A look back at area sports 50, 25 and 10 years ago

50 Years Ago This Week– 1963

Fifty years ago this week, the New Knoxville Rangers notched an early-season baseball victory over the Coldwater Cavaliers by a final of 9-8, in what was labeled as a hotly-disputed encounter after the teams’ scorebooks didn’t match up in the end.

Heading into the bottom half of the seventh inning, the home-standing Rangers took their final at-bat, trailing 8-6. Three of New Knoxville’s first five batters reached base, leaving them loaded for T. Howe, who belted a triple. As Wietholter crossed home plate and Howe ran safely into third, the home team figured Wietholter’s run was the winning score, so Howe headed toward the dugout.

According to Coldwater’s books, the score was 9-9, so they nailed Howe with what they claimed was the third out. Following a comparison of scorebooks, it was determined that Coldwater credited an earlier base runner with scoring a run, while New Knoxville’s sheet showed that the runner had not made it past third base. After tiring debate, it was determined that, according to the rules, that the book kept by the home team was the official account of the game, and the Rangers’ victory stood.

In the win, Wietholter, who was just a freshman, led the way offensively with four hits and four runs scored. M. Kruse was the winning pitcher for the home team, as he pitched all seven innings and struck out 11, while walking only four.

(Note: Newspaper accounts and archives from the 1950s and 1960s did not list first names of players.)

25 Years Ago This Week– 1988

This week in 1988, the Minster Wildcats baseball team improved to 9-1 on the season and picked up their first Midwest Athletic Conference victory of the spring with a 6-2 victory over the New Bremen Cardinals.

The Wildcats jumped on the board initially in the first inning when Bryan Niemeyer reached base by drawing a walk and later scored after Tony Goubeaux smacked a sacrifice to centerfield.

The Orange and Black poured on four more runs in the third inning, while New Bremen plated their only two runs in the top of the fourth. Ahead 5-2, the Wildcats added their final score in the home half of the sixth when pinch runner Mark Grieshop scored on an infield grounder by Rick Fortman. While the Wildcats were busy scoring runs, they were also stellar defensively, as Niemeyer pitched four innings and allowed two runs on three hits.

Mike Wiss threw three innings in relief and gave up only one hit and no runs.

10 Years Ago This Week– 2003

Ten years ago this week, the New Knoxville baseball team showed that sometimes one big inning can make up for several innings marred with little productivity.

Trailing 2-1 in a non-conference game against Riverside, the New Knoxville bats finally came to life in the bottom of the sixth inning.

When the dust settled after the inning, the Rangers were in charge 7-2 - the score by which they held on to win by in the end. C.J. Goins took the victory on the mound for the Rangers, while his squad improved to 2-2 overall under head coach Brad Mendenhall.