GREENVILLE — The St. Marys boys tennis team won a pair of close matches at second doubles and second singles and handed Greenville its first loss of the season in a 3-2 road win on Monday night.
The St. Marys second doubles team of Noah Hartsock and Justin Nedderman outlasted Greenville’s Dylan Blinn and Nathan Horiza, 7-5, 6-3.
“They were down 5-1 in the first set and won six straight games,” St. Marys head coach Brice Brenneman said. “Then they took care of business.”
St. Marys’ second singles player Jason Freewalt pulled out a 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 win over Greenville’s Lucas Keller.
“Jason got out to a good lead in that third set and then had to hold on for dear life to get that match,” Brenneman said.
St. Marys’ Cole Brooks won first singles over Greenville’s Derek Lockhart, 6-3, 6-2.
The Roughriders improved to 3-4 on the season. Greenville falls to 4-1.
Greenville’s Jari Bixler won third singles over St. Marys’ Nick Rohr, 6-1, 6-0.
The Greenville first doubles team of Sam Bowers and Evan Kaiser beat St. Marys’ Kevin Dammeyer and Zac Nelson, 6-2, 2-6, 6-4.
“We lost a tough one at first doubles,” Brenneman said. “I thought after a poorly-played first set we played two really solid sets and just had a couple of big points that didn’t go our way.”
MINSTER 11, COVINGTON 1
COVINGTON — The Minster baseball team’s torrid offensive start to the season continued with a 11-1 run-rule win in five innings over Covington on Monday night.
Minster starting pitcher Brandon Hoying did the rest, going all five innings and striking out nine without giving up a walk. Hoying surrendered only three hits and a run over his five innings to earn the win.
Minster’s hit parade continued. Andrew Knapke went 2-for-3. Adam Niemeyer was 2-for-2 with a double. Devon Poeppelman and Ethan Wolf each had two singles. Clay Brown doubled for the Wildcats.
Minster improved to 8-1 on the season heading into a Midwest Athletic Conference game with Delphos St. John’s tonight. The Wildcats have won three in a row after last week’s lone hiccup to Botkins.
WAPAKONETA 11, KENTON 0
After a rocky start to the season, the Wapakoneta varsity baseball team is doing what they can to get back on track.
Back-to-back shutouts isn't a bad place to start.
Traveling to Kenton Monday afternoon for a makeup of Friday's game, the Wapakoneta Redskins run-ruled the Kenton Wildcats, 11-0.
"Back-to-back shuts out, we like that, but pitchers still have a little room to grow," Wapakoneta varsity coach Jason Brandt said. "We gotta work ahead a little better in the count. We gave them a couple free passes, we gotta work better there and keep our pitch count low."
Chace Culver pitched 4.2 innings to pick up the win. He struck out five batters and gave up only four hits in the shutout.
VERSAILLES 7, NEW BREMEN 6
NEW BREMEN — The New Bremen Cardinals softball team scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning and had the winning runs on base but it wasn’t enough as the Versailles Tigers held on for a 7-6 MAC victory Monday afternoon at New Bremen.
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New Bremen tried to battle back in the bottom of the seventh inning. Melissa Thieman pinch hit for Emily Niekamp and drew a walk. Thieman went to second on a wild pitch, but Rachel Parker popped up for the first out.
Caitlyn Everhart laced the ball to center for a double to score Thieman and Haley Moeller singled to score Everhart. Julie Brown grounded back to the mound but Moeller went to second. Chelsea Russell drew a walk and both runners took off for a steal. Kristen Sprague drew a walk to load the bases and Samantha Luedeke singled to drive home Moeller, but Russell was tagged out at home to end the game in favor of Versailles 7-6.
“We got out of some jams tonight and made some good plays,” New Bremen head coach Craig Griesdorn said. “But plays that we should make we didn’t. The good thing was that we had a chance to win the game at the end. The kids didn’t quit and we had opportunities.
The Cardinals (4-4, 0-1) will entertain Parkway in another MAC contest on Thursday beginning at 5:00, while Versailles (7-5, 1-0) will entertain Hampton-Sturgis Thursday.
MINSTER 6, COLDWATER 2
COLDWATER — The Minster softball team got above .500 for the season with a 6-2 win over Coldwater on Monday night.
Regan Hahn homered and drove in three runs for Minster while Michaela Goettemoeller and Stephanie Albers added runs batted in for the Wildats, who improved to 4-3 on the season in this Midwest Athletic Conference opener for both teams.
Kayla Richard pitched a complete game, giving up two runs on four hits while striking out seven.
Jenna Black and Brittany Gillis drove in runs for Coldwater.
Brittney Umstead took the loss in the pitching circle, giving up four earned runs on six hits and five walks. She struck out two.
Minster hosts Anna tonight.