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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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Ringwald earns win as Bearcats hold off Musketeers

FORT JENNINGS, OH – Spencerville Sophomore pitcher Zach Ringwald earned his first career win on Tuesday night as he and his Bearcats teammates held on to defeat Fort Jennings 8-5 in a non-league contest.

Ringwald worked 6.2 innings and nearly fully completed his first career start but with two outs in the seventh inning and trailing 8-3 Fort Jennings Sam Vetter was able to procure a walk and quickly be tripled in by Connor Stechschulte to trim the Bearcat advantage to 8-4.

A single by Logan Hardeman drove in Stechschulte to make the score 8-5 before a walk to pinch hitter Connor Hoersten again put a runner on base for the home team. With the tying run in pinch hitter Devin Miller coming to the plate the Bearcats head coach Shane Falke would go to his bullpen and put Brady Nolan into the contest.

The decision to move to Nolan with two outs and two on in the bottom of the seventh was a good one for the visiting team as he was able to strike out Miller on five pitches to secure the victory for Spencerville and tie the all-time series at 16 wins apiece.

Bearcat shortstop and future Georgia Highlands College Charger Jacob Meyer who paced the defending Northwest Conference Champions by scoring three of their runs on the day in addition to driving in a pair of runs on two doubles and a single on the afternoon.

Meyer, Luke Market, and Brady Nolan, the top three hitters in the Spencerville lineup combined to reach base nine times in their 15 at bats on the day and drive in or score all but two of their teams scores.

Fort Jennings was led by Brandon Wehri who finished the day 2/4 at the plate and drove in a trio of runs including a pair on a bases clearing double in the fifth inning to pull his team to within five runs at the time of the Bearcats lead.

Both teams were active on the basepaths in the game as they accounted for 11 stolen bases (Spencerville 7, FJ 4).

With the win the Bearcats move their season record to 8-10 and will next travel to take on the Lincolnview Lancers on Thursday afternoon in NWC play. Fort Jennings (4-9) will be in action on Wednesday in Delphos against the Northwest Conference’s remaining unbeaten in the Jefferson Wildcats with first pitch at 4:30pm (hear the game live on WZOQ Radio)

WP: Zach Ringwald (1-0) – 6.2 IP, 5R, 6H, 2K, 111 pitches (63 strikes)
LP: Sam Vetter (1-1) – 4.0 IP, 5R, 10H, 1BB, 66 pitches (40 strikes)

Top Hitters:
Brandon Wehri (FJ): 2/4, 2B, 3RBI
Justin Thiery (SV): 2/3
Jacob Meyer (SV): 3/5, 3R, 2RBI
Brady Becker (SV): 1/4, 3 RBI

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Recker tosses 1 hitter in Kalida win

FORT JENNINGS, OH – For the first six and two thirds innings Kalida pitcher Owen Recker was nearly perfect in his teams 5-0 win over PCL rival Fort Jennings.

Until the bottom of the seventh inning just one runner had found his way on base against Recker, Logan Hardeman who reached via a four pitch walk in the games second inning.

With the Wildcats leading 5-0 Recker would pick up a strike out and a ground out before hitting Sam Vetter with a pitch to give the home team their second baserunner of the contest. Wasting no time in his own at bat just moments later it was first baseman Connor Stechschulte who would break up the young right handed pitchers bid for a no-hitter as he laced a pitch into right field for the first and only hit of the game for his squad.

Recker (2-2) evened his record on the season by virtue of a dominant performance on the mound that saw him finish with a 7 inning shutout win that featured a line of one hit, 13 strikeouts, a walk and a hit batter.

Having seen their opportunities to score with a pair of runners on in the first two innings finish empty the visitors finally punched a run through in the top of the third when Brady Decker was knocked in on a Derek Buss drive and Fort Jennings error to break the games scoreless tie.

A single and a double for Kalida put runners on with no outs in the top half of the fourth inning, but it was an error that allowed the runs to score and push the Wildcats lead out to 3-0 at the end of the frame.

Kevin Hamburg who finished the game 2-4 scored for his team in the fifth inning on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Josh Recker to make it a 4-0 advantage heading to the bottom of the inning.

The games last run came on the heels of Derek Buss reaching first via a single and later being moved over via a stolen base and an error before being brought in to score to make it 5-0 Kalida in the seventh.

On the evening the Musketeers (3-5, 1-1) were held to just a trio of baserunners by Recker and saw Aaron Sealts record fall to 0-2 on the mound this season. Kalida (4-4, 1-1) amassed 10 hits led by Buss who collected a trio of hits in the same amount of appearances.

WP – Owen Recker (7 IP, 1H, 1BB, 13K)
LP – Aaron Sealts (3.0 IP, 6H, 3R, 1K, 3BB)

Individual Batting Leaders:
Derek Buss (K) – 3/3, 1 RBI, 1R
Trevor Lambert (K) – 2/4, 1R
Kevin Hamburg (K) – 2/4, 2R
Connor Stechschulte (FJ) – 1/3, 2K

*Stats via GameChanger*

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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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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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Bulldogs finish with a flurry

Columbus Grove started slow Monday night against the visiting Fort Jennings Musketeers but finished with a flurry in the final three quarters as they downed the Musketeers 57-37 in PCL action.

Neither team got on the scoreboard until midway through the first quarter when Ft. Jennings forward Erin Osting scored the first of her three buckets in the quarter. Sophomore Jade Clement scored the Bulldogs only points of the quarter on a three pointer but saw her squad trail 6-3 at the end of the first stanza.

Following a period with just one make from the floor, the Bulldogs would outscore the Musketeers 20-10 in the second quarter. Grove would finish the first half shooting 10/25 (40%) to just 6/19 (31%) for the visitors. Carlee McCluer gave Columbus Grove their first lead of the game at 11-9 with 4:02 to go in the half, a lead they would never relinquish. Jade Clement would again lead the Bulldogs in scoring for the quarter as she would finish with 7 markers and be trailed by just one point in the stanza by freshman Carlee McCluer with 6.

For as good as the Bulldogs were shooting the basketball in the second quarter they were almost as good in the 3rd as they outscored the Musketeers 17-7. Not to be outdone by the 7 in the second quarter, Clement would hit a pair of threes and put in 8 points in third. Carlee McCluer added one of only two three pointers (Mackenzie Wurth) not made by Jade on the evening.

The Bulldogs outscored Fort Jennings 54-31 in the final three quarters of play as they secured the win behind a game high 26 from Clement who added 1 to her game high total of 25 from Saturday in a win over Miller City. Fort Jennings was led in scoring by Erin Osting with 13.

Fort Jennings drops to 1-15 (1-6 PCL) with the loss and will next take on the Ottoville Big Green on Thursday. Columbus Grove improves their season record to 10-6 and gets to .500 in the PCL at 3-3, they will take on the Spencerville Bearcats in NWC play at 7pm in a game that will be broadcast live on .

Scoring:

Grove (57):

Jade Clement 26
Carlee McCluer 13
Lynea Diller 7
Mackenzie Wurth 5
Becca Endicott 2
Kyrah Yinger 2
Brooke Hoffman 2

Quarter Scoring:

Grove 3 20 17 17
Ft. Jen 6 10 7 14

JV: 52-33 Grove

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Roughriders outlast Musketeers

FORT JENNINGS, OHIO – Both Fort Jennings and St. Marys started slow in their opening game of the season Friday night at The Fort, but the Roughriders utilized a 33-25 advantage in the second half to secure a 56-48 win over the Musketeers in non-league play.

After Fort Jennings won the opening tip on their home court, the Musketeers had no problem getting the ball in the basket as Erin Osting scored her teams first 6 points on just 4 shots. Not to be outdone on her offensive end of the court, St Marys Sophomore Shania Taylor tied the game at 2 and 4 with two of her three first quarter baskets. St Marys would get their first lead of the game with 3:20 to go in the 1st quarter on a Taylor bucket and lead at the end of the stanza 11-9.

Quincy Rable, a 5’8 Sophomore dropped 7 of her 13 points in the second quarter but was thwarted by the balanced scoring from Kasidy Klausing, Ostin, Alyssa Louth and Kylie Jettinghoff for Fort Jennings to put the Musketeers on top at the break 23-18.

With her team trailing by 5 to begin the 3rd quarter, Taylor took over the Roughriders offense and scored 12 of her game high 24 points in the quarter. Erin Osting utilized a pair of buckets to tie the game at 35 heading into the final quarter for Fort Jennings.

Despite Alyssa Louth connecting on 4 of 6 free throws in the fourth quarter, the Musketeers were not able to keep pace with Taylor (6 points in the quarter) and the hot shooting of Makayla Koch (2-2 for 5 points in the stanza) and Sydney Cisco who scored all 5 of her points in the fourth to help secure the 56-48 win.

St. Marys and 1st year coach Nikki Miars (St. Marys all-time leading scorer and University of South Carolina product) improves to 1-0 on the season and will play Fort Recovery on Saturday night looking to avenge a 60-39 loss from last season under then coach Kelly Fulmer. Fort Jennings drops to 0-1 and travels to Spencerville to take on the Bearcats, a team they defeated 62-47 last year.

Scoring:

Fort Jennings:
Kasidy Klausing 12, Jenna Calvelage 1, Jessica Young 2, Keri Eickholt 0, Hanna Clay 6, Erin Osting 14, Gabby Clippinger 4, Alyssa Louth 7, Kylie Jettinghoff 4

St. Marys:
Lindi Cisco 7, Makayla Koch 7, Sydney Cisco 5, Skylar Liming 0, Rachel Meier 0, Quincy Rable 13, Shania Taylor 24

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OG Girls, Fort Jennings Boys Soccer advance

Putnam County will be represented in the OHSAA Regional Soccer Finals on Saturday with both a boys and girls squads one game away from advancing to the State Final 4.

Ottawa Glandorf defeated the Archbold Blue Streaks on Tuesday night 5-1 in Ottawa Hills with a dominating offensive performance on the host Green Bears turf.

Over the course of the 80 minutes played, the Titans outshot the Blue Streaks 28-4 and upped their season record to 18-1-1 under Coach Chris Podraski.

Megan Siefker scored the first goal of the game at the 21:13 mark of the first half that put OG ahead 1-0. Exactly 5 minutes later Elissa Ellerbrock set up Grace Warnecke for the 2nd goal of the contest and picked up an assist on the play.

OG would run their lead to 3-0 with 5:44 left in the opening half on a Marna Hempfling goal.

Archbold’s Brooke Kohler scored the only marker of the game for her squad on a free kick from 30 yards out just over the head of Titan goalkeeper Cassie Schroeder 3:53 into the second half to cut the lead to 3-1.

With 27:11 left in the game, Megan Siefker’s 2nd goal of the contest upped the OG lead to 4-1. Grace Warnecke notched her 2nd goal late in the game to close out a 5-1 OG win.

Ottawa Glandorf’s senior class has never advanced into district play before this season, but they will now look to get to the State Semifinals if they can defeat Akron Manchester on Saturday at 3pm in Lexington, Ohio in a game that will be broadcast live on www.zsportslive.com with Dave Boninsegna.

Fort Jennings traveled north to Tiffin to take on the Swanton Bulldogs Wednesday night looking to continue their run towards a trip to the State Semifinals for the first time in 10 years (last in 2004 when they lost to Cuyahoga Calley Christian Academy 1-0).

Utilizing frequent substitutions in the game, Coach Gregg Luthman’s Musketeers team was able to utilize fresh legs and make repeated runs at the Swanton net. With 10:09 to go in the first half a run finally paid off as Mark Metzger put a shot on goal that skipped past the Bulldogs goalkeeper and give Fort Jennings a 1-0 lead.

Troy Ricker would provide the 2nd goal and only other scoring play of the contest with 13:57 to go in the 2nd half to make it 2-0 with a 22 yard strike into the back of the Swanton net.

With the win the Musketeers are now 12-5-4 on the season and will play in the Regional Finals at Findlay’s Donnell Stadium at 12pm against Mansfield Christian who were victorious 1-0 over Elyria Catholic. Fort Jennings vs Mansfield Christian can be heard live on www.zsportslive.com with myself on the call and a very special interview with the OHSAA’s Jerry Snodgrass at the half.

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