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ACME Baseball: St. Marys faces Minster on Thursday in elimination game

July 5, 2012

St. Marys ACME's Mason Gross follows the flight of a pop-up during the sectional ACME tournament at Minster. St. Marys plays Minster tonight in an elimination game. The winner is guaranteed a spot in the district ACME tournament.

MINSTER — The St. Marys ACME baseball team stayed alive in the Auglaize County ACME sectional tournament with a 9-1 win over New Bremen on Tuesday, setting up another elimination game against Minster tonight at Hanover Street Park.

After dropping its first game of the tournament against Minster on Monday, St. Marys had better energy early in the gameon Tuesday. The Riders scored six times in the second inning to break the game open.

“We had a much better effort than we did last night,” St. Marys head coach Alan Huber said. “I want to put a few things in context. Number one was New Bremen was obviously shorthanded and they were playing a lot of younger players, but we did our job. We came out and did what we were supposed to do. Our intensity from beginning to end was much better and that is the way it needs to be every night.”

St. Marys got on the board with a run in the first inning. Dirk Fenwick led off by drawing a walk and he stole second. With one out, he scored on a double by Jacob Taylor.

They did the bulk of the damage in the second inning as they scored six runs on three hits and four New Bremen errors.

Nate Vogel led off by walking and advanced to third when Brandon Coffey singled and went to second on an error. They both scored when Luke Leffel singled to center. A ground out by Codie Deaton and Leffel went to third on a wild pitch.

Leffel scored on a single by Fenwick. Austin James reached on an error and advanced to second on another error. Following a ground out, Fenwick came home when Mason Gross reached on an error and both James and Gross scored on a single by Isaac Fitzgerald.

St. Marys ended its scoring with a pair of runs in the third inning. Vogel drew a walk and went to second on an error and to third on a wild pitch. Following a strikeout, Vogel came home when Leffel reached on an error. Jared Knous flied out to center but Leffel scored on an errant throw to the plate.

St. Marys will now face Minster on Thursday at 6:30 in another elimination game with the winner facing Wapakoneta in the championship game Friday at 6:30 p.m.

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