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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


OG Girls, Grove Girls, Kalida Boys post wins

Saturday was a big day in Putnam County for hoops as the Ottawa Glandorf girls downed Celina 70-37, Columbus Grove’s girls beat Miller City 69-46 and the Grove boys fell to Kalida 57-44.

In the first game of the day that tipped off at 11:30am at the Supreme Court in Ottawa, the Titans jumped out to a 23-13 lead after the first 8:00 and never looked back at they saw three players hit double figures in the win.

Five players for OG totaled 16 points for Ottawa Glandorf and held Celina to 9 while forcing the Bulldogs into double digit turnovers. Behind 13 total points from senior Elissa Ellerbrock, 11 from junior Dani Ellerbrock, and 12 from freshman Kadie Hempfling the Titans led from start to finish as they rolled in their makeup game against the overmatched Bulldogs who were led by 15 from Kelly Stahl.

OG is now 12-2 with the win, 4-1 in the WBL and will travel to Anthony Wayne on Tuesday. Celina is now 3-11 with the loss and 1-4 in the WBL.


OG (70):

E. Ellerbrock 13
K. Hempfling 12
D. Ellerbrock 11
A. Bellman 9
L. Schroeder 8
E. Basinger 6
D. Schroeder 4
K. White 4
C. Johnson 3

Celina (37):

K. Stahl 15
H. Heiby 8
J. Berry 8
M. Moorman 4
C. Reineke 1
T. Dennis 1

In a battle of girls PCL teams the Columbus Grove Bulldogs outshot the Miller City Wildcats in an afternoon contest by a 69-46 margin. Columbus Grove led 21-6 after the first quarter and saw sophomore Jade Clement lead the way for the Bulldogs with 25 points in the contest. Freshman Paige Bellman finished with 18 points and 7 boards for Grove as a dozen points led the way for Miller City from Amanda Simon in the loss (falls to 3-12 overall.)

Columbus Grove is now 9-3 overall and will be home on Monday night playing host to Fort Jennings in PCL action. The game can be heard on www.zsportslive.com with myself and Steve Wiener (@wienerman46).

Columbus Grove and Kalida’s JV boys programs put on a classic game before the varsity contest that saw the two squads head to overtime. With the Bulldogs trailing 13-2 after 1, 23-6 at the half, 37-19 after 3 the young Grove ballers knew they had work to do if they wanted to pull out a win. Columbus Grove outscored Kalida 23-4 over the games 4th quarter and OT to win 44-41 before a capacity crowd.

Trent Siebeneck scored 14 for Kalida in the loss, the JV Bulldogs were led in scoring by Caiden Grothaus who scored all of his game high 17 points in the second half and overtime in helping his team come back for the win.

Kalida would even things up in the varsity contest as they defeated Grove for the 9th time in the last 13 meetings between the two PCL rivals 57-44.

Devin Kortokrax, Grant Unverferth, and Trent Gerding sparked the Wildcat offense in the first quarter as they combined for 12 of the 17 Kalida points. The duo of Unverferth and Kortokrax would keep it going in the second quarter, but this time with 4 from Brandon Verhoff to lead at the half 28-17. Unverferth pushed the lead to 11 at the break as his jumper from 27 feet off of an inbounds pass with .4 left on the clock would find the bottom of the net.

The Bulldogs outscored Kalida 14-12 in the third quarter as they were paced by a pair of three pointers from Tanner From and a second three of the game from Joey Warnecke, but were never able to break the Wildcats as they fell by 13 and suffered their second PCL loss of the season.

With the loss the Bulldogs are 5-4 at home this season, 9-4 overall, and 1-2 in the PCL. Columbus Grove will hit the road on Friday to take on the Spencerville Bearcats (live on Zsportslive.com).

Kalida is now 9-4 on the season with the road win and were led by 15 from Grant Unverferth as well as holding Bulldogs leading scorer Jace Darbyshire (22 ppg) to just 5 points defensively.


Kalida (57):

G. Unverferth 15
B. Laudick 10
D. Kortokrax 10
L. Roebke 7
B. Verhoff 6
T. Gerding 6
D. Hovest 3

Grove (44):

G. Stechschulte 13
J. Warnecke 8
J. Darbyshire 5
T. From 5
D. Bogart 4
L. Diller 4
C. Grothaus 3
B. Sharrits 2