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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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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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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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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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BVC posts All-Star sweep

FINDLAY, OHIO – The first annual Blanchard Valley Conference vs Putnam County League All-Star game took place on Sunday afternoon at the University of Findlay’s Croy Gymnasium and both the BVC boys and girls walked away with wins.

Molly Glick, an Arcadia product headed to play her college ball at Northern Kentucky University led the BVC girls with 19 points and was one of three players in double figures in their squad’s 78-55 win. Shay Moorman of Leipsic, the PCL player of the year led her team with 15.

Arcadia players had a good night during the set of games as Josh Ireland scored 24 points and began the game with an emphatic dunk as his league posted their first victory in the series 107-91. Adam Niese of Miller City led the PCL with 21 points.

Girls scoring:

BVC (78):

Hailey Buck (McComb) 10
Lauren Kotey (Liberty Benton) 7
Hannah Johnson (Arlington) 5
Megan Ritter (Cory Rawson) 9
Nichole Miller (Van Buren) 2
Kendra Tuttle (Cory Rawson) 9
Katie Simon (Liberty Benton) 17
Molly Glick (Arcadia) 19

3’s (6) – Buck 3, Tuttle 2, Simon

PCL (55):

Jenna Calvelege (Ft. Jennings) 3
Jackie Gardner (Kalida) 2
McKenna Scott (Continental) 3
Shalynn Moorman (Leipsic) 15
Kelly Nadler (Leipsic) 4
Becca Endicott (Columbus Grove) 12
Gabby Clippenger (Ft. Jennings) 6
Annie Lindeman (Ottoville) 10

3’s (7): Calvelege, Moorman 2, Clippenger 2, Lindeman 2

Boys Scoring:

BVC (107):

Matthew Alspach (Cory Rawson) 15
Trey Hanes (McComb) 9
Lane Bishop (North Baltimore) 4
B.J. Lawson (Liberty Benton) 5
Draeton Fasone (Van Buren) 10
Aaron Starr (Arlington) 10
Jon Dager (Liberty Benton) 13
Josh Ireland (Arcadia) 24
Clay Grubb (McComb) 8
Ryan Lommerse (Hopewell-Loudon) 9

3’s (17): Alspach 3, Hanes, Bishop, Lawson, Fasone 2, Starr 2, Dager 2, Ireland 4, Lommerse

PCL (91):

Gabe Williams (Continental) 13
Tyler Roby (Ottoville) 5
Brandt Landin (Ottoville) 10
Joey Warnecke (Columbus Grove) 4
Jared Snyder (Miller City) 10
Austin Kehres (Ft. Jennings) 2
Devin Kortokrax (Kalida) 17
Adam Drummelsmith (Miller City) 9
Adam Niese (Miller City) 21

3’s (4): Williams, Roby, Drummelsmith, Niese

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Bulldogs finish with a flurry

Columbus Grove started slow Monday night against the visiting Fort Jennings Musketeers but finished with a flurry in the final three quarters as they downed the Musketeers 57-37 in PCL action.

Neither team got on the scoreboard until midway through the first quarter when Ft. Jennings forward Erin Osting scored the first of her three buckets in the quarter. Sophomore Jade Clement scored the Bulldogs only points of the quarter on a three pointer but saw her squad trail 6-3 at the end of the first stanza.

Following a period with just one make from the floor, the Bulldogs would outscore the Musketeers 20-10 in the second quarter. Grove would finish the first half shooting 10/25 (40%) to just 6/19 (31%) for the visitors. Carlee McCluer gave Columbus Grove their first lead of the game at 11-9 with 4:02 to go in the half, a lead they would never relinquish. Jade Clement would again lead the Bulldogs in scoring for the quarter as she would finish with 7 markers and be trailed by just one point in the stanza by freshman Carlee McCluer with 6.

For as good as the Bulldogs were shooting the basketball in the second quarter they were almost as good in the 3rd as they outscored the Musketeers 17-7. Not to be outdone by the 7 in the second quarter, Clement would hit a pair of threes and put in 8 points in third. Carlee McCluer added one of only two three pointers (Mackenzie Wurth) not made by Jade on the evening.

The Bulldogs outscored Fort Jennings 54-31 in the final three quarters of play as they secured the win behind a game high 26 from Clement who added 1 to her game high total of 25 from Saturday in a win over Miller City. Fort Jennings was led in scoring by Erin Osting with 13.

Fort Jennings drops to 1-15 (1-6 PCL) with the loss and will next take on the Ottoville Big Green on Thursday. Columbus Grove improves their season record to 10-6 and gets to .500 in the PCL at 3-3, they will take on the Spencerville Bearcats in NWC play at 7pm in a game that will be broadcast live on .

Scoring:

Grove (57):

Jade Clement 26
Carlee McCluer 13
Lynea Diller 7
Mackenzie Wurth 5
Becca Endicott 2
Kyrah Yinger 2
Brooke Hoffman 2

Quarter Scoring:

Grove 3 20 17 17
Ft. Jen 6 10 7 14

JV: 52-33 Grove

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OG Girls, Fort Jennings Boys Soccer advance

Putnam County will be represented in the OHSAA Regional Soccer Finals on Saturday with both a boys and girls squads one game away from advancing to the State Final 4.

Ottawa Glandorf defeated the Archbold Blue Streaks on Tuesday night 5-1 in Ottawa Hills with a dominating offensive performance on the host Green Bears turf.

Over the course of the 80 minutes played, the Titans outshot the Blue Streaks 28-4 and upped their season record to 18-1-1 under Coach Chris Podraski.

Megan Siefker scored the first goal of the game at the 21:13 mark of the first half that put OG ahead 1-0. Exactly 5 minutes later Elissa Ellerbrock set up Grace Warnecke for the 2nd goal of the contest and picked up an assist on the play.

OG would run their lead to 3-0 with 5:44 left in the opening half on a Marna Hempfling goal.

Archbold’s Brooke Kohler scored the only marker of the game for her squad on a free kick from 30 yards out just over the head of Titan goalkeeper Cassie Schroeder 3:53 into the second half to cut the lead to 3-1.

With 27:11 left in the game, Megan Siefker’s 2nd goal of the contest upped the OG lead to 4-1. Grace Warnecke notched her 2nd goal late in the game to close out a 5-1 OG win.

Ottawa Glandorf’s senior class has never advanced into district play before this season, but they will now look to get to the State Semifinals if they can defeat Akron Manchester on Saturday at 3pm in Lexington, Ohio in a game that will be broadcast live on www.zsportslive.com with Dave Boninsegna.

Fort Jennings traveled north to Tiffin to take on the Swanton Bulldogs Wednesday night looking to continue their run towards a trip to the State Semifinals for the first time in 10 years (last in 2004 when they lost to Cuyahoga Calley Christian Academy 1-0).

Utilizing frequent substitutions in the game, Coach Gregg Luthman’s Musketeers team was able to utilize fresh legs and make repeated runs at the Swanton net. With 10:09 to go in the first half a run finally paid off as Mark Metzger put a shot on goal that skipped past the Bulldogs goalkeeper and give Fort Jennings a 1-0 lead.

Troy Ricker would provide the 2nd goal and only other scoring play of the contest with 13:57 to go in the 2nd half to make it 2-0 with a 22 yard strike into the back of the Swanton net.

With the win the Musketeers are now 12-5-4 on the season and will play in the Regional Finals at Findlay’s Donnell Stadium at 12pm against Mansfield Christian who were victorious 1-0 over Elyria Catholic. Fort Jennings vs Mansfield Christian can be heard live on www.zsportslive.com with myself on the call and a very special interview with the OHSAA’s Jerry Snodgrass at the half.

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Leipsic throttles North Baltimore

OTTAWA – The old adage about a game being close until tip-off was never proven more true than at Robert J Hermiller Gymnasium on Wednesday night. After Leipsic won the opening tipoff Devin Mangas went to work for the Vikings, hitting a three pointer to give his team a 3-0 lead just seven seconds in that they would never relinquish.

Leipsic utilized a tenacious press in the first quarter to steal any pass North Baltimore attempted and vaulted out to a 29-8 lead as the first stanza buzzer sounded. If you were one of the handful of Tiger fans it did not get any easier to stomach what happened next as the much bigger and faster Viking lineup put up 31 second quarter points to lead at the half 60-23. As the teams headed into the locker-room for a ten minute break the scoreboard showed the fans in attendance that Leipsic had four players in double figures.

Third quarter action was not very kind to the Tigers either as the only offense they were able to muster on a consistent basis came from Jacob Frost who chipped in a team high 14 once the smoke cleared. Heading into the final 8:00 there were only two questions remaining, could the Vikings hit 100 points for the third time this season and would every Viking get into the scorebook? Both of those questions were answered in the affirmative as a jumper by Oscar Lopez put the Vikings over the century mark with about two minutes to go. Derrick Bennett for the Vikings was the last player on his team to get points into the scoring column when he hit a runner to give Leipsic a 107-39 lead.

Leipsic with the win upped their record to 19-4 and will be back at Ottawa Glandorf on Friday night to play Cory Rawson at 8pm. North Baltimore with the loss saw their season end for the second consecutive year at OG, the site of a 71-12 loss last season and will finish 3-20. In the win Austin Brown led the way with 20 for the Vikings, Devin Mangas hit a trio of 3’s to finish with 19, and Zach Kuhlman with 16, very balanced scoring led the way for Leipsic in the win as Coach Scott Maag talked about after the game: http://chirb.it/ELN0qw

 

A look at the scoreboard after the game:

Leipsic wins big

Thursday night please tune in to hear myself and Steve Wiener as we will have two fantastic girls matchups as the 15-8 Kalida Wildcats will take on the 21-2 and top seeded Crestview Knights at 6:15pm from Lima Senior High School. Game #2 of the night will follow approximately 30 minutes after the first as the 23-0 Ottoville Big Green led by Abby Siefker will do battle with the 18-5 Lincolnview Lancers. All of the action from both games can be found on www.zsportslive.com channel z1 with pregame for the first contest starting at 5:50pm.

 

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