Hey, I Remember That!: A look back at area sports from 50, 25 and 10 years ago

50 Years Ago – 1962

The St. Marys baseball team opened the 1962 tournament this week in 1962 with a 6-3 win over the Lima Bath Wildcats at Industrial Park in Lima.  The Wildcats lit the scoreboard up initially with a run in the first inning, but the Roughriders responded with the game-tier in their half of the second frame.  The Wildcats extended their lead later on when they plated a run in the bottom of the fifth and sixth frames, and the Roughriders went into their final at-bat down in a two-run hole.  St. Marys left fielder Bill Rogers got his team’s rally started with a two-RBI blast off of the centerfield wall with one out before scoring the go-ahead run a few moments later when Peterson’s second double of the game scored both him and Young.  The Roughriders’ final run of the afternoon came when Peterson crossed home plate after a single from Mike Weadock.  Tom Hollman earned the victory on the mound for the Riders by allowing three runs on eight base hits, while striking out ten and walking only three in seven innings of work.  Hollman also collected a pair of base hits at the plate as his team advanced in the tournament to face the Lima Central Catholic Thunderbirds the following week in Lima.    

25 Years Ago – 1987

Twenty-five years ago this week, the New Bremen Cardinals track and field teams headed to Mercer County for a dual meet with the Marion Local Flyers.  They returned home a few hours later with a pair of victories, as the boys bettered the Flyers 79-53, while the girls blasted the Blue and Gold, 91-28.  For the boys, Chad Williams collected the most accolades of the day with first place finishes in the high jump, shot put, and discus.  Along with winning both distance relays, the Cardinals also snagged a pair of firsts in the 800- and 1600-meter runs, as Rob Dick was tops in both events with respective times of 2:19 and 5:19.  For the ladies, Janet Eyink was the Cards’ only double-winner with her victories in the 100-meter hurdles and the long jump.  The Cardinals also snatched all four relay races to help push them to the easy victory over their league rivals.  

10 Years Ago – 2002

Despite battling dipping temperatures, the St. Marys baseball squad scored 14 runs in their 14-3 non-league slaughter over the Lima Central Catholic Thunderbirds.  They plated two runs in the second inning and added six runs in the third frame, leaving very little doubt as to the outcome of the meeting.  Starting pitcher Nick Pfeffenberger allowed just three hits from the mound for the Blue and Gold, while at the plate Brian Chivington collected a pair of base hits in three at-bats, as he reached base three times in the victory.