FT. LORAMIE — Needing two wins in the Fort Loramie four-team tournament to give head coach Mike Wiss his 300th victory and a tourney title, in the first game the Minster baseball team coasted to a 13-2 five inning victory over the Covington Buccaneers and in the championship game jumped out to a big first inning lead and held on to defeat the hosting Redskins 10-6.
“I want to congratulate Ft. Loramie because they run a great tournament,” Wiss said. “With win number 300 that means I have been here a long time and I have been around and coached a lot of good people.
“We hit the ball early,” Wiss said. “We squared up a lot of baseballs the first couple innings. The key was when they scored a few runs we would comeback and match them which made me happy, but we hit a lot of fly balls late.”
In the third inning Minster pitcher Devon Poeppelman hit a two-out home run.
“Devon Poeppelman gave us a great effort on the mound to start the game,” Wiss said. “Devon threw well early in the game and then we went to Doug (Huber). Doug wanted to pitch today and we knew Adam (Niemeyer) was going to pitch an inning to get his one inning in during the middle of the week.”
In the first game of the day Minster also got off to a big start and defeated Covington 13-2. The Ft. Loramie Redskins jumped out to a 7-4 first game lead over the Elida Bulldogs and had to hold off the Bulldogs for a 7-6 victory. In the consolation game Elida defeated Covington 9-1.
Ft. Loramie (11-7) will entertain Anna today, while Minster (16-2) will travel to Celina.
Riders sweep twin bill
SIDNEY — The St. Marys baseball team swept a doubleheader at Sidney on Saturday afternoon and now head into their biggest game of the season on a three-game winning streak.
The Riders had two big innings and got five innings of two-hit shutout pitching from Michael Huber in a 10-0 run-rule opening win.
St. Marys collected 17 hits and scored in five of the seven innings in an 8-6 victory in the second game.
Marcus Wagner came up from the JV squad to get the start and the win. He worked four inning, striking out three and giving up six runs. Mason Gross worked two scoreless innings and Tyler Roby closed things out with a perfect bottom of the seventh.
St. Marys improved to 13-5 on the season and now plays Defiance in a Western Buckeye League showdown at K.C. Geiger Park on Tuesday.
Defiance (14-1) postponed its game on Friday night against Wapakoneta and will make it up on Friday, May 11. The Bulldogs are 3-0 in Western Buckeye League play.
Defiance has not lost a WBL baseball game since 2006.
St. Marys is 5-1 in WBL play after rallying and defeating Celina last Friday in eight innings.
St. Marys’ lone loss in league play came to Shawnee. St. Marys is in search of its first WBL title since 2001.