BASEBALL: Parkway spoils New Bremen's MAC title bid

NEW BREMEN — New Bremen’s hopes of winning the school’s first-ever Midwest Athletic Conference baseball title slipped away in the sixth inning of a 4-2 loss to Parkway on Saturday morning in a resumed game from May 4.

New Bremen needed to defeat Parkway in the conclusion of their May 4 game to clinch the school’s  first-ever  title.

The Cardinals and Panthers played five innings tied 1-1 when lightning suspended the game. Saturday they completed the game.

Parkway took advantage of a few breaks in the top of the sixth inning. Brent Bertke took over as Cardinal pitcher in place of Aaron Clune. Bertke walked Jon Fent to lead off the inning. Stephenson beat out a bunt hit and John Rollins reached on a hit by pitch to load the bases.

Bret Swygart grounded into a fielder’s choice as Fent was thrown out at the plate. Cain Pontsler grounded to shortstop, but New Bremen bobbled the ball and rushed the throw.  It went to the fence, where the ball got stuck behind the tarp and  allowed two more runs to score. Parkway led 4-1.

“It was just unfortunate,” Cardinals head coach Greg Cox said. “We started off the sixth inning by walking the first guy. Then we give up a base hit and hit the next batter to load the bases. It was unfortunate we didn’t field the two bunts that they had and in the excitement to make a play we make a bad throw.”

Versailles already locked up a piece of the MAC title with a 7-2 MAC mark. Now Delphos St. John’s will try to pick up a piece of the title when it goes into tonight’s game against Coldwater with a 6-2  conference record.

In the bottom of the sixth inning New Bremen tried to mount a comeback. With one out, Brent Bertke reached on an error and advanced to third on an errant pickoff attempt. Bertke came home to score on a sacrifice fly to center by Doug Kremer. Luke Schwieterman grounded out to end the inning.

The Cardinals end their season at 13-10 and 6-3 in the MAC, while Parkway ends at 11-11 and 5-4 in the MAC.