevor Lambert’s sacrifice fly to left field put the visitors on top 1-0 before the bases were again loaded by virtue of Kevin Hamburg being plunked with an Alex Schnieder offering. The third Kalida player, Owen Recker’s bases loaded walk pushed across the second run of the contest before the inning game to an end for the defending league champions.

Three up and three down would be the way things would go for the home squad in their first time through the lineup as all nine players were sent down in order via strikeouts, ground balls and fly outs by southpaw Trent Siebeneck.

Three more runs went up on the visitors half of the scoreboard in the second inning in the same fashion as the first as the Wildcats were again able to reach via walks, errors and by virtue of being hit by pitches thrown by Schnieder until he was relieved by shortstop turned pitcher Reid Stechschulte with a pair of outs in the inning after Jeffery Knueve’s sacrifice fly brought home a run.

Bases loaded walks to Kevin Hamburg and Owen Recker gave Kalida a 5-0 lead heading to the bottom of the second frame.

On the evening the Bulldogs were able to put four baserunners on against their opponents with the first of those in Grant Schroeder reaching via an error on a dropped flyball on the edge of the grass in the second. Schroeder would terminated from the bases moments later on a flyout doubleplay.

Knueve who finished the ballgame with a trio of runs batted in pushed across his last two in the third inning as he smacked a first pitch offering from Stechschulte to the right field wall and cruised into third bases with a triple to help give the Wildcats a 7-0 lead after the visiting teams third time at the bat.

Stechschulte began the bottom of the fourth with a single for the first hit of the game for the home Bulldogs but it was not to be in the inning as they would come up empty once again.

Three runs would come in to provide the final markers of the game for Kalida all in the top of the fifth inning as Siebeneck, Buss and Trevor Lambert would come around to score on a single and a pair of fielders choices to move the game to 10-0 Wildcats.

Adam Birkemeier walked with one out but was erased on a Nick Woods fielders choice in the bottom of the fifth inning. Wyatt Siebert provided the second hit of the contest for his squad but would see the game come to an end via the run rule in Ohio high school baseball just two pitches later when Emilio Delarosa popped out to end the contest.

Kalida now leads the all-time series with Columbus Grove 43-42 and has won 16 straight Putnam County League contests dating back two seasons ago when their only loss was to eventual league champion Miller City.

Trent Seibeneck (1-1) was the winning pitcher for Kalida (7-6, 4-0), while Alex Schnieder (1-1) took the loss for the Bulldogs (7-5, 4-2).

Key Performers:
Brady Decker (Kalida): 2/4, 2H, 3R
Jeffery Knueve (Kalida): 1/3, 3 RBI, 1 3B
Kevin Hamburg (Kalida): 0/1, 2 RBI, 2 BB
Owen Recker (Kalida): 0/1, 2 RBI, 3 BB
Reid Stechschulte (Grove): 1/2, 1H

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Recker shines as Wildcats rally past Pirates

KALIDA, OH – It took his team six innings to warm up offensively but Kalida righthander Owen Recker was white hot early and throughout the game Monday night as he helped his team to a 4-1 win over visiting Continental in Putnam County League action.

Holy Name Ballpark has seen some tremendous pitching performances over the years but as accomplished as Wildcat pitching has been in the past only Brian Klausing, Chad Ehrnsberger, and William Stechschulte have accomplished what Owen Recker did during this outing as he retired 19 Pirate hitters via strikeout.

With the contest scoreless into the fourth inning and just one hit (a double by Kalida’s Derek Buss), Continental pitcher Brady Dockery found himself issued the second free pass from Recker to give the visitors a runner at first. By virtue of a stolen base Dockery found himself as second and would remain there for two batters until Jacob Williams singled him in to give the Pirates a 1-0 advantage.

Kalida had their chances in the third and fourth innings to bring in the tying run but saw both come to an end via a flyball for their third out of each frame.

After seeing Recker sit down the Continental top three hitters in the top of the sixth for strikeouts 13/14/15 the Wildcats went to work on the basespaths in the bottom half of the inning and picked up a tie and their first lead of the contest.

Derek Buss who had reached early in the game for one of the two Wildcat hits, reached again as this time hit was a victim of an errant pitch from Dockery. With an error allowing Buss’ pinch runner to move over, Jeffery Knueve recorded his 10th RBI of the year when he singled in the tying run with no outs.

Back to back singles from Trevor Lambert and Kevin Hamburg put a pair of runners on the basepaths for the Wildcats with no outs before Recker helped out his own cause by being walked with the bases loaded to drive in the go-ahead run. In all Kalida would send eight hitters to the plate in the inning and see four come around to score as they pushed their advantage to 4-1 after six innings.

Despite the last two hitters reaching full counts, all three hitters for Continental in the top half of the seventh inning were retired via the strikeout and helped Recker complete the 19 strikeout outing and earn his third victory of the season.

The last time Continental was victorious against Kalida came in 1988, 30 games ago now in the series.

Continental sees their season record fall to 1-6 overall, and 0-3 in Putnam County League games. The Pirates will be back in action on Tuesday night as they travel to Paulding for a non-conference tilt.

Kalida (6-5, 3-0) keeps their defense of their PCL title perfect with the win and will travel to Lima to do battle with Lima Central Catholic on Tuesday before county battles with OG on Thursday, and Columbus Grove on Friday.

WP: Owen Recker (3-2): 7IP, 1R, 1H, 19K, 2BB
LP: Brady Dockery (1-2): 6IP, 4R, 4H, 4K, 4BB

Key Batters:
Jacob Williams (Cont): 1/3, 1H, 1RBI
Jeffery Knueve (Kalida): 1/3, 1H, 1RBI, 1R
Kevin Hamburg (Kalida): 2/3, 1R

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