|Big Green steamrolls Kalida in PCL|
|Friday, May 10, 2013 12:41 AM|
By BOB WEBER
The Delphos Herald
KALIDA — Two veteran baseball coaches faced off Thursday night in Kalida for their annual Putnam County League matchup.
Head Coach Tony Castronova, with over 200 wins, brought his Ottoville Big Green team to battle the Wildcats of Kalida under the direction of Jim McBride, who recently recorded his 350th win on his career.
Thursday night was a night that Coach McBride would soon like to forget as the Big Green dominated the play from start to finish in a 15-0 5-inning win over the Wildcats.
The Big Green jumped on the Wildcats from the opening pitch as senior leadoff hitter Derek Schimmoeller tripled over the outstretched arm of the Wildcats’ right fielder. Junior Luke Schimmoeller brought his brother home with a double down the left-field line that eluded the left fielder and shortstop. Sophomore Brandon Boecker reached base safely on an error by the Wildcat shortstop, putting runners on first and third. Freshman Jared Fanning plated Schimmoeller with the Big Green’s second run of the inning on a sacrifice fly to left field.
The Wildcats got a runner on in the bottom of the first when freshman Austin Swift singled up the middle with one out but was left stranded when the next two batters flied out to end the inning.
The second inning saw the Big Green not let up on their success from the first inning. Senior Bryan Hohlbein started with a double and moved to third on a balk called on Wildcats’ senior starting pitcher Kyle Landin. Senior Cory Fischer brought home Hohlbein with a sacrifice fly to left, making the score 3-0. Seniors Craig Odenweller and (Derek) Schimmoeller both reached safely with singles, putting runners on first and third. Senior Jacob Turnwald knocked in the Big Green’s fourth run with a ground out, scoring Odenweller.
The Big Green blew the game wide open in the top of the third as they batted around, scoring six runs on four hits and three walks. Boecker opened with an infield hit and Fanning and junior Alex Horstman walked, loading the bases. Hohlbein singled for his second hit of the game, scoring both Boecker and Fanning. The Big Green again loaded the bases and (Derek) Schimmoeller’s single plated another two runs (Hohlbein and Fischer). Turnwald’s ground out and (Luke) Schimmoeller’s single brought in the fifth and sixth Big Green runs of the inning, extending their lead to 10-0.
The visitors weren’t done yet. In the top of the fourth inning, they scored an additional five more runs. Senior Zach Weber, batting for Fanning, led off the inning and was hit by a pitch. Sophomore Joel Beining — hitting for Horstman — singled. Fischer and Odenweller drew 1-out walks that eventually scored Weber, making the score 11-0. (Derek) Schimmoeller singled (his 4th hit of the game), scoring Beining. Turnwald drew a bases-loaded walk, scoring Fischer. (Luke) Schimmoeller reached first safely on an error by the Wildcat shortstop, scoring Odenweller, and Boecker knocked in the final Big Green run with a ground out to third base.
Starting Big Green pitcher (Luke) Schimmoeller only allowed two hits, picking up the win on the evening, both coming off the bat of Swift. Schimmoeller struck out three and did not walk a batter.
The Wildcats used three pitchers for the game as Landin went the first two innings. Junior Randy Zeller pitched 1 2/3 and sophomore Colton Farrell finished the last 1 1/3 innings. Landin picked up the loss.
The Big Green got a 12-hit team performance on the game with Derek Schimmoeller 4-5, scoring three runs and knocking in three runs. Odenweller reached base safely all four times at the plate with one hit and three walks. Hohlbein and (Luke) Schimmoeller added two hits apiece.
The evening was a bittersweet one for the Wildcats with the loss to the Big Green coupled with senior night and the last home game McBride would coach. The Wildcat faithful acknowledged their six seniors (Landin, Neil Recker, Rob Kleman, Adam Knueve, Kyle Vorst and Austin Horstman) and Coach McBride with one more trip around the bases, a flower for Mom and Dad and big thanks to their fellow coaches, teammates, families, friends and fans.
The Wildcats (5-9, 2-4 PCL) will travel to Miller City tonight for a 5 p.m. non-league matchup. The Big Green (8-7, 5-2 PCL) will host the Lincolnview Lancers.
Derek Schimmoeller 5-3-4-3, Jacob Turnwald 3-0-0-2, Luke Schimmoeller 4-1-2-3, Brandon Boecker 4-1-1-1, Jared Fanning 0-1-0-1, Zach Weber 2-1-1-0, Alex Horstman 2-1-1-0, Joel Beining 1-0-0-0, Bryan Hohlbein 4-2-2-2, Cory Fischer 1-2-0-1, Joe Van Oss 1-0-0-0, Craig Odenweller 1-3-1-1. Totals 28-15-12-14.
Brent Hovest 2-0-0-0, Austin Swift 2-0-2-0, Neil Recker 2-0-0-0, Rob Kleman 2-0-0-0, Trent Gerding 2-0-0-0, Kyle Vorst 2-0-0-0, Randy Zeller 2-0-0-0, Austin Horstman 1-0-0-0, Kyle Kehres 1-0-0-0. Totals 16-0-2-0.
Score by Innings:
Ottoville 2-2-6-5-0- 15
Kalida 0-0-0-0-0 - 0
WP – Luke Schimmoeller; LP – Kyle Landin. 2B: Ottoville (L. Schimmoeller, Hohlbein), Kalida – Swift. 3B: Ottoville (D. Schimmoeller).
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