MINSTER — Pitching ruled the day on the first day of the district ACME tournament on Thursday.
Minster starting pitcher Brandon Hoying’s seven shutout innings led Minster to a 6-0 win in the second game over Fort Loramie. In the opening game at Hanover Street Park, Anna’s Cal Zimpfer kept St. Marys off the scoreboard in a 6-0 opening game win.
Minster moves on to play Anna on Friday at 8:15 p.m. St. Marys takes on Fort Loramie on Friday at 6 p.m. Both games are at Minster.
ANNA 6, ST. MARYS 0
Zimpfer struck out nine and didn’t walk a batter while giving up four hits. St. Marys didn’t get a baserunner past second base all night.
Anna’s four-run top of the fourth inning backed up the seven innings of shutout pitching by Zimpfer.
Anna cracked the scoreboard in the fourth when Ryan Counts led off with a single and went to third on Kyle Wuebker’s single. Counts came home on a wild pitch. Wuebker scored on Evan Romie’s single to center. Matt Cummings followed with Anna’s third straight single, to set up Luke Albers’ two-out, two-run single to right field that scored Romie and Cummings and made it 4-0.
Anna added two runs in the seventh inning on a single and a sacrifice fly by Nate Stiefel.
The Riders’ best chance at a run came in the seventh inning when Isaac Fitzgerald doubled with one out down the left field line, but he’d stall there Zimpfer secured the complete game shutout by getting a foul out and a strikeout looking to end the game.
Jared Knous, Mason Gross and Marshall Lininger each singled for St. Marys along with Fitzgerald’s double.
St. Marys starting pitcher Brandon Coffey took the loss on the mound. He went the distance, giving up six runs on nine hits with five strikeouts and four walks.
Minster's Brandon Hoying threw a shutout on Thursday night. (Staff Photo/John Zwez)
MINSTER 6, FORT LORAMIE 0
Minster’s Brandon Hoying struck out five and scattered four hits on the mound as Minster breezed past their nearby rivals Fort Loramie 6-0 in the nightcap.
Fort Loramie had a baserunner in six of the seven innings off Hoying, but the Minster right-hander pitched well out of the stretch, as he held Fort Loramie to 2-for-13 hitting with runners on base.
Josh Nixon went 3-for-5 from the leadoff spot with an RBI and a run scored. Brad Walterbusch was 2-for-4 with two RBI. Drew Ripploh went 2-for-4 with an RBI. Blake Ahrns was 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored.
Minster’s offense put runs on the board right away in the top of the first. Nixon led the game off with a single, Hoying put down a perfect bunt down the third base line for a single, and Brad Walterbusch delivered a two-run double to left field.
Minster tacked on a run in the second on Hoying’s bases-loaded walk, but Minster couldn’t add any more with the bases loaded and one out.
A Fort Loramie error allowed Minster’s Drew Ripploh to score in the third to make it 4-0 in the third.
Nixon served a pitch the other way into left field with two outs to score Blake Ahrns in the fifth to make it 5-0 after Ahrns hit a one-out double up the alley in right field.
Ripploh added the game’s final run in the sixth inning on a single through the box to score Matt Trushaw.