MILLER CITY - The fifth inning was key to District 2 ACME sectional wins Saturday afternoon for Kalida and Miller City.

In low scoring games, the two Wildcat squads came up with key runs to post wins.

In the first game Saturday, a winners bracket game, Kalida scored three times in the fifth to break a 1-1 deadlock on their way to an 8-1 win over Ottawa-Glandorf.

In the second game, Miller City and Holgate also were tied 1-1 going to the fifth before the Wildcats scored five times on their way to a 6-1 win over the Tigers in an elimination game. This double elimination game concludes Monday with the losers bracket championship at 6 p.m.

With the outcomes, Kalida will play Leipsic at 1 p.m. Sunday for a spot in next weeks District 2 district tournament at Patrick Henry. The second game Sunday will have Miller City and O-G at 3:15 p.m. in an elimination game.

Kalida and O-G were locked in a tight game as Trey Nienberg, O-G, and Josh Recker, Kalida, were locked in a pitchers duel. That changed in the fifth inning as the Wildcats were able to push across three runs to take the lead.

Zach von der Embse walked to start the Kalida fifth before the next two batters were retired. Ethan Schmenk then worked a walk and Trevor Lambert was hit by a pitch to load the bases. An infield single by Tyler Klausing broke the tie before David Peck lined a single to right that scored two runs giving the Wildcats a 4-1 lead.

O-G threatened to get back into the game in the top of the sixth as they loaded the bases with two outs. A fly ball to right field ended the inning. Kalida salted the game away with a four run sixth inning.

Recker picked up the win for Kalida as he went the distance allowing one run on four hits. Klausing had three hits for Kalida and Peck had a pair of hits.

Nienberg suffered the loss for the Titans. Logan Miller had a pair of hits for O-G.

In the second game, Holgate and Miller City were locked in a 1-1 game going to the fifth before the Wildcats sent 11 batters to the plate to score five times. The Wildcats scored all five runs with two outs.

Tyler Long had a bases loaded two run single to break the tie and Ezra Deitering also had a two run single in the inning. Nick Gable singled in the fifth run of the inning for a 6-1 lead.

The inning helped end some frustration for the Wildcats in the contest as they stranded 14 base runners in the game.

Eli Ellerbrock picked up the win for Miller City as he went the distance allowing a run on six hits. Ellerbrock also had a double and single in the game for the Wildcats.

Holgate stranded nine runners in the game.