Cardinals Beat Bearcats, Face Minster In District Rematch

New Bremen shortstop Alyse Clune (10) throws the ball to first as first baseman Jenna Broerman waits for the ball in Thursday's Division IV sectional final against Spencerville.
By: 
JAKE DOWLING
Sports Editor

Before the rainstorm hit New Bremen, the Cardinals created their own storm on the diamond.

Having an answer for whatever Spencerville threw at them and packaging their runs in bunches, the Cardinals were crowned sectional champions in defeating the Bearcats 8-4 in Division IV postseason action on Thursday.
The Cardinals (14-5) will have a rematch with Minster at 5 p.m. Tuesday in Wapakoneta in the district semifinal.

With dark clouds glooming over the village on the northwest side, the Cardinals found themselves in the dark after a Kara May two-run shot in the third frame had New Bremen by two – 4-2 – for the second time in the game.
But just as this veteran-laden team has done almost all season, the Cardinals scored in bunches, as they were relentless in the bottom of the third, by not just tying the game, but also taking the lead, and for good.

Right away, the Cardinals had two on after a Chloe Schwartz single and Alyse Clune reaching on an error at second.

Sophie Fox plated Schwartz on a 5-3 groundout for the second out of the inning, but Cassidy Smith cashed in Clune on a single. Smith then scored when Jenna Broerman reached on an error at second and an errant throw from right field to give New Bremen a 4-3 lead.

New Bremen – who saw four of its first five hitters record base knocks to begin the bottom half of the inning – had an encore performance in the fourth frame.
The No. 9 hitter Mikayla Feltz started it off with a one-out single to left, then advanced to third on a bunt single by Schwartz. Clune plated both runners with a two-run single and Paul cleaned up the rest with a one-run double.
All three runs in the fourth came with just one out..

Fox recorded a complete game win for the Cardinals, while Alex Shumate took the loss for the Bearcats.