MILLER CITY — Kalida turned in a near perfect game Monday evening as they faced Miller City for a spot in the District 2 ACME District tournament this weekend.

Behind a solid effort on the mound, timely hitting and some fine defensive plays Kalida kept Miller City at bay. And when the dust cleared Kalida walked away with an 8-0 win over their Putnam County League rival for second place in the District 2 ACME south bracket.

With the win, Kalida advances to the ACME district tournament at Patrick Henry this Friday against Wauseon at 6:15 p.m. The first game Friday has Ottawa-Glandorf playing Archbold at 4 p.m. This is a double elimination tournament that runs throughout the weekend.

The contest was scoreless through two innings as Kalida starter Josh Recker and Miller City’s Eli Ellerbrock faced only six batters each in those innings. The third inning may have been the difference as both teams finally got their first base runners of the game.

Nick Gable became the first base runner of the game with a single to left field. Gable eventually advanced to third base on an error and ground out before Recker stranded him there with a strikeout.

In the bottom of the inning, Kalida saw their first four batters reach in the inning as they would plate three runs.

Matt Kehres started the Wildcats third inning rally by working a walk before Noah Miller laid a bunt down the third base line that he was able to beat out before Justin Siebeneck was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Zach von der Embse followed with a walk to force in the first run of the game that ended Ellerbrock’s time on the mound.

Recker greeted reliever Ezra Deitering with a sacrifice fly to left field making it 2-0. Miller City was on the verge of limiting the damage after a popup to second base for the second out. That didn’t happen was David Peck reloaded the bases when he was hit by a pitch and Gabe Hovest followed with a single to right field that scored Siebeneck. von der Embse attempted to score on the play but was cut down at the plate on a fine throw to home by Miller City right fielder TJ Michel.

Miller City had a chance to turn the momentum in the top of the fourth as a pair of base hits gave them runners at first and third base. Recker was able to escape the jam getting a popup to third base to end the inning. After that the Wildcats had just one more base runner, on a fifth inning error, before he retired the final eight batters in the game.

“We didn’t get a big hit when we needed it,” Michel said. “I think we had three hits and we didn’t get a run home. We have been trying to find, all summer, some consistency in the lineup to get consecutive hits and we just ran out of time to find that.”

Recker pitched a complete game shutout as he gave up three hits with seven strike outs and no walks.

After getting out of trouble in the fourth inning, Kalida added runs in each of the next three innings to continue to pull away from Miller City.

In the fourth inning Tyler Klausing walked, took second on a sacrifice bunt before scoring on a throwing error. In the fifth, Luke Erhart walked, stole second and scored on a two out single to center by Hovest.

Kalida put the game away in the bottom of the sixth with three runs as Siebeneck had an RBI double, von der Embse an RBI triple before he scored on a wild pitch.

Hovest and Miller both had two hits for Kalida.

Ellerbrock took the loss for Miller City as he worked two plus innings allowing three runs. Deitering finished the game for the Wildcats.