Bertke Shuts Down Riders

New Bremen starting pitcher Ryan Bertke pitched a complete game four hitter in the Cardinals' 5-1 win over St. Marys on Monday.
By: 
JAKE DOWLING
Sports Editor

Four unearned runs in a pair of innings for New Bremen and a complete game pitching performance by Ryan Bertke paved the way for a 5-1 non-conference baseball victory against St. Marys on Monday.

Bertke worked deep into counts and threw eight first-pitch balls, but he managed to keep the aggressive Roughriders hitters off-balanced, lasting seven innings on 95 pitches, four runs on four hits, six strikeouts and four walks.
The Roughriders led the game first, 1-0 on an RBI double play by Austin Hollandsworth in the third frame.

But the Cardinals answered with a pair of runs in the home of the third. Leadoff hitter Grant Selby reached base on a double to right field. Selby advanced to third on a groundout by Justin Tenkman and scored on an error by Ethan Rose to tie the game.

Prior to Selby scoring, Luke Vonderhaar drew a walk and advanced to third on Rose’s error. Vonderhaar gave the Cardinals their lead when Ryan Bertke, who reached on Rose’s error, stole second, prompting Vonderhaar to bolt to home.

New Bremen extended its lead to 4-1 in the fifth when Tenkman led the inning reaching on another error by Rose. Vonderhaar then belted a blast to right-center field to plate Tenkman for a 3-1 lead.

One batter later, Casey Parker plated Vonderhaar with a single to right-center to push the Cardinals’ lead to 4-1.

Caleb Alig scored the Cardinals’ final run in the home half of the sixth when he led the inning off with a walk, advanced to third on a wild pitch and Rose’s fourth error at short and a scoring on a sacrifice fly by Tenkman.