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Recker shines as Wildcats rally past Pirates

KALIDA, OH – It took his team six innings to warm up offensively but Kalida righthander Owen Recker was white hot early and throughout the game Monday night as he helped his team to a 4-1 win over visiting Continental in Putnam County League action.

Holy Name Ballpark has seen some tremendous pitching performances over the years but as accomplished as Wildcat pitching has been in the past only Brian Klausing, Chad Ehrnsberger, and William Stechschulte have accomplished what Owen Recker did during this outing as he retired 19 Pirate hitters via strikeout.

With the contest scoreless into the fourth inning and just one hit (a double by Kalida’s Derek Buss), Continental pitcher Brady Dockery found himself issued the second free pass from Recker to give the visitors a runner at first. By virtue of a stolen base Dockery found himself as second and would remain there for two batters until Jacob Williams singled him in to give the Pirates a 1-0 advantage.

Kalida had their chances in the third and fourth innings to bring in the tying run but saw both come to an end via a flyball for their third out of each frame.

After seeing Recker sit down the Continental top three hitters in the top of the sixth for strikeouts 13/14/15 the Wildcats went to work on the basespaths in the bottom half of the inning and picked up a tie and their first lead of the contest.

Derek Buss who had reached early in the game for one of the two Wildcat hits, reached again as this time hit was a victim of an errant pitch from Dockery. With an error allowing Buss’ pinch runner to move over, Jeffery Knueve recorded his 10th RBI of the year when he singled in the tying run with no outs.

Back to back singles from Trevor Lambert and Kevin Hamburg put a pair of runners on the basepaths for the Wildcats with no outs before Recker helped out his own cause by being walked with the bases loaded to drive in the go-ahead run. In all Kalida would send eight hitters to the plate in the inning and see four come around to score as they pushed their advantage to 4-1 after six innings.

Despite the last two hitters reaching full counts, all three hitters for Continental in the top half of the seventh inning were retired via the strikeout and helped Recker complete the 19 strikeout outing and earn his third victory of the season.

The last time Continental was victorious against Kalida came in 1988, 30 games ago now in the series.

Continental sees their season record fall to 1-6 overall, and 0-3 in Putnam County League games. The Pirates will be back in action on Tuesday night as they travel to Paulding for a non-conference tilt.

Kalida (6-5, 3-0) keeps their defense of their PCL title perfect with the win and will travel to Lima to do battle with Lima Central Catholic on Tuesday before county battles with OG on Thursday, and Columbus Grove on Friday.

WP: Owen Recker (3-2): 7IP, 1R, 1H, 19K, 2BB
LP: Brady Dockery (1-2): 6IP, 4R, 4H, 4K, 4BB

Key Batters:
Jacob Williams (Cont): 1/3, 1H, 1RBI
Jeffery Knueve (Kalida): 1/3, 1H, 1RBI, 1R
Kevin Hamburg (Kalida): 2/3, 1R

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Leipsic, Grove secure Sectional Finals matchup

OTTAWA, OH – Columbus Grove and Leipsic will meet for the second time this season Friday night in Ottawa as both were victorious in their Sectional Semifinals matchups on Wednesday night. Leipsic opened the pair of games at the Supreme Court with a 61-57 come from behind victory over Continental while Columbus Grove won the nightcap with Antwerp 57-41.

Continental Junior Guard Trevor Williamson was his teams lone scorer in the first quarter but gave his team a 12-8 lead after the first stanza and he connected on a pair of shots from behind the arc and three inside for a dozen of his game high 23 markers.

Leipsic did not procure their first lead until the waning seconds of the first half when Isaiah Lomeli’s theft and score put the Vikings on top 29-28. The Pirates finished the first half with just three scorers denting the scoring column led by Williamson’s 16.

Four makes from the field is all that Leipsic would be able to find themselves able to muster, but superb defense held Williamson to no points in the period as the visitors on the scoreboard Continental lead going to the fourth 40-38.

Five players got to the foul line for the Vikings in the fourth quarter but none had a better line than Matt Schroeder who connected on all four of his charity tosses in the quarter. Grant Schroeder hit on 5 of his 8 free throws in the quarter as the Vikings scored 12 of their 20 in the period from the line to wrap up the four point win. Continental’s Caleb Olds deep three pointer at the buzzer provided the final tally for the Pirates but it was not enough as they fell 61-57.

Jordan Brown led the BVC Champions (19-4) with 18 points in the game while Williamson was the high man for Continental who sees their season come to an end at 7-14.

Scoring:

Leipsic (61):

Matt Schroeder 11
Grant Schroeder 14
Ross Mangas 6
Isaiah Lomeli 10
Jordan Brown 18
Ross Schroeder 2

3PT: 2 (M. Schroeder, G. Schroeder)
FT: 18/25
TO: 10

Continental (57):
Tyler Brecht 3
Trevor Williamson 23
Wade Stauffer 17
Caleb Olds 14

3PT: 8 (Williamson 3, Olds 4, Brecht)
FT: 9/12
TO: 14

In game two of the night the Columbus Grove Bulldogs jumped out to a 15-8 lead behind seven points from Baily Clement and buckets from four teammates.

As was the case in the first game, a player named Williamson did the damage for the visiting team on the scoreboard as Antwerp Senior Sam Williamson tossed in 15 of his team high 18 on the night in the first half. Caiden Grothaus and Xavier Aguirre put up nine of the Bulldogs eleven second quarter points as they helped their team lead at the half 26-19.

With their leading scorer in Williamson held to just a pair of baskets the Archers looked to Matt Jones and Josh Longardner for points to pull within one of their opponents at 37-36 heading into the final period.

Much like the first game of the night the home team got it done from the free throw line in the fourth quarter as the Bulldogs connected on 11/12 charity tosses including a perfect performance from Logan Diller who was successful on 5/5 attempts to help his team pull out the 57-41 victory. Columbus Grove jumped out to an 11-0 lead that lasted midway through the quarter before their opponents were able to sink their first basket to cut into the lead.

Columbus Grove sees their season record improve to 11-11 with the win and will meet Leipsic, a team they defeated back in January on Friday night at Ottawa Glanforf at 8pm for the right to move into District play next week at Elida.

Antwerp’s 2015-16 campaign comes to an end at 10-13 overall. The Archers were led in scoring by Williamson’s 18 points on the evening.

Scoring:

Columbus Grove (57):
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Baily Clement 11
Gabe Stechschulte 7
Xavier Aguirre 8
Caiden Grothaus 9
Logan Diller 11
Rece Roney 10

FG: 21/37
FT: 11/12
TO: 10

Antwerp (41):
Matt Jones 6
Trey Mills 2
Sam Williamson 18
Josh Longardner 13
Keaton Altimus 2

FG: 18/42
FT: 3/6
TO: 5

Hear Friday night’s Sectional Finals between Leipsic and Columbus Grove live on Zsportslive.com.

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