DEFIANCE — Errors and pitching were keys to the semi-finals of the Division IV district at Defiance High School Wednesday evening.

Both of the winning teams were able to take the lead on errors and used excellent an pitching performance to hold those leads to advance to Friday's district championship game at Memorial Field in Ottawa.

In the opener, Lima Central Catholic took advantage of two first inning errors on their way to a 4-0 win over Ottoville. In the nightcap, Kalida took advantage of a hit batter in the fifth inning to defeat Patrick Henry 1-0. The T-Birds and Wildcats will meet at 5 p.m. Friday for a district championship.

The second game was a pitchers duel between the Wildcats Owen Recker and the Patriots' Christian Petersen as neither pitcher gave up much in terms of offense. The game took just an hour and 20 minutes to play.

Petersen finished the game throwing a no-hitter against Kalida, but a pair of wild pitches in the fifth inning led to him taking the loss.

Josh Recker opened the Kalida fifth being hit by a pitch before moving to second base on a sacrifice bunt by Gabe Hovest. A pair of wild pitches eventually allowed Recker to race home with the only run of the game.

After that it was up to Owen Recker to preserve the slim lead and he did as he retired the side in order in the sixth and seventh for the win. Recker picked up the win giving up three hits with nine strikeouts and he walked two batters.

Petersen finished with six strikeouts for the Patriots and he walked one batter.

In the opener, LCC took advantage of three Ottoville errors to score three times in defeating the Big Green 4-0.

Ottoville had a chance to take the lead in their first at-bat as Andy Schimmoeller opened the game with an infield single, was sacrificed to second base before trying to score on a single to center by Dylan Kemper. The LCC centerfielder charged the ball and fired a strike to the plate to cut down Schimmoeller.

In the bottom of the inning Martin retired the first two batters he faced before the next six LCC batters reached base on two singles, two walks and two errors. The big blow was a run scoring single by Brendan Stolly that gave the T-Birds a 1-0 lead. A second run scored on the play as the Ottoville right fielder misplayed the ball with Stolly ending up on third base. Stolly eventually scored on a throwing error giving LCC a 3-0 lead after one inning.

After the first inning, Smith retired the next seven batters before Ottoville mounted a threat loading the bases with one out in the fourth inning. Martin and Kemper had singles before Josh Thorbahn reached on a dropped third strike. Smith kept the Big Green off the scoreboard with a pair of strikeouts as he retired the final 11 batters he faced.

LCC added an insurance run in the fourth inning as Brendan Stolly had a one out single to right and stole second before scoring on a Sam Santaguida single to right.

Smith finished with nine strikeouts and he allowed four hits.