Logan Gallmeier of Jefferson sends a pitch to the plate on Monday. (DHI Media/Charlie Warrnimont)
Logan Gallmeier of Jefferson sends a pitch to the plate on Monday. (DHI Media/Charlie Warrnimont)

KALIDA — Pitching highlighted Monday evenings summer baseball game between Kalida and Jefferson at Holy Name Ballpark.

Both of the Wildcat squads threw young arms on a warm, sunny evening in Kalida. The key was finding a way to take advantage of an opportunity when one presented itself.

Kalida eventually was able to push across runs in two different innings, then survive a seventh inning rally by Delphos Jefferson to claim a 3-1 win. The win pushed Kalida’s summer record to 13-1.

Ryan Klausing, Kalida, and Logan Gallmeier, Jefferson, received the starting nods Monday with both hurlers throwing four innings before seeing their respective coaches made the call to the bullpen for a reliever. Klausing picked up the win for Kalida as he didn’t allow a run in his four innings of work while surrendering one hit with two strikeouts and a walk. He hit three batters in his time on the mound.

Nathan Schroeder worked the final three innings for the home Wildcats allowing a run on two hits with five strikeouts and a walk.

“It’s great to see our pitchers do the job they did,” Kalida coach Chad Ehrnsberger said. “Hitting, we didn’t swing it like we have all summer. We came through with some big hits, but when your pitchers do the job sometimes three runs is enough.

“Our pitchers did a good job and that’s going to be the biggest question mark next spring is our pitching because we are going to lose some studs from this years team. It’s nice to see those young guys step up. Jefferson was swinging the bats well and our pitchers still got the job done. That was one of our goals this summer to develop the young guys on the pitching staff. When you are winning games that’s a good thing.

Gallmeier suffered the loss for Jefferson as he worked four innings allowing a run on four hits with two strikeouts and two walks. Braxton Scalf worked two innings allowing two runs on three hits with five strikeouts with a walk.

“They pitched well tonight, I thought we pitched well tonight,” Jefferson coach Trey Roney said. “They just had some more hits, found some more gaps. It was really a good baseball game, not a lot of errors.

“Logan Gallmeier and Braxton Scalf both pitched phenomenal tonight. I’ll take that kind of outing any time we are at a ball game. They found some gaps at the end of the game. That is baseball for you.”

Jefferson had a couple of early threats against Ryan Klausing getting a runner to second base in the second and fourth innings. Both times Klausing made a key pitch to deny the visiting Wildcats a chance to take an early lead.

Meanwhile Gallmeier breezed through the first two innings before the bottom of the Kalida lineup created a scoring threat in the third inning.

Jefferson right fielder Cody Bailey made a fine diving catch to rob a Kalida hitter of a possible double to start the inning before Grant Vorst (single) and Noah Miller (double) were able to find open space in right field giving the home team runners at second and third. Gallmeier worked out of trouble using a pair of pop-ups to second base to strand the two runners.

In the fourth inning, Kalida was able to get on the scoreboard after a Jefferson error.

Luke Erhart walked to start the Wildcat fourth and stole second base. Gallmeier then tried to pick Erhart off second base, but his throw was off the mark and sailed into center field allowing Erhart to take third base. A ground out to first base by Tyler Klausing scored Erhart from third base.

The home Wildcats were not done as Ayden Warnecke singled to center, stole second base and took third base on a wild pitch before Justin

Siebeneck walked and stole second base. A fly ball to center field ended the inning leaving Kalida with a 1-0 lead.

Jefferson was able to get a runner to second base in the fifth against Kalida reliever Nathan Schroeder as Logan Murray walked and took second on an error. A strikeout left Murray at second base.

Kalida was able to get runners to second and third base in the fifth against Braxton Scalf, but he avoided giving up runs with two strikeouts and a flyball to center.

In the sixth, Scalf couldn’t work out of trouble against the middle of the Kalida order.

Tyler Klausing started the Wildcat sixth with a double to left-center and he scored on a Josh Recker single to right. After stealing second base, Recker scored on a one out single by Siebeneck to right.

Jefferson broke through in the top of the seventh as Colin Bailey led off with a single to center and Braylon Scalf reached on a one out error. The two runners advanced a base on a wild pitch before Schroeder struck out the next batter. Cody Bailey followed with a single to left that scored Colin Bailey. Braxton Scalf attempted to score from second base, but he was tagged out at the plate by Noah Miller to end the contest.

“We have a lot of young guys playing,” Roney said. “They stepped up tonight, we just could find that one hit, one gap. Other than that I thought we really played well as a team tonight.”

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