NEW BREMEN — The fans huddled beneath blankets, fielders’ teeth chattered as they left the dugout to take their spots in the field and the icy wind howled across the open layout surrounding New Bremen High School.
New Bremen pitcher Brent Bertke thought it was perfectly lovely weather.
Bertke tossed a complete game with eight strikeouts to lead the Cardinals to a 4-3 victory over Coldwater on Tuesday night.
Call him New Bremen’s Mr. Freeze.
“I like to pitch in colder weather,” the lanky righthander said after the game. “I just feel like I’m sharper. When it gets warmer, I don’t pitch as well.”
New Bremen improved to 5-5 on the season. Coldwater dipped to 7-3.
“Any time you beat Coldwater, it’s a good win,” New Bremen head coach Greg Cox said. “I thought the whole team played well.”
Aaron Clune went 2-for-3 with an RBI single and Doug Kremer added a two-run single in the first to put the Cardinals up 3-0.
DELPHOS ST. JOHN'S 3, MINSTER 2
DELPHOS — Curtis Geise frustrated Minster’s bats and the Wildcats’ total offensive output came on just one swing of the bat in the Blue Jays’ 3-2 win over Minster in a Midwest Athletic Conference opener on Tuesday night.
Geise went the distance, giving up two runs on four hits while walking three and striking out eight Minster batters.
Doug Huber took the loss on the hill. He gave up three runs on four hits with one walk and six strikeouts.
Adam Niemeyer hit a two-run home run with two outs in the fifth inning to give Minster its only two runs of the game against Geise.
Minster falls to 8-2 and 0-1 in the MAC. Delphos St. John’s improved to 6-3 and 1-0 in the MAC.
MARION LOCAL 13, NEW KNOXVILLE 0
MARIA STEIN — The Flyers picked up a run-rule win over the Rangers in Midwest Athletic Conference-opening action for both teams.
Lee Pierron earned the win on the mound for the Flyers.
Jake Allen took the loss for the Rangers, who slipped to 1-5 on the season.
New Knoxville hosts Delphos St. John’s on Friday at 5 p.m.