HAMLER — Kalida got off to a good start against Antwerp in the Division IV regional final at Garrold Parratt Field Saturday afternoon.

After the first inning, the Wildcats couldn't seem to capitalize on any additional scoring chances. Behind good pitching and good defensive plays, Antwerp help the Wildcats without another run as they rallied for a 4-3, nine inning, win over Kalida.

The win sends the Archers to the state tournament next Friday in Akron, while Kalida saw its season end at 18-5. The Archers will play Toronto in the Division IV state semi-finals at Canal Park in Akron Friday at 7 p.m.

Kalida took a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning as Zach von der Embse walked and scored when Trevor Lambert's deep flyball to right-center was dropped. Owen Recker followed with a run scoring double off the left field fence and he scored on Luke Erhart's run scoring single to left.

After that the Wildcats had three scoring chances in the game, but each time the Archers were able to make a play to dash the Wildcats hopes.

Antwerp started to claw its way back in the game in the bottom of the second as Keaton Altimus led off with a single and stole second base. With two outs, Luke Krouse dropped a bloop hit just inside the left field foul line for a run scoring double.

The Archers continued their come back in the third inning as Jason Geyer singled and took second on an errant pick off attempt. He scored two batters later on another Kalida error.

Antwerp tied the game in the bottom of the sixth as Austin Lichty reached on an error was sacrificed to second base and took third on a single. He scored on a wild pitch.

Kalida had a chance to regain the lead in the top of the seventh as Gabe Hovest reached on an error and von der Embse reached on a well placed sacrifice bunt that died in the grass as the Antwerp players were hoping it would roll foul. The two runners advanced to second base on a passed ball, but Krouse kept them there with three straight strikeouts.

In the eighth, Kalida had a one out base runner as Erhart walked and took second base on a passed ball. Two strikeouts by relief pitcher Jacob Savina ended the inning.

Antwerp had a scoring chance in the eighth inning as they had runners at first and second base with two outs. A ground ball to third base ended the inning.

After Kalida went quietly in the top of the ninth, the Archers got something going when Dylan Hicks was hit by a pitch leading off. A sacrifice and groundout advanced Hicks to third base with Geyer coming to the plate. Geyer hit a slow roller towards first base and when Kalida's pitcher was slow to get to the bag, Geyer beat out the hit sending Antwerp to state.

Savina picked up the win in relief as Cole Seslar and Altimus both had two hits for the Archers.

Klausing took the loss for Kalida as he was the third pitcher used by the Wildcats in the game. Josh Recker started and Owen Recker worked in relief. Owen Recker had two hits for Kalida.