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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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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)

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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.

Hear Friday’s Kalida/Ft Recovery game live: WZOQ Radio

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Swift perfectly pitches Wildcats past PG

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hitting Box Score:

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

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

Scorebook from the game:

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Kalida wins in extras to take PCL lead

KALIDA, OH – It was one of those games that was a shame someone had to lose but in the end it was Leipsic who suffered their first PCL setback, 2-1 in an 8 inning affair at Holy Name Ballpark in Kalida Tuesday night.

Kalida’s Austin Swift struck out 9 in his 5.2 innings on the mound for the Wildcats but he also walked 8 Leipsic hitters before moving to the outfield and giving way on the mound to teammate Trent Siebeneck in the sixth inning.

Swift scored Kalida’s only run of the game in the first seven innings as he was knocked in by Austin Klausing in the bottom of the fourth inning to make the contest 1-0 in favor of the home squad.

With two outs in the top of the sixth inning and following a leadoff walk to Ross Schroeder the Vikings tied the game up at 1-1 with a sacrifice fly to the outfield. Siebeneck took over for Swift on the mound three batters later and with the bases loaded but got out of a jam when Cole Rieman grounded out to the first baseman Brady Laudick to end the threat.

Neither team was able to mount anything other than a runner at second base in the seventh inning and the game progressed into extra innings where Leipsic’s Grant Rader helped his own case for a pitching victory with a single and stolen base to open the frame. Rader would be driven in following a pair of outs in the inning by the DH Ross Laubenthal to put Leipsic ahead 2-1 marching to the final half inning.

Kalida found themselves down to their final strike and out in the bottom of the eighth inning when Swift’s hard grounder to Schroeder at second base took just enough of a bounce away to allow the future Indiana Wesleyan hurler to reach base.

Catcher Jeff Knueve’s hard hit ball to third base stymied Devin Heigel just enough for throw to be off line across the diamond and give Kalida a pair of runners on with two outs.

Future Toledo Rocket Brady Laudick laced a 1-0 offering from Rader to the left side and into the infield bring in both Swift from second base to tie the game and pinch runner Grant Laudick for the winning run for Kalida.

Trent Siebeneck took the win for the Wildcats, who up their record to 13-1 on the season and take over sole possession of first in the Putnam County League at 4-0. In 2.1 innings Siebeneck gave up the only two hits of the contest for his team and struck out a batter while walking just one as well.

Despite a nice performance in his eight innings on the mound Grant Rader takes the loss for Leipsic (9-4) who suffer their first PCL loss of the year and sit tied for second place at 4-1 in league play.

Kalida is back in action at home on Wednesday at 5pm as they take on league foe Pandora Gilboa while Leipsic travels to take on Blanchard Valley Conference play against Vanlue.

Top Hitters:

Kalida:

Austin Swift: 2-4, 2 singles, 1 run
Jeff Knueve: 1-4, 1 run
Brady Laudick: 1-4, 2 RBI
Austin Klausing: 1-3, RBI

Leipsic:
Justin Ellerbrock: 0-3, Walk
Ross Schroeder: 0-2, 2 Walks, 2 Stolen Bases, 1 run
Grant Rader: 1-3, 1 Walk, 1 run, 2 Stolen Bases

Pitching Performances:

Kalida:

Austin Swift: 5.2 IP, 9 K, 8 Walks, 0 H, 1 R, 1 ER
Trent Siebeneck (WP): 2.1 IP, 2 H, 1 Walk, 1 R, 1 ER

Leipsic:

Grant Rader (LP): 7.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 5 K

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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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Errors doom Wildcats

KALIDA, OHIO – Austin Swift threw 115 pitches, 21 first pitch strikes and struck out 15 Holgate batters and gave up just one hit but found himself taking his first loss of the season as a handful of errors accounted for 3 runs in the teams 4-1 Sectional Finals loss on Wednesday night.

Swift had it working on the mound early as he began the game by sending five of the first six Tiger hitters down in order via the strikeout.

A pair of singles came across for the Wildcats in the first two innings, including a single by Swift himself but were turned into runners left on base as Holgate starter Everett Klingshirn finished those two innings with strikeouts of his own against Brent Hovest and Jeffery Knueve to end the threats and send the game 0-0 into the third inning.

In the third inning Matt Westrick the Holgate catcher began a trend for the visitors as after becoming the seventh strikeout of the game for Swift, he reached first on a dropped third strike, one of five on the evening by the Kalida catching staff.

With neither team able to put a run on the Holy Name Ballpark scoreboard through the first four innings, the game headed scoreless into the fifth. Zach Brown, the Tigers third baseman reached base on the second dropped strike three call and ultimately came around to score the games first run on a Matt Westrick sacrifice moments later. On the sacrifice bunt by Westrick, Swift came off of the mound to field the ball and saw it sail into centerfield while attempting to come up with a doubleplay to give Holgate the lead.

Westrick would come around to score three batters later on an attempted throw to first base that landed in right field from Brady Laudick who was making his first start behind the plate of the season. Ryan Okuley would ground out following a walk to Klingshirn to end the top of the fifth inning with the visitors on top 2-0.

Brent Hovest, battling a knee injury suffered the night before against Spencerville in a regular season game and relegated to DH duty laced a single into right field with two outs in the inning but was unable to move over as Colton Farrell struck out on four pitches to send the game into the sixth.

Following a 1-2-3 inning by Swift, including his 11th strikeout of the game the Wildcats again came to bat but were sent down with just three batters of their own coming to the plate including a 4-6-3 doubleplay off the bat of Knueve.

With one out in the inning, Holgate shortstop Jake Grim was walked by Swift on a 3-2 count and stole second base to give the Tigers a runner in scoring position as they headed back to the top of their order in the 7th. Grim would move over to third base on a groundout by leadoff hitter Dylan Pahl and come across the plate for the third Holgate run on a passed ball from Swift to replacement catcher Knueve.

Through 6 2/3rds innings and with his team trailing 3-0, Swift had managed to not give up a hit in the game as all of the baserunners had come from walks, errors or hit by pitch. Klingshirn, the opposing pitcher provided the only hit of the game for Holgate when he came up in the top of the 7th inning as he singled right back up the middle and drove in Szabo to put his team on top 4-0 with Kalida down to their last three outs for the season.

Brady Laudick led off the bottom of the 7th inning for Kalida with a double and came around to score on a Trent Siebeneck RBI single two batters later that cut the score to 4-1 Holgate. A walk to Austin Klausing and a fielders choice that moved him to third off of the bat of Knueve loaded the bases with shortstop and leadoff hitter Noah Lambert coming to the plate. Lambert would work the count full against Klingshirn but ultimately fly out to the Tigers hurler for the second out of the inning. Austin Swift struck out with the bases loaded on a full count pitch to end the game, and his teams season as the next and final batter.

Holgate (7-16) will move on to play Columbus Grove, winners 1-0 over Continental in their own Sectional Finals matchup Wednesday night. The Tigers and Bulldogs will do battle on Wednesday, May 20th at 4:15pm at Elida’s Ed Sandy Field in a game broadcast live on www.zsportslive.com. That game will be the second of two matchups at Ed Sandy Field as Miller City (7-1 winners over Fort Jennings), will take on Leipsic (6-0 victors over Ottoville).

Kalida sees their season come to an end at 18-6, Swift finishes his Junior campaign at 5-1. Klingshirn is now 3-5 for Holgate with the win as he goes 7 innings, strikes out 5 and gives up 1 run on 7 hits.

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Late inning rally pushes Bearcats past Kalida

KALIDA, OHIO – Spencerville found themselves behind Kalida 8-2 heading into the 5th inning of their non-conference regular season matchup Tuesday night but came back to outscore the Wildcats 7-0 in the final three innings en route to a 9-8 comeback victory.

Noah Lambert and Austin Swift each had big nights for the home team as the duo accounted for three singles, a hit by pitch, and a pair of runs scored against Bearcat starter Brady Nolan in the first two innings. Kalida’s Derrick Schimmoeller and Brent Hovest each pitched 1/3 of an inning as part of the Senior Day festivities for the Wildcats, but it was Trent Gerding who stymied the Bearcats offense in the fourth inning as he quickly dispatched them in order with three straight ground balls and used just seven pitches in the inning.

A pair of runs came across every inning for the first four innings for Kalida as they chased Nolan in the 3rd after he was hit with 6 runs on 7 hits in just 2.2 innings. Nick Freewalt came on in relief of Nolan in the 3rd and was responsible for giving up 3 runs on 4 hits before finally getting Trent Gerding to flyout to center to end the bottom of the fourth with his team down by 6 runs.

Spencerville began the 5th inning on fire as Freshman Jaret Montenery was issued a free pass to first base and was then promptly driven around to score on an RBI double by second baseman Jacob Meyer to cut the lead to 8-3 with no outs in the inning. Meyer himself would later be hit home on a Thad Ringwald single to make it 8-4. Spencerville’s final run of the inning brought the lead down to just 3 at 8-5 after four and a half innings played.

Only four batters would come to the plate for the Wildcats in the home half of the 5th inning as just Lambert reached first base before Colton Farrell flew out to end the inning and send the Bearcats back to the plate in the 6th.

Despite starting off 0-2 in the game, Montenery lead off the 6th inning by slapping a single into the outfield, and would again be driven in by Meyer who finished 4-5 with a pair of RBI in the contest to make it 8-6 Kalida. Nick Freewalt who began the game at DH would drive in Meyer to cut the Wildcat lead to 8-7 in the inning. Mitchell Youngpeter attempted to reach home from second base on the play by was erased as he was gunned down at the plate for the second out of the inning. The Bearcats threat was ended in the 6th as pitcher Brady Laudick struck out Luke Carpenter to end the inning.

For the first time in the game the Wildcats went down in order themselves to the third Bearcat hurler in Carpenter 1-2-3 on just six pitches to keep the score 8-7 Kalida with the visitors coming up in the 7th.

Brady Becker led off the inning for Spencerville by blooping a ball into left field that should have just been a single, but an error defensively on a throw to second allowed him to move across the diamond to 3rd base as the games tying run. Outfielder Justin Thierry tied the game at 8 when his three pitch at bat resulted in a single against the 6th Kalida pitcher in Colton Farrell.

Thierry moved over to second base just moments later on a stolen base and came around to score on a passed ball between Farrell and catcher Jeffery Knueve for the games final run. Jacob Meyer would single in the inning but be left on base as Mitchell Youngpeter struck out to end the Bearcats threat that accounted for a pair of runs to put them on top at 9-8 heading to Kalida’s final at bat.

Carpenter who came into the game having pitched just 3.1 innings on the season was absolutely brilliant in the 7th as he threw just 12 pitches and struck out a pair of batters, including Knueve to end the game and give the Bearcats a comeback win.

Luke Carpenter (1-0) got the win for the Bearcats (11-10), while Colton Farrell (5-1) took the loss for Kalida (18-5). Both teams will begin their tournament run on Wednesday afternoon at 5pm as Spencerville will host New Bremen while the Wildcats will welcome Holgate to Holy Name Ballpark for a Sectional Finals date.

Linescore:

Spencerville: 9-13-2
Kalida: 8-12-5

WP: Carpenter (1-0)
LP: Farrell (5-1)

Score by innings:
Spencerville:0-1-1-0-3-2-2
Kalida: 2-2-2-2-0-0-0

Top Performers:

Spencerville:
Jacob Meyer 4-5, 2 RBI, 3 doubles, 2 runs
Jaret Montenery 1-3, 2 walks, 2 runs
Mitchell Youngpeter 3-4, 1 RBI, 3 runs
Thad Ringwald 1-1, 2 walks, 2 runs, 1 RBI

Kalida:
Noah Lambert 2-5, 2 singles, 2 runs
Austin Swift 2-2, 1 HBP, 2 walks, 2 runs
Trevor Maag 3-4, 2 singles, 1 double, 2 RBI, 2 runs
Derrick Schimmoeller 1-2, 1 single, 2 RBI

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Miller City wins slugfest over Kalida

MILLER CITY, OH – Miller City utilized the long ball to perfection Friday night as they downed Kalida 17-7 in a 5 inning non-league affair.

The home Wildcats ran their record to 18-2 on the season as they defeated Kalida for the second time this season.

Austin Swift began the game for Kalida with a 1 out triple in the top half of the 1st inning, and was driven in by catcher Brent Hovest to put the visitors on top 1-0.

Kalida starting pitcher Austin Klausing began the game by getting the first three Miller City hitters in order in the bottom half of the opening frame as he utilized a pair of middle infield groundouts and a flyout to shortstop Noah Lambert.

In the top of the second inning, Klausing helped himself out and pushed his teams lead to 2-0 as he was walked by Miller City starter Adam Drummelsmith and driven in on a sacrifice by Trent Siebeneck.

Eleven batters came to the plate in the bottom of the second inning for Miller City as following a single by Drummelsmith and back to back walks to Adam Niese and Jacob Schimmoeller, Ross Lehman slapped a grand slam over the left field wall to put the home team on top 4-2. For Lehman it was his first home run of the season, but his first of two on the day.

Down 4-2 heading into their third turn at bat, Kalida sent eleven batters of their own to the plate and utilized a 3 run home run to left by Colton Farrell that cut gave Kalida back the lead at 5-4. Brady Laudick and Klausing were driven in by Derrick Schimmoeller following back to back singles and sent the visitors back out to the field leading 7-4.

Capitalizing on the success of their previous turn on offense, Miller City built upon that momentum in the third inning as they chased Klausing midway through the inning. Jeff Knueve swapped his first base position for the mound with Klausing and attempted to get out of the inning unscathed, but was unsuccessful. Collectively, Knueve and Klausing were tagged with 5 runs which included a 2 run home run from centerfielder Corbin Niese, his second of the season.

Kalida entered the fourth inning facing a new Miller City hurler in Sophomore Jacob Kuhlman, and were set down in order with back to back strikeouts and a flyout to the shortstop.

Leading 11-7 heading into the fourth inning, the home team got the second home run of the day from Ross Lehman (his 2nd of the season) to go ahead 12-7 with Kalida coming to bat in the fifth.

Facing Kuhlman, Knueve got a leadoff double in the top of the fifth inning but the three hitters behind him could not bring him in as Kortokrax, Siebeneck and Lambert went down in order in the inning.

With the fourth pitcher of the game for Kalida on the mound in Kortokrax, Miller City drove in 5 more runs to finish off the 10 run rule win. The Wildcats started off hos in the inning as outfielder Jeremy Balbaugh reached base for the third time in the contest and was awarded third base on a balk for the third time in the game before being knocked in by Jackson Lammers.

Hunter Berner finished 2/4 on the day but struck out in the fifth for the only out of the inning for his team. A single by Corbin Niese and a walk to Adam Drummelsmith put runners on every base Adam Niese pushed the deficit to 14-7 when he brought in Lammers. Junior Quintin Niese added a 2 run single that had Miller City on top 16-7. With the bases loaded against Kortokrax, Logan Dukes was the recipient of the games final RBI as he was walked on four straight pitches.

Miller City (18-2) will begin their tournament run on Wednesday as the #1 seed in the Elida District. They will begin their run towards Columbus at 5pm as they take on the winner of Saturday’s 11am contest between Fort Jennings and Pandora Gilboa. Both games can be heard live at their respective times on Zsportslive

The senior class for the Wildcats of Miller City have now been responsible for 66 wins and 3 straight Putnam County League championship as they were crowned co-champions this season.

Kalida (18-4-1) begins their tournament run as the Elida District’s #2 seed with a home contest at 5pm on Wednesday from Holy Name Ballpark where they will take on either Holgate or Wayne Trace. That game can also be heard live on Zsportslive.com as it happens.

Jacob Kuhlman picked up the win for Miller City and is now 5-0 on the season, Austin Klausing takes the loss for Kalida and sees his record fall to 2-1.

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