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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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Bearcats clinch NWC share

SPENCERVILLE, OH – For just the second time in school history the Spencerville Bearcats baseball team can call themselves Northwest Conference Champions as they forced a split with Paulding by defeating the Panthers 8-1 on Tuesday night.

Thad Ringwald’s no hit but was officially broken up in the 6th inning, but the Bearcat hurler rebounded and allowed just a run and a hit in a complete game win. Ringwald opened the contest by forcing the Panthers first nine hitters to come up and be sat down without reaching base by inducing multiple fly balls and ground outs to go along with a pair of strikeouts.

Spencerville got a pair of runs in their first time at bat and jumped out to an early 2-0 lead by virtue of a four hit opening frame.

Paulding’s first base runner of the contest came on an infield error in the top of the fourth inning, but was erased at second base on a fielders choice. The Panthers stranded the runner and found themselves down heading to the fifth inning by the same 2-0 deficit.

Brady Becker’s RBI triple in the bottom of the fifth stanza would score plate a pair of Bearcat runners to make it 4-0 before he himself was driven in by Ringwald to give the home team a 5-0 advantage. With a pair of outs in the inning the Panthers third pitcher of the contest would issue a pair of walks to make it 7-0 before a flyout sent the game to the sixth inning.

The only run of the game for the Panthers came in the sixth inning as they were able to cut the lead to 7-1. In their last at bat the Bearcats added the games final tally before Ringwald finished off Paulding in the seventh to secure the win.

For Spencerville (12-11) they finish the conference slate with the same record of 7-1 as Paulding (10-6) and clinch their second NWC Championship in school history, the other coming in 1986.

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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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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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