Minster's ACME Season Ends at State

Staff Writer

The Minster ACME baseball team’s summer run came to an end at the state tournament in Lima.

Northmont rallied from an early deficit to knock off the Wildcats 3-1, ending a summer run that backed up the Wildcats’ Division IV state championship from the spring.

Minster struck first in the bottom of the first inning. Isaac Schmiesing started off the frame with an infield single. Adam Knapke followed with a single to left field. A third straight hit to start the inning drove in Schmiesing for the 1-0 lead. But Minster let a golden opportunity to pile on more runs slip away. A double play and a groundout ended the promising rally.

It would be the last time Minster got a run across. Northmont took the leadin the top of the third on a Weaver two-run single. Northmont tacked on another run in the top of the seventh on a Jewsikow RBI double.

Minster had two on and one out in the sixth, but an ending double play ended Minster’s best chance of tying or taking the lead. Minster grounded into a pair of double plays that short-circuited rallies.

Noah Enneking took the loss on the mound for Minster despite a strong effort. He pitched a complete game, striking out three and walking one and scattering 11 hits. He pounded the strike zone, throwing first-pitch strikes to 21 of the 31 hitters he faced.

Alex Lehmkuhl went 2-for-2 with an RBI. Isaac Schmiesing, Adam Knapke and Anthony Boehnlein added hits. August Boehnlein drew a pair of walks.

Minster reached the state tournament with a wild 12-9 win over St. Henry in a district championship game held at St. Henry on July 12.

Minster’s offense pounded out 14 hits, including three-hit games from Adam Knapke and Jared Huelsman. Jack Olberding, along with Knapke, drove in three runs. Isaac Schmiesing had two hits. August Boehnlein had a double and three runs scored. Austin Shinaberry drove in two runs. Anthony Boehnlein had a hit and an RBI.

After jumping out to an 8-0 lead, Minster watched St. Henry score six in the third. Minster scored three more times in the fourth to go up 11-6, only to see St. Henry put three more runs up to make it 11-9. Minster added an insurance run in the top of the seventh while the pitching steadied to close things out.

The trio of Jack Heitbrink, who went 2 2-3 innings giving up one earned run, Mike Ketner and Austin Brown, who threw three innings and didn’t allow a run, pitched for Minster.