NEW BREMEN — A quick start and dominating pitching helped spur the New Bremen ACME team to a five-inning win over New Knoxville Monday night.
“Our pitchers really need to work on throwing strikes,” New Knoxville head coach Calib Allen said of his team’s 18-0 loss. “We gave up nine walks in the first two innings and that is unacceptable. We have to have our pitchers be competitive on the mound. They have to keep the ball low to get ground balls.”
New Bremen started from the beginning in the bottom of the first inning. With one out, Alec Friedeger walked and Codie Wendel singled. A walk to Clay Bertke loaded the bases and a single to right by Ethan Elshoff drove home the first two runs.
Brent Bertke walked to reload the bases and Aaron McCollum walked to force home Clay Bertke with the third run. A single by Luke Schwieterman and a double by Aaron Clune drove in three more runs. The final run of the inning came home on a double by Wendel.
“Codie Wendel has been hitting the ball real well,” New Bremen coach Logan O’Neill said.
“Up and down the lineup everybody has been hitting the ball well and we just want to carry that over into the tournament.”
Wendel was 4-for-4 at the plate with two runs scored and two runs batted in. Elshoff was 3-for-4 and Schwieterman was 3-for-4.
In the second inning New Bremen went at it again with eight more runs. Elshoff singled and Brent Bertke and McCollum walked to load the bases and Schwieterman doubled to drive home two more runs.
A single by Clune drove two more runs home and Dave Zirkle walked and Friedeger singled to reload the bases. Wendel scored a run with a single and Clay Bertke grounded out to score another run. McCollum reached on an error to bring another run home and Schwieterman singled a run home for a 17-0 lead.
The final run of the game came when Brent Bertke walked and McCollum singled.
McCollum was forced at second and after a fly out and a walk to load the bases, Zirkle reached on a fielder’s choice hit to bring home Bertke for the 18-0 victory.
The only two runners to reach base for New Knoxville were K.V. Mooney who reached on an error to start the game and Mike Porter who drew a walk in the third inning.
“This is the first time that Aaron has pitched for me and he throws a no-hitter,” O’Neill said. “He threw strikes and got strikes early.”
McCollum pitched four innings for the victory giving up no runs on no hits and walked one and struck out three. Doug Kremer pitched the fifth inning.
New Knoxville (1-6) will play Minster in the second game at 8:15 p.m. Friday in the ACME tournament, while New Bremen (10-4) travels to Wapakoneta tonight before playing Wapakoneta again at 6 p.m. Friday. Both tournament games will be played at Minster.