50 Years Ago This Week – 1962
In Western Buckeye League baseball action this week, the St. Marys Roughriders and Celina Bulldogs each enjoyed offensive explosions at the plate, as St. Marys went on to defeat their rivals by a final of 13-12. The Blue and Gold sprinted out of the gate with two runs in the top of the first and five more in their half of the second inning. The Bulldogs managed a run in each the second and third frames, but St. Marys seemingly put things out of grasp in the fourth when they pulled in front 10-2 and even more so in the fifth when they tacked three more scores onto their advantage. Trailing 13-2, Celina didn’t belly-up and remarkably posted nine runs in the bottom of the fifth to pull to within two. The Bulldogs added another run in the sixth, but that is all the scoring anyone would do, as the Roughriders held on for the victory despite the shaky fifth inning. Bill Rogers paced St. Marys with three hits in four trips to the plate while also scoring three runs, while Tom Hollman contributed two base hits and a pair of runs in the victory.
25 Years Ago This Week – 1987
With local baseball’s regular season officially in the books for the 1987 campaign, the All-Midwest Athletic Conference votes were cast this week in with several locals grabbing post-season accolades. First team honors went to New Bremen senior Paul Winglewich and Minster junior Tony Goubeaux. Winglewich was one of New Bremen’s top hitters for the season and played second base, while Goubeaux, who was just a junior, was hitting over .500 for much of the season while handling the catching duties for the Orange and Black. Earning honorable mention status for their performances in the spring were Minster’s Jim Fortman, Allen Mescher, Bryan Niemeyer, Jeff Roetgerman, Mike Wiss, and James Wolf. New Bremen’s Mike Heitkamp, Jeff Paul, Tony Ritter, Cory Schroer, and Bryan Trego, along with New Knoxville standouts Jeff Henschen and Matt Gable, were likewise named to the league’s honorable mention list. Fortman, Goubeaux, Mescher, Wiss, Roetgerman, Winglewich, Schroer, Gable, and Henschen were also selected to play in the 12th annual MAC All-Star game slated for the upcoming Memorial Day in Coldwater.
10 Years Ago This Week – 2002
As the Midwest Athletic Conference season began to wind down to a close, the New Knoxville Rangers hosted the New Bremen Cardinals in what both teams hoped was a chance to begin concluding their season on a positive note. The Rangers nabbed the early command with a run in the first and fourth innings, and from that point on they never bothered looking back. The home team added insurance in the sixth frame with a pair of runs, including a two-out solo homer by Kris Vordermark. The Rangers’ offensive attack was led by Andy Thobe who went 2-for-3 with a run scored. With the victory, New Knoxville improved to 8-14 on the season and 3-5 in the conference, while the Cardinals slipped to 6-14 overall and 2-5 in the MAC.