ST. MARYS — The St. Marys baseball team hosted its first tournament home game and delivered its first sectional title in a decade on Thursday night at K.C. Geiger Park.
St. Marys’ offense once again overpowered a Western Buckeye League opponent and starting pitcher Nathan Wilker shook off a first inning blip to post six zeroes to end the game as a hearty crowd braved plummeting temperatures to watch St. Marys capture its first sectional baseball title since 2004 with a 9-1 win over the Elida Bulldogs on Thursday.
Many of Wednesday’s area sporting events were moved to Thursday because of rain, including the first day of the Western Buckeye League track and field championships and tournament softball and baseball games.
The first day of the Division II sectional tennis tournament at UNOH scheduled for Thursday night was moved to Friday.
MINSTER — The Minster Wildcats baseball team had to battle from behind Wednesday afternoon to emerge from the Division IV sectional tournament. The Wildcats scored five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to rally past the Spencerville Bearcats 7-4 in a sectional title game held at Hanover Street Park.
Minster once again is headed back to the district tournament, but not before getting a scare from a young, talented Bearcat team.
NEW BREMEN — The New Bremen softball team comfortably knocked off Fort Recovery in its own friendly confines in a Division IV sectional semifinal on Monday night to advance in the tournament.
The Cardinals got a 4-for-4 game from lead-off hitter Rachel Parker, five RBIs from Debbie Paul, a homer from Julie Brown and a complete game win in the pitcher’s circle from freshman Sophie Fox in the 10-2 tournament win.
NEW BREMEN — New Bremen’s Jacob Gilberg got New Bremen’s postseason off to a great start with a no-hitter in a 10-0 win over the Waynesfield-Goshen Tigers in the Division IV sectional tournament opener at New Bremen on Saturday.
Gilberg allowed no runs on only two walks. He struck out seven and only threw 67 pitche in his second straight stellar outing.
LIMA — The St. Marys boys tennis team was involved in close matches at every spot of the line-up on the first day of the Western Buckeye League Championship at UNOH on Thursday, while third singles’ Justin Nedderman pulled off an upset to move into the semis.
Nedderman upended third-seeded Brandon Amstutz of Van Wert in a third singles opener 2-6, 7-5, 6-4. He will play in the semifinals on Saturday against Ottawa-Glandorf.
MINSTER — A bases-loaded squeeze play gone awry turned out to be a winning play for the Minster baseball team.
Fort Recovery couldn’t execute a rundown between home plate and third base after Minster’s runners took off and a pitch went wide beyond what hitter Max Huber could bunt. The Indians threw the ball down the line — where the covering shorstop was sprinting to get the bag — to allow Brandon Hoying to cross home plate for the 1-0 win in the bottom of the eighth inning at Hanover Street Park on Tuesday evening.
The St. Marys baseball team earned the top seed in the area Division II district draw. The Roughriders, who are 15-4, will receive a first-round bye in the sectional before hosting the winner of the 10th-seeded Elida at fifth-seeded Lima Shawnee game on Thursday, May 15 at K.C. Geiger Park at 5 p.m. The winner advances to the district semifinal at Bluffton University on Thursday, May 22.