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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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Kalida opens PCL play with win

KALIDA, OH – The annual battle of the Wildcats on the diamond at Holy Name Ballpark Monday night took a handful of turns and saw a pair of lead changes before the home Wildcats were able to push across a trio of runs late to pick up a 5-2 victory.

Kalida hurler Noah Lambert who is expected to be a much bigger part of head coach Joe Recker’s rotation this season with the graduations of two-time PCL Player of the Year Austin Swift and Brady Laudick after a 23-1 season that ended in a regional finals appearance pitched well in the first as he set the tone by striking out the first to hitters he faced before inducing a ground ball from Corbin Niese to end the frame.

Miller City right hander Jacob Kuhlman allowed a pair of singles and hit a batter in the bottom of the opening inning but was able to work through with no damage done as he struck out Kevin Hamburg on a 3-2 pitch with the bases loaded to skirt disaster for his squad.

Following a pair of scoreless innings from both sides it was the visiting Wildcats who struck first in the contest. With one out in the top of the third Miller City’s Kelvin Stechschulte roped an 0-2 offering into left field for just the second hit for his team to get things started in the inning. After a popout to third base by leadoff hitter Cole Niese the Wildcats reached the scoreboard first when Corbin Niese singled in Stechschulte for the first run of the contest. Jacob Schimmoeller knocked in Mark Kuhlman with a single of his own to put Miller City on top 2-0 before Lambert was removed from the mound and replaced by Owen Recker. Recker would use just four pitches in striking out the opposing pitcher Jacob Kuhlman to end the inning with his team behind by a pair of runs.

In the bottom of the third inning Kalida wasted no time breaking back to even as they saw their first two hitters of the frame reach as Trent Siebeneck and Noah Lambert each reached via a walk from Kuhlman and were subsequently brought around to score on a fielders choice by Owen Recker and a single by Derek Buss.

With Recker allowing just one hitter to reach in the fourth before garnering a pair of strikeouts to keep the game moving, Kalida went back to work quickly and built a 5-2 lead in the innings bottom half.

Braden Decker and Trevor Lambert reached against Kuhlman via singles to give the home Cats a pair of runners on with no outs in the inning, but a strikeout and a flyout quickly put Kalida in search of a two out rally. Decker and pinch runner Grant Laudick would each come around to score in the inning, as would Noah Lambert who was walked in the inning and came around to score on a hit by Buss to provide the final run of the contest.

The final opportunity for Miller City to score the tying runs came in the top of the fifth inning as they put a pair of players in Bryce Riepenhoff and Justin Schnipke on via a single and a hit by pitch, but were unable to capitalize as pinch hitter Lane Hiltner struck out to end the rally attempt.

The 89th meeting between the two Putnam County League rivals pulled Kalida one win closer to .500 all-time as Miller City now leads by a 45-44 margin.

Kalida is now 1-1 overall but 1-0 in PCL play and will take on Holgate on Tuesday while Miller City (2-1, 0-1) will travel to Delphos to take on a Jefferson squad that defeated Kalida in their opener.

WP: Owen Recker (4.0 IP, 1H, 8K)
LP: Jacob Kuhlman (6.0 IP, 6H, 5R, 4ER, 3BB, 4K)

Key Hitters:
Miller City:
Bryce Riepenhoff – 2 for 3
Corbin Niese – 1 for 3, 1 RBI
Jacob Schimoeller – 1 for 3, 1 RBI

Kalida:
Derek Buss – 3 for 3, 3 RBI
Noah Lambert – 1 for 1, 2 runs, 2BB

*Stats compiled with Gamechanger app*

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Kalida, Leipsic set to rematch in District Finals

OTTAWA, OH – Kalida defeated Miller City 3-0 in the opener and Leipsic knocked out BVC champion Arlington by a 4-2 margin as both teams claimed their place in Saturday’s District Final contest.

Kalida’s Austin Swift gave up a leadoff runner to Miller City in the form of Jackson Lammers but not much more as he struck out 10 Wildcat batters and gave up just a pair of walks in going all seven innings to pick up his sixth win of the season.

Trent Siebeneck led off the bottom of first inning for the Putnam County League champions with a single and was later driven in by Trevor Maag’s RBI groundout to put his team up 1-0.

In the third inning after Swift doubled and Jeff Knueve reached on a catchers interference call to open the stanza. Both runners would come around to score in the frame when a throwing error at first sailed high on an attempt to get Noah Lambert out.

Swift finished the game by striking out the side in the 7th inning and five of the last six hitters he faced to earn Kalida a date on Saturday with the winner of the nightcap.

With the win Kalida sees their record improve to 21-1 on the season while Miller City’s come to an end at 15-6. Lammers took the loss in the game despite giving up just three runs on six hits.

WP – Austin Swift
LP – Jackson Lammers

Game two kicked off with Arlington tagging a pair of runs onto the season count for Leipsic starter Grant Rader to end the opening half inning with a 2-0 advantage on an error and a pair of doubles.

Leipsic’s first run of the contest came in the bottom of the third inning as after reaching on an error, catcher Justin Ellerbrock was brought in to score on a single by outfielder Dylan Schroeder to cut the Red Devils lead in half.

Ross Schroeder began the bottom half of the fifth inning by being hit in the head by a pitch from Arlington hurler Zach Durliat. Following the hit by pitch the Vikings added another run to tie the game as Dylan Schroeder knocked in his second run of the game on a single. Rader helped his own cause just one batter later as he was walked to put a runner at the first two bases. Both runners were moved over a base on a Jordan Berger sacrifice bunt before being brought in to take a 4-2 lead on a 2 RBI single by Robbie Laubenthal.

Despite his defense allowing the first two Arlington hitters to reach via error in the top of the seventh inning, Rader utilized a popout, a strikeout and a pop out to secure the win.

Leipsic (17-4) avenges an earlier season loss to Arlington (20-3) and moves on to a PCL rematch against Kalida on Saturday. In their regular season meeting the Wildcats survived an eight inning game and won 3-2 to clinch the conference crown for the first time since 2012, a title they shared with Leipsic.

WP – Grant Rader (7IP, 5 H, 4 K, 0 W, 2 HBP, 2 R)
LP – Zach Durliat (8-1) – 6 IP, 8 H, 4 K, 4 W, 1 HBP, 4 R

Hear Saturday’s game live at 1pm on Zsportslive.com

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Bulldogs run to District Finals

ELIDA, OHIO- Sometimes it’s not how you start it’s how you finish that matters.

Following a slow start in which they were touched for 2 runs in the bottom of the 1st inning, the Columbus Grove Bulldogs struck back in the 3rd and 4th innings against Miller City to take a 3-2 lead in the Division 4 District Semifinals at Elida on Wednesday night.

Stymied early by Wildcats starter Ross Lehman who entered the game with a 7-1 record for the PCL Champions, the Grove offense responded in the middle portion when catcher Riley Brubaker was driven home by Josh Verhoff to cut the lead to 2-1 after 3 innings. Columbus Grove scored 2 more runs in the top of the 4th off of Lehman to run the lead to 3-2 for the Bulldogs before he gave way to Jackson Lammers on the mound in the 5th for Miller City.

Lammers was simply incredible in his 6 innings of work as from the 6th through the 8th innings he was lights out as he struck out 7 consecutive Bulldog hitters. Despite being tagged with the loss at the end of the night, Lammers struck out 12 with an array of pitches against at times bewildered Grove hitters.

Trailing 3-2 in the bottom of the 5th inning, the Wildcats tied up the game with a sacrifice fly from catcher Hunter Berner to drive in Lammers who had started off the inning with a triple to right centerfield.

With the first contest between the two a month ago going 9 innings, the fans in attendance at Ed Sandy Field knew they were in for a spectacular finish as this one ventured into extra baseball as well.

The most exciting or painful moment (depends who you were rooting for) in the game came in the 7th inning right before extras as Miller City had the bases loaded with no outs and were not able to push across the game ending run. Corbin Niese who would finish 2-4 with a walk in the game grounded to Zach Shafer at 3rd base where Shafer would fire a bullet home to get the force and then see his catcher Brubaker get the 5-2-3 doubleplay at 1st base before a strikeout from Jared Fuka ended the Wildcat threat.

The final run of the game came on a double steal attempt by Columbus Grove in the top of the 11th inning as Riley Brubaker got caught in a run down between first and second base that allowed Zach Shafer to put across the winning run. Miller City facing Verhoff on the mound in the bottom of the 11th went down in order 1-2-3 as Niese struck out to send the Bulldogs to their first District Finals appearance in 18 years.

With the loss the Wildcats and coach Dusty Pester finish 18-7 this season while the Bulldogs and coach Cory King advance to play on Friday at 5pm against Patrick Henry in Elida (2-1 winners in the early game over Holgate) and up their record to 16-12.

Josh Verhoff got the win for the Bulldogs while Jackson Lammers took the loss despite a great outing in relief on the mound.

Hear the game on Friday on www.zsportslive.com with myself and Tyler Deitering between Grove and Patrick Henry.

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