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MINSTER — The Minster baseball team did whatever it took to get runs across against Delphos St. John's. It doesn’t take many when senior pitcher Adam Niemeyer is going like he was on Monday.
Niemeyer struck out 14 and pitched a one-hit shutout as the Wildcats earned a key 3-0 opening Midwest Athletic Conference win over Delphos St. John’s in a game originally scheduled for April 16. The make-up game bumped the Wildcats’ originally scheduled contest against Arcanum on Monday.
Minster avenged last season’s 3-2 loss to the Blue Jays behind Niemeyer’s powerful right arm and different ways of getting runs home.
Niemeyer got the first run across in the bottom of the first inning off DSJ starter Curtis Geise with a sacrifice fly that plated Jay Eilerman, who stole a pair of bases in the game.
“We had four walks and two hit batters and a sac flyin those first two innings — pretty much everything but a hit,” Wiss said.
Geise was the tough-luck losing pitcher. He allowed three unearned runs over five innings on two hits with 10 strikeouts. But his six walks allowed proved to be his undoing.
Catcher Ethan Wolf and designated hitter Brad Walterbusch scored the two runs in the bottom of the second that gave Minster the three-run cushion.
The three pitchers combined to strike out 25 batters and didn’t give up an earned run.
Minster improved to 9-1 and 1-0 in the MAC. The Wildcats host Parkway tonight at 5 p.m. Delphos St. John’s slips to 3-6 and 0-1 in the MAC.
NEW BREMEN 4, COVINGTON 2
NEW BREMEN — New Bremen Cardinal starting pitcher Ty Overman recovered from a rugged first inning to pitch a two-hit gem in a 4-2 victory Monday afternoon over the Covington Buccaneers in a non- league game played at New Bremen.
“Ty threw a heck of a game tonight,” Cardinals head coach Josh Bowersock said. “He threw strikes and that is what you have to do. When you don’t walk people good things happen and they did today.”
Overman only threw 95 pitches and 53 of them were strikes. He walked only four and struck out four. The only two hits came in the top of the seventh inning.
New Bremen's David Zirkle tied the game 1-1 in the bottom of the first with an RBI single.
They gained the lead for good with a run in the bottom of the second inning. Trey Naylor launched a ball back up the middle with Overman going to third where he scored on a single up the middle by Morgan Sindelar.
New Bremen scored their final two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Luke Schwieterman laced a double to left to score Zirkle and Schwieterman moved to third on a single to left by Troy Siegel. A double steal allowed Schwieterman to score the fourth Cardinal run.
The Cardinals (3-10) travel to New Knoxville today for their first MAC game. They will play home against St. Henry on Thursday and will play at Coldwater on Saturday at noon.
NEW KNOXVILLE 8, FORT RECOVERY 5
NEW KNOXVILLE — A five-run second inning and a complete game on the mound from Adam Howe led New Knoxville to an 8-5 win over Fort Recovery on Monday.
Jake Allen and KV Mooney, who both went 2-for-3 at the plate, drove in runs for the Rangers in the big inning.
New Knoxville added to its 5-2 lead with two runs in the third. Wes Meyer and Mooney singled before Adam Howe, who was 2-for-2, socked a two-run triple to put the Rangers up 5-2.
Leading 7-5, the Rangers scored one final insurance run in the bottom of the sixth after a leadoff walk to Howe and run-scoring double by Allen.
The Rangers improved to 5-3 and will play New Bremen tonight at 5 p.m.
KENTON 7, ST. MARYS 1
KENTON — Kenton scored four times in the second and held the St. Marys softball team to one hit in a 7-1 win on Monday.
Paige Dicus doubled for St. Marys.
Mallory Kill pitched all seven innings, striking out six as she gave up four earned runs on four hits and four walks.
St. Marys hosts Bath on Tuesday night.
NEW BREMEN 4, FORT RECOVERY 2
NEW BREMEN — The Cardinals picked up a win in a non-conference encounter with the Indians on Monday.
Kristin Sprague gave up two runs on two hits while striking out five without a walk.
Emily Niekamp doubled and tripled on a 2-for-3 night. Rachel Parker went 3-for-4. Julie Brown drove in two runs.
LCC 3, ST. MARYS 2
LIMA — Lima Central Catholic pulled out three-set matches at first and second singles and edged the St. Marys boys tennis team 3-2 on Monday.
Dylan Niese of LCC defeated St. Marys’ Cole Brooks at first singles, 6-4, 1-6, 7-5. At second singles Zach Schroeder downed the Roughriders’ Jason Freewalt, 4-6, 6-1, 6-2. LCC’s Luke Buettner beat the Riders’ Morgan Fenwick, 6-0, 6-2.
St. Marys’ first doubles team of Kevin Dammeyer and Zac Nelson beat the T-Birds’ Jacob Tabler and Westin Young, 6-1, 6-2.
At second doubles St. Marys’ Noah Hartsock and Justin Nedderman bested Logan Corzan and Darrell Allman, 6-2, 6-1.