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CELINA — The New Bremen baseball team had its chances as Celina pitchers walked 11 batters, but six Cardinal errors allowed the Bulldogs to stay undefeated with a 10-2 victory over the Cardinals at Montgomery Field on Friday.
“We walked a lot and left a lot of batters on,” Cardinals head coach Josh Bowersock said. “We also got picked off a lot. We had errors, we got picked off and we lose the ballgame. When you look at the errors and the times we got picked off and that was the basis of the game.”
In the game New Bremen was limited to only one hit and was picked off four times and had a caught stealing.
“It was definitely not a very well-played game by us tonight,” Celina head coach Drew Braun said. “Our pitchers, especially Cody Vogel, really struggled tonight throwing the ball over the plate which is uncharacteristic of him. I don’t know what the deal was but we need a better performance out of our pitchers than we saw tonight.”
Celina got their scoring underway in the bottom of the first inning. With one out, Kaleb Kuhn was hit by a pitch and Cody Vogel reached on an error. Aric Fickert drew a walk to load the bases. Following an infield fly, Jim Luebke drew a walk to score Kuhn. Alan Golden struck out to end the inning.
With one out in the bottom of the second inning Cole Loughridge walked and stole second. Shawn Stachler singled and went to second on the throw as Loughridge scored. Kuhn singled to score Stachler and Cody Vogel walked. Aric Fickert reached on an error to load the bases, but Kyle Berry grounded into a double play to end the inning with a 3-0 lead after three innings.
New Bremen finally got on the board in the fourth inning. With one out, Trevor Kitzmiller and Jacob Gilberg drew walks and David Zirkle singled to score Kitzmiller to close the score to 3-1.
“I think a big turning point was in the third inning,” Bowersock said. “We cut the deficit to 3-1 and you can do a lot of things when you are down only two runs, but then they comeback in the bottom of the third with four runs and that took the wind out of our sails.”
In the bottom of the third inning Celina came up with four runs on three Cardinals errors. Luebke started things reaching on an error and Golden reached on an error. Lucas Warner singled to bring home Luebke. Following a strikeout, Golden was picked off at second and Stachler walked.
Kuhn laced a double scoring Warner and Stachler and Vogel singled to score Kuhn to make the score 7-1 after three innings.
“We were able to put the ball in play tonight,” Braun said. “We made some base running errors that we have to work on, but when you have six games in a week it is hard to work on those things. We spent some time on base running and we will have to work on that some more.”
The Cardinals scored another run in the fourth inning. Clay Bertke led off and drew a walk. Nick Blaine and Alex Feltz walked to load the bases. After a strikeout, Gilberg grounded into a fielder’s choice with Bertke coming home to score. Zirkle struck out to end the inning.
Celina ended the scoring with two runs in the bottom of the fourth and a single run in the fifth inning for the 10-2 final.
Celina scored 10 runs on seven hits and six Cardinal errors and they left 10 runners on base. New Bremen scored two runs on only one hit and one Bulldog error and they left six runners on base.
“I thought our pitchers, especially Ty Overman, pitched well,” Bowersock said. “I don’t think any of our pitchers threw particularly badly but we played bad defensively and that hurt us.”
The Cardinals (1-3) travel to West Liberty Salem today for a doubleheader beginning at 11 a.m., while Celina (4-0) will travel to Greenville today for a doubleheader.
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