MILLER CITY — Pitching was the difference Sunday afternoon as Kalida and Ottawa-Glandorf squared off in an ACME sectional winners bracket game.
The Titans received a solid outing from starter Ryan Maas, while the Wildcats sent four hurlers to the mound. The end result was a 16-4 win for the Titans over the WIldcats in six inning at Miller City.
With the win, O-G advances to the District 2 South championship game Tuesday night against either Kalida or Miller City at 6 p.m. The two Wildcat squads play Monday evening, at Columbus Grove, in a losers bracket game at 6 p.m. Miller City remained alive in the tournament with a 12-2, five inning, win over Columbus Grove.
O-G had their way against Wildcat pitching banging out 11 hits and working 14 walks.
Ottawa-Glandorf wasted little time in getting to Kalida starter Trent Siebeneck Sunday afternoon as they scored four times in their half of the first inning.
Austin Verhoff and Chandler Kersh started the game with singles before Noah Recker walked to load the bases. Ben Deitering followed with a single to center to score two runs. Austin Williams reloaded the bases with a walk before Jordan Diemer hit a groundball to shortstop. Kalida attempted to turn a double play as Recker scored. Williams was forced at second base, however, the throw to first base was off line and that allowed Deitering to race home with the Titans fourth run of the inning.
O-G reloaded the bases on walks to Brent Ellerbrock and Tory Schroeder around a strikeout. That ended the day on the mound for Siebeneck as Jeffrey Knueve took over. He was able to retire Verhoff on a flyball to center to end the O-G first inning.
After Kalida went in order in the bottom of the first, O-G pushed across three runs in their half of the second inning.
Recker, Williams and Diemer walked around outs to load the bases for the Titans. Ellerbrock sent a shot to the right-center field gap that just eluded a diving Kalida centerfielder Brady Laudick that resulted in a three run triple and a 7-0 O-G lead. A groundball to first base ended the inning.
After the bad start, Kalida got back in the game in the bottom of the second inning as they scored four times.
Knueve opened the inning being hit by a pitch before Maas struck out the next batter. Colton Farrell reached on a single to left and Noah Lambert walked to load the bases. After a flyball to right for the second out of the inning, Siebeneck came through with a key two run single to center and when the Titan center fielder misplayed the ball it allowed a third run to score and Siebeneck take second base. Siebeneck scored on a pair of wild pitches.
The second inning was the only inning, Maas struggled as Kalida only had two more runners in scoring position the rest of the game. Each time the O-G defense turned a double play to end the threat.
Maas picked up the win as he allowed four runs on five hits with nine strikeouts and two walks.
After Kalida's big second inning, the Titans came right back with two runs in the third inning as Kersh lined a two run triple to right center. The only inning O-G didn't score in was the fourth. The Titans added a run in the fifth inning and scored six times in the sixth inning to end the game early.
Kersh had three hits and four RBIs for O-G in the game, while Verhoff, Deitering and Maas all had two hits.
Siebeneck took the loss for Kalida as Knueve, Gerding and Drew Hovest all followed him to the mound. Five different Kalida batters had a hit in the game.
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Score by innings:
Ottawa-Glandorf 432 016 - 16 11 2
Kalida 040 000 - 4 5 3
WP-Maas. LP-Siebeneck.