New Bremen advances in sectional tournament

NEW BREMEN — The New Bremen softball team comfortably knocked off Fort Recovery in its own friendly confines in a Division IV sectional semifinal on Monday night to advance in the tournament.

The Cardinals got a 4-for-4 game from lead-off hitter Rachel Parker, five RBIs from Debbie Paul, a homer from Julie Brown and a complete game win in the pitcher’s circle from freshman Sophie Fox in the 10-2 tournament win.

New Bremen now will head north to face perennial power Crestview on Thursday on their home turf in a sectional title game at 5 p.m. The winner advances to the Wapakoneta district tournament next week.

“I’m pretty happy right now. We’ll get a big test on Thursday, but we’re still playing. That’s all we wanted to do,” New Bremen head coach Craig Griesdorn said.

Fox twirled the complete game win with five strikeouts, including a top of the fourth she struck out the side.

“Sophie threw a very good game,” Griesdorn said. “She threw strikes, which is what you want from a freshman. Her defense has to make plays behind her and we’re getting better at that...She’s done a lot of growing up this year and handled it well and she’s starting to hink as a pitcher. That’s the big thing.  She didn’t mix up her pitches very well to start the season and we told her she needed to do that and she has. She’s keeping people off balance and relying on her defense. She’s pitching with confidence and doing a great job.”

New Bremen struck quickly in the bottom of the first. Parker bunted her way on —beginning her 4-for-4 game. After stealing second, she scored on Alyse Clune’s RBI single to center. “Rachel handles the bat, can bunt and she hit the ball hard,” Griesdorn said. “You go 4 for 4 from your lead-off hitter, it sets the table for your two, three and four hitters. She did a great job of getting on base.”

 Melissa Thieman then doubled home the second run of the first inning.

New Bremen led 4-0 on Debbie Paul’s two-run single in the bottom of the third. The fifth run scored on a wild pitch.

.“The kids kept going at it — which is what we’ve been getting better at as the season goes along,” Griesdorn said. “We got some big two-out hits, which to move on you have to do those things.”

New Bremen’s Brown socked a solo home run that hit four-fifths of the way up the left field foul pole in the bottom of the fifth inning to advance the lead to 6-0.

Paul delivered a three-run triple with the bases loaded in the bottom of the sixth to up the lead to 9-1. Thieman followed with an RBI single to make it 10-1.