ACME Baseball: Minster earns district berth, St. Marys bows out

MINSTER —  Minster’s Devon Poeppelman threw a complete game against St. Marys for the second time in four days and the Minster ACME baseball team assured itself of a trip to the district tournament next week with a 6-1 victory over the Roughriders on Thursday night.

Minster will play Wapakoneta tonight starting at 6 p.m. for the county’s double elimination sectional title. Wapakoneta needs to win one of the two games to be crowned champ. Minster would need to win both games of a possible doubleheader for the title. Both teams are assured of district spots.

The loss ends the St. Marys ACME team’s season.

Poeppelman, three days after tossing seven innings and giving up one earned run in a 4-2 Monday win, allowed one run on five hits while striking out five to go the distance on Thursday.

Minster’s Andrew Knapke went 3 for 4 with a run scored. Jay Eilerman had a 2 for 3 night. Brandon Hoying drove in two runs with a third inning double. Brad Walterbusch, Matthew Trushaw, Jacob Wuebker and Max Huber all added runs batted in for the Wildcats.

Minster did all of its offensive damage in a six-run third inning.

The first six Wildcats reached base in the rally. Knapke singled, Poeppelman walked and J.R. Nixon walked to load the bases. St. Marys’ starter Fitzgerald departed for reliever Codie Deaton.

Hoying split the left field gap to drive in two runs to make it 2-0. Walterbusch followed with an RBI single. Trushaw’s single made it 4-0. Wuebker produced a run with an RBI groundout to shortstop. Max Huber capped the scoring with an RBI single up the middle for the 6-0 lead.

The game was delayed by more than an hour in the top of the fourth inning as lightning dancing around Minster in the early evening.

St. Marys scored a run in the bottom of the sixth inning. After Austin James led off the inning with a single, he stole second base and came home to score on Jarrett Taylor’s single into center field. The Riders had a runner thrown out after wandering too far off second base and hit into a ground ball double play to end a threat, however.