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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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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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Miller City, Hicksville move on to Regional Finals

HAMLER, OHIO – They may have taken completely different routes to get there, but Miller City and Hicksville each found a way to win their Regional Semifinals matchups on Thursday afternoon and setup a winner take all against one another on Friday.

In the first game of the day at Patrick Henry the Aces found themselves deadlocked in an extra innings struggle with the McComb Panthers, but put up three runs in the games 10th inning to move within one step of the State Semifinals next week in Columbus.

Wes Perry for Hicksville and Clay Grubb for McComb were phenomenal in the first 8 innings of the contest as the duo each struck out 14 opposing batters, forced 15 batters to find themselves stranded on base, and gave up just 7 hits.

McComb got the first opportunity of the game to put up a run in the bottom of the first inning, but Dakota LaRue’s bouncer to Aces shortstop Phil Karacson quickly put an end to the first inning.

With the game tied in the 10th inning the Aces finally got a run through against Grubb as an error scored both Karacson and Dakota Harvey to give Hicksville the lead at 2-0 with no outs. Malachai Abbott came in to relieve Grubb, and would give up the games final run moments later before getting the innings final out.

Jordan Skilliter, Andrew Adams, and Cody Franks finished a combined 0-12 in the game and would go down in order to end the 10th inning and the game as the Aces celebrated their 3-0 victory.

Hicksville (18-10) got 10 innings from Wes Perry as he struck out 14 and gave up just 3 hits on the afternoon. Clay Grubb took the loss for McComb (15-9) as he threw 9 innings, struck out 14, gave up 5 hits, 4 walks and a hit batter to go along with a pair of earned runs. Grubb is signed to play his college baseball at Ohio Dominican University.

The first game of the doubleheader at Patrick Henry High School featured a defensive battle, but the second would be an offensive explosion as Miller City downed Toledo Christian 13-7.

Toledo Christian’s offense took to Wildcats hurler Ross Lehman early as the first batter of the game in Eagles shortstop Judd Nearhood was handed a walk. After Nearhood reached third base on a two base throwing error by Lehman who was trying to get the second hitter of the game in Kyle Kempton, he would be gunned down at the plate on a heads up reaction to a ground ball by Miller City Sophomore third baseman Jacob Schimmoeller to keep the game scoreless. Moments later however the Eagles would score the first of their two runs in the inning as Kempton was brought in on a sacrifice fly by Jordan Adesi. Brett Freeman who had singled into the outfield moments later would score on a wild pitch to put the visitors on top 2-0 heading to the bottom of the first inning.

Owen Gast, the right handed starting pitcher for Toledo Christan opened his first inning on the rubber by tossing just nine pitches to send Miller City down in order 1-2-3.

Following the second straight inning that began with a walk to the first hitter in Austin Schoen, the Eagles would go up 3-0 when Schoen scored later in the inning.

Trailing 3-0 in the third inning the Wildcats offense came up with one of two big offensive spurts in the game triggered by a leadoff homerun by the pitcher turned shortstop Ross Lehman to left field that narrowed the gap to 3-1. Jeremy Balbaugh drew one of his three walks in the game out of the nine hole, Jackson Lammers and Hunter Berner each walked, and were driven in on a 2 RBI single by Corbin Niese and a sacrifice fly RBI by Adam Drummelsmith. Adam Niese would add a single in the inning as well, but Jacob Schimmoeller struck out to end the third inning with the home squad up 5-3.

Miller City’s 5-3 lead would last into the top of the 5th inning before Toledo Christian pushed across 3 runs on 3 hits, including a pair of RBI doubles by Brett Freeman and Jordan Adesi that put the Eagles back on top 6-5 after four and a half innings played.

Twice in the game the Wildcats sent 9+ batters to the plate in an inning, with the second of those coming in the bottom of the 5th that saw 10 batters come and go. Having already picked up 3 runs with no outs in the inning to give themselves an 8-6 lead, Miller City added three more runs to their lead as Jackson Lammers belted a ball deep into the outfield for a triple that brought home Lehman, Logan Dukes, and Balbaugh and pushed the Cats lead to 11-5 heading to the 6th.

Toledo Christian would get one back in the 6th inning on a sacrifice fly RBI to right field from catcher CJ Johnson, but no more as they were held in check by Lammers.

Miller City (25-2) added a pair of runs in the 6th inning from Corbin Niese and Drummelsmith as they wrapped up a 13-7 win and a berth in the Regional Finals against Hicksville when Jackson Lammers finished off the top of the 7th inning with a fly ball out and a pair of strikeouts of Freeman and Adesi.

Miller City and Hicksville will now play one another at 5pm in Hamler for the right to represent the Hamler Regional in the State Semifinals next Thursday night. Hear the game live on Zsportslive with myself and Todd Hoehn on the call.

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Miller City wins slugfest over Kalida

MILLER CITY, OH – Miller City utilized the long ball to perfection Friday night as they downed Kalida 17-7 in a 5 inning non-league affair.

The home Wildcats ran their record to 18-2 on the season as they defeated Kalida for the second time this season.

Austin Swift began the game for Kalida with a 1 out triple in the top half of the 1st inning, and was driven in by catcher Brent Hovest to put the visitors on top 1-0.

Kalida starting pitcher Austin Klausing began the game by getting the first three Miller City hitters in order in the bottom half of the opening frame as he utilized a pair of middle infield groundouts and a flyout to shortstop Noah Lambert.

In the top of the second inning, Klausing helped himself out and pushed his teams lead to 2-0 as he was walked by Miller City starter Adam Drummelsmith and driven in on a sacrifice by Trent Siebeneck.

Eleven batters came to the plate in the bottom of the second inning for Miller City as following a single by Drummelsmith and back to back walks to Adam Niese and Jacob Schimmoeller, Ross Lehman slapped a grand slam over the left field wall to put the home team on top 4-2. For Lehman it was his first home run of the season, but his first of two on the day.

Down 4-2 heading into their third turn at bat, Kalida sent eleven batters of their own to the plate and utilized a 3 run home run to left by Colton Farrell that cut gave Kalida back the lead at 5-4. Brady Laudick and Klausing were driven in by Derrick Schimmoeller following back to back singles and sent the visitors back out to the field leading 7-4.

Capitalizing on the success of their previous turn on offense, Miller City built upon that momentum in the third inning as they chased Klausing midway through the inning. Jeff Knueve swapped his first base position for the mound with Klausing and attempted to get out of the inning unscathed, but was unsuccessful. Collectively, Knueve and Klausing were tagged with 5 runs which included a 2 run home run from centerfielder Corbin Niese, his second of the season.

Kalida entered the fourth inning facing a new Miller City hurler in Sophomore Jacob Kuhlman, and were set down in order with back to back strikeouts and a flyout to the shortstop.

Leading 11-7 heading into the fourth inning, the home team got the second home run of the day from Ross Lehman (his 2nd of the season) to go ahead 12-7 with Kalida coming to bat in the fifth.

Facing Kuhlman, Knueve got a leadoff double in the top of the fifth inning but the three hitters behind him could not bring him in as Kortokrax, Siebeneck and Lambert went down in order in the inning.

With the fourth pitcher of the game for Kalida on the mound in Kortokrax, Miller City drove in 5 more runs to finish off the 10 run rule win. The Wildcats started off hos in the inning as outfielder Jeremy Balbaugh reached base for the third time in the contest and was awarded third base on a balk for the third time in the game before being knocked in by Jackson Lammers.

Hunter Berner finished 2/4 on the day but struck out in the fifth for the only out of the inning for his team. A single by Corbin Niese and a walk to Adam Drummelsmith put runners on every base Adam Niese pushed the deficit to 14-7 when he brought in Lammers. Junior Quintin Niese added a 2 run single that had Miller City on top 16-7. With the bases loaded against Kortokrax, Logan Dukes was the recipient of the games final RBI as he was walked on four straight pitches.

Miller City (18-2) will begin their tournament run on Wednesday as the #1 seed in the Elida District. They will begin their run towards Columbus at 5pm as they take on the winner of Saturday’s 11am contest between Fort Jennings and Pandora Gilboa. Both games can be heard live at their respective times on Zsportslive

The senior class for the Wildcats of Miller City have now been responsible for 66 wins and 3 straight Putnam County League championship as they were crowned co-champions this season.

Kalida (18-4-1) begins their tournament run as the Elida District’s #2 seed with a home contest at 5pm on Wednesday from Holy Name Ballpark where they will take on either Holgate or Wayne Trace. That game can also be heard live on Zsportslive.com as it happens.

Jacob Kuhlman picked up the win for Miller City and is now 5-0 on the season, Austin Klausing takes the loss for Kalida and sees his record fall to 2-1.

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