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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


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


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*


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

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

*Stats compiled with Gamechanger app*


Errors doom Wildcats

KALIDA, OHIO – Austin Swift threw 115 pitches, 21 first pitch strikes and struck out 15 Holgate batters and gave up just one hit but found himself taking his first loss of the season as a handful of errors accounted for 3 runs in the teams 4-1 Sectional Finals loss on Wednesday night.

Swift had it working on the mound early as he began the game by sending five of the first six Tiger hitters down in order via the strikeout.

A pair of singles came across for the Wildcats in the first two innings, including a single by Swift himself but were turned into runners left on base as Holgate starter Everett Klingshirn finished those two innings with strikeouts of his own against Brent Hovest and Jeffery Knueve to end the threats and send the game 0-0 into the third inning.

In the third inning Matt Westrick the Holgate catcher began a trend for the visitors as after becoming the seventh strikeout of the game for Swift, he reached first on a dropped third strike, one of five on the evening by the Kalida catching staff.

With neither team able to put a run on the Holy Name Ballpark scoreboard through the first four innings, the game headed scoreless into the fifth. Zach Brown, the Tigers third baseman reached base on the second dropped strike three call and ultimately came around to score the games first run on a Matt Westrick sacrifice moments later. On the sacrifice bunt by Westrick, Swift came off of the mound to field the ball and saw it sail into centerfield while attempting to come up with a doubleplay to give Holgate the lead.

Westrick would come around to score three batters later on an attempted throw to first base that landed in right field from Brady Laudick who was making his first start behind the plate of the season. Ryan Okuley would ground out following a walk to Klingshirn to end the top of the fifth inning with the visitors on top 2-0.

Brent Hovest, battling a knee injury suffered the night before against Spencerville in a regular season game and relegated to DH duty laced a single into right field with two outs in the inning but was unable to move over as Colton Farrell struck out on four pitches to send the game into the sixth.

Following a 1-2-3 inning by Swift, including his 11th strikeout of the game the Wildcats again came to bat but were sent down with just three batters of their own coming to the plate including a 4-6-3 doubleplay off the bat of Knueve.

With one out in the inning, Holgate shortstop Jake Grim was walked by Swift on a 3-2 count and stole second base to give the Tigers a runner in scoring position as they headed back to the top of their order in the 7th. Grim would move over to third base on a groundout by leadoff hitter Dylan Pahl and come across the plate for the third Holgate run on a passed ball from Swift to replacement catcher Knueve.

Through 6 2/3rds innings and with his team trailing 3-0, Swift had managed to not give up a hit in the game as all of the baserunners had come from walks, errors or hit by pitch. Klingshirn, the opposing pitcher provided the only hit of the game for Holgate when he came up in the top of the 7th inning as he singled right back up the middle and drove in Szabo to put his team on top 4-0 with Kalida down to their last three outs for the season.

Brady Laudick led off the bottom of the 7th inning for Kalida with a double and came around to score on a Trent Siebeneck RBI single two batters later that cut the score to 4-1 Holgate. A walk to Austin Klausing and a fielders choice that moved him to third off of the bat of Knueve loaded the bases with shortstop and leadoff hitter Noah Lambert coming to the plate. Lambert would work the count full against Klingshirn but ultimately fly out to the Tigers hurler for the second out of the inning. Austin Swift struck out with the bases loaded on a full count pitch to end the game, and his teams season as the next and final batter.

Holgate (7-16) will move on to play Columbus Grove, winners 1-0 over Continental in their own Sectional Finals matchup Wednesday night. The Tigers and Bulldogs will do battle on Wednesday, May 20th at 4:15pm at Elida’s Ed Sandy Field in a game broadcast live on www.zsportslive.com. That game will be the second of two matchups at Ed Sandy Field as Miller City (7-1 winners over Fort Jennings), will take on Leipsic (6-0 victors over Ottoville).

Kalida sees their season come to an end at 18-6, Swift finishes his Junior campaign at 5-1. Klingshirn is now 3-5 for Holgate with the win as he goes 7 innings, strikes out 5 and gives up 1 run on 7 hits.


Cedarville downs Northeastern 3-2

DAYTON, OHIO – For the second time in just four days the Indians of Cedarville and the Northeastern Jets did battle on the diamond, but this time on the Fifth Third Field dirt of the Dayton Dragons it was the Indians who came away with the win, 3-2 in 7 innings.

Cedarville (5-11) got their first run of the game in the top of the second inning as Mason Cross drove in teammate Mason Snyder who had reached on an error by Jets shortstop Brock Hodson.

Northeastern went up 2-1 in the bottom of the third inning as Mitchel McCorkle and Hayden Suchland who reached on a single and fielders choice respectively came around to score to put the Jets on top.

The games final runs came about for Cedarville in the fourth innings top half as Snyder was once again brought in by Cross, who scored him on an rbi groundout this time around. Andrew Blosser drove in Jacob Gannon on the games next at bat against Jets ace Clayton Farquer to go ahead 3-2 on a groundout to second base.

In a contest that lasted just 1:58, there were an usually high number of errors as Cedarville committed three while the Jets were tagged for five.

Despite taking his first loss of the season, Farquer (2-1), struck out 5 opposing hitters in the contest. The Jets starter was also tagged for his first earned run of the season, he had previously not been saddled with one in his 14.2 innings, but had given up 10 unearned runs in 4 outings.

Josh Wilson for Cedarville (2-0) has won both of his starts on the mound this season. Wilson struck out 11 Jets during the course of the 7 inning contest, upping his total to 31 in his 7 appearances on the bump this season.

Cedarville garnered 3 runs on 6 hits to go along with their 3 errors, Northeastern finished with 2 runs, 7 hits and 5 errors in the loss, their 6th of the season (11-6). They are off until Tuesday when they take on Catholic Central.

Listen to the archive of the contest with Doug Brown and myself as it was broadcast on the Gem City Sports Network (GCSN): GCSN Game Link