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Titans keep WBL record perfect

DEFIANCE, OH – Ottawa Glandorf might have started slow on the road at Defiance on Thursday night but the Titans kicked it into gear in the games middle quarters and kept their WBL record perfect at 6-0 with a 49-30 victory over the host Bulldogs.

It took two minutes for the first score of the contest for either team before OG Junior Kadie Hempfling stole a pass and turned it into a 2-0 Titan advantage. Hempfling would finish the opening quarter with 5 of her squads 8 points but it was Sophomore Erin Kaufman whose three pointer provided the 8-6 lead at the quarter break.

Defiance Senior Morgan Porter scored seven of her team high 13 points in the second quarter, but it was her jumper with 4:58 left in the opening half that gave her team their first lead at 12-11.

Ottawa Glandorf’s pressure defense in the first half would force the Bulldogs into 15 turnovers, many of which OG turned directly into markers in their scorebook. Three point baskets in the stanza from Ashley Schroeder and Kaufman helped to push the Titan advantage, but it was a seven point run from Lexi Schroeder and Hempfling that helped OG amass the final points of an 18-10 second quarter and lead by 10 at 26-16 when the halftime buzzer sounded.

In the second half the Titans defense helped the defending Western Buckeye League champions push their lead further as the Bulldogs were unable to find a scoring option in addition to the duo of Emily Poling (7 second half points), and Morgan Porter (4 second half points) outside of a three pointer in the third period from Laney Baldwin.

With depth on their side Ottawa Glandorf used 11 players on the floor in rotating fashion and saw four of those players reach the scoring column. Led by Hempfling who finished the game with a season high 21 points the Titans led by 16 at the end of the third quarter and pushed their advantage to 19 at the end of the contest.

Defiance (11-5, 3-3) sees their 3 game winning streak come to and end. The Bulldogs will play host to Fairview Sherwood on Saturday afternoon in a non-conference affair.

#1 ranked Ottawa Glandorf (17-0, 6-0) has now defeated Defiance 8 straight times. The Titans will have six days off before they welcome the Kenton Wildcats to town for a WBL showdown on Thursday, Feb 2nd at the Supreme Court.

Box Score:

OG (49):
Ashley Schroeder 3
Devon Warnecke 2
Erin Kaufman 6
Mackenzie Meyer 2
Lexi Schroeder 10
Kylie White 5
Kadie Hempfling 21

3PT: 5 (Kaufman 2, L. Schroeder 2, A. Schroeder)
FT: 9/16
TO: 15

Defiance (30):
Morgan Wityk 2
Ma’Kayla Allen 2
Laney Baldwin 3
Emily Poling 10
Morgan Porter 13

3PT: 3 (Poling 2, Baldwin)
FT: 3/4
TO: 25

JV: OG 43-28

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Kaufman scores career night in Titan win over Van Wert

OTTAWA, OH – Sophomore guard Erin Kaufman scored a career high 15 points Thursday night as the Ottawa Glandorf Lady Titans defeated WBL rival Van Wert for the fifth straight meeting between the two schools 56-29.

Ten players rushed in and out of the Titan lineup early in the contest and helped the home squad jump out to a 17-9 advantage at the end of the first period as six of the players seeing action recorded points.

Lexi Schroeder and Kylie White led OG with four points apiece in the opening eight minutes of action.

Van Wert 5’10 Sophomore Abby Jackson scored the only points from the field in the first quarter as she tossed in a pair of two point baskets before teammates Alexis Rupert and Reagan Priest, and Jackson herself took advantage of early Ottawa fouls for five markers from the charity stripe.

Jackson continued to be the lone scorer from the field for the Cougars in the second half as she accounted for the remaining four points she would contribute on the evening before seeing Cassidy Meyers and sister Ally Jackson hit from the field for a combined five points in the stanza.

Kadie Hempfling who finished the night with 10 points chipped in 8 of her scores in the second and led a high tempo Titan attack that again combined to outscore Van Wert 17-9 and take a 34-18 lead into the lockerroom.

Carri Johnson and Kaufman did the damage on the offensive end for OG in the third period as they each connected on a shot from behind the arc to increase their teams lead. Turnovers were the story of the game in the period as well as the Cougars turned the ball over a handful of times in the quarter and did not score until there was just 2:52 left in the quarter when Priest tossed in a two point field goal for two of her teams five points.

Entering the final period Erin Kaufman had scored 9 points, but quickly wasted no time as early in the fourth quarter she hit a pair of three pointers to finish with a game high 15 points to break her previous high of 13 on a trio of occasions.

Van Wert saw their only points of the final eight minutes come from deep as well as Ally Jackson hit on a pair from behind the three point line.

Eight Titans scored on the evening and three players (Kaufman, Hempfling, White) finished in double figures.

Ottawa Glandorf is now 11-0 on the season and will have a week off before they look to improve on their 3-0 Western Buckeye League record when Celina visits the Supreme Court on January 12th in a game broadcast live on WZOQ Radio starting at 7:30pm.

Van Wert falls to 1-8 overall, and 0-3 in WBL contests. The Cougars will return home on Saturday afternoon for a special afternoon non-conference tilt against Fort Recovery inside their previous incarnation of the Cougar Den at the Goedde Building inside the old high school.

Box Score:

OG (56):
Devon Warnecke 3
Carri Johnson 6
Paige Sutter 2
Erin Kaufman 15
Mackenzie Meyer 2
Lexi Schroeder 8
Kylie White 10
Kadie Hempfling 10

FT: 4/5
3PT: 5 (Kaufman 3, Johnson 2, Warnecke)
TO: 18

Van Wert (29):
Ally Jackson 9
Cassidy Meyers 5
Abby Jackson 10
Alexis Rupert 1
Reagan Priest 4

FT: 5/8
3PT: 4 (Ally Jackson 3, Meyers)
TO: 28

JV: Ottawa Glandorf 45-16

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Jay sets record, scores 1000th in Rider win

LEIPSIC, OH – Derek Jay’s first and fourth quarters not only helped propel his team to a 62-47 road victory over Leipsic Tuesday night, they also helped put the St. Marys fourth year starter into rare company at St. Marys.

When the night began Jay needed to score 10 points to become the fifth player in program history to reach the 1,000 point plateau, a feat he nearly accomplished in the first quarter alone where he accounted for eight of his teams 18 markers. On the second three pointer the 2nd team All-WBL selection from a year ago collected in the opening period he overtook Garet Fledderjohann for first on the all-time Roughrider three point made list with 156 for his career.

Early in the fourth quarter it was the long ball again that helped Jay achieve a bench mark as he came off a screen and connected on a triple from straight away to run his high school total to 1,001 and received a standing ovation from the crowd in attendance and a hand shake from Leipsic mentor Chris Kuhlman.

Outside of Jay who finished with a game high 22 points on the evening the Riders saw their scoring supplemented by Jacob Grannon who scored 15 of his 19 in the third and fourth quarters and helped his squad outpace the Vikings 37-23 in the second half.

Offensively the Vikings were led in scoring by Grant Schroeder who shot 6/14 from the field and 5/7 from the free throw line for a team high 17 points.

Turnovers were a big problem in the game for the home squad as they were forced into 16 turnovers by a hounding St. Marys defense that also held them to just 18/45 shooting and 0/7 from behind the three point line.

St. Marys improves their record to 2-3 overall and will be home for the first of three straight games at the Horseshoe Friday night as they welcome New Knoxville to town.

Leipsic has dropped two out of their last three contests and sees their record rest at 4-2 overall. The Vikings will entertain Pandora Gilboa on Thursday night in Blanchard Valley Conference play for their second of four straight home contests.

Box Score:

Leipsic (47):
Cole Rieman 2
Chase Dunham 4
Grant Schroeder 17
Grant Rader 2
Dylan Schroeder 14
Alec Schroeder 1
Jordan Berger 7

FG: 18/45
3PT: 0/7
FT: 11/21
REB: 30 (Berger 8)
TO: 16

St. Marys (62):
Braedan Dunlap 5
Jacob Grannan 19
Ethan Mielke 2
Drew Jacobs 6
Colin Clements 2
Sam Young 4
Derek Jay 22
Bo Kuenning 2

FG: 23/46
3PT: 6/14 (Jay 5, Grannan)
FT: 10/13
REB: 27 (Jay 8)
TO: 14

JV: Leipsic 43-34

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Vikings down Tigers in OT

LEIPSIC, OH – Leipsic has seen two of their first three games go to an overtime period and both times the Vikings have come out winners. Friday night the Vikings won their third straight game to open the season as they defeated North Baltimore 49-45 and improved to 2-0 in Blanchard Valley Conference play.

North Baltimore junior Chase Naugle came out hot in the first quarter scoring ten of his teams 15 first quarter points, but it was the Tigers defense that did the damage to their opponents early on as their relentless pressure forced the Vikings into a dozen first half turnovers.

Trailing 15-12 at the start of the second quarter, Leipsic took to the three ball themselves just as North Baltimore had done in the first quarter as Grant Schroeder and Grant Rader each connected with a triple to send the game to the halftime break tied 23-23.

Getting to the free throw line wasn’t an issue for the home squad in the second half as they accomplished the feat 17 times in the two periods but connecting on their attempts were as the Vikings hit on just six of those attempts and once again found themselves tied after another quarter had come and gone.

Julian Hagemeyer’s foot on the line shot from straight away in the early part of the fourth quarter was ruled a three pointer at the start of the period and helped push the Tigers ahead 33-30, but the Tigers were unable to handle the Vikings pressure in the middle part of the stanza and would cough up the ball multiple times. With forcing turnovers suddenly not a problem and their opponents unable to connect on anything from the field other than Hagemeyer’s two makes from beyond the arc, North Baltimore found themselves clinging to a two point lead late in the fourth period.

Despite missing seven straight free throws in the third and early fourth quarter, Grant Schroeder would connect on a pair from the line and send the ballgame into the final seconds tied at 43-43. North Baltimore had an opportunity with just one second remaining on the clock in regulation but were unable to get off a shot as the quarter expired.

The overtime period was all Leipsic as they outscored the Tigers 6-2 behind buckets from Rader and Jordan Berger, and a pair of free throws from Schroeder.

Leipsic improves their record to 3-0 overall and 2-0 in BVC play, the Vikings will take their unbeaten record to Miller City on Saturday night as they dip their toes into Putnam County League play against the Wildcats.

North Baltimore’s record falls to 1-3 overall and 0-2 in Blanchard Valley Conference contests, the Tigers will welcome Hardin Northern to town on Saturday night looking to get back on the winning track.

Box Score:

Leipsic (49):
Grant Schroeder 16
Grant Rader 13
Devin Hiegel 3
Dylan Schroeder 4
Hunter Moorman 2
Jordan Berger 11

FG: 19/50
3PT: 3/11 (G. Rader, G. Schroeder, D. Hiegel)
FT: 8/21
REB: 48 (35 DEF/13 OFF: Berger 13)
TO: 21

North Baltimore (45):
Levi Gazarek 4
Julian Hagemyer 16
Brady Rader 4
Adam Flores 2
Chase Naugle 14
Noah Brian 5

FG: 16/59
3PT: 6/22 (Hagemyer 3, Naugle 2, Brian)
FT: 7/12
REB: 31 (22 DEF/9 OFF: Naugle 8)
TO: 16

JV: Leipsic 53-25

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63rd fight past Napoleon

OTTAWA, OH – While Mother Nature might have won the first round of Ottawa and Napoleon’s District Tournament matchup on Wednesday night it was the Fighting 63rd who rallied back from a 4-3 deficit to begin the restart and stay in the winners bracket with a 7-6 victory on Thursday evening.

Eight batters came to the plate for Ottawa in the games sixth inning that saw the home team push across four runs to take a 7-5 lead they would hold on to the rest of the contest. With one out in the inning catcher Kaden Sullivan (Bath) doubled off of Napoleon hurler Layne Good to give Ottawa their first base runner of the frame. Following a ground out Sullivan would find himself crossing the plate on a Brayden Sautter (Ada) single before Sautter himself was sent home from first on a two out RBI double by leadoff hitter Jackson Lammers (Miller City). Miller City graduates continued to produce in the game just moments later as Corbin Niese drilled a double into the outfield to score Lammers for the third run of the inning before later scoring himself on a wild pitch by Good for the stanzas final tally.

Ryan Stoller (Van Wert) took over on the mound to begin the game on Thursday after 3.2 innings of work from Kalida hurler Austin Swift. On the day Stoller would toss 5.1 innings of work and give up just two runs on three hits in earning the win.

The games biggest defensive play came in the final inning as with one out already in the books for Napoleon the River Bandits University of Toledo bound Layne Schnitz-Paxton gambled on a double off the left field wall and was thrown out by the combination of Austin Swift to Jackson Lammers to Ryan Gossard (Bath). For his part of the play it was Gossard who stayed with the tag and swiped Schnitz-Paxton on the right arm as he attempted to move back to the base on the outside. One play later Gossard gobbled up a ground ball and tossed across the diamond for the games final out to preserve the victory for Ottawa (13-12).

With the win the 63rd now will return home for a Friday 6pm matchup against Pemberville, a team that just defeated Ottawa a week ago on the same field 7-5. Hear the game live as it happens on the home of the Fighting 63rd Zsportslive.com

Napoleon (26-14) will next be in action against either Toledo or Whitehouse at 7pm Saturday in Findlay.

Box Score:

Ottawa:

Jackson Lammers: 2-4, 2 2B, Walk, RBI, Run
Corbin Niese: 1-5, 3B, RBI, Run
Colby Clifton: 0-1, Walk, Run
Brady Laudick: 0-1, HBP
Austin Swift: 1-4, 1B, 2 Runs
Ryan Stoller: 2-4, RBI
Ryan McCracken: 1-4, 2 RBI
Kaden Sullivan: 1-4, 2B, Run
Ryan Gossard: 1-3, Walk
Brayden Sautter: 1-4, RBI

Napoleon:

Corbin Edwards: 1-2, 3 Walks, 3 Runs
Ben Bucklew: 1-5
EJ Kissel: 1-5, 2B, RBI
Jack Goonan: 2-5, 2B, RBI
Layne Schnitz-Paxton: 3-5, 2B
Alex Gerken: 1-4, Walk, Run
Quinn Smith: 0-4
Jacob Greer: 0-1, 2 Walks
Zac Leatherman: 0-1, RBI
Jacob Jiminez: 0-4

Pitching:

WP- Ryan Stoller 2-1 (5.2, 4H, 2R, 1ER, 2K, 1BB)
LP- Layne Good 4-3 (1IP, 4H, 4R, 3ER)

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Pickerington claims Tawa Run Classic title

OTTAWA, OH – Pickerington claimed the Tawa Run Classic Championship late Sunday afternoon as they rallied to defeat Findlay Post 3 10-6 in an 8 inning affair that featured multiple lead changes throughout.

Pickerington quickly took a 2-0 lead in the top half of the opening inning with Connor Ayers being hit by a pitch from Chandler Stillings and saw him brought in on a hit to right field by Donnie Waldrop who would come around to score himself before the inning ended with a strikeout by Stillings of Andrew Troup.

Grant Akin led off the game for Findlay in the bottom of the first by drawing a walk from Jordan Grubb (Walsh University) and was brought in to the score the games first run on an RBI single by teammate Nathan Insley (Arlington).

Three runs in the bottom of the second inning put Findlay ahead as Post 3’s Alec Harter reached on an error and was knocked in by Akin to tie the game at 2-2. Sam Palm’s RBI triple would account for the go ahead run before he scored to push the lead to 4-2 heading to the bottom half of the second stanza.

Following an inning in which Pickerington was unable to capitalize on a pair of singles, Findlay tossed in two more runs as catcher Kyle Reinbolt and Harter were driven in by Trey Bame and his one out double to make the score 6-2 in Post 3’s favor.

Newark Catholic catcher Mitch Lohr drew the first of his three consecutive walks to lead off the top of the fifth and counted as the third run of the game as he would score on Evan Young’s double. With the game 6-3 in Findlay’s favor Pickerington added a two RBI triple from Nick Whetnall (Tiffin University) that cut the lead to just one before Grubb and Collin Conrad (Fairmont State) fell victim to strikeouts by Elmwood reliever Trevor Solether that ended the frame.

Two runners reached for Findlay in the bottom of the sixth inning, but the threat did not come to pass as Solether and Reinbolt were erased via a 4-6-3 double play.

Trailing 6-5 going into their final at bats of the game Pickerington looked to have a leadoff hit but a line drive from Waldrop was snagged by Findlay second baseman Palm for the first out. Evan Young and Nick Whetnall’s back to back singles gave their team runners on first and second base before a sacrifice fly off the bat of Troup moved the two runners up a base.

Alex Ritton (Fairfield Union), pinch hitting for Collin Conrad in the sixth spot drove in the tying run and sent the game to extra innings tied at 6-6 when Findlay was unable to put up a run in the bottom half of the seventh.

An offensive barrage for Pickerington in the eighth inning began with AJ Snyder singling to the outfield before being thrown out attempting to steal second base. Mitch Lohr’s third consecutive walk put a runner on first with one out and sent the teams leadoff hitter to the plate. A Findlay error put a runner at first as Lohr moved to third base before the second out of the inning erased Harlan at second base on a fielders choice from Donnie Waldrop.

After Lohr’s run broke the tie, Pickerington got a single from Young and a pair of run scoring doubles from Whetnall and Grubb to go ahead 10-6 in with just half an inning left to play.

Johnny Putnam (Otterbein) started off the eighth by getting a groundout and then quickly struck out Insley on a full count for the second out of the inning. After allowing a two out walk to Phillip Buckingham, Putnam struck out Kyle Reinbolt to end the game and give Pickerington the win to clinch the Tawa Run Classic.

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63rd rally to remain perfect

OTTAWA, OH – Austin Swift might have played his high school baseball eight miles away at Holy Name Ballpark for Kalida, but the two time Putnam County League Player of the Year has become quite comfortable providing late game heroics at Ottawa’s Memorial Park.

With his team trailing visiting Whitehouse 6-5 in the bottom of the ninth inning and with one out the future Indiana Wesleyan Wildcat slammed the first pitch offering from right handed Michael Conklin (Anthony Wayne) into the outfield and drove in both Brayden Sautter (Ada) and Corbin Niese (Miller City) to give his Ottawa Legion squad a 7-6 walkoff win. During the high school tournament Swift was responsible for striking out 18 Leipsic hitters in addition to driving in the winning run in a 3-2 victory at the same field that put his Kalida Wildcats into the Division 4 Regional Semifinals.

Whitehouse jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second inning against Ottawa hurler Jordan Tovarnak (Shawnee) but were unable to connect on any more runs as catcher CJ Deacon (Anthony Wayne) flew out to centerfield to put a stop to their turn at bat.

Still trailing 2-0 when they came up in the bottom of the fifth inning the 63rd got took the lead before heading back out in the field as they pushed through four runs against Nathan Haugh (Anthony Wayne).

Brady Laudick (Kalida) began the Ottawa fifth by drawing a four pitch walk before being moved over on a Tovarnak single. Sautter was walked to load the bases and then Jackson Lammers (Miller City) was given an RBI as he walked with the bases still loaded for the first run of the game for the home team. Following a Niese strikeout for the second out of the inning, Austin Swift cleared the bases as he tripled in all three runners to give his team their first lead at 4-3 before Ryan McCracken grounded out to second to end the inning.

Three runs in the top of the sixth inning against Tovarnak and reliever Grant Fuerst (Ottawa Glandorf) gave Whitehouse a 6-4 lead as they accounted for three hits and three runs, including a sacrifice fly from Joe Everson (Liberty Center) to get the rally started.

Temple Christian’s Noah Howell pitched a perfect ninth inning and tossed just four pitches to get a lineout on a snag by Kalida’s Austin Klausing at third base, a groundout to the mound, and a flyout to second base.

Sautter led off the bottom of the ninth inning with a single and was bunted over to scoring position by Lammers before Niese reached on an error to set up the 2 RBI game winning double by Swift to keep the Fighting 63rd’s record unblemished at 4-0 on the year.

Linescore:

Whitehouse 6-12-3

Ottawa 7-5-2

Top Performers:

Whitehouse:

CJ Deacon 3-5, RBI
Sam Toft 2-5, 2B, Run

Ottawa:

Jackson Lammers 1-2, 3 BB, 2 Runs
Austin Swift 2-4, BB, 2B, 3B, 5 RBI
Brayden Sautter 1-2, HBP, BB, 2 Runs

Pitching:

WP – Noah Howell (1-0)
LP – Michael Conklin

Ottawa is back in action on Wednesday night at 7pm as they travel to Sidney. Hear the game live on Zsportslive.com

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63rd open season with victory

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Box Score:

Ottawa:

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

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Kalida, Leipsic set to rematch in District Finals

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

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

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

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

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

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

WP – Austin Swift
LP – Jackson Lammers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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:

kalida scorebook

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