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Wildcats clinch PCL share behind Kuhlman no-hitter

MILLER CITY, OH – A no-hitter that began a month ago at Fort Jennings finished up on Monday night at Miller City as Jacob Kuhlman earned the bid and a 2-0 victory for his team to help them clinch a share of the Putnam County League.

April 10th when the contest between the two rival schools began and before it was halted due to storms and lightning in the area in the top of the fifth inning, Kuhlman had allowed just two baserunners to reach against him, each via a full count walk.

Monday night the Wildcat right hander was simply brilliant on the hill as he struck out three Musketeer hitters to open the bottom of the fifth inning and finished the contests last three innings by striking out six of the ten hitters he would see come up to the plate threatening to end his no-hit bid.

With the win Kuhlman moves his season record to 2-1 as he tossed 7 no hit innings, striking out ten Musketeers, handing out a pair of walks and hitting just one batter.

Brandon Wehri took the loss for Fort Jennings (5-13, 0-5) as he pitched 6 innings, striking out 9 Wildcat batters and giving up just a run while surrendering seven hits.

Miller City moves to 13-4 overall and finishes Putnam County League play at 6-1 and clinches a share of the PCL championship for the fifth time in nine years under head coach Dusty Pester. The Wildcats will play a non-conference affair on Tuesday at home against McComb before beginning their tournament run at home on Thursday afternoon.

Fort Jennings will travel to Delphos to take on Ada Tuesday night to begin their run to Columbus before finishing up their regular season with a pair of games later this week and early next week against Pandora-Gilboa, and Continental.

Top Performers:
Bryce Riepenhoff (MC) – 3/3, 2B, BB, 1R
Corbin Niese (MC) – 1/3, 1BB, 1RBI
Mark Kuhlman (MC) – 2/4, 1 RBI

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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

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

*Stats compiled with Gamechanger app*

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PG’s Johnson headlines All-PCL list as Player of the Year

Pandora Gilboa Junior Drew Johnson and PG Head Coach Joe Braidic were tabbed Sunday as the Putnam County League Player and Coach of the Year respectively as they led the Rockets to their third PCL title in school history and first since 2009 as they finished with a 16-6 regular season campaign and went 6-1 in league competition.

Braidic who is in his third term as the head of the boys program at PG picked up his second win for the top mentor in the league. In 2008 Braidic was honored for the first time as he guided his Rockets to their first PCL crown.

In winning the player award Johnson, a dynamic 6’5 Junior forward who already nabbed his 1,000th point this season becomes the fourth player in school history selected for the honor and he joins Josh Lee who snagged it in the first two PCL title seasons of 2008 and 2009, Eric Hermiller who won in 1990, and Steve Fenstermaker who was honored in 1987.

Joining Johnson on the 1st team this season were Seniors Wade Stauffer of Continental, and Grant Schroeder of Leipsic. Juniors Mark Kuhlman of Miller City and Logan Kemper of Ottoville joined with Johnson to make it three underclassmen in this seasons top five vote getters.

2nd team selections included a future St. Francis Cougar football player in Columbus Grove Senior Rece Roney, who was honored alongside four Juniors in Miller City’s Jacob Kuhlman, Ottoville’s Nick Moorman, Brandon Wehri of Fort Jennings, and Pandora Gilboa Sophomore Jared Breece.

Honorable Mention status for the league went to 16 players this year:

Caiden Grothaus (Senior) Columbus Grove
Logan Schroeder (Junior) Columbus Grove
Trevor Williamson (Senior) Continental
Jacob Williams (Senior) Continental
Ian Finn (Junior) Fort Jennings
Luke Trentman (Junior) Fort Jennings
Trent Siebeneck (Senior) Kalida
Collin Nartker (Senior) Kalida
Jordan Berger (Senior) Leipsic
Grant Rader (Senior) Leipsic
Matt Niese (Senior) Miller City
Noah Otto (Junior) Miller City
Ryan Bendele (Junior) Ottoville
Eric Von Sossan (Senior) Ottoville
Cooper McCullough (Junior) Pandora Gilboa
Riley Larcom (Sophomore) Pandora Gilboa

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63rd open season with victory

OTTAWA, OH – Ottawa Post 63’s first game of the season came with its fair share of challenges at times but when the darkness began to set in and the top of the 8th inning wrapped up the Fighting 63rd had outscored Troy 13-8.

Coming off of an 8-12-2 season and with just four players returning from last seasons squad the 63rd opened their first contest with a new lineup and opportunities to shine for their young club.

Kalida’s Brady Laudick got the start for Ottawa on the mound and surrendered four walks in the first inning, but saw just one turned into a run as he got a strikeout and a groundout from the bottom of the Troy order to help limit the damage against his team on the new scoreboard installed at Memorial Park.

Eight batters came to the plate for the home squad in the bottom of the opening frame and three would find themselves crossing home plate in the inning. Jackson Lammers (Miller City) got things going first as he doubled to the left field wall. Corbin Niese (Miller City) was issued a walk and Austin Swift (Kalida) singled to drive in a run. Ryan McCracken’s (Van Wert) RBI ground out to short and Austin Klausing’s (Kalida) sacrifice fly brought in the remaining two runners.

Troy Post 43, coming off of a 41-18 season last year that saw them reach the Great Lakes American Legion National Regional for the first time since 1970 came out swinging in the second inning as they plated five runs of their own to take a 6-3 lead into the bottom of the second.

Ten batters came to bat for Troy in the top half of the inning that began with a single from Frank Gnuca and ended when Gnuca grounded out to Lammers at short following every one of his teammates having had their turn on the offensive end against relief pitcher Jordan Tovarnak (Shawnee) who came in with one out in the inning.

Following a pair of scoreless innings on both side the visitors punched across a run in the fourth to take a 7-3 lead in the game.

Ottawa responded to their opponents marker in the fifth and sixth innings as they tallied eight runs to take an 11-7 lead into the seventh led by a triple and a double by Swift and McCracken to start the fifth, and a trio of singles by Niese, Swift, and Van Wert’s Ryan Stoller that followed up a leadoff double by Ada’s Brayden Sautter in the sixth.

Braden Nesbit (Tipp City Bethel/Muskingum) added the last run for Troy as he smacked a ball over the right centerfield wall to cut the Ottawa lead to 11-8 in the seventh before his next six teammates would be retired in order to end the game.

Corbin Niese singled to open the bottom of the seventh, Austin Swift was hit by a pitch on a 3-2 count, and McCracken singled in a run as all three would come around to score in the final Ottawa at bat before their turn came to an end.

McCracken finished the day 3-5 at the plate and with 4 RBI for the victorious Fighting 63rd (1-0) while Van Wert High School teammate Stoller finished 2-4 with a run scored and a walk on the day.

Lima Senior Junior Josiah Shoemaker (1-0) snagged the win for his squad while Noah Roswell (0-1) took the loss for Troy (2-3).

Troy will return home Friday night to begin WOL play as they take on Greenville while the Fighting 63rd are in Kalida for exhibition action against the Lima Locos at Holy Name Ballpark beginning at 7pm. Lima vs Ottawa can be heard live on: Zsportslive.com

Box Score:

Ottawa:

Jackson Lammers (Miller City): 2-5, 2 2B, RBI, 2 Runs
Corbin Niese (Miller City): 2-4, 1 BB, 3 Runs
Austin Swift (Kalida): 3-4, 2B, 3B, RBI, 3 Runs, HBP
Ryan McCracken (Van Wert): 3-5, 2B, 4 RBI, 3 Runs
Ryan Stoller (Van Wert): 2-4, BB, Run
Brady Laudick (Kalida): BB
Jordan Tovarnak (Shawnee): 0-1
Josiah Shoemaker (Lima Sr): 0-2
Noah Howell (Temple Christian): 1-1
Austin Klausing (Kalida): 1-5, 2 RBI
Nate Arrington (Ottawa Glandorf): 0-4, BB, RBI
Matt Bowden (Bluffton): 1-2
Brayden Sautter (Ada): 2-2, 2B, SB, RBI, Run

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Kalida, Leipsic set to rematch in District Finals

OTTAWA, OH – Kalida defeated Miller City 3-0 in the opener and Leipsic knocked out BVC champion Arlington by a 4-2 margin as both teams claimed their place in Saturday’s District Final contest.

Kalida’s Austin Swift gave up a leadoff runner to Miller City in the form of Jackson Lammers but not much more as he struck out 10 Wildcat batters and gave up just a pair of walks in going all seven innings to pick up his sixth win of the season.

Trent Siebeneck led off the bottom of first inning for the Putnam County League champions with a single and was later driven in by Trevor Maag’s RBI groundout to put his team up 1-0.

In the third inning after Swift doubled and Jeff Knueve reached on a catchers interference call to open the stanza. Both runners would come around to score in the frame when a throwing error at first sailed high on an attempt to get Noah Lambert out.

Swift finished the game by striking out the side in the 7th inning and five of the last six hitters he faced to earn Kalida a date on Saturday with the winner of the nightcap.

With the win Kalida sees their record improve to 21-1 on the season while Miller City’s come to an end at 15-6. Lammers took the loss in the game despite giving up just three runs on six hits.

WP – Austin Swift
LP – Jackson Lammers

Game two kicked off with Arlington tagging a pair of runs onto the season count for Leipsic starter Grant Rader to end the opening half inning with a 2-0 advantage on an error and a pair of doubles.

Leipsic’s first run of the contest came in the bottom of the third inning as after reaching on an error, catcher Justin Ellerbrock was brought in to score on a single by outfielder Dylan Schroeder to cut the Red Devils lead in half.

Ross Schroeder began the bottom half of the fifth inning by being hit in the head by a pitch from Arlington hurler Zach Durliat. Following the hit by pitch the Vikings added another run to tie the game as Dylan Schroeder knocked in his second run of the game on a single. Rader helped his own cause just one batter later as he was walked to put a runner at the first two bases. Both runners were moved over a base on a Jordan Berger sacrifice bunt before being brought in to take a 4-2 lead on a 2 RBI single by Robbie Laubenthal.

Despite his defense allowing the first two Arlington hitters to reach via error in the top of the seventh inning, Rader utilized a popout, a strikeout and a pop out to secure the win.

Leipsic (17-4) avenges an earlier season loss to Arlington (20-3) and moves on to a PCL rematch against Kalida on Saturday. In their regular season meeting the Wildcats survived an eight inning game and won 3-2 to clinch the conference crown for the first time since 2012, a title they shared with Leipsic.

WP – Grant Rader (7IP, 5 H, 4 K, 0 W, 2 HBP, 2 R)
LP – Zach Durliat (8-1) – 6 IP, 8 H, 4 K, 4 W, 1 HBP, 4 R

Hear Saturday’s game live at 1pm on Zsportslive.com

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West sweeps girls D8 games

ELIDA – The 40th annual District 8 All-Star games took place Monday night at Elida with the West squad winning both contests. In the Division 1-2-3 outing the West outscored their Eastern counterparts 72-69 while the Division 4 game saw the West roll to a 64-30 victory.

Tied at 69-69 with seconds left to play in the game Ottawa Glandorf’s Dani Ellerbrock, who will play her college basketball at Mt. Vernon Nazarene University connected on a free throw to give the West a one point advantage before picking the pocket of Bath’s Brittany Ulmer and connecting on a layup for the games final score.

Future Bowling Green Falcon Rion Thompson (Lima Senior) led the east in scoring as she tallied 17 points in the game while teammate Heather Heiby of Celina joined her in double figures with 15, hitting on five three pointers in the loss.

Nicolette Devincentis (Liberty Benton) was the games leading scorer with 18 points in her final contest before traveling to Indiana for her collegiate ball at St. Josephs. Maddi Stiles (Wapak/Heidelberg) tallied four three pointers and finished with 15 points while Ellerbrock chipped in with 10.

Scoring:
D 1-2-3 West (72):
Sara Smarkel (Findlay) 9
Marissa Wintrow (Findlay) 2
Kendra Siefring (Fort Recovery) 7
Nicolette Devincentis (Liberty Benton) 18
Dani Ellerbrock (OG) 10
Erika Angstman (St. Marys) 6
Riley Culver (Wapak) 5
Maddi Stiles (Wapak) 15

Playing but not scoring: Lindi Cisco (St. Marys)
Unable to attend: Lynea Diller (Columbus Grove)

D 1-2-3 East (69):
Brittany Ulmer (Bath) 5
Haley McGillvary (Celina) 5
Kelly Stahl (Celina) 4
Heather Heiby (Celina) 15
Denise Schwieterman (Coldwater) 4
Brooklyn Miller (Defiance) 4
Bailey Kuhn (Elida) 6
Essence Cowan (Lima Senior) 9
Rion Thompson (Lima Senior) 17

The Division 4 game featured the West squad led early by the hot shooting of Alyse Clune (New Bremen) and three pointers from five different players. With the East unable to score early on they found themselves behind at the halftime break 26-17. Marion Local’s Emily Mescher gave her West squad plenty of opportunities for extra chances in the half as she pulled down rebound after rebound.

LeAnn Huelsman of Minster and Clune combined to hit four threes in the second half and lead a defensive effort that held their counterparts to just 13 points in the second half en route to the 64-30 victory.

Huelsman and Clune led the way in the contest with 12 points apiece while Natalie Snider of Lima Central Catholic tossed in 8 points to lead her East squad.

Scoring:

D4 West:

Emily Bauer (Crestview) 3
Lexie Hayes (Delphos St. Johns) 3
Kylie Jettinghoff (Ft. Jennings) 7
Emily Mescher (Marion Local) 5
LeAnn Huelsman (Minster) 12
Hannah Schmitmeyer (Minster) 6
Alyse Clune (New Bremen) 12
Debbie Paul (New Bremen) 8
Rachel Leffel (New Knoxville) 5
Nicole Kramer (Ottoville) 3

D4 East (30):

Sydney Faine (Ada) 5
Rachel Wildman (Ada) 2
Brittany Kahle (Kalida) 5
Kylie Osterhage (Kalida) 4
Allison Recker (Kalida) 2
Natalie Snider (LCC) 8
Cassie Niese (Miller City) 4

Playing but not scoring: Micheala Curtis (Hardin Northern), Sara McFadden (Ridgemont), Chloe Kromer (Vanlue)

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PCL boys, girls snag wins

FINDLAY, OH – Last season the BVC won both games against the PCL, this season it was the Putnam County League who picked up victories in both the boys and girls contests at the University of Findlay’s Croy Gymnasium.

Led by Fort Jennings product Kylie Jettinghoff’s 15 points the PCL ladies snagged their first lead midway through the first of two twenty minute halves and never looked back as they beat the BVC 73-53.

With 4:50 remaining in the first half it was Kalida’s Brittany Kahle who gave the PCL a 28-26 lead when she buried the third of her shots from behind the arc and keyed a run that put her squad on top 44-28 at the break.

Taylor Gilliland of Van Buren led the Blanchard Valley Conference in scoring as she finished the game with 13 markers and finished as the only player for her team in double figures.

Miller City’s Cassie Niese (13), and Columbus Grove’s Ohio State University bound Lynea Diller (10) also reached double figures for the PCL. Niese scored a game high 11 in the first half while Diller added a three pointer in the second half as part of her total in the game.

Scoring:

PCL (73):
Kyrah Yinger (Columbus Grove) 5
Cassie Niese (Miller City) 13
Joni Kaufman (Kalida) 4
Brittany Kahle (Kalida) 9
Elizabeth Klear (Miller City) 2
Kylie Osterhage (Kalida) 9
Lynea Diller (Columbus Grove) 10
Kylie Jettinghoff (Ft. Jennings) 15
Lindsay Macke (Pandora-Gilboa) 0

BVC (53):

Taylor Gilliland (Van Buren) 13
Chloe Kromer (Vanlue) 4
Camryn Sudlow (McComb) 2
Lacey Trumbull (North Baltimore) 8
Emily Heldman (Cory-Rawson) 0
Nicolette DeVincentis (Liberty-Benton) 8
Taylor Farmer (Riverdale) 3
Taylor Frey (Riverdale) 1
Olivia Frost (North Baltimore) 7
Jackie Kloepfer (Vanlue) 7

In just the second year of the BVC/PCL All-Star Game the Putnam County League boys broke the scoring record of 107 points set last season by their counterparts as they exploded for 120 in the 120-92 victory.

A handful of dazzling dunks from Leipsic’s Jordan Brown and a plethora of three pointers by both squads had the crowd at Croy on their feet all evening.

Columbus Grove product Gabe Stechschulte connected on a four shots from deep in the game and finished as the contests leading scorer with 20 points, he was joined in double figures by five PCL teammates. Brown, the Putnam County League Player of the Year was next in scoring as he added 18 markers. Jackson Lammers of Miller City was next with 16 points while Fort Jennings senior Drew Grone added 12. Grove’s Bailey Clement tossed in 11 points and Kody Kuhlman of Miller City had 10.

Four BVC All-Stars scored in double figures led by McComb’s Chas Shoop with 16 while Marcus Brand of Van Buren notched 13, Hopewell-Loudon’s Jackson Sebetto scored 12 and Spencer Osbourne from Liberty Benton finished with 10.

Scoring:

PCL (120):

Baily Clement (Columbus Grove) 11
Gabe Stechschulte (Columbus Grove) 20
Grant Unverferth (Kalida) 4
Jackson Lammers (Miller City) 16
Jordan Brown (Leipsic) 18
Drew Grone (Ft. Jennings) 12
Kody Kuhlman (Miller City) 10
Ross Schroeder (Leipsic) 8
Logan Diller (Columbus Grove) 9
Trent Gerding (Kalida) 9

BVC (92):

Jackson Hankins (Riverdale) 9
Jackson Sebetto (Hopewell-Loudon) 12
Sean Watson (North Baltimore) 9
Marcus Brand (Van Buren) 13
Chas Shoop (McComb) 16
Drew Bryan (McComb) 5
Nathan Craft (Libety Benton) 5
Chad Baker (Arcadia) 5
Shae Watkins (Arcadia) 8
Spencer Osbourne (Liberty Benton) 10

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Ottoville, Miller City post tournament wins

FINDLAY, OH – The Ottoville Big Green and Miller City Wildcats will meet for a second time this season as on Saturday night at 8pm inside Findlay High School they will battle for a sectional championship by virtue of their wins Wednesday night. Ottoville jumped out on Continental and never looked back as they rolled to an 84-28 victory in the opening contest before Miller City downed McComb 59-48 in the nightcap.

Second seeded Ottoville shot 6/16 in the opening period and forced their opponents into just 2/12 from the floor en route to an 18-7 lead at the first stoppage. A 31 point second quarter for the Big Green provided most of the damage to the Continental hopes of winning as six players tallied markers for the designated home squad to push their advantage to 49-13 at the half.

On the evening the girls from Ottoville forced their opponents into 31 turnovers and allowed just 10/30 from the field as they routed the Pirates for the second time. In two meetings this season the Big Green outscored Continental 154-55.

With the win Ottoville improves their season record to 21-2, they were led in scoring by Bridget Landin and Brooke Mangas with 17 apiece. Continental finishes at 1-21 and was led in scoring by their leader on the season in Amber Logan with 10, four below her average.

Scoring:

Ottoville (84):
CJ Kemper 9
Madison Knodell 2
Bridget Landin 17
Nicole Kramer 8
Brooke Mangas 17
Amber Miller 6
Emily Landin 2
Alexis Thorbahn 12
Kasey Knippen 3
Brynie Hannerman 2
Quinley Schlagbaum 4
Haley Hoersten 2

FG: 26/64
3PT: 7 (Thorbahn 2, Kemper, B. Landin, Mangas, Knippen)
FT: 25/29
TO: 14

Continental (28):
Paige Lawhorn 3
Alivia Homier 3
Jaylen Armey 2
Blair Tegenkamp 4
Amber Logan 10
Madison Sharp 5
Ashley Mansfield 2

FG: 10/30
FT: 6/10
3PT: 3 (Logan 2, Lawhorn)
TO: 31

Tied 7-7 after the first quarter the second contest of the night between McComb and Miller City almost went to the half tied up as well, but the Wildcats were able to get one more marker than their opponents and carry a 23-22 lead into the break.

Miller City connected on 6/10 free throws and scored 18 points in the third quarter as they were able to jump on the Panthers and take a 41-33 into the final period.

Cassie Niese, a 5’7 Senior guard for the Wildcats scored a game high 20 points in the contest and hit on 5 of her 6 charity tosses as she helped her team earn the victory and move on to play again at Findlay on Saturday night.

McComb sees their season come to an end at 16-7 and were led in scoring by 1st team Blanchard Valley Conference selection Nora Hemminger who scored 15 points, all in the last three quarters. Miller City is now 12-11 on the season following the win.

Saturday night at 8pm in a game that will be broadcast live on Zsportslive.com the Wildcats will look for redemption for a 62-52 loss back in December when they take on Ottoville.

Scoring:

Miller City (59):
Cassie Niese 20
Paige Wenzinger 5
Tiffany Welty 6
Amanda Simon 12
Christina Berger 4
Elizabeth Klear 5
Jenelle Kuhlman 5
Megan Warnimont 2

FG: 20/38
FT: 14/20
3PT: 2 (Simon, Kuhlman)
TO: 23

McComb (48):
Nora Hemminger 15
Makenna Babb 14
Camryn Sudlow 7
Jenna Herr 10
Jordan Shelley 2

FG: 17/51
FT: 12/24
3PT: 2 (Babb, Herr)
TO: 12

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Harter pitches Findlay past Ottawa

OTTAWA, OHIO – Alex Harter went seven innings for his second straight start but unlike his last outing he came away with a win as Findlay Post 3 defeated Ottawa Thursday night 9-4 in a 9 inning American Legion Baseball contest at Memorial Field.

Ottawa’s Adam Purdy (Elida HS) got two quick outs to begin the game on the mound and was able to survive a full count walk of DH Maxwell Rinebolt (Findlay HS), and a single to a former member of the 63rd in McComb graduate Clay Grubb with a strikeout of Chandler Stillings (Findlay HS) to end the top of the first inning without surrendering a run.

Tristen Becker (St. Marys) who finished 3/5 in the contest got the offense going for Ottawa in the bottom of the first as he slapped a 2-1 pitch into the outfield for the first hit of the game. Brad Croy (OG) and Purdy himself would each reach on errors in the inning, the second of which would bring Becker in to score and put the home team up 1-0 heading to the second.

After a scoreless second inning from both squads, Findlay sent eight hitters to the plate in the third and hung three runs on the scoreboard as catcher Wyatt Young (Liberty Benton) singled and scored in the inning. Ross Adolph (Van Buren/University of Toledo) picked up his only hit of the day immediately after Young and also came around to score on a Grubb sac fly RBI. Rinebolt who finished the day 1-3 with a pair of walks drove in Young with an RBI single before being brought in himself on a Stillings single to see the visitors lead rise to 4-1 after 2.5 innings played.

Ottawa got a leadoff single in the bottom of the third inning from Becker, but he was thrown out attempting to steal second base on a two strike count to Jared Davis (Bath), and his team was sent down in order 1-2-3 for the second consecutive inning.

Connor Curlis of Findlay High School, who is headed to The Ohio State University to play his college baseball led off the inning but grounded out to Croy at short. Curlis would finish his day 0-5 against the three pitchers utilized by Ottawa. Young and Adolph followed Curlis by grounding out and flying out to end the Findlay fourth.

Harter would allow four singles by the Fighting 63rd over the course of the next three innings, but none would advance past second as he headed to the bench leading 8-1 with a line of of 7IP, 6K, 1 walk, 6 hits, 1 run.

With Kersh in now in his third inning on the mound in the top of the eighth inning, Findlay would add the games last run as Grubb collected his second RBI of the game by bringing in Phillip Buckingham (Elmwood HS) who had picked up a one out double.

Malachi Abbot, a Sophomore pitcher from McComb High School would take over for Harter as the 8th inning began. Things did not go smoothly for Abbott in the stanza as he began by giving up a single to Croy and a double to Purdy which brought across the second Ottawa run of the game. After St. Marys’ graduate Isaac Fitzgerald was walked, consecutive wild pitches would move he and Purdy up two bases each and bring Purdy in to score to cut the Findlay lead to 9-3. Brad Stolly, the second year member of the Fighting 63rd (LCC) was also walked in the inning and would be moved to second on an RBI single by OG’s Chandler Kersh who had come on in the sixth inning to pitch that made it 9-4 Findlay. Unfortunately for Ottawa, Fred Shepard (Continental), Jackson Lammers (Miller City), and Becker would all go down as outs to end the inning and send the game into the 9th inning.

Seth Evans (Ada HS) who came into the game for Ottawa in the 8th inning as a defensive replacement struck out to begin the frame, and Croy grounded out to first for a pair of quick outs to open the games final at bat for Ottawa. Adam Purdy who had moved to Right Field after his five innings on the mound (2K, 2 walks, 7 hits, 5 runs, 1 wild pitch) singled to keep the inning going, but would be stuck at third base when the game ended after being moved over by a pair of Abbott wild pitches. After Fitzgerald was walked to keep the inning going, Stolly grounded out to end the game.

Findlay is now 5-1 and has won 5 straight games, they will play host to Ottawa at Flag City Field on Thursday, July 9th.

Ottawa (4-2) will host the Tawa Run Classic this weekend and be in action for three games: Friday at 6pm vs Fostoria, Saturday at 3pm vs Piqua, and 6pm vs Ashley Legion. For more information on the Tawa Run Classic check out the 63rd’s website at Ottawa Legion Baseball.

WP: Harter (1-1)
LP: Purdy (0-2)

Hits:
Ottawa 10
Findlay 11

Errors:
Ottawa 1 (Croy)
Findlay 4 (Buckingham 3, Sendelbach)

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Miller City, Hicksville move on to Regional Finals

HAMLER, OHIO – They may have taken completely different routes to get there, but Miller City and Hicksville each found a way to win their Regional Semifinals matchups on Thursday afternoon and setup a winner take all against one another on Friday.

In the first game of the day at Patrick Henry the Aces found themselves deadlocked in an extra innings struggle with the McComb Panthers, but put up three runs in the games 10th inning to move within one step of the State Semifinals next week in Columbus.

Wes Perry for Hicksville and Clay Grubb for McComb were phenomenal in the first 8 innings of the contest as the duo each struck out 14 opposing batters, forced 15 batters to find themselves stranded on base, and gave up just 7 hits.

McComb got the first opportunity of the game to put up a run in the bottom of the first inning, but Dakota LaRue’s bouncer to Aces shortstop Phil Karacson quickly put an end to the first inning.

With the game tied in the 10th inning the Aces finally got a run through against Grubb as an error scored both Karacson and Dakota Harvey to give Hicksville the lead at 2-0 with no outs. Malachai Abbott came in to relieve Grubb, and would give up the games final run moments later before getting the innings final out.

Jordan Skilliter, Andrew Adams, and Cody Franks finished a combined 0-12 in the game and would go down in order to end the 10th inning and the game as the Aces celebrated their 3-0 victory.

Hicksville (18-10) got 10 innings from Wes Perry as he struck out 14 and gave up just 3 hits on the afternoon. Clay Grubb took the loss for McComb (15-9) as he threw 9 innings, struck out 14, gave up 5 hits, 4 walks and a hit batter to go along with a pair of earned runs. Grubb is signed to play his college baseball at Ohio Dominican University.

The first game of the doubleheader at Patrick Henry High School featured a defensive battle, but the second would be an offensive explosion as Miller City downed Toledo Christian 13-7.

Toledo Christian’s offense took to Wildcats hurler Ross Lehman early as the first batter of the game in Eagles shortstop Judd Nearhood was handed a walk. After Nearhood reached third base on a two base throwing error by Lehman who was trying to get the second hitter of the game in Kyle Kempton, he would be gunned down at the plate on a heads up reaction to a ground ball by Miller City Sophomore third baseman Jacob Schimmoeller to keep the game scoreless. Moments later however the Eagles would score the first of their two runs in the inning as Kempton was brought in on a sacrifice fly by Jordan Adesi. Brett Freeman who had singled into the outfield moments later would score on a wild pitch to put the visitors on top 2-0 heading to the bottom of the first inning.

Owen Gast, the right handed starting pitcher for Toledo Christan opened his first inning on the rubber by tossing just nine pitches to send Miller City down in order 1-2-3.

Following the second straight inning that began with a walk to the first hitter in Austin Schoen, the Eagles would go up 3-0 when Schoen scored later in the inning.

Trailing 3-0 in the third inning the Wildcats offense came up with one of two big offensive spurts in the game triggered by a leadoff homerun by the pitcher turned shortstop Ross Lehman to left field that narrowed the gap to 3-1. Jeremy Balbaugh drew one of his three walks in the game out of the nine hole, Jackson Lammers and Hunter Berner each walked, and were driven in on a 2 RBI single by Corbin Niese and a sacrifice fly RBI by Adam Drummelsmith. Adam Niese would add a single in the inning as well, but Jacob Schimmoeller struck out to end the third inning with the home squad up 5-3.

Miller City’s 5-3 lead would last into the top of the 5th inning before Toledo Christian pushed across 3 runs on 3 hits, including a pair of RBI doubles by Brett Freeman and Jordan Adesi that put the Eagles back on top 6-5 after four and a half innings played.

Twice in the game the Wildcats sent 9+ batters to the plate in an inning, with the second of those coming in the bottom of the 5th that saw 10 batters come and go. Having already picked up 3 runs with no outs in the inning to give themselves an 8-6 lead, Miller City added three more runs to their lead as Jackson Lammers belted a ball deep into the outfield for a triple that brought home Lehman, Logan Dukes, and Balbaugh and pushed the Cats lead to 11-5 heading to the 6th.

Toledo Christian would get one back in the 6th inning on a sacrifice fly RBI to right field from catcher CJ Johnson, but no more as they were held in check by Lammers.

Miller City (25-2) added a pair of runs in the 6th inning from Corbin Niese and Drummelsmith as they wrapped up a 13-7 win and a berth in the Regional Finals against Hicksville when Jackson Lammers finished off the top of the 7th inning with a fly ball out and a pair of strikeouts of Freeman and Adesi.

Miller City and Hicksville will now play one another at 5pm in Hamler for the right to represent the Hamler Regional in the State Semifinals next Thursday night. Hear the game live on Zsportslive with myself and Todd Hoehn on the call.

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