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Ottoville moves on to state finals

COLUMBUS, OH – Buckeye Central started fast Thursday afternoon but it was the Big Green who finished often and late as they dispatched the Buckettes 44-25 and clinched a spot in Saturday morning’s Division 4 Finals.

Trailing 5-0 in the games early moments the Big Green utilized a 10-0 run punctuated by a pair of fast break buckets by Brynlee Hanneman to take the advantage and never looked back as they used their stifling defense to propel them into a State Finals rematch with the Minster Wildcats on Saturday.

Bridget Landin led the Ottoville offense as she poured in 21 points and added 11 rebounds to her total. The future Findlay Oiler dominated the game in spurts on the perimeter and down low in the paint as she was able to utilize her 6’0 frame and mobility to set up not only baskets for herself but also teammates. On Monday afternoon Landin became just the second Ottoville player ever (Karla Wenzlick) to be named to the All-Ohio 1st team in two different seasons.

Of the games 32 minutes the Big Green would find themselves trailing for just 3:36 early on and playing from in front for nearly 28 minutes.

Despite the fact that a normal part of the Ottoville scoring arsenal is the three pointer, the Big Green hit on just one from outside, a triple from Kasey Knippen in the second quarter to push the lead to 8 at 17-9.

Buckeye Central standout Jenna Karl, the Co-Northwest District player of the year with Ottoville’s Landin was held to just 4 first half points but thanks to a strong third quarter of 8 and a deep three pointer in the games closing minutes she would finish at her average of 15 points per contest in the defeat. Karl was shaded on the day by the strong defensive effort from Haley Hoersten.

Four players scored in the game for Buckeye Central while 7 dented the scorebook for Ottoville.

Ottoville finished the game 19/44 from the field and outscored their opponents 36-10 in the paint while also picking up 20 points off turnovers and 17 on second chance attempts.

Buckeye Central (26-2) suffers their first loss in 20 games while Ottoville improves to 27-2 which ties the school record for wins set by the 2013 squad.

Saturday at 10:45am the Big Green will take on the Minster Wildcats in a rematch of a game won by Minster in January.

Box Score:

Ottoville (44):

CJ Kemper 6
Brynlee Hanneman 4
Bridget Landin 21
Haley Hoersten 2
Quinley Schlagbaum 2
Amber Miller 2
Kasey Knippen 7

FG: 19/44
3PT: 1/7 (Knippen)
FT: 5/8
REB: 27 (14 offensive/13 defensive)
TO: 7

Buckeye Central (25):

Jenna Karl 15
Taylor Ratliff 3
Courtney Pifher 3
Lexi Evak 4

FG: 10/27
3PT: 2/6 (Karl, Ratliff)
FT: 3/6
REB: 17 (5 offensive/12 defensive)
TO: 17


Wildcats advance to regionals

WAPAKONETA, OH – Solid defense and balanced scoring Saturday night led the Minster Wildcats to a second win of the year over Ft. Recovery and into the next round as they defeated the Indians 53-40 at Wapakoneta High School in front of a packed house.

Xavier bound Courtney Prenger and classmate Demaris Wolf led Minster in scoring in the first half as they each pumped across 8 points in the opening two quarters to put their team on top 24-15 at the halftime break.

Five players scored for the Indians in the first two quarters but none were able to really take over the ballgame as sophomore Val Muhlenkamp recorded four of her team high 12 points on the evening in the first stanza.

For the game the Minster full court defense pressured their opponents into 24 turnovers on the evening, many of which that were immediately turned into Wildcat baskets on the opposite end.

Despite having no points and missing all three tosses from a foul on a three point attempt in the first half, Fort Recovery senior Grace Thien had it going for a spurt in the third quarter as she knocked down a pair of deep three pointers and free throws to help pull her team back into the contest. Teammate Carley Stone’s 5 points also helped to stop Minster from pulling away in the period and ran the scoreboard to 36-28 Wildcats after 3.

In the contest the Wildcats connected on 17 of their 28 free throws. The fourth quarter was especially good from the line for the Wildcats as they hit on 12 of their 17 tosses and began to salt the game away with Fort Recovery forced to foul to stop the clock.

Val Muhlenkamp led the way for Fort Recovery in the final eight minutes as she knocked down a pair of free throws and a trio of shots from the field. Muhlenkamp would end the evening with 10 rebounds to go along with her dozen markers.

Courtney Prenger finished the game with a double double as well for the Wildcats with an 18 point, 11 rebound performance and was joined in double figures by Demaris Wolf who accounted for a pair of three pointers and 13 points.

Fort Recovery sees their season come to an end at 19-6 while the Wildcats improve to 22-3 and will travel to Vandalia on Thursday night for a 6:15pm regional semifinals matchup with Tri-Village.

Box Score:

Minster (53):

Ivy Wolf 7
Paige Thobe 6
Taylor Kogge 4
Courtney Prenger 18
Demaris Wolf 13
Janae Hoying 6

FG: 16/46
3PT: 4/16 (D. Wolf 2, I. Wolf, Hoying)
FT: 17/28
REB: 27
TO: 13

Ft. Recovery (40):

Grace Thien 8
Carley Stone 7
Alli Vaughn 2
Kierra Wendel 7
Olivia Patch 2
Val Muhlenkamp 12

FG: 16/39
3PT: 3/13 (Thien 2, Ki. Wendel)
FT: 5/11
REB: 22
TO: 24


Titans clinch 3rd straight WBL title

KENTON, OH – Thursday night the Ottawa Glandorf Titans paired their own 43-33 victory at Kenton and a Wapakoneta victory over Defiance to be crowned outright Western Buckeye League champions for the second straight season and third overall title in a row.

OG jumped out to an 11-2 first quarter lead as they forced host Kenton into 10 turnovers but found themselves tied at 12-12 when Kenton connected on a pair of three pointers from Kori Barnett and Haylee Bushong.

Ashley Schroeder got Ottawa Glandorf on the board for the first time in the stanza with 4:52 when she hit one of two tosses from the free throw line and woke up a Titan offense that accounted for 11 points the rest of the way before the buzzer.

With freshman starter Kelsey Erford not available for the night it was Brianna Schimmoeller off the bench who provided the spark for OG as she stepped into a deep three in the second quarter, played solid defense and hit four key free throws to help secure her teams win in the fourth quarter.

Kenton’s only points in the second half came from the free throw line or from behind the arc. Having already shown they are able to connect from deep in an 18 three point night against Ada, the Wildcats showed off their love for the long ball in the second half as they utilized threes from Kori Barrett and freshman Jenna Manns to remain within striking distance of the Titans in the last eight minutes.

Free throws on the evening were also a saving grace for Kenton to keep them close to the visitors as they hit on 11 of 14 of their chances.

Kadie Hempfling led the Titans in scoring with a 13 point, 11 rebound, 6 assist, 8 steal performance in the victory. Despite forcing 27 turnovers by the Wildcats on the night the Titans gave the ball away 22 times themselves and connected on 6 of 10 from the line.

Kenton falls to 13-6 overall and 4-4 in WBL play with the loss and will next be in action on Saturday afternoon when they travel to take on Waynesfield-Goshen. The Wildcats were led in scoring by Kori Barrett with 11.

Ottawa Glandorf moves to 18-2 on the year and 8-0 in Western Buckeye League contests where they have now won 18 consecutive contests. The Titans will travel to Archbold on Tuesday night to wrap up non-conference play against as they take on the state ranked Blue Streaks.


OG (43):

Ashley Schroeder 5
Carri Johnson 8
Erin Kaufman 2
Brianna Schimmoeller 9
Kasey Ellerbrock 6
Kadie Hempfling 13

FT: 6/10
3PT: 5 (Ellerbrock 2, Johnson, Schimmoeller, Hempfling)
TO: 22

Kenton (33):

Ellie Miller 2
Sidney Plott 5
Kori Barrett 11
Haylee Bushong 3
Layne Taylor 4
Lindsey Smith 2
Jenna Manns 6

FT: 11/14
3PT: 6 (Barrett 3, Manns 2, Bushong)
TO: 27

JV: OG 37-27


Hempfling big night powers Titans past Bath

OTTAWA, OH – A monumental night for Ottawa Glandorf senior Kadie Hempfling started early in the first half when she became just the fourth Titan to record 1,000 career points but ended when her team secured a 47-37 win against visiting Bath.

Hempfling entered the night with 994 career points and wasted no time adding to that total as she connected on a three point goal from the wing for the first points of the game. Entering the second quarter with her total now raised to 999 thanks to a pair of free throws the BGSU Falcon to be again dialed up a triple to put her team on top and herself into the OG history books with point 1,002. Not to be out done however the Bath offense quickly hurried the ball up the court and buried a three of their own to take the lead back before play was stopped to honor the Titan seniors accomplishment.

With the Titans trailing 19-18 with 3:03 remaining in the opening half it was again Hempfling who would provide the OG spark as she hit on 1 of 2 from the free throw line to tie the contest at 19-19. Behind a strong quarter from the duo of Kennedy Fagan and Chandler Clark the Wildcats pushed their halftime advantage to 27-22 at the buzzer on a missed free throw put back by Lindsey Singhaus.

Similar to the performance they put on defensively against Columbus Grove, the Titan defense took over in the second half as they held Bath to just one basket from the field, a make by Elyssabette Andrews in the middle of the games penultimate period.

Ottawa Glandorf took the lead on two different possessions in the third as Ashley Schroeder and Paige Sutter each dropped in shots to give their team a 31-29 advantage with 2:34 to go.

Chandler Clark and Lindsey Singhaus were nearly perfect from the free throw line in the second half as the duo attempted to keep the Wildcats close by connecting on 8 of 10 tosses.

Five different players found their way into the Titans scorebook in the final 16 minutes of the contest led by Hempfling who hit for a dozen of her 27 points in the fourth quarter. OG was led in rebounding by the duo of Paige Sutter (12), and Hempfling (11).

For the game the Titans finished 18/55 from the field while holding their opponents to 10/33 field goal shooting. Turnovers were also in the home teams favor as they committed just 4 on the night while Bath gave the basketball away 10 times.

Bath (9-2, 2-1) who were outscored 25-10 in the final two periods will travel to Ottoville on Tuesday night to take on unbeaten Ottoville. The Wildcats were led in scoring by Clark who ended the night 6/8 from the free throw line in addition to her second quarter three pointer.

OG (11-1, 3-0) was led by Hempfling who tied her career high of 27 points set last season against Kenton. The Titans will travel to Van Wert next Thursday night to continue Western Buckeye League play.

In joining the 1,000 point club at Ottawa Glandorf, Hempfling became the second player to accomplish the feat against Bath as she joins former teammate and OG third all-time leading scorer Kylie White who accomplished the feat against the WBL foe during last seasons tournament run at Paulding.

Ottawa Glandorf’s other two 1,000 point scorers consist of Sandy (Buddlemeyer) White who ended her career from 1986-89 with 1059, and current University of Michigan assistant Melanie (Halker) Moore who finished in 1995 with 1,204 markers.

Box Score:

OG (47):

Ashley Schroeder 2
Kelsey Erford 4
Paige Sutter 5
Erin Kaufman 6
Brianna Schimmoeller 3
Kadie Hempfling 27

FG: 18/55
3PT: 4/14 (Hempfling 2, Erford, Schimmoeller)
FT: 7/11
REB: 38 (Sutter 12, Hempfling 10)
TO: 4

Bath (37):

Kennedy Fagan 5
Jaidyn Hale 3
Lindsey Singhaus 7
Tori Dackin 2
Chandler Clark 9
Ruby Bolon 2
Kaleigh Ketcham 3
Elyssabette Andrews 6

FG: 10/33
3PT: 4/15 (Clark, Hale, Fagan, Ketcham)
FT: 13/20
REB: 29 (Singhaus 8)
TO: 10

JV Game: OG 56 Bath 45

Video of Hempfling 1,000th point:


Riders shutout Cats

ST. MARYS, OH – A dominating effort on both sides of the football Friday night not only gave the St. Marys Roughriders their 6th win of the season it also kept them unbeaten and atop the Western Buckeye League as the lone unblemished squad.

Despite not scoring on their opening drive of their 49-0 win when a fourth down screen pass resulted in a loss and a turnover on downs, the Roughriders would score on each of the rest of their three offensive drives in the first half and lead into the break 35-0.

Sean Perry got the scoring started for St. Marys following a turnover on downs by visiting Bath as he rushed in 34 yards and into the endzone for his lone score of the ballgame to make it 7-0 in his teams favor with 2:55 in the first period remaining.

Two plays on their second possession were both fumbles for Bath, but it was the second one of the two that was the most costly for the Wildcats as Braeden Dunlap scooped and scored from 15 yards away to run the lead to 14-0 St. Marys just 41 seconds after the Perry score.

71 yards on on 12 plays came to an end with another St. Marys score at the 9:21 mark of the second quarter when Dunlap did the damage again, this time on the offensive end as he raced to the outside and in for a score from 15 yards away to put the Riders on top 21-0.

After forcing their second turnover on downs of the opening two quarters the Roughriders offense went back to work with a short field, this time starting at the Bath 40 and picked up a pair of first downs before Bo Kuenning thundered in for a 7 yard touchdown that put the hosts on top 28-0 with 3:01 remaining in the opening half.

Another quick ending to a Bath offensive possession gave the Roughriders a short field to work with and ended with a quick score, this time a 9 yard touchdown run by Shannon Fowler to give the WBL leaders a 35-0 lead heading into the halftime break.

On the second play of the second half Bath backup QB Devon Kinyon who was thrust into action late in the second period when starter Kobe Burchett was knocked out of the game had his pass batted into the air and pilfered by St. Marys linebacker Christian Triplett who promptly returned it for a 25 yard score to continue the Rider onslaught and run the score to 42-0.

With the game quickly rounding down due to the running clock rule in a 30 plus point differential the two teams would trade a quartet of punts and a turnover on downs by Bath when Kinyon was sacked by the Riders on fourth down before the young players for St. Marys added the games final marker.

Starting from the Bath 40 the new look St. Marys offense led by QB Kurt Bubp pushed seven more points onto the left column of the scoreboard as 5’11, 160 pound Freshman rusher Hunter Fraley rushed in from 5 yards out and Parker Enoch added the extra point for good measure to close the scoring and the contest with a 49-0 Roughrider victory.

Offensively Bath (1-6, 0-6) accumulated just 37 total yards with 8 of those coming on the ground on 29 carries. The Wildcats will travel to take the Van Wert Cougars next Friday night seeking to end their 6 game losing streak since beating Allen East 19-9 to open the season.

St. Marys (6-1, 6-0) was led in rushing by Sean Perry who finished with 61 yards on the ground and also added a touchdown on the evening. Rushing the football as a team the Roughriders rushed 36 times for 241 yards and finished with a 266-37 advantage in total offensive yardage.

Next week the Riders will travel across Grand Lake to take on their rivals the Celina Bulldogs. With a win St. Marys will lock up at least a share of their second consecutive Western Buckeye League championship and 27th overall.

As of 1 A.M. Saturday Joe Eitel has the Roughriders listed as the 3rd highest computer point total in Division 4 Region 14 that can be found here: D4R14 Computer Rankings


Wildcats shut down Bulldogs, remain perfect in PCL play

COLUMBUS GROVE, OH – Friday night the Kalida Wildcats used a combination of their bats and Columbus Grove errors to remain perfect in defense of their Putnam County League title with a 10-0 five inning victory over the Bulldogs.

It didn’t take long for the Wildcats to get on the scoreboard in the top of the first inning as Brady Decker and Derek Buss reached via a one out error and a hit by pitch. Trevor Lambert’s sacrifice fly to left field put the visitors on top 1-0 before the bases were again loaded by virtue of Kevin Hamburg being plunked with an Alex Schnieder offering. The third Kalida player, Owen Recker’s bases loaded walk pushed across the second run of the contest before the inning game to an end for the defending league champions.

Three up and three down would be the way things would go for the home squad in their first time through the lineup as all nine players were sent down in order via strikeouts, ground balls and fly outs by southpaw Trent Siebeneck.

Three more runs went up on the visitors half of the scoreboard in the second inning in the same fashion as the first as the Wildcats were again able to reach via walks, errors and by virtue of being hit by pitches thrown by Schnieder until he was relieved by shortstop turned pitcher Reid Stechschulte with a pair of outs in the inning after Jeffery Knueve’s sacrifice fly brought home a run.

Bases loaded walks to Kevin Hamburg and Owen Recker gave Kalida a 5-0 lead heading to the bottom of the second frame.

On the evening the Bulldogs were able to put four baserunners on against their opponents with the first of those in Grant Schroeder reaching via an error on a dropped flyball on the edge of the grass in the second. Schroeder would terminated from the bases moments later on a flyout doubleplay.

Knueve who finished the ballgame with a trio of runs batted in pushed across his last two in the third inning as he smacked a first pitch offering from Stechschulte to the right field wall and cruised into third bases with a triple to help give the Wildcats a 7-0 lead after the visiting teams third time at the bat.

Stechschulte began the bottom of the fourth with a single for the first hit of the game for the home Bulldogs but it was not to be in the inning as they would come up empty once again.

Three runs would come in to provide the final markers of the game for Kalida all in the top of the fifth inning as Siebeneck, Buss and Trevor Lambert would come around to score on a single and a pair of fielders choices to move the game to 10-0 Wildcats.

Adam Birkemeier walked with one out but was erased on a Nick Woods fielders choice in the bottom of the fifth inning. Wyatt Siebert provided the second hit of the contest for his squad but would see the game come to an end via the run rule in Ohio high school baseball just two pitches later when Emilio Delarosa popped out to end the contest.

Kalida now leads the all-time series with Columbus Grove 43-42 and has won 16 straight Putnam County League contests dating back two seasons ago when their only loss was to eventual league champion Miller City.

Trent Seibeneck (1-1) was the winning pitcher for Kalida (7-6, 4-0), while Alex Schnieder (1-1) took the loss for the Bulldogs (7-5, 4-2).

Key Performers:
Brady Decker (Kalida): 2/4, 2H, 3R
Jeffery Knueve (Kalida): 1/3, 3 RBI, 1 3B
Kevin Hamburg (Kalida): 0/1, 2 RBI, 2 BB
Owen Recker (Kalida): 0/1, 2 RBI, 3 BB
Reid Stechschulte (Grove): 1/2, 1H


Recker shines as Wildcats rally past Pirates

KALIDA, OH – It took his team six innings to warm up offensively but Kalida righthander Owen Recker was white hot early and throughout the game Monday night as he helped his team to a 4-1 win over visiting Continental in Putnam County League action.

Holy Name Ballpark has seen some tremendous pitching performances over the years but as accomplished as Wildcat pitching has been in the past only Brian Klausing, Chad Ehrnsberger, and William Stechschulte have accomplished what Owen Recker did during this outing as he retired 19 Pirate hitters via strikeout.

With the contest scoreless into the fourth inning and just one hit (a double by Kalida’s Derek Buss), Continental pitcher Brady Dockery found himself issued the second free pass from Recker to give the visitors a runner at first. By virtue of a stolen base Dockery found himself as second and would remain there for two batters until Jacob Williams singled him in to give the Pirates a 1-0 advantage.

Kalida had their chances in the third and fourth innings to bring in the tying run but saw both come to an end via a flyball for their third out of each frame.

After seeing Recker sit down the Continental top three hitters in the top of the sixth for strikeouts 13/14/15 the Wildcats went to work on the basespaths in the bottom half of the inning and picked up a tie and their first lead of the contest.

Derek Buss who had reached early in the game for one of the two Wildcat hits, reached again as this time hit was a victim of an errant pitch from Dockery. With an error allowing Buss’ pinch runner to move over, Jeffery Knueve recorded his 10th RBI of the year when he singled in the tying run with no outs.

Back to back singles from Trevor Lambert and Kevin Hamburg put a pair of runners on the basepaths for the Wildcats with no outs before Recker helped out his own cause by being walked with the bases loaded to drive in the go-ahead run. In all Kalida would send eight hitters to the plate in the inning and see four come around to score as they pushed their advantage to 4-1 after six innings.

Despite the last two hitters reaching full counts, all three hitters for Continental in the top half of the seventh inning were retired via the strikeout and helped Recker complete the 19 strikeout outing and earn his third victory of the season.

The last time Continental was victorious against Kalida came in 1988, 30 games ago now in the series.

Continental sees their season record fall to 1-6 overall, and 0-3 in Putnam County League games. The Pirates will be back in action on Tuesday night as they travel to Paulding for a non-conference tilt.

Kalida (6-5, 3-0) keeps their defense of their PCL title perfect with the win and will travel to Lima to do battle with Lima Central Catholic on Tuesday before county battles with OG on Thursday, and Columbus Grove on Friday.

WP: Owen Recker (3-2): 7IP, 1R, 1H, 19K, 2BB
LP: Brady Dockery (1-2): 6IP, 4R, 4H, 4K, 4BB

Key Batters:
Jacob Williams (Cont): 1/3, 1H, 1RBI
Jeffery Knueve (Kalida): 1/3, 1H, 1RBI, 1R
Kevin Hamburg (Kalida): 2/3, 1R


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*


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

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

*Stats compiled with Gamechanger app*


OG moves to 19-0

OTTAWA, OH – Ottawa Glandorf used a big defensive effort Tuesday night as they held visiting Napoleon to just three first half points and moved to 19-0 on the season with a 43-27 victory at the Supreme Court.

Just as they had been on Saturday against Archbold, the Wildcats were held for long stretches without points by the Titans pressure defense and found themselves unable to score until 5:20 remained in the first half as Kylie Cramer connected on a shot from deep to cut the OG lead to 13-3.

OG, who entered play as the #1 team in the final Associated Press poll of the season for just the second time in school history, got a solid first half from Senior forward Kylie White. White ended the opening 16 minutes of play with a game high 11 markers, including a three point goal to give her team a 19-3 halftime advantage.

Eighteen first half turnovers helped put the visitors behind on the scoreboard, but the Wildcats came out roaring in the third quarter where they actually outscored OG 12-10. Leading scorer Bethany Blackwood’s first two points came two minutes into the games third period and helped lead her squad back from the ranks of a major blowout.

With the Titans in major foul trouble throughout the majority of the second half the Wildcats would find themselves at the line a lot, but were unable to cut further into the lead as they connected on 5/13 charity tosses. Kadie Hempfling gave the Titans a 29-15 lead on the scoreboard at the end of the quarter as she connected on a three pointer from the left wing just as the buzzer sounded after having grabbed a rebound on the opposite end with just 4.2 seconds to go for three of her twelve points on the evening.

Six Titans found their way into the scorebook in the fourth quarter including Carri Johnson who hit from deep, and Paige Sutter who canned a 12 foot jumper for OG. Napoleon was led in the final eight minutes by Julia Rausch who knocked in a three pointer of her own for her only marker in the game.

Napoleon falls to 8-11 on the season and will be back in action on Thursday night as they welcome Sylvania Northview to the Grand Canyon. The Wildcats tournament run begins on February 22nd at 6:15pm as they travel to Spencerville High School to take on the Elida Bulldogs.

Ottawa Glandorf moves to 19-0 on the season and will travel to Wapakoneta on Thursday evening for a 7:30pm Western Buckeye League contest against the Redskins. Thursday night’s WBL Championship deciding game can be heard live on WZOQ Radio. The Titans begin their run to Columbus on February 25th at 6:15pm when they take on either Celina or Shawnee at Leipsic High School.

Box Score:

OG (43):
Ashley Schroeder 2
Devon Warnecke 1
Carri Johnson 3
Paige Sutter 2
Erin Kaufman 1
Lexi Schroeder 4
Kylie White 18
Kadie Hempfling 12

FT: 4/10
3PT: 3 (C. Johnson, K. White, K. Hempfling)
TO: 17

Napoleon (27):
Lexi Woods 2
Bethany Blackwood 6
McKenna Peckinpaugh 3
Kylie Cramer 3
Julia Rausch 3
Olivia Behnfeldt 3
Jenny Waisner 4
Kaelynn Glanz 2
Maddie Nye 1

FT: 5/16
3PT: (Cramer, Rausch)
TO: 25

JV Score: OG 39-20