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Cavaliers outlast Wildcats

ELIDA, OH – While points were coming at a premium in the first half for Coldwater and Delphos Jefferson on Wednesday night in Elida they seemed to come by the bunches in the last two quarters for Cavalier junior Marcus Bruns as he dropped 18 of his game high 27 markers to lead his squad to a 53-46 victory.

Bruns, a 1st team Midwest Athletic Conference selection this season for the Cavaliers (12-11) eclipsed the 20 plus point marker for the sixth time on the season with and set a new season high to eclipse his 23 point performance in January against Celina.

Delphos Jefferson (9-14) was led on the evening by sophomore Hunter Mericle with 14 points that included a quartet of made three pointers. Mericle got things going right away for the Wildcats as he helped his squad to an 8-7 first quarter lead with a shot from beyond the arc. Teammate Tyler Bratton who finished with 13 on the evening pumped in half of his teams first quarter scores with short jump shots.

The two teams combined to hit three triples in the second quarter to help pick up the games tempo but it was again the Cavs leading scorer in Bruns who did the damage to the opposition as he tallied 7 quarter points. With a 2/3 effort at the free throw line mid-way through the quarter Bruns gave Coldwater the games first markers from either side in a nearly five minute span and pushed the Cavaliers into the lead 18-17 at the halftime stoppage.

In the first half the Wildcats found themselves at the line for just a pair of tosses, in the second half Jefferson however saw their chances to shoot with the clock stopped increase as the game began to be called tighter by the officials. Unfortunately for the Jeffcats however they were their own worst enemy from the charity stripe as they would finish just 4/11 while their opponents hit on 9 of their 13 chances in the game.

Foul trouble from a trio of players in the second half forced Delphos coach Jordan Jettinghoff to go to his bench early and often and search for extra scoring. Sophomore Doug Long tossed in a solid offensive effort in the final two periods as he ended with 4 points and helped to slow down the hot shooting Coldwater offense.

Marcus Bruns seemingly could do no wrong for the Cavaliers in the second half as he not only connected on a pair of technical foul free throws in the third stanza but also hit a three pointer and 7 of his 8 tosses from the charity stripe.

Grant Meyer and Jacob Wenning knocked down a trio of three pointers and Cole Frilling, who finished with 12 in the game hit a wide open shot in the fourth quarter to push the Cavs into the next round with a 53-46 victory.

Tyler Bratton (13), and Hunter Mericle had strong performances in the game for Jefferson but it wasn’t enough to keep the Wildcats from bowing out in the sectional round for the second straight season.

Coldwater will take on Lima Central Catholic at the Elida Fieldhouse on Friday night in the 8pm contest with the victory for the right to move on to the district level next week.


Coldwater (53):

Marcus Bruns 27
Grant Meyer 6
Cole Frilling 12
Jacob Wenning 6
Ben Wenning 2

FG: 19/52
3PT: 6/17 (Bruns 2, Meyer 2, J. Wenning 2)
FT: 9/13
TO: 7

Delphos Jefferson (46):

Brenen Auer 5
Davion Tyson 2
Tyler Bratton 13
Hunter Mericle 14
Alex Rode 8
Doug Long 4

FG: 19/44
3PT: 4/15 (Mericle 4)
FT: 4/11
TO: 5


Redskins move to 3-0

ST. MARYS, OH – Despite not scoring for a nearly 6 minute span between the third and fourth quarters the St. Henry Redskins downed the St. Marys Roughriders 43-32 Friday night in non-league action at the Horseshoe.

St. Marys senior Drew Jacobs opened the scoring for the home squad as his marker put the Riders on top 2-0 early. The WBL members lead would prove to be short lived unfortunately as it would mark his teams only points of the first period. A pair of three pointers for the Redskins from Curtis Ulenhake and Ryan Luttmer coupled with an 0-8 shooting performance by St. Marys would give the visitors a 10-2 lead at the end of the opening stanza.

In the second quarter it was Luttmer again who cashed in from beyond the arc, this time joined by junior Ethan Thieman from deep to help engineer a 14 point quarter to give St. Henry a 24-13 lead heading into the break.

With strong quarter performances both offensively and defensively in the third quarter, the Roughriders pulled to within 29-22 at the next stoppage. Sam Young who finished the night with 7 points connected on a three pointer and a shot from inside the arc to help pull the Redskins lead back into double digits for St. Marys. For their part the visitors were held to just one made basket from the field, a three point goal by Luttmer to go along with a pair of free throws made by sophomore Caden Niekamp.

The final eight minutes of the contest saw a slow down between the two teams and a pair of big performances by St. Henry senior Tyler Schlarman and St. Marys senior Austin Wilker.

Schlarman who entered the contest through the first weekend of the season averaging 19 points per game was held to just 11 and picked up an intentional foul call late in the game exploded in the fourth quarter offensively for 7 of his markers.

Wilker would finish the night with a total of 8 points, but 6 in the final period. On the evening the 6’2 Wilker would help his team with the clock stopped as he connected on 6/6 from the free throw line.

St. Henry moves to 3-0 on the season and will be back in action on Saturday night as they travel to Lima to take on another Western Buckeye League squad in Shawnee.

St. Marys is now 0-3 on the year and has dropped 11 straight games dating back to last season. The Roughriders will welcome New Bremen to town for another WBL vs MAC showdown Saturday night before they begin conference play next Friday night at home against Ottawa Glandorf.


St. Henry (43):

Curtis Ulenhake 6
Ryan Luttmer 11
Ryan Bruening 2
Tyler Schlarman 11
Parker Link 4
Ethan Thieman 3
Caden Niekamp 6

FG: 14/33
FT: 9/16
3PT: 6/18 (Luttmer 3, Ulenhake 2, Thieman)
REB: 23 (Huelskamp 6)
TO: 10

St. Marys (32):
Braeden Dunlap 6
Sam Young 7
Austin Wilker 8
Ethan Mielke 3
Drew Jacobs 8

FG: 11/43
FT: 8/10
3PT: 2/13 (Young, E. Mielke)
REB: 30 (Dunlap 10)
TO: 13

JV: St.Henry 65-32


Cavaliers rally past Indians

COLDWATER, OH – Fort Recovery may have led for a good portion of their MAC contest Friday night but a late rally by Coldwater helped the Cavaliers rally past them for a 66-63 victory in front of a packed crowd at the Palace.

First team All-Ohio football standout Dylan Thobe’s three pointer with 1:40 remaining in the fourth quarter gave the home squad a 60-59 advantage in the final period and teammates Neal Muhlenkamp and Marcus Bruns free throws helped ice the contest for the Cavs who have now beaten their Midwest Athletic Conference rivals three straight times.

Caleb Martin, the future Toledo Rocket Quarterback helped put his team on top early in the first quarter as he and Micaiah Cox combined to score 14 of the Indians opening quarter 23 markers. Three pointers helped keep Coldwater in the game in the first period as Sam Broering, Thobe, and Jacob Wenning all connected from behind the arc to bring their squad within 8.

With foul trouble limiting Cox’s availability on the floor in the middle two quarters the Indians were forced to look for scoring elsewhere and it was Martin they found willing to answer the call as he cashed in on nine points including a triple. Payton Jutte was effective as well for Fort Recovery, scoring 11 points in the contest but was unable to have a good night from the free throw line as he finished just 3/7.

Neal Muhlenkamp finished the game with 14 points and 9 rebounds for Coldwater but it was his second half that had the home fans talking. Tasked with guarding the inside and the big scorers for Fort Recovery the 6’3 Senior held his own as he helped engineer a handful of fast breaks during his teams comeback in the second half where he scored 13 of his points on the evening.

On the evening the Cavaliers outrebounded their opponents 29-27 and held an advantage at the free throw line where they connected on 17/22 offerings to just 7/12 for the Indians.

In the fourth quarter alone Coldwater Sophomore guard Marcus Bruns hit on 6/7 from the charity stripe and finished the game with a remarkable 11/12 performance to give his team their ninth win of the season.

Fort Recovery falls to 11-7 on the season and 3-4 in MAC play, the Indians will travel to Triad for a non-league matchup on Saturday night while Coldwater (9-9, 3-4) is home against Tri-Village.

Box Score:

Coldwater (66):
Marcus Bruns 15
Sam Broering 9
Dylan Thobe 13
Neal Muhlenkamp 14
Mitch Balster 2
Cole Frilling 4
Jacob Wenning 5
Derek Albers 4

FG: 20/47
3PT: 7/26
FT: 17/22
TO: 9

Fort Recovery (63):
Caleb Martin 18
Ryan Braun 5
Payton Jutte 11
Cade Wendel 2
Travis Sutter 2
Matt Bihn 6
Jason Roessner 5
Micaiah Cox 14

FG: 25/46
3PT: 4/13
FT: 7/12
TO: 7

JV: Coldwater 41-40


Redskins shoot past Riders

ST. HENRY, OH – St. Henry used the deep ball early and often Friday night at home as they defeated visiting St. Marys 65-49 to open the home portion of their basketball schedule.

The Redskins didn’t score their first basket of the game from inside the arc until the second quarter clock showed 2:17 remaining in the period when Tyler Schlarman dropped in a layup for his squad.

Mitch Schwieterman began the Redskin barrage from deep in the opening stanza as he connected on a pair from behind the arc to help St. Henry lead 10-6 at the first quarter stoppage of the game.

Despite coming off the bench for coach Eric Rosenbeck, Parker Link tossed in four of the home teams seven three pointers in the quarter and ten in the first half as part of a 28-7 run to end the first 16 minutes of play and send the game to the locker room at 38-13 St. Henry.

6’3 Senior Derek Jay scored seven points in the first half of the contest for the Roughriders and then caught fire for his team in the third quarter as he connected on a pair of shots from deep and 10 of his game high 30 to help St. Marys crawl within 17 at the end of the period.

While Jay tossed his 13 more points in the final eight minutes of play for the visitors, the home squad did their damage from the free throw line as the Redskins six players hit on 11 of their 16 attempts to wrap up the final touches of their 65-49 victory.

St. Marys (0-1) was led by Jay’s 30 points while St. Henry (2-1) saw Link finish as their high man with 19 markers. The Roughriders will be in action on Saturday night as they travel to New Bremen while the Redskins will play host to Mississinawa Valley.

Box Score:

St. Marys (49)
Braeden Dunlap 4
Jacob Grannan 2
Ethan Mielke 2
Sam Young 3
Derek Jay 30
Bo Kuenning 6
Ethan Steger 2

FG: 15/45
3PT: 5/12
FT: 14/19
REB: 14 (6 OFF)
AST: 10
STL: 12
TO: 14

St. Henry (65)
Ryan Luttmer 4
Mitch Schwieterman 17
Ryan Bruening 7
Tyler Schlarman 12
Parker Link 19
Blake Hoyng 5
Clayton Heitkamp 3

FG: 18/37
3PT: 11/20
FT: 18/28
REB: 33 (11 OFF)
AST: 15
STL: 9
TO: 21

JV: St. Henry 57-29


Bearcats claw past St Henry

SPENCERVILLE, OH – Three pointers were the name of the game at the Walk-In Closet on Friday night as St. Henry and Spencerville combined to throw up 43 triple attempts on the evening. Spencerville finished the contest at 4/8 and in the end with a 56-49 victory in front of their home fans to open the season.

St. Henry held Spencerville scoreless for the first half of the opening quarter and held on to a 3-0 behind a Ryan Luttmer three pointer until the Bearcats got on the board with 4:05 left in the stanza when Senior Gary Schrolucke connected on 2/3 charity tosses. The Redskins tossed in a pair of three pointers from Ryan Bruening and Mitch Schwieterman to lead 15-11 after the first eight minutes of play.

The old adage is “live by the three, die by the three” and St. Henry put that to the test in the second quarter as their only points would come from the duo of Curtis Ulenhake and Luttmer who each hit from behind the arc.

Despite being held scoreless in the first quarter by the Redskins defense Dakota Prichard exploded in the second period with 9 points, including a three pointer of his own to help give his team their first lead at 16-15 with 4:24 left in the half. Junior Ben Dues two points in the quarter, his only marker of the game helped the Cats lead by four at the half 25-21.

Prichard struck the visiting defense again in the third quarter as he would pick up seven more points and a second made three pointer to bump his total to 16 and coupled with baskets from Bailey and Griffen Croft, and a three from Schrolucke handed the home squad a 40-36 lead going into the final quarter.

Spencerville finished from the free throw line 22/36 on the evening but did connect on 12/20 of their attempts in the fourth quarter that saw the Bearcats survive multiple miscues with the basketball and emerge victorious by seven. For their part the Redskins did put up 14 markers of their own but fall in the end 56-49.

St. Henry sees their season start at 0-1 but will be in action Saturday night at Russia. The Redskins were led in scoring by Ryan Luttmer who finished with 12 points, all coming on made three pointers.

The Bearcats were led in scoring by Dakota Prichard who finished with 22 points. Saturday night will see Spencerville on the road at Bluffton University for a 6pm tilt with Colonel Crawford.

Box Score:

St. Henry (49):
Curtis Ulenhake 3
Nathan Lefeld 1
Ryan Luttmer 12
Mitch Schwieterman 11
Ryan Bruening 7
Tyler Schlarman 7
Blake Hoyng 6
Cody Bruggeman 2

FG: 17/46
3PT: 9/35
FT: 6/10
REB: 24

Spencerville (56):
Dakota Prichard 22
Gary Schrolucke 11
Griffen Croft 9
Bailey Croft 7
Daniel Corso 5
Ben Dues 2

FG: 15/32
3PT: 4/8
FT: 22/36
REB: 28

JV: St. Henry 40-33


Flyers hoist 9th state title

COLUMBUS, OH – It might not have been the prettiest win in Marion Local history but it certainly was just as meaningful as the past 8 state title victories Friday afternoon as the Flyers staved off previously unbeaten Cuyahoga Heights with a 21-17 victory.

Offensively Marion Local committed four turnovers to just one for Cuyahoga Heights and held the high octane Redskins offense to 254 yards on the morning/afternoon.

Cuyahoga Heights started the scoring in the contest in the first quarter with a 31 yard field goal from kicker Mark Shafer to strike first and lead 3-0.

Marion Local’s response to their opponents field goal would come just moments later on the next drive of the game as the Flyers marched 71 yards on 8 plays and pulled ahead 7-3 as Nate Moeller took a toss sweep off the right side of the line and bounced into the Ohio Stadium endzone untouched for his squads first score.

Following a Redskins punt that was downed inside the Marion Local one yard line the Flyers dominant offensive line went to work with 1:24 left in the first quarter. 19 plays and 99 yards were covered by the Marion Local offense on their third possession of the game over the span of 9:40 ending at the 3:44 mark of the second quarter when QB Duane Leugers barreled in from a yard out to make it a 14-3 ballgame.

Leugers second rushing touchdown of the contest and 24th of the season would come at the 1:52 remaining mark of the same stanza as he rushed through a host of would be tacklers and for a score untouched that put Marion ahead 21-3 heading into the halftime break.

Despite possessing the football to open the third quarter with an 18 point lead the Flyers offense was unable to capitalize on a short third down and were forced to punt back to the Redskins. Starting at their own 31 and with 9:38 in the third the Cuyahoga Heights offense that had been held in check for most of the game up to this point struck for four first downs on their way to a 1 yard touchdown run for their QB and 1st team All-Ohio selection Brett Lowther that cut the Marion Local lead to 21-10.

Before tailback Nate Moeller could reach the football across the first down line on the ensuing Flyer drive he was stripped of the ball on his teams next possession and saw it end up in the hands of Lowther at the 46 to give the Redskins new life.

Aided by a blocked punt that landed at the Marion Local one, Cuyahoga Heights quickly got within four points of the Flyers with 11:41 remaining in the contest when Lucas D’Orazio rumbled in from a yard out into his opponents endzone for a score that made it 21-17 Marion Local.

Despite both teams turning the ball over on two different possessions each the Flyers were able to march to the Cuyahoga Heights 14 but were unable to pick up a crucial fourth down play and were forced to give their opponents the ball at their own 15.

With 85 yards to go and just :53 to do so the Redskins offense who had burned their last timeout on the previous defensive drive were forced to go into hurry up mode. Calm and cool, Lowther connected on three straight passes for a total of 49 yards and across midfield into Flyer territory. It was not meant to be however for Cuyahoga Heights as Lowther was sacked for a loss of 12 and hurried into back to back incomplete passes as time ran out on their season behind on the scoreboard.

Marion Local finishes the season 14-1 and with their 9th state title in 11 championship game appearances. Cuyahoga Heights in their first title game appearance sees their season end at 14-1 and as runners up in Division 6.

Midwest Athletic Conference teams are now 31-11 all-time in state championship contests and will get two more opportunities to bring home gold trophies as Minster and Coldwater will compete on Saturday in Division 7 and Division 5 play.

Stats link: D6 State Championship Box Score


Indians win season opener

FT RECOVERY, OH – The 2016 season kicked off Thursday night for the ladies of Fort Recovery as they defeated the visiting Knights from Crestview 57-37 at Fort Site Fieldhouse.

Fort Recovery jumped out to an early lead with St. Francis commit Whitney Will tossing in a basket and a pair of free throws and continued their hot shooting as Jocelyn Kaiser and Grace Thien connected on a pair of field goals each. Crestview Junior Paige Motycka was the lone scorer for her team in the opening period and was held to just one make from the field to go along with her 6/6 performance from the line.

Starting the second quarter trailing 21-8 the Knights did themselves no favors offensively as they were harassed into four turnovers by the Indians defense. Late in the half Crestview guard Lexi Gregory connected from the right wing on a three point goal to cut the lead down but was unable to help keep the score low on the home side as Will put up nine of her 13 first half markers and helped her team run to a 34-15 halftime break lead.

Just as she had done in the first quarter, Motycka scored all of her teams points in the third stanza as she connected on a three pointer, two from inside and a pair from the line for a total of 11 in the period. Despite getting to the line twice in the third, Motycka would see her streak of 14 consecutive made free throws come to and end as she missed on one moments before the quarter buzzer.

Grace Thien’s five points in the third quarter led the Indians but a three pointer from Kiah Wendel midway through the quarter helped put a stop to a trio of trips down the floor with a turnover by her team and push their lead to 46-24 at the buzzer.

Alyssa Gent popped in the third Crestview make from beyond the arc in the game early on in the fourth but the Knights again were unable to capitalize on their good fortune as two players in Lyvia Black and Gregory combined to shoot 3/4 from the charity stripe. Motycka finished off her performance of a game high 28 points with seven points but it wasn’t enough as the Knights dropped their second game in a row, 57-37.

Aided by seven points of her own in the final quarter before fouling out, Will finished with a team high 20 markers and 13 rebounds for Fort Recovery on 7/9 shooting from the floor and 2/4 from the free throw line.

Crestview (0-2) will find themselves off until Thursday, December 8th when they begin Northwest Conference play by traveling to Bluffton to take on the Pirates. Fort Recovery (1-0) will have just one day off before they welcome the Wapak Redskins to town for a Saturday afternoon non-conference battle.

Box Score:
Lyvia Black 2
Lexi Gregory 4
Alyssa Gent 3
Paige Motycka 28

FG: 9/45
FT: 15/19
3PT: 3/16
TO: 13

Fort Recovery:
Kiah Wendel 6
Grace Thien 10
Carley Stone 7
Brooke Kahlig 4
Val Muhlenkamp 2
Whitney Will 20
Jocelyn Kaiser 8

FG: 24/49
FT: 6/10
3PT: 3/10

JV: 33-26 Fort Recovery


Newark Catholic headed to 4th straight finals

COLUMBUS, OH – For the second season in a row the Newark Catholic Green Wave have found themselves responsible for ending the season of the Fort Recovery Indians as they defeated the MAC squad 7-3 on Friday night.

Trailing 2-0 after the opening two innings the defending champion Green Wave responded against Ft. Recovery starter Nick Thwaits by roughing up the Sophomore for a trio of runs to pull ahead 3-2 in the third.

Shortstop Tanner Lake led off the Newark Catholic rally as he singled to begin the inning. Catcher Mitch Lohr who reached on a single to left field came around to score on an error that allowed Jon Erhard to reach for the first run of the inning. Moments later the Green Wave took the aforementioned lead on a 2 RBI single by Nick Cavinee.

Thwaits, the first batter of the bottom half of the third inning slapped a single into the outfield for his first hit of the game and later scored to tie the game at 3-3 heading to the fourth. Fort Recovery had a chance to add more runs as Jacob Homan was hit by a pitch, but Hunter Boughman was struck out by Caine Whitney who came in to relieve starter Tanner Marmie in the inning and the rally came to an end.

Nine batters came and went for Newark Catholic in the fifth inning against Thwaits and his relief pitcher Jackson Hobbs. After seeing their starter chased off of the mound and into right field the Indians surrendered four runs on a pair of singles, a double, and a fielders choice that would provide the final runs of the contest.

Fort Recovery found themselves with a final opportunity to get even in the game in the final half inning as they got a single from Thwaits and a second runner when Wendel was hit by a pitch, but a pair of flyouts by Hobbs and Jacob Homan put an ending to their second straight trip to the Final Four.

With the win Newark Catholic (23-10) advances to the State Championship at 7pm on Saturday night against North Lewisburg Triad (26-7) who were victorious over Cuyahoga Heights 6-0 in the nightcap at Huntington Park.

Caine Whitney (8-1) picked up the win for the Green Wave by tossing 3.1 innings of shutout baseball while Thwaits (3-1) suffers his first loss of the season for Ft. Recovery who finishes their campaign at 22-10.

Box Score:

Box Score .PDF


Indians headed back to State

HAMLER, OH – Fort Recovery waited 62 years for their return trip to Columbus at the state baseball championships before heading back last season. The Indians will have to wait just a week this time before heading to the capital city as they defeated Kalida 11-1 to win the Hamler Division 4 Regional Championship on Friday night.

Jacob Homan gave Fort Recovery their first chance to put a run on the scoreboard at Patrick Henry high school with his line drive to centerfield, but Kalida’s Austin Swift had other ideas and kept the contest scoreless as he fired a perfect strike to catcher Jeff Knueve ahead of Jackson Hobbs who was tagged out to keep the game scoreless to end the opening frame.

Indians hurler Nick Thwaits kept the Putnam County League champions scoreless through their first three Regional Finals at bats since 2006 when they visited Columbus themselves with seven ground balls, a strikeout and a flyout. Of the five groundouts Thwaits forced Kalida into he himself was responsible for tossing out four straight runners on hits back to the mound.

Thirteen Ft. Recovery batters came to the plate in the third inning and seven came to score against the trio of Owen Recker, Trent Siebeneck, and Noah Lambert who each were tasked with facing a suddenly white hot Indian lineup.

Ross Homan led off the inning with a walk and was moved over on a Will Homan single to reset his squad to the top of the lineup before being brought into score on a Cade Wendel sacrifice bunt for the first run of the contest. Jackson Hobbs reached on a walk and proceeded to steal second base before being brought all the way around on a two run home run from Jacob Homan to right center that put Kalida in a 4-0 hole and chased Recker from the game.

Siebeneck’s first batter Hunter Boughman doubled and moved up to third when Kyle Schroer reached on an error. In all the Indians scored seven runs on three hits in the inning and forced Kalida to play from behind against their biggest deficit of the season against Thwaits.

Austin Klausing singled in the bottom of the third with one out but was left stranded as the Wildcats were victims of a strikeout of Trent Gerding and a groundout from Siebeneck.

Two more Indian runs came across in the top of the fourth inning and pushed the visitors advantage to 6-0 as Hobbs and Boughman came around to score on errors by Kalida.

Kalida put runners on the corners after Swift reached third on a pair of errors and Braden Decker walked, but were unable to cash in as Brady Laudick was another victim of a 1-3 putout by Nick Thwaits to put an end to the bottom of the fourth.

Noah Lambert led off the 5th for his team by singling and reached third on a passed ball and was driven in for Kalida’s only run of the game on an RBI single.

The final two runs of the game came in the top of the sixth for Ft Recovery to provide the games final margin of 11-1 and send the Indians (22-8) to Columbus where they will meet 21-9 Newark Catholic who knocked off top seeded Toronto 4-1 in 10 innings.

Kalida sees their season come to an end at 23-2.

Austin Swift finishes his high school career with 268 K’s, 3rd most in PC history behind Leipsic’s Ruben Gonzales (287) & Kalida’s Brian Klausing (294), his 105 K’s this season is tied 2nd in a season for Kalida with Ross Guisinger (record is 113 by Chad Ehrnsberger).

WP – Nick Thwaits (5-2)
LP – Owen Recker (1-1)


Kalida, Ft Recovery to meet in Regional Finals

HAMLER, OH – They might have done it in completely different fashions but Kalida and Fort Recovery posted Thursday afternoon wins and will face off for a trip to Columbus at 5pm on Friday.

Future University of Toledo Rocket hurler Brady Laudick got the start for Kalida on the mound and retired the hot bats of New London in the first while allowing just one runner to reach base before DJ Yates flew out to right fielder Trent Siebeneck to end the opening stanza. Earlier in the inning Siebeneck made a diving snag of a Nate Thomas liner for the games first out that would have been a sure double for New London.

In the bottom of the first Siebeneck opened the game by lacing a 2-2 pitch from opposing starter Justin Chaffins. Despite having the bases loaded in the inning the Wildcats would only be able to muster one run as the inning came to an abrupt halt on a line drive by Noah Lambert that was caught by Thomas.

Leading 1-0 to begin the fourth inning the PCL Champions added a second run as Lambert was driven in to score by Austin Klausing to make the Kalida advantage 2-0 heading to the fifth.

The top of the fifth was the best inning of the game for New London as they not only plated a trio of runs to give themselves a 3-2 lead, they also chased Laudick from the mound. Austin Swift, the future Indiana Wesleyan pitcher came on in relief of Laudick with one out in the inning and looked to replicate his 18 strikeout performance from the District Finals against Leipsic. Brad Weber, the 8th hitter of the inning against Kalida fell victim to a fastball from Swift and struck out to end the frame with New London leaving a pair of runners on base.

Kalida’s bottom of the fifth inning proved to be the difference maker as Siebeneck and Trevor Maag who had reached on a walk and an RBI triple in the inning were brought around to score on a Braden Decker double to run his teams lead to one at 4-3.

After escaping a bases loaded situation in the sixth inning with a strikeout and a groundout to the pitcher the Wildcats of Kalida needed one big stand to secure the win in the top of the seventh.

Ryan Lane, the standout junior pitcher and infielder for New London reached after being hit by a pitch to open the inning, but would find himself stuck at second base with an out on the scoreboard after Yates was walked and Weber was a strikeout victim. New London catcher Daedrick Matthews grounded a ball to second to Trent Gerding that was promptly turned into a 4-6-3 game ending double play to give Kalida the victory just a pair of pitches later.

Austin Swift (8-0) took the win for Kalida (23-1) while Justin Chaffins (4-3) finishes with the loss for New London who sees their season end at 24-4.

In the second game of the day the Fort Recovery Indians, looking to go back to state for the second consecutive season under head coach Jerry Kaup were victorious over Ayersville 7-5 despite committing four errors in the contest.

Jackson Hobbs, the Fort Recovery starter who came in at 6-2 on the season took the mound at the top of the ballgame and wasted no time as he got a pair of ground outs and a flyout on ten pitches to put away Ayersville in their opening turn at bat.

A walk and a fielders choice gave the Indians a chance to push through the games first run, but a popout by Jacob Homan ended the threat just as quickly as it began and sent the game scoreless into the second.

Cole Wendel acquired first base via a full count walk and was driven in by Hobbs’ RBI triple to give the home team for the day a 1-0 lead in the bottom half of the third. Jacob Homan drove in Hobbs on the very next offering from Ayersville starter Jacob Kahle and the Indians pushed ahead to 2-0 after three complete.

Ayersville tagged Hobbs for a trio of runs in the fourth inning to take their first lead at 3-2 behind an error, a hit by pitch and a two RBI double by Tyler Brown.

The visitors time in the lead quickly came to a close as Fort Recovery plated a pair of their own in the bottom half of the fourth inning with Kyle Schroer and Chase Bruns crossing the plate to put the Indians back on top at 4-3.

Despite giving up just a pair of earned runs on four hits in the game, Hobbs was sent to play third base as Nick Thwaits was brought in from right field to pitch in relief with a runner on in Eric Engel who had singled to open the game and was sac bunted 90 feet by Kyle Nicely. Engel came around to score on a Jacob Miller RBI single but the Pilots were unable to add any additional runs in the inning and headed to the bottom of the fifth tied at 4.

As they had done in their previous at bat the Indians wasted little time putting up a pair of runs on the Patrick Henry scoreboard as Thwaits and Wendel were knocked in on a double with no outs by Hobbs to make it 6-4 Ft. Recovery.

Three errors in the sixth inning was almost the undoing in the game for the Indians but the trio of pitchers they used in the inning (Hobbs, Wendel, Thwaits) were able to limit the damage to just a pair of runs when Thwaits struck out Jacob Kahle to keep the game at a one run advantage for his team.

A sacrifice fly by Hobbs, his fourth RBI of the game added the final run and sent the contest to the top of the final inning at 7-5 before Thwaits ended the game with a pair of strikeouts and a popout he caught with his own glove off the bat of Kasey Williams.

Fort Recovery (21-8) advances to play Kalida at 5pm Friday while Ayersville (19-9) sees their season draw to a close in their first regional appearance under Chad Donsbach.

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