Minster, Fort Loramie Baseball and Minster Softball To Play for District Titles

Minster's Aaron Ernst threw a complete game shutout in a 2-0 win over St. John's on Wednesday. The Wildcats will try to capture a district title on Friday night against Parkway at Coldwater. (Staff Photo/Brian Smith)
Staff Writer


Three area teams will look to capture Division IV district titles on Friday night, with Minster and Parkway facing off on both the softball and baseball diamonds.

The Minster baseball team, fresh off a 2-0 win over St. John’s behind the complete game shutout from starting pitcher Aaron Ernst, will face Parkway at 7:30 p.m. at Coldwater. Minster scored scored two runs in the top of the fourth against St. John’s and that proved to be all the Wildcats needed as their ace Ernst kept up his impressive string of starts on the mound. Jon Niemeyer had two hits for Minster and Ben Stubbs and Adam Knapke drove in both runs. Alex Lehmkuhl scored a run. Parkway upended top-seeded Fort Recovery 14-3 in six innings earlier in the evening to set up the all-MAC district title game. The winner of the Minster-Parkway game will advance to the Hamler regional to play the winner of Norwalk St. Paul and New London on Thursday, May 25 at 2 p.m. at Patrick Henry High School.

The Fort Loramie baseball team also advanced, topping Triad 7-4 at Piqua on Wednesday. The Redskins will now face Southeastern at 5 p.m. at Newton High School with a trip to the Springfield regional on the line. The winner will face the winner of Russia and Newton on Thursday, May 25 at 2 p.m. at Carlton Davidson Stadium in Springfield.

The Minster softball team continued its high-scoring tournament run with a 19-5 win in five innings over rival New Bremen in a district semifinal game at Wapak on Wednesday. Taylor Homan homered, tripled and drove in four runs. Emma Schmiesing doubled and drove in three. Laney Hemmelgarn homered and drove in two. Jenna Poeppelman had three hits and two RBIs. Danielle Barhorst had three hits and three runs scored. Karly Richard was 3-for-5. Poeppelman pitched all five innings, striking out seven to earn the win.