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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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PG’s Johnson headlines All-PCL list as Player of the Year

Pandora Gilboa Junior Drew Johnson and PG Head Coach Joe Braidic were tabbed Sunday as the Putnam County League Player and Coach of the Year respectively as they led the Rockets to their third PCL title in school history and first since 2009 as they finished with a 16-6 regular season campaign and went 6-1 in league competition.

Braidic who is in his third term as the head of the boys program at PG picked up his second win for the top mentor in the league. In 2008 Braidic was honored for the first time as he guided his Rockets to their first PCL crown.

In winning the player award Johnson, a dynamic 6’5 Junior forward who already nabbed his 1,000th point this season becomes the fourth player in school history selected for the honor and he joins Josh Lee who snagged it in the first two PCL title seasons of 2008 and 2009, Eric Hermiller who won in 1990, and Steve Fenstermaker who was honored in 1987.

Joining Johnson on the 1st team this season were Seniors Wade Stauffer of Continental, and Grant Schroeder of Leipsic. Juniors Mark Kuhlman of Miller City and Logan Kemper of Ottoville joined with Johnson to make it three underclassmen in this seasons top five vote getters.

2nd team selections included a future St. Francis Cougar football player in Columbus Grove Senior Rece Roney, who was honored alongside four Juniors in Miller City’s Jacob Kuhlman, Ottoville’s Nick Moorman, Brandon Wehri of Fort Jennings, and Pandora Gilboa Sophomore Jared Breece.

Honorable Mention status for the league went to 16 players this year:

Caiden Grothaus (Senior) Columbus Grove
Logan Schroeder (Junior) Columbus Grove
Trevor Williamson (Senior) Continental
Jacob Williams (Senior) Continental
Ian Finn (Junior) Fort Jennings
Luke Trentman (Junior) Fort Jennings
Trent Siebeneck (Senior) Kalida
Collin Nartker (Senior) Kalida
Jordan Berger (Senior) Leipsic
Grant Rader (Senior) Leipsic
Matt Niese (Senior) Miller City
Noah Otto (Junior) Miller City
Ryan Bendele (Junior) Ottoville
Eric Von Sossan (Senior) Ottoville
Cooper McCullough (Junior) Pandora Gilboa
Riley Larcom (Sophomore) Pandora Gilboa

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Swift 1 hitter pushes Kalida past Ft Jennings

KALIDA, OH – Austin Swift did it all for Kalida on Thursday. The future Indiana Wesleyan hurler not only struck out 14 Musketeer hitters, he also added a pair of singles and swiped four bases to help the Wildcats secure a 4-0 victory.

After Trevor Maag and Swift opened the bottom of the first inning with a one out walk and single respectively, cleanup hitter Jeffery Knueve grounded out to second base and drove in Maag from third for the first run of the game.

After striking out the side in the top of the second inning, Swift surrendered his first baserunner to Fort Jennings in the game in his next trip to the mound when he walked catcher Nolan Grote. Grote would find himself picked off leaning between first and second base following a pair of strikeouts and see the inning come to an end with his team still behind on the scoreboard.

Having reached base on a two out error by the Musketeer infield, Swift proceeded to swipe second base and again give his team a runner in scoring position and would score after taking third base and then home on an errant throw into left field to make the score 2-0 Kalida after three innings of play.

With a full count as the first batter of the top of the fourth inning the Musketeers pushed across their only hit of the contest as Luke Trentman’s single gave the visitors their second baserunner of the game. A pair of strikeouts and a groundout would end the Fort rally in the inning however and they would not see another runner reach the basepaths.

Swift’s second run of the game came in the fifth inning when after picking up a single and stealing second base he was driven in by his battery mate Knueve for the second time and run the advantage to 3-0 Kalida.

Derek Buss singled with a pair of outs in the bottom of the sixth for Kalida and was quickly pinch run. Leadoff hitter Trent Siebeneck who had previously grounded out twice and struck out added the last run of the contest as he doubled to the outfield.

Of his 14 strikeouts in the contest, Swift would finish by striking out the final four hitters and and six of the last nine he faced. In 17 innings on the mound this season the reigning PCL Player of the Year has yet to allow a run.

Swift (3-0) took the win for the home squad while Brandon Wehri who finished with 5 K’s and surrendered 6 hits was tagged with the loss. Defensively the Musketeers committed three errors in the contest that gave Kalida opportunities to score as well.

Trent Gerding finished 2 for 3 in the game for Kalida as he singled, doubled and stole a base in the win.

Kalida improves to 4-1 on the season, 1-0 in the Putnam County League and drops Fort Jennings to 1-6 overall, 0-2 in the league.

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Bearcats win home opener

SPENCERVILLE, OH – Spencerville opened their home opener Saturday night by outscoring the visiting Fort Jennings Musketeers from start to finish and improved their record to 3-0 with a 73-49 win.

With their leading scorer of the past three seasons Zach Goecke unable to play due to an ankle injury suffered against Delphos Jefferson on the gridiron, the Bearcats were lead in scoring by the duo of Mason Nourse and Dakota Prichard who combined for 14 of the Bearcats 20 first quarter points and 37 total on the night. Defensively the Cats were able to hold their opponents to just five first quarter points.

In the second quarter the home squad again turned up their pressure and were able to quickly turn the Musketeers miscues directly into fast break points behind the trio of Nourse, Prichard and Senior Damien Corso. When forced to play a halfcourt game by the Fort Jennings defense the Bearcats would rely on the outside shooting from Gary Schrolucke who connected on 2/4 shots from behind the arc and helped Spencerville push their advantage to 45-23 at the halftime break. Despite being tagged for a pair of early fouls, Fort Jennings’ Alex Berelsman was able to race past defenders for a pair of fast break layups and a three pointer for 7 quarter markers. Sophomore Brandon Wehri in the stanza connected on 6-6 free throws as well for the Musketeers.

Luke Trentman’s 8 points in the 3rd period helped the Musketeers cut into the Bearcat lead, but a 21-15 quarter helped propel Spencerville into a 66-38 lead heading into the games final stanza.

Fort Jennings outscored Spencerville 11-7 as five players accounted for the points, but the damage was already done as 15 turnovers in the game and a 17-49 performance from the field would give their opponents their 6th consecutive win in the series.

Spencerville (3-0) will travel to take on Lincolnview on Friday night before traveling to Ottoville on Saturday night while the Musketeers (1-3) will begin PCL play on Friday night on the road taking on the same Big Green.

Both teams games next weekend against Ottoville can be heard live as they happen on www.zsportslive.com

Scoring:

Spencerville (73):

Mason Nourse 20
Damien Corso 11
Gary Schrolucke 9
Dakota Prichard 17
Bailey Croft 8
Chandler Schrolucke 8

FG: 28-58
3PT: 6-16
FT: 11-14
TO: 10

Fort Jennings (49):

Alex Berelsman 9
Aaron Neidert 2
Austin Luebrecht 1
Drew Grone 2
Logan Hardeman 6
Ian Finn 6
Luke Trentman 10
Connor Stechschulte 2
Brandon Wehri 11

FG: 17-49
3PT: 2-11
FT: 13-17
TO: 15

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Kalida slips past Fort Jennings for late win

KALIDA, OHIO – The Kalida Wildcats have gotten used to blowing teams out this season but today at Holy Name Ballpark they had to survive a barrage of early runs by Fort Jennings and come back to win with a late run 7-6 to pick up their 15th win.

Musketeers starter Austin Luebrecht got 2 early runs to work with when he took the mound for the first time in the bottom of the 1st inning as Luke Trentman who began the game by being walked by Kalida pitcher Drew Hovest was brought around to score on a Brandon Wehri double with no outs. Wehri came around to score on an rbi groundout by catcher Sam Vetter just two hitters later to put the Musketeers on top 2-0 after the first half inning.

Kalida responded often in their first turn at the plate as they sent 11 hitters to the dish in the bottom half of the first inning with 6 coming across to give the Wildcats a 6-2 lead after one inning of play.

Trevor Maag’s rbi single got things started for Kalida in the inning, Austin Klausing was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to even the score at 2 before a fielders choice brought in another run to put the home team on top 3-2. Austin Swift scored on an error, Klausing and Jeff Kneuve also crossed home plate in the inning.

Trailing by 4 as they opened their second at bat the Musketeers responded with a quartet of runs behind an rbi single from Trentman, a bases loaded walk by Wehri, and a 2 rbi single by Mark Metzger to tie the contest at 6.

Both teams starters settled down over the course of the next 4 innings and got a mix of ground and fly ball outs while scattering just a couple of hits each to the opposing lineups to keep things even on the scoreboard.

The games final run came in the bottom of the 6th inning as pinch runner Noah Lambert scored from third on an rbi single by Austin Klausing that held up to give Kalida the non-conference win 7-6.

For as well as he played in the field during the game, Klausing was just as dominant on the mound in just over an inning as he picked up the win. Brady Laudick came on for the Wildcats (15-3) in the 7th and picked up the save. Austin Luebrecht took the loss for Fort Jennings (3-15).

Kalida will take on Miller City next Friday, May 8th for potentially the PCL Championship in a game that can be heard live on www.zsportslive.com

Fort Jennings amassed 6 runs on 9 hits and committed 2 errors, Kalida scored 7 times on 9 hits and had just 1 error.

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Bearcats explode for 21 runs in win

Ft. Jennings, OH – The Spencerville Bearcats scored 7 runs in the first inning Tuesday night on the road against Fort Jennings, and then went on to score 14 more in the final 6 innings of their 21-8 non-conference win.

Spencerville (8-8) got things rolling in the opening half inning as the first 5 hitters of the inning came around to score against Musketeers starter Alex Sealts who lasted just 2/3rds of an inning before being pulled for reliever Connor Stechschulte. In his time on the mound, Sealts was saddled with 7 runs (4 earned), 3 walks, 1 strikeout and a hit batsman while throwing just 14 of his 36 pitches for strikes.

Fort Jennings (3-12) got their offense started early themselves in their first time at the bat as they pushed across 5 straight runs to cut their deficit to just 2 at 7-5 after the first full inning of play.

Both Stechschulte and Bearcat starting pitcher Nick Freewalt settled down in the next few innings, with just 4 runs (all from the visitors) coming in to score from the 2nd to 5th innings.

With a 12-5 lead following a sacrifice fly RBI from Freewalt that scored Red Wood in the 5th, the Bearcats ended their 6th inning of offense exactly how they began it, with Justin Thierry unable to reach base. Between the two Thierry at bats however the Cats were able to bat around and add 5 more runs to push their lead to 17-8 as Wood (2-3 on the day), Mitchell Youngpeter (4-6 with a pair of doubles), Thad Ringwald (1-3 with a walk), and shortstop David Wisher (2-3 with a pair of walks) accounting for runs on the scoreboard.

In the top of the 7th inning the Bearcats took advantage of Luke Trentman, the 3rd Musketeer pitcher of the day and scored their final 4 runs of the contest to go on to the 21-8 win.

Brady Nolan, who started the game at 2nd base came on in relief of Freewalt and pitched 3.1 innings, striking out 3 and giving up 3 runs in his time on the bump.

WP: Freewalt (2-1), 3.2 IP, 2 K, 2 BB, 6 H, 5 R, 2 ER, 83 pitches (55 for strikes)

LP: Alex Sealts (0-2) .2 IP, 1 K, 4 BB, 2 H, 7 R, 4 ER, 36 pitches (14 for strikes)

Spencerville committed 5 errors in the contest to go along with their 17 hits, 10 walks and 3 batters hit by pitch. Paulding will be the opponent in an NWC tilt on Thursday before the Cats take on Ottoville on Friday at home.

Fort Jennings committed 3 errors in the game while picking up 8 hits, 3 walks and 3 batters hit by pitch. The Musketeers are back in action tonight as they take on the Delphos Jefferson Wildcats before heading to Kalida on Friday for a PCL matchup that will be broadcast live on www.zsportslive.com beginning at 5pm.

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Ottoville girls, Fort Jennings boys post wins

Saturday afternoon the Ottoville Big Green used a big performance from Annie Lindeman who scored 24 and helped her team pull away for a 53-35 PCL win against the Columbus Grove Bulldogs.

Lindeman, a 6’1 senior wasted no time in the first quarter against the Bulldogs getting going on the offensive end as she poured in 13 of her teams 14 first quarter points including a trio of shots from behind the arc. Brooks Mangas would find herself as the only Big Green player other than Lindeman to score as she knocked down a free throw midway through the stanza.

Columbus Grove would get a spark on the afternoon as despite the loss of senior guard Sydney McCluer for the season with a knee injury just a few days earlier, Lynea Diller would return for her second consecutive game and lead the team in scoring on the afternoon with 8 points including 4 in the opening eight minutes.

Over the course of the middle two quarters the Big Green would control the boards and the scoring 21-13 to lead 35-21 heading into the final quarter of action.

Things would get a little bit closer for the Bulldogs in the fourth however as they scored a quarter high 14 points, but gave up 18 to Ottoville that would provide the final 53-35 margin in the contest as the Big Green upped their record to 6-5, 2-1 in the PCL while the Bulldogs record fell to 6-5 and 1-2 in the PCL. Both teams will be back in action this week as Ottoville travels to Bath on Tuesday while Grove will wait until Thursday night to take on Lincolnview in NWC play.

Scoring:

Ottoville (53):

Annie Lindeman 24
Bridget Landin 9
Alicia Honigford 7
Nicole Kramer 6
Brooke Mangas 3
Lexie Wannemacher 3

Grove (35):

Lynea Diller 8
Jade Clement 6
Brooke Hoffman 4
Becca Endicott 4
Mackenzie Wurth 3
Paige Bellman 2
Kyrah Yinger 2
Mady Vorhees 1

JV: Grove won on a last second layup by McKenzie Bame 40-39.

Vaughnsville throwback night was a rousing success at Columbus Grove High School Saturday night except for one thing, the Fort Jennings Musketeers played spoiler for the evening and walked out of Columbus Grove with a 57-53 PCL win.

Columbus Grove honored their past Saturday night as they came onto the floor at home wearing white and blue Vaughnsville Vikings jerseys and accounted for 11 first quarter points, the same as the visiting Musketeeers.

In front of a jam packed crowd both teams found their shooting strokes in the second quarter as the Musketeers outscored the Vikings/Bulldogs 15-12 to lead at the half 26-23 behind 8 points from big man Brandon Wehri.

Connor Wallenhorst, one of the two leading scorers for Fort Jennings went down hard as he tried to make a layup for his team and was fouled would be taken to the lockerroom and would not return until he was aided by crutches in the third quarter.

Jace Darbyshire would provide all but two of the Bulldogs 7 points in the third as Fort Jennings stretched their lead at the end of the stanza to 38-30.

Darbyshire who was tied for the team lead with 7 points at the half had a huge fourth quarter with 15 points to finish with 27. Gabe Stechschulte added a pair of fourth quarter three pointers to cut into the Fort Jennings lead and get Grove as close as two on both occasions. For their part the Musketeers would lean on Austin Kehres in the second half as he scored 13 of his 15 game points across the final two periods.

With just moments left in the game it was tied, but a basket from Nick Von Sossan and a set of free throws from Kehres and Drew Grone would ice the game and provide the final 57-53 margin for Fort Jennings.

Fort Jennings improves their record on the year to 3-6 on the year and 1-0 in PCL play while Grove sees their second straight defeat and falls to 5-2, 0-1 in the Putnam County League. Columbus Grove will have a makeup game on Tuesday night at Ottoville that can be heard on www.zsportslive.com while Fort Jennings will be off until Friday when they take on Kalida.

Scoring:

Fort Jennings (57):

Austin Kehres 15
Drew Grone 11
Brandon Wehri 10
Nick Von Sossan 6
Alex Berelsman 5
Connor Wallenhorst 4
Mark Metzger 4
Zack Finn 2

Columbus Grove (53):

Jace Darbyshire 27
Gabe Stechschulte 13
Colton Grothaus 9
David Bogart 3
Tanner From 2
Joey Warnecke 2
Corey Schroeder 2
Logan Diller 2

JV: 48-34 Columbus Grove

Dale Otto halftime interview talking about how the night came to be:

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