FORT RECOVERY — Good defense and clutch pitching from Aaron Clune allowed the New Bremen Cardinals to emerge from Fort Recovery with a 3-1 victory and moved the Cardinals a win on Saturday away from at least a share of the Midwest Athletic Conference title.
The victory allowed the Cardinals to remain tied for the MAC lead with a 6-2 record. Overall they are 12-8. Fort Recovery drops to 7-15 and 1-8 in the MAC.
Clune pitched the complete game victory for New Bremen giving up one unearned run on four hits. He struck out three and walked one.
“It was another good pitching performance for Aaron Clune again,” Cox said. “We also had some good defense. We eliminated a few errors and only had one tonight where usually we have five or six, but we had a few base running errors which counteracted that.”
Both teams will participate in the Division IV sectional championship games on Wednesday at Minster. Fort Recovery will face Minster in the first game at 5 p.m. while New Bremen will face St. Henry in the second game at 7:30.
Brent Bertke went 2-for-4 with a double to lead New Bremen at the plate.
MARION LOCAL 3, MINSTER 1
MINSTER — Marion Local began the season believing it had the starting pitching to make a run at a Midwest Athletic Conference title.
Instead, the Flyers had to settle for watching that pitching dash Minster's hopes of a league championship share.
Flyer starting pitcher Reggie Wendel and Marion Local spoiled Minster's opportunity to earn a piece of the Midwest Athletic Conference championship with a 3-1 win over the Wildcats at Hanover Street Park on Tuesday.
"It feels good, but it is bittersweet," Marion Local head coach Russ Puthoff said. "When you have Craig Niekamp, who threw a one-hitter the last game, and Reggie Wendel, who had a heck of a performance tonight, that was what we expected out of these guys all year and it just didn't happen. It says a lot about the character of this team to get knocked out of tournament and really have nothing to play for and have enough pride to ruin the (MAC title hopes) of a really good Minster team."
Needing just the win over a sub-.500 Flyer team to earn a share of the MAC title, Minster head coach Mike Wiss felt like his team gave a title away.
"On the mental side, how you come out flat on a day with the MAC championship on the line, I don't know," Minster head coach MIke Wiss said. "But we were flatter than a pancake."
Minster fell to 6-3 in the MAC and 19-6 overall on the eve of its tourney opener against Fort Recovery.
Wendel, who throws from a unique three-quarter arm slot that makes him appear to be slinging the ball towards home plate, mowed down the Wildcats in order in the second, third, sixth and seventh innings.
“His ball just moves a tremendous amount,” Puthoff said. “When he pounds the strike zone, he’s very hard to hit. He pounded it tonight and our defense played really well tonight.”
Minster faces Fort Recovery tonight in the first game at Minster's Hanover Street Park, with first pitch scheduled for 5 p.m. New Bremen and St. Henry will play the second game at approximately 7:30 p.m.
ST. HENRY 15, NEW KNOXVILLE 2
NEW KNOXVILLE — The Redskins beat the Rangers in five innings.