Roundup: Miller City, Leipsic reach district finals in baseball


Each advances with one-run victory

By Tom Usher - [email protected]



Miller City’s Joe Deitering tags out Kalida’s Michael Horstman at home plate during a Tuesday Division IV district semifinal at Patrick Henry.

Miller City’s Joe Deitering tags out Kalida’s Michael Horstman at home plate during a Tuesday Division IV district semifinal at Patrick Henry.


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Leipsic’s Blake Liffick reacts after a hit during a Tuesday Division IV district semifinal at Patrick Henry.

Leipsic’s Blake Liffick reacts after a hit during a Tuesday Division IV district semifinal at Patrick Henry.


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Leipsic’s Quin Schroeder slides safely into home plate against Patrick Henry’s Logan Hudson during a Tuesday Division IV district semifinal at Patrick Henry.


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Kalida’s Justin Siebeneck pitches during a Tuesday Division IV district semifinal against Miller City at Patrick Henry.


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HAMLER — Kalida scored four in the top of the seventh to grab a one-run lead.

No problem for Miller City.

Miller City simply grinded out a seventh-inning comeback to post an 8-7 victory against Kalida in the Division IV Division IV baseball district semifinals Tuesday at Patrick Henry’s Garrold Parratt Field.

Miller City (16-9) advances to the district finals against Leipsic (16-7) at 5 p.m. Friday at Patrick Henry.

Leipsic won the first district semifinal game of the day, 2-1.

The Miller City-Kalida game had plenty of good and some ugly mixed in with errors, wild pitches and questionable base running.

Kalida finished with six errors on the day.

“This was one for the memory books, no doubt,” Miller City pitcher Caleb Niese said.

Miller City coach Dusty Pester said, “That wasn’t that good of a game, but it was exciting. It was up and down, but from a play standpoint, it wasn’t a well-played game I don’t believe by either side.

“What I appreciated most about my guys was it’s tough when you give up four in the top of the seventh. It would have been real easy to pack the bags and get on the bus.’’

But Miller City scratched out two runs in the home seventh to post the 8-7 victory.

With one out in the home seventh, Miller City’s Brandan Barlage walked and went to second on a wild pitch. Joe Deitering reached on an error by the Kalida shortstop and Barlage scored to tie the game at 7.

Dillon Peck doubled and Owen Tobe was intentionally walked to load the bases with one out.

Ethan Barlage then worked a walk with the bases loaded to post the 8-7 victory.

Miller City starter lefty Caleb Niese took the mound in the top of the seventh with a 6-3 lead. But he had been battling all afternoon without his best fastball and he was tiring in the last inning.

Kalida got four in the seventh to take the lead.

With the bases loaded and Kalida within 6-4, Niese reached 125 pitches by the Miller City bench count and was done for the day by state rules.

“The old pitch counter right here (his left arm) knew it was about time to get off the mound,” Niese said with a laugh.

Miller City’s Thomas Weis came on and gave up a two-run single to Jaden Smith to tie the game at 6.

Drew Buss scored on a wild pitch to give Kalida a 7-6 lead.

For the day, Smith went 3 for 4 with a home run and five RBI for Kalida. Michael Horstman was 2 for 4.

For Miller City, Peck went 3 for 4 with a double.

During the regular season, Miller City defeated Kalida 4-1 behind Niese’s one-hitter. Niese struck out 14 in that game.

But Niese struggled from the first inning Tuesday.

“I had to throw my curveball a lot more,” Niese said. “Kalida is a good hitting team. I knew if I was going to succeed, I was going to have to mix it up a lot.’’

Kalida took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first. Miller City came back with three in the third to take a 3-1 lead.

Kalida scored two in the top of the third to tie the game at 3.

Miller City scored three in the fifth to take a 6-3 lead.

In the Kalida third, Drew Buss singled.

Smith launched a shot to left that got into the jet stream and it went well over the left-field fence for a two-run home run. That tied the game at 3.

Leipsic 2, Patrick Henry 1

Leipsic scored two in the home sixth to take a 2-0 lead, then held off Patrick Henry for a victory.

“That was a great high school baseball game,” Leipsic coach Darren Henry said. “Pitching and defense kept us in it. Luke (Spoors) probably didn’t have his best stuff today, but he battled enough.’’

Luke Spoors picked up the victory for the Vikings. He went 6 1/3 innings and gave up one run, earned, on seven hits. He struck out one and walked four.

Spoors threw 98 pitches, 56 for strikes.

Aiden Behrman had a good fastball and a moving slider for Patrick Henry (14-13). He went six innings and gave up two runs, one earned, on five hits. He struck out 11 and walked one.

Behrman threw 89 pitches, 62 for strikes.

“Behrman’s good. He was fantastic,” Henry said.

Leipsic broke through off Behrman in the sixth.

Quin Schroeder started the Vikings’ sixth with a swinging bunt single out in front of the plate. He then stole second.

“That was a little drag bunt. He does that every day in practice and he did that on his own,” Henry said.

Blake Liffick’s RBI single to right gave Leipsic a 1-0 lead. Liffick took second on the throw and went to third when the throw to third went wild.

Ethan Zeisloft hit a liner off the pitcher’s mound, which bounced over to short. Liffick scored on the hit and it was 2-0.

Spoors loaded the bases with one out in the seventh before Brandt came on in relief.

Nash Meyer hit a sacrifice fly to center to get within 2-1.

Brandt got Daniel Schmeltz to ground out to end it.

“That’s a tough situation for Mason to come in, but he’s a senior and he did it,” Henry said.

Colleges

HCAC announces

all-academic honors

CARMEL, Ind. — The spring honorees for Tom Bohlsen Academic All-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference have been announced. Selections have at least a cumulative 3.5 GPA and are varsity athletes.

The cumulative GPA is the student-athletes GPA at the end of the semester preceding the end of the spring season. The student-athlete must have completed the equivalent of a full academic year and must be a full-time enrolled student at the institution to be eligible.

Those earning the honor for Bluffton University included:

Baseball: Seth Altman, Darius Boeke, Jacob Boelkens, Nathan Campolo, Nathan DeWeese, Miller City graduate Ezra Deitering, Nick Diana, Ada grad Seth Evans, Wayne Frey, Spencer Garrison, Luke Hanson, Jaden Jaques, Garrett Rice, Milan Schilling, Cale Sherbourne, Jack Towell,

Men’s golf: Delphos Jefferson grad Brady Johnston, Evan Kujawa, Justin Metsker,

Softball: Bobbi Adams, Bryn Cisco, Kryshel Dales, Erin Norman, Lexus Rutledge, St. Marys grad Taylor Shimp, Lily Tate, Hannah Walters

Men’s track and field: Michael Lindhorst, Celina grad Ethan Ly, Blayden McCoy, Wyatt Walker

Women’s track and field: Brooke Barnes, Alessa Deal, Delphos St. John’s grad Jenia Freewalt, Maggie Hartzler, Emma Payne

Miller City’s Joe Deitering tags out Kalida’s Michael Horstman at home plate during a Tuesday Division IV district semifinal at Patrick Henry.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2022/05/web1_MC-vs-Kalida-RP-01-1.jpgMiller City’s Joe Deitering tags out Kalida’s Michael Horstman at home plate during a Tuesday Division IV district semifinal at Patrick Henry. Richard Parrish | The Lima News
Leipsic’s Blake Liffick reacts after a hit during a Tuesday Division IV district semifinal at Patrick Henry.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2022/05/web1_Leipsic-RP-01-1.jpgLeipsic’s Blake Liffick reacts after a hit during a Tuesday Division IV district semifinal at Patrick Henry. Richard Parrish | The Lima News
Leipsic’s Quin Schroeder slides safely into home plate against Patrick Henry’s Logan Hudson during a Tuesday Division IV district semifinal at Patrick Henry.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2022/05/web1_Leipsic-RP-07-1.jpgLeipsic’s Quin Schroeder slides safely into home plate against Patrick Henry’s Logan Hudson during a Tuesday Division IV district semifinal at Patrick Henry. Richard Parrish | The Lima News
Kalida’s Justin Siebeneck pitches during a Tuesday Division IV district semifinal against Miller City at Patrick Henry.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2022/05/web1_MC-vs-Kalida-RP-04-1.jpgKalida’s Justin Siebeneck pitches during a Tuesday Division IV district semifinal against Miller City at Patrick Henry. Richard Parrish | The Lima News
Each advances with one-run victory

By Tom Usher

[email protected]

Reach The Lima News sports department at 567-242-0451.

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