Hey, I Remember That!: A look back at area sports 10, 25 and 50 years ago
50 Years Ago This Week – 1962
The Memorial Roughriders left the baseball diamond as winners this week as they notched their first Western Buckeye League victory of the season with a 7-0 win over their rivals, the Celina Bulldogs.Tom Hollman earned the win on the mound by allowing only two base hits and five walks in the outing. The Roughriders got to business early when Bill Rogers connected for an infield hit and scored a few moments later with a triple by Peterson. The ‘Riders blew things open in the second inning when they batted through the lineup and plated five runs. In the triumph, the Roughriders only picked up five base hits, but it was enough to do serious damage in the seven-run win, which pushed them to 2-2 on the young season.
25 Years Ago This Week – 1987
The Minster Wildcats upped their record to 3-1 on the fresh season with a pair of victories this weekend in 1987. On Friday evening, they opened their Midwest Athletic Conference slate with a home date against the Delphos St. John’s Blue Jays. With the score tangled at 2-2 in the bottom of the seventh inning, Allen Mescher stepped in and smacked a double. He scored the winning run a few moments later when Tony Goubeaux slammed a shot off of the outfield fence. Mike Wiss went the distance on the hill to earn the win for the Orange and Black, while offensively, Goubeaux led the charge with a pair of base hits, including his game-clinching RBI. The following afternoon, the Wildcats traveled to Versailles and returned home with a 10-3 victory over the Tigers. Jeff Roetgerman spearheaded the Wildcats’ 14-hit barrage with three singles, while Jim Fortman added a double and a single in the win. Allen Mescher and James Wolf each picked up a pair of singles, while Scott Larger added a double and also earned the victory from the pitching rubber.
10 Years Ago This Week – 2002
Ten years ago this week, the Minster Wildcats hosted the New Knoxville Rangers in a Midwest Athletic Conference baseball tilt. The Wildcats inflicted serious damage in the first three innings by plating four runs, including the first frame when Jim Dwenger and Doug Stricker each reached base before being doubled home by Austin Kaylor. Jake Olding doubled to left field in the second inning and scored a couple of minutes later when Tim Stueve singled past the shortstop for the RBI. In the third frame, Stricker singled to left field before stealing second and advancing to third on a wild pitch. He scored when Kaylor batted the ball to right field. As the top of the seventh inning rolled around, the Wildcats seemed destined for the shutout victory, but the Rangers had other thoughts. With one out, Andy Thobe reached on a walk and moved to second on a wild pitch from A.J. Quinter. The Wildcats picked up the second out a few moments later, but two more walks juiced the bases for the visitors. Dustin Sommer came on in relief, but unfortunately a hit batsman plated the Rangers’ first run of the game. Chandler Greene then batted a single to knock in two more runs, but that is as close as the Rangers pulled, as Minster held on to secure the 4-3 victory.