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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

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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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Swift 1 hitter pushes Kalida past Ft Jennings

KALIDA, OH – Austin Swift did it all for Kalida on Thursday. The future Indiana Wesleyan hurler not only struck out 14 Musketeer hitters, he also added a pair of singles and swiped four bases to help the Wildcats secure a 4-0 victory.

After Trevor Maag and Swift opened the bottom of the first inning with a one out walk and single respectively, cleanup hitter Jeffery Knueve grounded out to second base and drove in Maag from third for the first run of the game.

After striking out the side in the top of the second inning, Swift surrendered his first baserunner to Fort Jennings in the game in his next trip to the mound when he walked catcher Nolan Grote. Grote would find himself picked off leaning between first and second base following a pair of strikeouts and see the inning come to an end with his team still behind on the scoreboard.

Having reached base on a two out error by the Musketeer infield, Swift proceeded to swipe second base and again give his team a runner in scoring position and would score after taking third base and then home on an errant throw into left field to make the score 2-0 Kalida after three innings of play.

With a full count as the first batter of the top of the fourth inning the Musketeers pushed across their only hit of the contest as Luke Trentman’s single gave the visitors their second baserunner of the game. A pair of strikeouts and a groundout would end the Fort rally in the inning however and they would not see another runner reach the basepaths.

Swift’s second run of the game came in the fifth inning when after picking up a single and stealing second base he was driven in by his battery mate Knueve for the second time and run the advantage to 3-0 Kalida.

Derek Buss singled with a pair of outs in the bottom of the sixth for Kalida and was quickly pinch run. Leadoff hitter Trent Siebeneck who had previously grounded out twice and struck out added the last run of the contest as he doubled to the outfield.

Of his 14 strikeouts in the contest, Swift would finish by striking out the final four hitters and and six of the last nine he faced. In 17 innings on the mound this season the reigning PCL Player of the Year has yet to allow a run.

Swift (3-0) took the win for the home squad while Brandon Wehri who finished with 5 K’s and surrendered 6 hits was tagged with the loss. Defensively the Musketeers committed three errors in the contest that gave Kalida opportunities to score as well.

Trent Gerding finished 2 for 3 in the game for Kalida as he singled, doubled and stole a base in the win.

Kalida improves to 4-1 on the season, 1-0 in the Putnam County League and drops Fort Jennings to 1-6 overall, 0-2 in the league.

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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.

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Late inning rally pushes Bearcats past Kalida

KALIDA, OHIO – Spencerville found themselves behind Kalida 8-2 heading into the 5th inning of their non-conference regular season matchup Tuesday night but came back to outscore the Wildcats 7-0 in the final three innings en route to a 9-8 comeback victory.

Noah Lambert and Austin Swift each had big nights for the home team as the duo accounted for three singles, a hit by pitch, and a pair of runs scored against Bearcat starter Brady Nolan in the first two innings. Kalida’s Derrick Schimmoeller and Brent Hovest each pitched 1/3 of an inning as part of the Senior Day festivities for the Wildcats, but it was Trent Gerding who stymied the Bearcats offense in the fourth inning as he quickly dispatched them in order with three straight ground balls and used just seven pitches in the inning.

A pair of runs came across every inning for the first four innings for Kalida as they chased Nolan in the 3rd after he was hit with 6 runs on 7 hits in just 2.2 innings. Nick Freewalt came on in relief of Nolan in the 3rd and was responsible for giving up 3 runs on 4 hits before finally getting Trent Gerding to flyout to center to end the bottom of the fourth with his team down by 6 runs.

Spencerville began the 5th inning on fire as Freshman Jaret Montenery was issued a free pass to first base and was then promptly driven around to score on an RBI double by second baseman Jacob Meyer to cut the lead to 8-3 with no outs in the inning. Meyer himself would later be hit home on a Thad Ringwald single to make it 8-4. Spencerville’s final run of the inning brought the lead down to just 3 at 8-5 after four and a half innings played.

Only four batters would come to the plate for the Wildcats in the home half of the 5th inning as just Lambert reached first base before Colton Farrell flew out to end the inning and send the Bearcats back to the plate in the 6th.

Despite starting off 0-2 in the game, Montenery lead off the 6th inning by slapping a single into the outfield, and would again be driven in by Meyer who finished 4-5 with a pair of RBI in the contest to make it 8-6 Kalida. Nick Freewalt who began the game at DH would drive in Meyer to cut the Wildcat lead to 8-7 in the inning. Mitchell Youngpeter attempted to reach home from second base on the play by was erased as he was gunned down at the plate for the second out of the inning. The Bearcats threat was ended in the 6th as pitcher Brady Laudick struck out Luke Carpenter to end the inning.

For the first time in the game the Wildcats went down in order themselves to the third Bearcat hurler in Carpenter 1-2-3 on just six pitches to keep the score 8-7 Kalida with the visitors coming up in the 7th.

Brady Becker led off the inning for Spencerville by blooping a ball into left field that should have just been a single, but an error defensively on a throw to second allowed him to move across the diamond to 3rd base as the games tying run. Outfielder Justin Thierry tied the game at 8 when his three pitch at bat resulted in a single against the 6th Kalida pitcher in Colton Farrell.

Thierry moved over to second base just moments later on a stolen base and came around to score on a passed ball between Farrell and catcher Jeffery Knueve for the games final run. Jacob Meyer would single in the inning but be left on base as Mitchell Youngpeter struck out to end the Bearcats threat that accounted for a pair of runs to put them on top at 9-8 heading to Kalida’s final at bat.

Carpenter who came into the game having pitched just 3.1 innings on the season was absolutely brilliant in the 7th as he threw just 12 pitches and struck out a pair of batters, including Knueve to end the game and give the Bearcats a comeback win.

Luke Carpenter (1-0) got the win for the Bearcats (11-10), while Colton Farrell (5-1) took the loss for Kalida (18-5). Both teams will begin their tournament run on Wednesday afternoon at 5pm as Spencerville will host New Bremen while the Wildcats will welcome Holgate to Holy Name Ballpark for a Sectional Finals date.

Linescore:

Spencerville: 9-13-2
Kalida: 8-12-5

WP: Carpenter (1-0)
LP: Farrell (5-1)

Score by innings:
Spencerville:0-1-1-0-3-2-2
Kalida: 2-2-2-2-0-0-0

Top Performers:

Spencerville:
Jacob Meyer 4-5, 2 RBI, 3 doubles, 2 runs
Jaret Montenery 1-3, 2 walks, 2 runs
Mitchell Youngpeter 3-4, 1 RBI, 3 runs
Thad Ringwald 1-1, 2 walks, 2 runs, 1 RBI

Kalida:
Noah Lambert 2-5, 2 singles, 2 runs
Austin Swift 2-2, 1 HBP, 2 walks, 2 runs
Trevor Maag 3-4, 2 singles, 1 double, 2 RBI, 2 runs
Derrick Schimmoeller 1-2, 1 single, 2 RBI

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