Miller City rallies to win ACME sectional
Thursday, July 03, 2014 10:16 AM
MILLER CITY — After losing in the ACME sectional tournament Saturday, Miller City had their backs to the wall.
The Wildcats never allowed that wall to cave in on their summer season as they won four straight games to win the South Division District 2 ACME sectional title Wednesday evening with a 20-14 win over Ottawa-Glandorf. It was the second straight day the Wildcats defeated the Titans in the double elimination tournament.
With the win, the Wildcats (11-2-1) open the District 2 ACME district tournament Saturday, at 12 p.m., as they face Patrick Henry on the Patriots home field. The Titans play the second game Saturday against Pettisville at 2:30 p.m. The district tournament also is double elimination.
After falling to Kalida Saturday 3-2, the Wildcats rallied to win the tournament beating Columbus Grove, Kalida, in 11 innings, and O-G twice, the first game going nine innings.
Miller City jumped out to a quick lead Wednesday evening against the Titans scoring five times in the bottom of the first inning.
O-G got back into the game in their half of the third inning as they scored three times, two runs coming on a two run home run by Noah Recker over the right field fence.
The Wildcats responded with two runs in the bottom of the third inning as Jacob Kuhlman had a two out, two run single. The Titans got those two runs back in the fourth inning on an RBI groundout by Tory Schroeder and a run scored on an error.
Miller City attempted to put the game away in the bottom of the fourth as they scored seven times as they batted around for the second time in the game. Hunter Berner had two doubles in the inning and two RBIs and Jeremy Balbaugh had a two run double.
Ottawa-Glandorf battled back scoring three times in the fifth inning, then scoring six times in the sixth to tie the game at 14-14. Miller City had one last rally in themselves as they erupted for six runs in the bottom of the sixth, sending 12 batters to the plate, for the final score.
Mitchell Barlage picked up the win for Miller City in relief and Kuhlman recorded a save. Miller City used four pitchers in the game as Jacob Schimmoeller started before giving way to Logan Dukes.
Berner, Schimmoeller and Kuhlman all had three hits for the Wildcats.
Jordan Diemer took the loss for O-G as the Titans used five pitchers in the game.
Recker, Brent Ellerbrock and Ryan Maas all had two hits in the game for O-G.