Riders, Minster split doubleheader
The St. Marys baseball team’s bats woke up just in time to salvage a split against Minster and its dominating pitching staff.
Minster’s pitching shut out St. Marys for 12 straight innings, allowing the Wildcats to win the first game of doubleheader, 7-0, and appear to be steaming towards a win in the second game.
But the Roughriders exploded for five runs with two outs in the bottom of the sixth and then stranded the potential tying run at third base in the seventh to earn a 5-4 win in the second game.
Minster senior starting pitcher Doug Huber tossed a complete game shutout for the Wildcats in the first game in the 7-0 win at K.C. Geiger Park on Saturday.
The Wildcats’ Austin Knapke then threw five shutout innings to start the second game before seven straight Roughriders reached base after two were out in the bottom of the sixth inning.
St. Marys pitcher Michael Huber hit a two-run home run to left field in the sixth inning of the second game to break a 12-inning scoreless streak for the Riders and cut the Minster lead to 4-2.
Mason Gross and Tyler Roby singled, Adam Neal drove in a run with a single up the middle, Seth Fitzgerald walked and Brad Sawmiller drove in the tying and go-ahead runs with a single to left field.
St. Marys moved to 3-2 on the season with the split. Minster is 3-1.
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New Bremen sweeps doubleheader
NEW BREMEN — The New Bremen baseball team swept a doubleheader from the West Liberty Salem Tigers 8-7 and 5-4 on Saturday on a cold and damp day.
New Bremen scored what proved to be the winning run in the bottom of the fourth inning. With one out, Brent Bertke tripled to center field and scored on a single by Clay Bertke to give the Cardinals an 8-7 lead.
That is when Brent Bertke started to weave his magic on the mound as he struck out five of the last seven batters to preserve the 8-7 victory. Overall Bertke struck out 12 and walked one.
“Brent Bertke got stronger as the game went on,” Cox said. “He ended up pitching a pretty decent game. He did that in the game against Shawnee last week.”
In the second game New Bremen answered with a run in the fifth inning to tie the score and another run in the sixth inning to win the game 5-4. Trevor Kitzmiller secured the victory on the mound for the Cardinals.
“Everybody played as a team in both games,” Cox said. “If we can eliminate the errors we can have a successful season.”
New Bremen (3-2) travels to St. Marys tonight at 5 p.m.