FT. LORAMIE – The Minster Wildcats baseball team had their bats ready Saturday afternoon as they got out to big leads in both games to sweep a doubleheader at Ft. Loramie 11-1 and 11-2.
“It feels good to get a doubleheader in,” Minster head coach Mike Wiss said. “Ft. Loramie is a young team right now, but they will get better. Coach Sturwold will make sure of that. Today Devon Poeppelman threw a complete game in the first game and Matt Trushaw got his second win in the second game. Matt threw six good innings and Brandon Hoying came in finished the game.”
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The Wildcats jumped out to a 4-0 lead going into the bottom of the third inning, Jay Eilerman led off the first with a walk and promptly stole second. He scored after stealing third on a single by Adam Niemeyer.
Aaron Boerger led the bottom of the first for the Redskins with a single but he was quickly eliminated on a line drive to first by Tanner Rittenhouse. It was only one of three hits given up by Poeppelman in the game.
Errors started to plague the Redskins in the second inning. J.R. Nixon reached on an error and Jacob Wuebker singled. Both runners advanced on a wild pitch and they both scored on a double by Eilerman who also scored on a single by Andrew Knapke to increase the lead to 4-0.
With the score 4-0 Ft. Loramie broke up the shutout with a run in the bottom of the third. Conner Rose singled with one out. He went to second on a balk. After a walk to Luke Gephart, Boerger drew a walk to load the bases and Rose scored on a single by Rittenhouse.
The Wildcats scored again in the fourth inning before putting the game away with five runs in the last two innings for the 11-1 victory.
“For the most part when we didn’t jerk the ball and stayed in the box (we hit the ball well),” Wiss said. “If we took an inside-out swing and let the ball come a little deeper in the zone and we didn’t pull off we had quality at bats. “
In the second game Minster picked up right where they left off in the first game as they scored a pair of runs in the first and five runs in the second inning for a 7-0 lead.
With one out in the second inning Jacob Wuebker hit a line drive single and Brandon Hoying reached on a fielder’s choice with Wuebker holding up at second. Jay Eilerman singled to score Wuebker and Adam Niemeyer reaches on a two-out error by the second baseman.
Both runners hooked up on a double steal and Poeppelman walked to load the bases. Ethan Wolf singled to center scoring Eilerman and both Niemeyer and Poeppelman scored on an error by the center fielder with Wolf ending up at third to increase the lead to 7-0.
“Things have gone very well for us when we scored early in games,” Wiss said. “It is good for us to perform like this in a doubleheader and that puts us at 7-1 now.”
Minster concluded its scoring with four more runs in the fourth inning.
With one out Poeppelman singled and stole second. Ethan Wolf followed with a single with Poeppelman going to third. Wolf stole second and Clay Brown walked to load the bases. Nixon also drew a walk to drive home Poeppelman.
Connor Rose came in to relive Ty Frilling on the mound and he gave up a single to Wuebker that scored Wolf. Hoying followed with a single to score Brown and Wuebker and Eilerman flied out to right to end the inning.
The Redskins got on the board in the bottom of the fourth. Aaron Boerger led off and reached on an error. Tanner Rittenhouse Seth Guillozet drew walks to load the bases. Zach Brandewie grounded into a fielder’s choice with Boerger being forced at home. Grant Olberding drew a walk to score Tannerhouse. Devin Braun grounded into a fielder’s choice, but a single by Luke Gephart scored Brandewie to make the final score 11-2.
The Wildcats (7-1) travel to Covington today and will entertain Delphos St. John’s in a Midwest Athletic Conference game on Tuesday.