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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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Recker tosses 1 hitter in Kalida win

FORT JENNINGS, OH – For the first six and two thirds innings Kalida pitcher Owen Recker was nearly perfect in his teams 5-0 win over PCL rival Fort Jennings.

Until the bottom of the seventh inning just one runner had found his way on base against Recker, Logan Hardeman who reached via a four pitch walk in the games second inning.

With the Wildcats leading 5-0 Recker would pick up a strike out and a ground out before hitting Sam Vetter with a pitch to give the home team their second baserunner of the contest. Wasting no time in his own at bat just moments later it was first baseman Connor Stechschulte who would break up the young right handed pitchers bid for a no-hitter as he laced a pitch into right field for the first and only hit of the game for his squad.

Recker (2-2) evened his record on the season by virtue of a dominant performance on the mound that saw him finish with a 7 inning shutout win that featured a line of one hit, 13 strikeouts, a walk and a hit batter.

Having seen their opportunities to score with a pair of runners on in the first two innings finish empty the visitors finally punched a run through in the top of the third when Brady Decker was knocked in on a Derek Buss drive and Fort Jennings error to break the games scoreless tie.

A single and a double for Kalida put runners on with no outs in the top half of the fourth inning, but it was an error that allowed the runs to score and push the Wildcats lead out to 3-0 at the end of the frame.

Kevin Hamburg who finished the game 2-4 scored for his team in the fifth inning on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Josh Recker to make it a 4-0 advantage heading to the bottom of the inning.

The games last run came on the heels of Derek Buss reaching first via a single and later being moved over via a stolen base and an error before being brought in to score to make it 5-0 Kalida in the seventh.

On the evening the Musketeers (3-5, 1-1) were held to just a trio of baserunners by Recker and saw Aaron Sealts record fall to 0-2 on the mound this season. Kalida (4-4, 1-1) amassed 10 hits led by Buss who collected a trio of hits in the same amount of appearances.

WP – Owen Recker (7 IP, 1H, 1BB, 13K)
LP – Aaron Sealts (3.0 IP, 6H, 3R, 1K, 3BB)

Individual Batting Leaders:
Derek Buss (K) – 3/3, 1 RBI, 1R
Trevor Lambert (K) – 2/4, 1R
Kevin Hamburg (K) – 2/4, 2R
Connor Stechschulte (FJ) – 1/3, 2K

*Stats via GameChanger*

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Pickerington claims Tawa Run Classic title

OTTAWA, OH – Pickerington claimed the Tawa Run Classic Championship late Sunday afternoon as they rallied to defeat Findlay Post 3 10-6 in an 8 inning affair that featured multiple lead changes throughout.

Pickerington quickly took a 2-0 lead in the top half of the opening inning with Connor Ayers being hit by a pitch from Chandler Stillings and saw him brought in on a hit to right field by Donnie Waldrop who would come around to score himself before the inning ended with a strikeout by Stillings of Andrew Troup.

Grant Akin led off the game for Findlay in the bottom of the first by drawing a walk from Jordan Grubb (Walsh University) and was brought in to the score the games first run on an RBI single by teammate Nathan Insley (Arlington).

Three runs in the bottom of the second inning put Findlay ahead as Post 3’s Alec Harter reached on an error and was knocked in by Akin to tie the game at 2-2. Sam Palm’s RBI triple would account for the go ahead run before he scored to push the lead to 4-2 heading to the bottom half of the second stanza.

Following an inning in which Pickerington was unable to capitalize on a pair of singles, Findlay tossed in two more runs as catcher Kyle Reinbolt and Harter were driven in by Trey Bame and his one out double to make the score 6-2 in Post 3’s favor.

Newark Catholic catcher Mitch Lohr drew the first of his three consecutive walks to lead off the top of the fifth and counted as the third run of the game as he would score on Evan Young’s double. With the game 6-3 in Findlay’s favor Pickerington added a two RBI triple from Nick Whetnall (Tiffin University) that cut the lead to just one before Grubb and Collin Conrad (Fairmont State) fell victim to strikeouts by Elmwood reliever Trevor Solether that ended the frame.

Two runners reached for Findlay in the bottom of the sixth inning, but the threat did not come to pass as Solether and Reinbolt were erased via a 4-6-3 double play.

Trailing 6-5 going into their final at bats of the game Pickerington looked to have a leadoff hit but a line drive from Waldrop was snagged by Findlay second baseman Palm for the first out. Evan Young and Nick Whetnall’s back to back singles gave their team runners on first and second base before a sacrifice fly off the bat of Troup moved the two runners up a base.

Alex Ritton (Fairfield Union), pinch hitting for Collin Conrad in the sixth spot drove in the tying run and sent the game to extra innings tied at 6-6 when Findlay was unable to put up a run in the bottom half of the seventh.

An offensive barrage for Pickerington in the eighth inning began with AJ Snyder singling to the outfield before being thrown out attempting to steal second base. Mitch Lohr’s third consecutive walk put a runner on first with one out and sent the teams leadoff hitter to the plate. A Findlay error put a runner at first as Lohr moved to third base before the second out of the inning erased Harlan at second base on a fielders choice from Donnie Waldrop.

After Lohr’s run broke the tie, Pickerington got a single from Young and a pair of run scoring doubles from Whetnall and Grubb to go ahead 10-6 in with just half an inning left to play.

Johnny Putnam (Otterbein) started off the eighth by getting a groundout and then quickly struck out Insley on a full count for the second out of the inning. After allowing a two out walk to Phillip Buckingham, Putnam struck out Kyle Reinbolt to end the game and give Pickerington the win to clinch the Tawa Run Classic.

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Ottawa remains perfect

SIDNEY, OH – In their last game before playing host to their own tournament this weekend the Ottawa Fighting 63rd found runs early, often and late in their 10-2 defeat of Sidney Post 217.

Miller City’s Corbin Niese had a big day at the plate for Ottawa as he slapped one of his five singles on the day to give his team their first baserunner of the game in the opening inning. Despite having the bases loaded in the opening frame, the 63rd were kept off the scoreboard by Sidney hurler Isaiah Beaver however.

Austin Klausing of Kalida started off the top of the second inning for the 63rd with a single to the left side of the infield just past Sidney’s short stop and then was moved into scoring position on a balk. Ada infielder Brayden Sautter reached was hit in the small of the back by a Beaver pitch and put runners on the corners. With two outs in the inning Ottawa reached the scoreboard when Niese singled in Klausing from third to give his team their first marker. Austin Swift kept his hot streak going as he drove in a run after Sautter scored on an error and the visitors found themselves on top 3-0 heading to their second defensive inning.

Ottawa starter Ryan Stoller (Van Wert) cruised through the first two innings where he gave up just a walk and a fielders choice to Sidney hitters, but found himself in trouble in the third as Post 217 was able to put a couple of runners on via a single and a walk. Stoller would exit after officially pitching 2.1 innings, and be replaced by Grant Fuerst (OG) who was able to keep the home nine off the scoreboard and preserve his teams lead.

Ottawa’s next run came in the fourth inning as Sautter would again score, this time knocked in by Swift to run the lead to 4-0 after 3.5 innings.

In the sixth the Fighting 63rd would find themselves in the midst of their biggest inning, an frame in which they would send 10 batters to the plate against Beaver and reliever Jake Peters. Sautter walked to open the inning, then proceeded to push himself across the diamond by stealing a pair of bases and eventually scoring. Corbin Niese, the Van Wert Cougar duo of Ryan McCracken and Ryan Stoller, and Logan Dukes (Miller City) all came around to score in the inning and helped the lead balloon to 9-0 when all was said and done.

Sidney’s first run of the contest came in the sixth inning as Kyle Subler (Versailles) who finished 3 for 5 on the day singled to begin the inning against Fuerst. Following a single and a fielders choice Subler was brought in to score on a Kyle Noble single to make the score of the game 9-1 in Ottawa’s favor.

Lima Senior’s Josiah Shoemaker took the mound for Ottawa in the 8th inning and struck out the first two hitters he faced in Bryant McCarty and Noble, but got into a bit of trouble as he plunked consecutive batters in Carter Mescher and Cheyne Tate with two outs. Sidney Catcher Zach White reached on a throwing error that brought Mescher in for the second run of the game for the home team before Shoemaker got a flyout to end his inning on the mound and keep the score 9-2 in his teams favor.

Division 4 1st team All-Ohio selection Jackson Lammers (Miller City) picked up his first baserunning opportunity of the ballgame in the top of the ninth as he was walked on four straight pitches. After Lammers was moved to second on a passed ball he was quickly driven in by Niese for the final run of the game to make it a 10-2 Ottawa victory and keep the Fighting 63rd undefeated on the young season at 5-0.

Sidney found themselves with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning, but reliever Noah Howell (Temple Christian) got a ground ball from Mescher and tossed it to first for the contests final out.

Both teams will be in action this weekend at the Tawa Run Tournament that takes place Friday, Saturday, Sunday in Bluffton and in Ottawa. Sidney will begin their half of the tournament playing in Bluffton at 3:30pm against Pickerington Post 283. Hear that game live on WZOQ Radio

Ottawa’s first game of the tournament is at 6pm Friday night as they play host to Adrian, Michigan Post 275. Hear that game live on Zsportslive.com

Top Performers:

Sidney:

Kyle Subler: 3-5, Run
Kyle Noble: 2-5, RBI

Ottawa:

Corbin Niese: 5-6, 2 RBI, 2 Runs
Austin Klausing: 3-3, 2BB, Run
Austin Swift: 2-6, 3 RBI

WP – Ryan Stoller
LP – Isaiah Beaver

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63rd open season with victory

OTTAWA, OH – Ottawa Post 63’s first game of the season came with its fair share of challenges at times but when the darkness began to set in and the top of the 8th inning wrapped up the Fighting 63rd had outscored Troy 13-8.

Coming off of an 8-12-2 season and with just four players returning from last seasons squad the 63rd opened their first contest with a new lineup and opportunities to shine for their young club.

Kalida’s Brady Laudick got the start for Ottawa on the mound and surrendered four walks in the first inning, but saw just one turned into a run as he got a strikeout and a groundout from the bottom of the Troy order to help limit the damage against his team on the new scoreboard installed at Memorial Park.

Eight batters came to the plate for the home squad in the bottom of the opening frame and three would find themselves crossing home plate in the inning. Jackson Lammers (Miller City) got things going first as he doubled to the left field wall. Corbin Niese (Miller City) was issued a walk and Austin Swift (Kalida) singled to drive in a run. Ryan McCracken’s (Van Wert) RBI ground out to short and Austin Klausing’s (Kalida) sacrifice fly brought in the remaining two runners.

Troy Post 43, coming off of a 41-18 season last year that saw them reach the Great Lakes American Legion National Regional for the first time since 1970 came out swinging in the second inning as they plated five runs of their own to take a 6-3 lead into the bottom of the second.

Ten batters came to bat for Troy in the top half of the inning that began with a single from Frank Gnuca and ended when Gnuca grounded out to Lammers at short following every one of his teammates having had their turn on the offensive end against relief pitcher Jordan Tovarnak (Shawnee) who came in with one out in the inning.

Following a pair of scoreless innings on both side the visitors punched across a run in the fourth to take a 7-3 lead in the game.

Ottawa responded to their opponents marker in the fifth and sixth innings as they tallied eight runs to take an 11-7 lead into the seventh led by a triple and a double by Swift and McCracken to start the fifth, and a trio of singles by Niese, Swift, and Van Wert’s Ryan Stoller that followed up a leadoff double by Ada’s Brayden Sautter in the sixth.

Braden Nesbit (Tipp City Bethel/Muskingum) added the last run for Troy as he smacked a ball over the right centerfield wall to cut the Ottawa lead to 11-8 in the seventh before his next six teammates would be retired in order to end the game.

Corbin Niese singled to open the bottom of the seventh, Austin Swift was hit by a pitch on a 3-2 count, and McCracken singled in a run as all three would come around to score in the final Ottawa at bat before their turn came to an end.

McCracken finished the day 3-5 at the plate and with 4 RBI for the victorious Fighting 63rd (1-0) while Van Wert High School teammate Stoller finished 2-4 with a run scored and a walk on the day.

Lima Senior Junior Josiah Shoemaker (1-0) snagged the win for his squad while Noah Roswell (0-1) took the loss for Troy (2-3).

Troy will return home Friday night to begin WOL play as they take on Greenville while the Fighting 63rd are in Kalida for exhibition action against the Lima Locos at Holy Name Ballpark beginning at 7pm. Lima vs Ottawa can be heard live on: Zsportslive.com

Box Score:

Ottawa:

Jackson Lammers (Miller City): 2-5, 2 2B, RBI, 2 Runs
Corbin Niese (Miller City): 2-4, 1 BB, 3 Runs
Austin Swift (Kalida): 3-4, 2B, 3B, RBI, 3 Runs, HBP
Ryan McCracken (Van Wert): 3-5, 2B, 4 RBI, 3 Runs
Ryan Stoller (Van Wert): 2-4, BB, Run
Brady Laudick (Kalida): BB
Jordan Tovarnak (Shawnee): 0-1
Josiah Shoemaker (Lima Sr): 0-2
Noah Howell (Temple Christian): 1-1
Austin Klausing (Kalida): 1-5, 2 RBI
Nate Arrington (Ottawa Glandorf): 0-4, BB, RBI
Matt Bowden (Bluffton): 1-2
Brayden Sautter (Ada): 2-2, 2B, SB, RBI, Run

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Bearcats clinch NWC share

SPENCERVILLE, OH – For just the second time in school history the Spencerville Bearcats baseball team can call themselves Northwest Conference Champions as they forced a split with Paulding by defeating the Panthers 8-1 on Tuesday night.

Thad Ringwald’s no hit but was officially broken up in the 6th inning, but the Bearcat hurler rebounded and allowed just a run and a hit in a complete game win. Ringwald opened the contest by forcing the Panthers first nine hitters to come up and be sat down without reaching base by inducing multiple fly balls and ground outs to go along with a pair of strikeouts.

Spencerville got a pair of runs in their first time at bat and jumped out to an early 2-0 lead by virtue of a four hit opening frame.

Paulding’s first base runner of the contest came on an infield error in the top of the fourth inning, but was erased at second base on a fielders choice. The Panthers stranded the runner and found themselves down heading to the fifth inning by the same 2-0 deficit.

Brady Becker’s RBI triple in the bottom of the fifth stanza would score plate a pair of Bearcat runners to make it 4-0 before he himself was driven in by Ringwald to give the home team a 5-0 advantage. With a pair of outs in the inning the Panthers third pitcher of the contest would issue a pair of walks to make it 7-0 before a flyout sent the game to the sixth inning.

The only run of the game for the Panthers came in the sixth inning as they were able to cut the lead to 7-1. In their last at bat the Bearcats added the games final tally before Ringwald finished off Paulding in the seventh to secure the win.

For Spencerville (12-11) they finish the conference slate with the same record of 7-1 as Paulding (10-6) and clinch their second NWC Championship in school history, the other coming in 1986.

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Riders even WBL mark with win

ST MARYS, OH – St. Marys jumped out to a 6 run first inning and used a strong outing from starter Nathan Wilker to even their Western Buckeye League record at 2-2 with a 7-3 victory over Shawnee Friday night.

For the Roughriders the first six hitters that came to the plate in the opening inning came around to score. Wilker helped his own cause early on as he led off the game by lacing a pitch into the outfield for a single. Following an error that allowed Drew Jacobs to reach base, Dustin Howell’s triple off the outfield wall brought both of his teammates in to give St. Marys a 2-0 lead.

DH Derek Jay singled in Howell just a pair of pitches later, and Jay himself would be brought in along with Austin Hollandsworth on a Chase Roop double to run the score to 5-0 in the home squads favor. Roop found himself the final run of the inning two batters later as Julius Fisher’s RBI single pushed the advantage to 6-0 where it would stay for most of the contest.

Shawnee pitcher Jordan Tovarnak was replaced in the second inning by Blake Casady after suffering an apparent injury to his right arm following a pitch in the dirt. The Indians Senior hurler would be helped to the bench after falling to his knees on the pitchers mound and taken for further observation.

With Casady as their pitcher the Indians would surrender four hits and a pair of walks during the rest of the contest but only a single run, to Drew Jacobs in the sixth inning as the catcher was singled in by Howell to give the Roughriders their final marker.

Having seen a bases loaded situation not come to pass in the second inning, the Indians capitalized on a two out walk in the fourth inning for a run and a walk/single in the sixth inning for a pair of runs.

Howell led St. Marys (5-3, 2-2) with a 4/4 performance that included a pair of singles, a double and a triple to go along with a stolen base and three RBI.

Nathan Wilker finished a complete game effort by striking out six and walking six but improved his season record to 2-1 with the win for the Riders, while Tovarnak took the loss for Shawnee (1-7, 0-3).

St. Marys will be in action starting at noon on Saturday as they host Indian Lake in a non-league double header while Shawnee is off until Tuesday when they take on Van Wert in league action.

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