Thursday, May 10 Tournament Scoreboard

Staff Writer

Midwest Athletic Conference rivals Minster and New Bremen played a whale of a regular season softball game back in early April, a pitcher’s dual that saw Minster emerge with  1-0 victory.

The win helped propel Minster to the outright MAC title and a perfect season in the league. Now the two teams will meet again at the district level.

Minster beat Marion Local 7-1 and New Bremen run-ruled USV 10-0 in five innings to advance to the district semifinal at Wapakoneta on Tuesday, May 15.

Minster fell behind by a run early but scored two in the first and three in the third to take control against marion Local. Jenna Poeppelman drove in a run and pitched a complete game without giving up an earned run. Taylor Homan had two hits while Emma and Alice Schmiesing each added RBIs for the MAC champs.

New Bremen scored 10 runs on 12 hits in the blowout win over USV. Taylor Paul had three hits and two RBI while Marissa Topp, Hanna Tenkman and Lauren Cordonnier each had two hits.

Elsewhere in the MAC, Fort Recovery topped Perry 10-2 and Parkway run-ruled Ridgemont 14-4 to advance, as well.

BASEBALL

MINSTER 4, MARION LOCAL 1 — The Minster baseball team only collected three hits in its sectional final against Marion Local on Thursday night, but the Wildcats scrapped together just enough offense and starting pitcher Austin Brown shined on the mound to lead the Wildcats to a 4-1 win over the Flyers.

Minster advances to the district semifinal against top-seeded St. Henry, which walloped St. John’s 16-0 on Thursday. The Wildcats and Redskins will meet on Wednesday, May 16 at Coldwater with a scheduled 5 p.m. first pitch.

Minster made due with little in the way of hits on Thursday, finding ways to push runs across.

Not that Austin Brown needed much.

Brown pitched six innings, allowing a run on five hits with seven strikeouts before giving way to Alex Lehmkuhl, who struck out the side in the top of the seventh for the save.

Minster jumped out to a 1-0 lead after jack Olberding led off the bottom of the first inning with a double to right field and moved to second on a pitch to the backstop. Isaac Schmiesing then delivered a sacrifice fly to right field that allowed Minster to get on the board first.

The lead grew to 3-0 in the third when Schmiesing and Lehmkuhl led off with back-to-back walks. After a Marion Local pitching change, Jared Huelsman walked to load the bases with nobody out. A Jack Heitbrink sac fly along with a throwing error allowed two runs to cross the plate. Marion Local stayed in the game by then turning  a double play, but the Wildcats led 3-0.

Marion Local answered with its lone run in the fourth when Fleck doubled and went to third and scored on pitches to the backstop.

Minster got that run back in the fifth when a dropped third strike on a strikeout allowed Schmiesing to reach and Huelsman and Heitbrink hit back-to-back singles to load the bases. An Austin Shinabery bases-loaded walk made it 4-1.

Marion Local brought the tying run to the plate in the top of the seventh with a walk and a single, but Lehmkuhl struck out three Marion Local batters, including the game’s final two hitters to seal the victory.

CRESTVIEW 5, NEW BREMEN 3 — The Crestview Knights are no stranger to pressure-packed tournament baseball games through the years, so despite a stellar season the higher-seeded New Bremen Cardinals had a tough draw in the Division IV tournament when the Knights showed up on their side of the bracket.

The Knights once again proved how tough they can be in a tournament setting, knocking off third-seeded New Bremen 5-3 on Thursday. That sets up an all-Van Wert County district game at Coldwater on Wednesday, May 16 at 7 p.m. between Crestview and Lincolnview.