A look back at area sports this week 10, 25 and 50 years ago

25 Years Ago This Week – 1988
For the previous five seasons, the St. Marys Roughriders’ baseball tournament ended before it even had a chance to get started.  From 1983-1987, the Roughriders had the door slammed shut on them in the opening game of sectionals, but their fate all changed this week in 1988 when they posted a dramatic 8-5 win over the Bath Wildcats on their home field in Lima. 

The Roughriders scored twice in each the first and second innings to jump in front 4-0, a lead they held until the fifth inning when the Wildcats picked up four unearned runs.  St. Marys pulled back in front by a run in the bottom of the sixth when Derek Turner belted an RBI triple that plated John Martin. 

The Roughriders batted in the home half of the seventh with the score showing 5-5, after Bath knotted things up in the top of the frame.  With one out and two runners on base, Greg Keith sent the ball into orbit and cleared the outfield fence, ending his teams’ sectional tournament drought with a three-run homer. 

Offensively, the Roughriders connected for ten base hits overall, while Mark Schamp went the distance on the mound and allowed five base hits.  The three-run victory pushed the Riders into the sectional final against Bucyrus Wynford.  

50 Years Ago This Week – 1963
This week in 1963, the Minster Wildcats moved on to the second round of the Class A sectional baseball tournament at New Knoxville High School.  The Wildcats bettered McGuffey by a final of 3-1 in the opening round of sectional play and were set to take on Coldwater in their next tournament contest.  Goubeaux was spectacular on the hill for the Wildcats as he struck out 14 batsmen and allowed just four base hits in the two-run victory.  The Wildcats scored a pair of runs in the first inning and held on to their advantage the rest of the game, tacking on the final score in the top of the seventh inning to secure the win.  
10 Years Ago This Week – 2003
Ten years ago this week, the New Bremen softball ladies chalked up an 11-0 non-league victory over the Ansonia Tigers in their meeting in Darke County.  Julie Griesdorn was Ms. Do-It-All in the win as she hurled seven shutout innings while allowing only two base hits.  At the plate, the sophomore picked up four base hits in five at-bats and accumulated five RBI while also scoring on three occasions.  Abby Cisco and Ashley Egbert each tallied a pair of hits while Audrey Michael drove in two runs in the easy victory, in which the Lady Cardinals scored in every inning but the first and fourth frames.