Minster Wins ACME Sectional, Joined by New Bremen at District

Staff Writer

Both the Minster and New Bremen ACME baseball teams punched their tickets for the district tournament in the sectional at Minster.

The Wildcats were Auglaize/Shelby Co. sectional champs after winning three games to run through the bracket and will now open district play at coldwater's Veterans Field on Sunday, July 9 at 3 p.m. New Bremen will start its district tournament on Sunday, July 9 at 1 p.m. The winners of those games face off on Monday, July 10 at 6 p.m. The loser's of Sunday's games will play at 8 p.m. in an elimination game. Games are then scheduled for Tuesday, July 11 (7 p.m.) and Wednesday, July 12 (6 p.m.) at St. Henry's Wally Post Athletic Complex. The district champion advances to the state ACME tournament at Lima Shawnee.

The Wildcats  won the sectional championship game 7-4 over New Bremen to advance to the district at Coldwater and St. Henry. Jack Olberding and Isaac Schmiesing each had three hit games while Olberding drove in two. Alex Lehmkuhl added a pair of RBIs while Austin Shinabery had two hits in the victory.

Minster clobbered New Bremen 14-1 in their opening game.

The Wildcats assured themselves of a district spot after topping Fort Loramie 9-4 behind two-RBI games from Adam Knapke and Alex Lehmkuhl. Meyer went 2-for-3 with two RBIs for Fort Loramie. Nathan Raterman added two hits and two runs scored. Shane Hilgefort and Devin Wehrman each added RBIs for the Redskins.

New Bremen reached the championship game after its loss to Minster by knocking off Fort Loramie 3-2 in walk-off, marathon style. Grant Selby’s grounder couldn’t be handled and it allowed Wells to scamper home in the bottom of the 13th inning.  New Bremen rallied from a 2-0 deficit to tie the game and send it to extra innings.Caleb Alig and Casey Parker drove in runs in the tying bottom of the fifth after Middendorf and Pleiman drove in single runs in the third and fourth innings for Fort Loramie. New Bremen pitching threw nine straight scoreless innings to end the game.  After Justin Tenkman went seven innings, giving up two runs, Spencer Alig hurled six shutout innings of relief for the win.

Raterman pitched 6 1-3 strong innings for Fort Loramie, giving up one earned run and striking out seven. Rosengarten pitched six innings, giving up just one unearned run with three strikeouts in the tough-luck loss.