BASEBALL: Defiance rolls Riders, Coldwater beats Minster in 15th inning, Bremen walks off

ST. MARYS —  Defiance scored eight times in the third inning and  starting pitcher Anthony Kidston retired the final 12 St. Marys batters in Defiance’s 14-1 win at K.C. Geiger Park on Tuesday.

“Defiance is a strong team and you have to play your A game if you want to beat someone the quality of Defiance,” St. Marys head coach Dave Huber said.

St. Marys  fell to 13-6 and 5-2 in the Western Buckeye League.

Kidston, a Louisville commit with an upper-80s fastball to go with a sharp breaking ball and change up, struck out the side in the seventh and whiffed seven of the final nine batters of the game after struggling to find his control in the first inning.

St. Marys  scored its lone run in the bottom of the first. D.J. Manning led off the inning with an infield single. He moved to second on a Kalobb Dodson sac bunt. Manning went to third on a wild pitch and scored on another wild pitch.

The first seven batters reached base for Defiance in the third inning as the Bulldogs scored eight.

St. Marys fell to 13-6 and 5-2 in the WBL. Defiance is 16-1 and 4-0 in the WBL.



COLDWATER — Two of the Midwest Athletic Conference’s powers threw zeroes on the board deep into the night.

Coldwater emerged from a marathon Midwest Athletic Conference showdown in the bottom of the 15th inning with a 2-1 win.

Matt Selhorst delivered a game-winning hit in the 15th to hand Minster its second MAC loss of the season.

Both starting pitchers dueled for 10 innings without blinking.  

Adam Niemeyer worked 10 scoreless innings for Minster before finally being forced out of the game by OHSAA innings-limit rules.

Coldwater’s Eric Schmackers matched Niemeyer’s zeroes for the 10 innings.

Both teams scored single runs in the 13th inning to extend the game.

Doug Huber shouldered the loss on the mound for Minster in relief. Drew Klosterman earned the win for the Cavaliers in relief.

Minster fell to 16-4 and 3-2 in the MAC. Coldwater is now 3-2 in the MAC.



NEW  BREMEN — David Zirckle’s two-out bases loaded single in the bottom of the eighth inning gave New Bremen a 6-5 MAC victory over the Marion Local Flyers Tuesday at New Bremen.

In the bottom of the eighth the Cardinals had an opportunity and they took advantage. Alec Frideger led off with a single and went to second on a bunt. Luke Schwieterman reached on an error and Clay Bertke was walked intentionally to load the bases. Brent Bertke grounded into a fielder’s choice with Frideger forced at the plate. David Zirkle came up and laced a clean single to center to score Schwieterman with the winning run for the 6-5 victory.

“Tonight we put ourselves into position to score,” New Bremen head coach Greg Cox said. “We got the bunts down and moved the runners when we had to and it was a good team effort. David Zirkle came up with the big hit in the end to win it.”