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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

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

*Stats compiled with Gamechanger app*


Swift perfectly pitches Wildcats past PG

KALIDA, OH – Kalida’s Austin Swift faced 15 batters from Pandora Gilboa on Wednesday at home and he struck out all 15 of the Rockets hitters across five innings as his team picked up a Sectional Championship with an 11-0 victory.

Swift, a senior headed to play college baseball at Indiana Wesleyan University used just 55 pitches to help Kalida secure their first Sectional title since 2013. His 15 strikeouts saw him finish just four K’s short of the school record held jointly by William Stechschulte, Brian Klausing, and Chad Ehrnsberger (twice) and breaks his own personal record of 14 strikeouts set on four different occasions, three of which came during his junior campaign when he was named Putnam County League Player of the Year.

Of the 55 pitches Swift threw on the day only a pair were touched by a Rocket bat, and both of those resulted in foul balls. 45 of the tosses from the left hander went for strikes as well.

Offensively the Wildcats scored their first run in the bottom of the opening stanza when Swift’s sacrifice fly brought in the leadoff hitter Trent Siebeneck from third to make it 1-0.

Austin Klausing singled to open the bottom of the second inning for Kalida and later scored as he was brought around on an RBI single from teammate Derek Buss to push the home team advantage to 2-0.

Two more runs came across for Kalida in the third inning, an inning in which they sent eight batters to the plate and knocked in two more runs when Swift and his battery mate Jeff Knueve crossed the plate.

Despite giving up just four runs on five hits through the first three innings, PG sophomore starter Drew Johnson was smacked hard by the Wildcat bats in the fourth inning as he would give up seven runs on six hits before striking out Siebeneck and Trevor Maag to bring the inning to an end.

Pandora Gilboa came to bat in the top of the fifth inning needing to score a pair of runs to keep their tournament run alive, but were struck out to end the game in order by Swift (5-0, 73 strikeouts on the season) on 10 pitches to secure the victory.

Kalida (19-1) will now take on fellow Putnam County League school Miller City who was victorious 2-1 in an 11 inning affair with McComb. The game will take place on Wednesday, May 18th at 2:00pm at Ottawa Glandorf and can be heard live on Zsportslive.com.

Hitting Box Score:

Trent Siebeneck 2-4, 2 singles, run
Trevor Maag 1-3, 1 walk, single, run
Austin Swift 1-3, single, 2 RBI, 2 runs
Jeff Knueve 1-1, 2 walks, 2 RBI, 2 runs
Brady Laudick 1-2, walk, RBI, run
Austin Klausing 2-2, walk, single, double, 2 runs
Noah Lambert 2-2, 2 singles, walk, RBI
Trent Gerding 1-3, single
Derek Buss 1-3, single, RBI

Swift’s 15 strikeouts is the second most against Pandora Gilboa by a Kalida pitcher. Brian Klausing struck out 18 Rockets in a game between the two during the 1991 season.

Scorebook from the game:

kalida scorebook


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.