DAYTON — Minster shook off a vulnerable first half inning in the field and got back to its winning ways in the plush surroundings of a professional ballpark.
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Minster had seven straight batters reach after two men were out in a five-run first inning, a pair of Wildcat pitchers combined to strike out 13 batters and Adam Niemeyer slugged a two-run home run into the Dragon’s Lair in Minster’s 11-4 win over Bradford on Sunday afternoon at Fifth Third Field in Dayton.
Minster’s outfield misplayed a pair of fly balls in the top of the first, leading to Bradford taking a 2-0 lead through a half inning of play.
The Railroaders’ lead was short-lived, as Minster put together a two-out rally that sent nine batters to the plate against Bradford starting pitcher Brandon Wysong.
After two were out on a pop up and a caught stealing, Niemeyer reached on an error and stole second. Ryan Hoying singled to right field to bring home Niemeyer. After Doug Huber reached on an error and Rob Wente walked, Austin Knapke delivered a go-ahead single through the box to score a pair to make it 4-2.
Ethan Wolf followed with a line-drive double down the left field line to drive in two more to make it 5-2.
Minster sophomore starting pitcher Brandon Hoying settled in after the first three batters of the game reached and two scored. Hoying struck out the side to end the first and went four innings, giving up three runs on two hits. He finished with six strikeouts.
Niemeyer cleared the bases in the sixth, pulling a pitch into the left field bleachers known as the Dragon’s Lair for a two-run home run to make it 11-3.
Devon Poeppelman threw the game’s final three innings, giving up one earned run and striking out seven. He left the bases loaded in the fifth, getting a strikeout to keep the game at 7-3.