|Early eruption paces Kalida by Grove|
|Tuesday, June 17, 2014 8:00 PM|
By CHARLIE WARNIMONT
DHI Media Correspondent
COLUMBUS GROVE — Kalida took advantage of seven hits in the first inning Monday evening to defeat Columbus Grove 7-1 in ACME baseball action at the Columbus Grove Athletic Complex.
Kalida moved to 8-1 on the summer.
The Wildcats sent nine batters to the plate in the first inning to score six times in getting the early advantage on the Bulldogs.
The first three Wildcat batters in the first inning set the tone for the game banging out hits giving Kalida a quick 2-0 lead.
Austin Swift opened the Wildcat first with a single to center and he scored from first base as Drew Hovest lined a double to left-center field. Drew Hovest scored as Brent Hovest hit a ground rule double over the right fielders head.
Brent Hovest stole third base as Bulldog starter Elisha Jones was striking out the fourth batter of the inning. Brady Laudick made it a 3-0 game with a double to left-center and he moved to third base as Noah Lambert dropped a short single into right field and Lambert took second base when the throw from the outfield got away from a Bulldog player.
After a popup to third base for the second out, Nathan Meyers lined a single to right field that scored the two base runners and he took second base on the throw home. Trent Siebeneck made it a 6-0 game with a single to right-center before Siebeneck was picked off first base to end the inning.
“The kids hit the ball well. They stayed within the count to hit the ball well,” Kalida ACME coach Gary Zeller said. “We are asking them to be patient up there and take what the pitcher gives you.”
Down six runs before they stepped into the batters box, the Bulldogs attempted to curb the Wildcat momentum as they mounted a rally in the bottom of the first inning.
After Kalida starter Austin Klausing retired the first batter, Zach Shafer and Jake Utendorf worked walks. The two base-runners moved up a base on a groundout before Marcos Olivo was hit by a pitch to load the bases. A wild pitch allowed Shafer to score before Travis Ellerbrock walked to reload the bases. A groundout to shortstop ended the inning as the Bulldogs left the bases loaded.
After the first inning, Klausing kept the Bulldogs off the scoreboard although Columbus Grove had base-runners in three of the next four innings that Klausing worked. For the game, Klausing allowed one run on one hit while walking four batters with two strikeouts and he hit three batters.
Klausing’s defense helped him in the third inning as an error and two hit batters loaded the bases with one out. Kalida was able to turn a double play to end the inning.
T.J. Pardo had the Bulldogs’ only hit off Klausing, a fourth-inning infield single.
“He was working on his mechanics early; he hadn’t thrown in a while, so he did that the first inning,” Zeller said. “He threw strikes and that’s all we ask from him.”
Derek Buss finished the game allowing no runs on one hit with two strikeouts. He only faced seven batters in the two innings he worked.
After a rough first inning, Jones settled down for Columbus Grove allowing just one more run in going the distance. That run came in the second inning as Swift doubled, moved to third on a balk and scored on a groundout.
“It wasn’t like they were hitting it at us that first inning; they were finding a lot of holes in the field,” Grove ACME coach Mason Smith said. “Elisha had some pitches up that first inning and they were taking advantage of that. Once he started to keep the ball down, he pitched a lot better.”
Drew Hovest led Kalida with three hits, while Swift and Brent Hovest both had two hits.
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