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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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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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