|Maas pitches Titans over Kalida in summer ball|
|Sunday, June 29, 2014 8:02 PM|
By CHARLIE WARNIMONT
DHI Media Correspondent
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 innings 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 this evening at Columbus Grove in a losers’-bracket game at 6 p.m. Miller City remained alive in the tournament with a 12-2 5-inning win over Columbus Grove.
O-G had its 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 fly ball 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 its 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 diving Kalida centerfielder Brady Laudick that resulted in a 3-run triple and a 7-0 O-G lead. A ground ball 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 fly ball to right for the second out of the inning, Siebeneck came through with a key 2-run single to center and when the Titan center fielder misplayed the ball, it allowed a third run to score and Siebeneck to 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 2-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.
On Saturday, Kalida scored three times in the top of the seventh inning to defeat Miller City 3-2.
Kalida trailed 2-0 going to the seventh inning after Miller City scored an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth.
The first two Kalida batters reached in the seventh as Brent Hovest reached on a wild pitch after striking out and Knueve was hit by a pitch. Trevor Maag tied the game at 2-2 when he sliced a double down the right-field line for Kalida’s lone hit of the game. Hovest scored from second base and pinch-runner Nathan Meyers scored from first base as Maag moved to third base on the throw home. A sacrifice fly by Colton Farrell gave Kalida a 3-2 lead.
In the bottom of the inning, Miller City threatened as Hunter Berner opened the frame with a single. The next two Miller City batters were retired before Corbin Niese reached on an error. A strikeout ended the game.
Farrell picked up the win for Kalida. Ross Lehman took the loss for Miller City.
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Austin Verhoff 1B 3 4 2 0, Chandler Kersh CF 5 2 3 4, Noah Recker DH 1 3 0 0, Ben Deitering C 4 2 2 2, Austin Williams 3 1 0 1, Jordan Diemer RF 3 0 0 0, Evan Barrett PH 0 0 0 1, Brent Ellerbrock SS 2 1 1 3, Herm Recker PH 0 0 0 0, Ryan Maas P 4 1 2 0, Gavin Schnipke PH 0 0 0 0, Tory Schroeder LF 2 1 1 2, Nathan Rump PH 0 0 0 0. Totals 31 16 11 13.
Drew Hovest 2B 3 0 1 0, Brady Laudick CF 3 0 0 0, Brent Hovest 3B/C 3 0 1 0, Jeffrey Knueve C/P/C 3 1 0 0, Trevor Maag LF 2 0 0 0, Colton Farrell 1B 1 0 1 0, Austin Swift 1B 1 1 0 0, Austin Klausing PH 1 0 1 0, Noah Lambert SS 1 1 0 0, Derek Buss PH 0 0 0 0, Nathan Meyers PH 0 0 0 0, Trent Gerding RF 3 0 0 0, Trent Siebeneck P 2 1 1 2.
Score by innings:
Ott.-Glan. 432 016 - 16 11 2
Kalida 040 000 - 4 5 3
LOB: Ottawa-Glandorf 11, Kalida 5. 2B - Kersh, Deitering, Maas. 3B - Kersh, Ellerbrock, Schroeder.
IP H R ER BB SO
Maas (W) 6 5 4 3 2 9
Siebeneck (L) .2 3 3 4 4 1
Knueve 2.1 3 5 5 5 0
Gerding 2 5 7 7 6 1
D. Hovest 1 0 0 0 3 3
BB: Recker 3, Verhoff 2, Williams 2, Ellerbrock 2, Schroeder 2, Deitering 1, Diemer 1, Barrett 1, Maag 1, Lambert 1. HBP: Knueve (by Maas), B. Hovest (by Maas), Recker (by Gerding). WP: Maas 2, Siebeneck, Knueve, Gerding.
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Kalida 000 000 3 - 3
Miller City 001 001 0 - 2