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Fort Jennings downs rival Ottoville

FORT JENNINGS, OH – Fort Jennings got a lead for good in the first thanks to the long ball and held on to the lead late thanks to free throws as they defeated PCL rival Ottoville 56-42 Friday night in front of a packed home gymnasium.

In the opening minutes of the contest the Musketeers blitzed out to a 12-4 lead when the trio of Erik Klausing, Brandon Wehri, and Ian Finn combined to knock down four shots from beyond the arc.

After being able to pull within 15-10 at the end of the first quarter break the visiting Big Green found themselves unable to find a scoring punch in the second outside of Logan Kemper and Ryan Suever and trailed at the break 31-20.

Fans in attendance might have loved the offensive explosion at times in the first half but were treated to a defensive clinic at times by both squads in the final two quarters. During the games penultimate period the two teams combined to score just 9 points, a 5-4 advantage by Ottoville pulled the lead down to ten at 35-25 heading to the final eight minutes of play.

Cole Horstman scored one of the two baskets from the field for Fort Jennings in the third quarter before adding a pair of free throws while classmate Eric Klausing connected from long range in the fourth for the only other make from the field for their team in the second half.

Ottoville’s second half was more productive from the field than the Musketeers, but less so from the free throw line. Nick Moorman who is closing in on 1,000 points for his career led the Big Green offensive unit in scoring in the contest with 14 and hit on three triples in the fourth stanza to attempt to keep his team within striking distance of Fort Jennings.

Brandon Wehri entering play on the evening had accumulated 980 points in his career and finished the ballgame with 15 for a new total of 995. In the fourth quarter alone Wehri hit 10 of 12 free throws and finished the night with a 10 of 13 performance to go alone with a three pointer and layup in the first half.

As a team in the fourth quarter Fort Jennings nailed 18 of 24 from the free throw line and finished 24 of 33 in the game to help them put a stop to a two game Ottoville winning streak in a series between the two schools that dates back to a 1940 first meeting.

Overall the Big Green have won 95 of the 170 meetings all-time while Fort Jennings has now nabbed 75 victories.

Fort Jennings with the win has now won 11 games this season, the most by a Musketeers squad in a single season since the 2009/10 season when they finished 11-12. The Musketeers will put their 7-0 home mark this year on the line Saturday night as they welcome 4-9 New Knoxville to the Fort for a 7:30pm non-conference tilt.

Ottoville sees their record fall to 13-4 and will be off until next Friday night when they play host to the Kalida Wildcats. Before this season the Big Green have to look back to the 2014/15 season for the last time they were able to win 12+ games, a year in which they finished 12-11.

Box Score:

Ft Jennings (56):

Erik Klausing 9
Ian Ricker 7
Ian Finn 9
Luke Trentman 7
Cole Horstman 9
Brandon Wehri 15

FG: 12/26
FT: 24/33
3PT: 8/18 (Finn 3, Klausing 2, Ricker 2, Wehri)
REB: 24
TO: 16

Ottoville (42):

Ryan Bendele 6
Logan Kemper 13
Ryan Suever 5
Drew Fisher 2
Nick Moorman 14
Josh Thorbahn 2
Zane Martin 3

FG: 15/53
FT: 7/10
3PT: 5/34 (Moorman 3, Martin, Kemper)
REB: 24
TO: 9

JV: Ottoville 51-36

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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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Bearcats win home opener

SPENCERVILLE, OH – Spencerville opened their home opener Saturday night by outscoring the visiting Fort Jennings Musketeers from start to finish and improved their record to 3-0 with a 73-49 win.

With their leading scorer of the past three seasons Zach Goecke unable to play due to an ankle injury suffered against Delphos Jefferson on the gridiron, the Bearcats were lead in scoring by the duo of Mason Nourse and Dakota Prichard who combined for 14 of the Bearcats 20 first quarter points and 37 total on the night. Defensively the Cats were able to hold their opponents to just five first quarter points.

In the second quarter the home squad again turned up their pressure and were able to quickly turn the Musketeers miscues directly into fast break points behind the trio of Nourse, Prichard and Senior Damien Corso. When forced to play a halfcourt game by the Fort Jennings defense the Bearcats would rely on the outside shooting from Gary Schrolucke who connected on 2/4 shots from behind the arc and helped Spencerville push their advantage to 45-23 at the halftime break. Despite being tagged for a pair of early fouls, Fort Jennings’ Alex Berelsman was able to race past defenders for a pair of fast break layups and a three pointer for 7 quarter markers. Sophomore Brandon Wehri in the stanza connected on 6-6 free throws as well for the Musketeers.

Luke Trentman’s 8 points in the 3rd period helped the Musketeers cut into the Bearcat lead, but a 21-15 quarter helped propel Spencerville into a 66-38 lead heading into the games final stanza.

Fort Jennings outscored Spencerville 11-7 as five players accounted for the points, but the damage was already done as 15 turnovers in the game and a 17-49 performance from the field would give their opponents their 6th consecutive win in the series.

Spencerville (3-0) will travel to take on Lincolnview on Friday night before traveling to Ottoville on Saturday night while the Musketeers (1-3) will begin PCL play on Friday night on the road taking on the same Big Green.

Both teams games next weekend against Ottoville can be heard live as they happen on www.zsportslive.com

Scoring:

Spencerville (73):

Mason Nourse 20
Damien Corso 11
Gary Schrolucke 9
Dakota Prichard 17
Bailey Croft 8
Chandler Schrolucke 8

FG: 28-58
3PT: 6-16
FT: 11-14
TO: 10

Fort Jennings (49):

Alex Berelsman 9
Aaron Neidert 2
Austin Luebrecht 1
Drew Grone 2
Logan Hardeman 6
Ian Finn 6
Luke Trentman 10
Connor Stechschulte 2
Brandon Wehri 11

FG: 17-49
3PT: 2-11
FT: 13-17
TO: 15

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Kalida slips past Fort Jennings for late win

KALIDA, OHIO – The Kalida Wildcats have gotten used to blowing teams out this season but today at Holy Name Ballpark they had to survive a barrage of early runs by Fort Jennings and come back to win with a late run 7-6 to pick up their 15th win.

Musketeers starter Austin Luebrecht got 2 early runs to work with when he took the mound for the first time in the bottom of the 1st inning as Luke Trentman who began the game by being walked by Kalida pitcher Drew Hovest was brought around to score on a Brandon Wehri double with no outs. Wehri came around to score on an rbi groundout by catcher Sam Vetter just two hitters later to put the Musketeers on top 2-0 after the first half inning.

Kalida responded often in their first turn at the plate as they sent 11 hitters to the dish in the bottom half of the first inning with 6 coming across to give the Wildcats a 6-2 lead after one inning of play.

Trevor Maag’s rbi single got things started for Kalida in the inning, Austin Klausing was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to even the score at 2 before a fielders choice brought in another run to put the home team on top 3-2. Austin Swift scored on an error, Klausing and Jeff Kneuve also crossed home plate in the inning.

Trailing by 4 as they opened their second at bat the Musketeers responded with a quartet of runs behind an rbi single from Trentman, a bases loaded walk by Wehri, and a 2 rbi single by Mark Metzger to tie the contest at 6.

Both teams starters settled down over the course of the next 4 innings and got a mix of ground and fly ball outs while scattering just a couple of hits each to the opposing lineups to keep things even on the scoreboard.

The games final run came in the bottom of the 6th inning as pinch runner Noah Lambert scored from third on an rbi single by Austin Klausing that held up to give Kalida the non-conference win 7-6.

For as well as he played in the field during the game, Klausing was just as dominant on the mound in just over an inning as he picked up the win. Brady Laudick came on for the Wildcats (15-3) in the 7th and picked up the save. Austin Luebrecht took the loss for Fort Jennings (3-15).

Kalida will take on Miller City next Friday, May 8th for potentially the PCL Championship in a game that can be heard live on www.zsportslive.com

Fort Jennings amassed 6 runs on 9 hits and committed 2 errors, Kalida scored 7 times on 9 hits and had just 1 error.

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Bearcats explode for 21 runs in win

Ft. Jennings, OH – The Spencerville Bearcats scored 7 runs in the first inning Tuesday night on the road against Fort Jennings, and then went on to score 14 more in the final 6 innings of their 21-8 non-conference win.

Spencerville (8-8) got things rolling in the opening half inning as the first 5 hitters of the inning came around to score against Musketeers starter Alex Sealts who lasted just 2/3rds of an inning before being pulled for reliever Connor Stechschulte. In his time on the mound, Sealts was saddled with 7 runs (4 earned), 3 walks, 1 strikeout and a hit batsman while throwing just 14 of his 36 pitches for strikes.

Fort Jennings (3-12) got their offense started early themselves in their first time at the bat as they pushed across 5 straight runs to cut their deficit to just 2 at 7-5 after the first full inning of play.

Both Stechschulte and Bearcat starting pitcher Nick Freewalt settled down in the next few innings, with just 4 runs (all from the visitors) coming in to score from the 2nd to 5th innings.

With a 12-5 lead following a sacrifice fly RBI from Freewalt that scored Red Wood in the 5th, the Bearcats ended their 6th inning of offense exactly how they began it, with Justin Thierry unable to reach base. Between the two Thierry at bats however the Cats were able to bat around and add 5 more runs to push their lead to 17-8 as Wood (2-3 on the day), Mitchell Youngpeter (4-6 with a pair of doubles), Thad Ringwald (1-3 with a walk), and shortstop David Wisher (2-3 with a pair of walks) accounting for runs on the scoreboard.

In the top of the 7th inning the Bearcats took advantage of Luke Trentman, the 3rd Musketeer pitcher of the day and scored their final 4 runs of the contest to go on to the 21-8 win.

Brady Nolan, who started the game at 2nd base came on in relief of Freewalt and pitched 3.1 innings, striking out 3 and giving up 3 runs in his time on the bump.

WP: Freewalt (2-1), 3.2 IP, 2 K, 2 BB, 6 H, 5 R, 2 ER, 83 pitches (55 for strikes)

LP: Alex Sealts (0-2) .2 IP, 1 K, 4 BB, 2 H, 7 R, 4 ER, 36 pitches (14 for strikes)

Spencerville committed 5 errors in the contest to go along with their 17 hits, 10 walks and 3 batters hit by pitch. Paulding will be the opponent in an NWC tilt on Thursday before the Cats take on Ottoville on Friday at home.

Fort Jennings committed 3 errors in the game while picking up 8 hits, 3 walks and 3 batters hit by pitch. The Musketeers are back in action tonight as they take on the Delphos Jefferson Wildcats before heading to Kalida on Friday for a PCL matchup that will be broadcast live on www.zsportslive.com beginning at 5pm.

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