Minster pulls away from Parkway, 7-1

MINSTER — Parkway stayed close with Minster for four innings, but some walks, wild pitches and an error gave the Wildcats a chance to break things open in the fifth inning with two outs.

Minster didn’t miss that opportunity. Parkway missed a handful of them.

Devon Poeppelman went the distance on the mound, Ethan Wolf and Adam Niemeyer delivered a pair of RBI hits and Minster put things away late in a 7-1 win over Parkway on Tuesday at Hanover Street Park.

“Minster is a fine-hitting team and when you play a team like that you can’t give them any free passes, whether that’s walks, errors or bad pitches,” Parkway head coach Mike Schumm said. “Against great teams you have to play great baseball.”

Minster won its second Midwest Athletic Conference game in as many days after knocking off Delphos St. John’s on Monday. But with the sporadic schedule this rainy spring, his team is still finding its footing despite its 10-1 record.

“To get two MAC wins in the first two days this week is a good thing,” Minster head coach Mike Wiss said. “Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy, but I’d like to be a little more crisp. But maybe that’s where we’re supposed to be right now.”

After Minster took a 2-0 lead in the first inning on RBI singles by Adam Niemeyer and Wolf, the game stayed 2-0 until the bottom of the fifth inning.

Parkway stranded six runners in scoring position in the game, including three runners who got to third base but couldn’t cross the plate.

Poeppelman made the lead stand up the entire game,  taking a shutout into the seventh inning before giving up his first and only run on a Cameron Rheem double, walk and RBI grounder.

Wiss said Poeppelman didn’t feel good going into the start, but it wasn’t evident with his line in which he worked all seven innings, giving up one run on five hits with five strikeouts and two walks. It’s Poeppelman’s third complete game of the season and gave Minster back-to-back sparkling starting performances on the mound a day after Niemeyer twirled a one-hit shutout with 14 strikeouts against Delphos St. John’s.

After two were out in the bottom of the fifth, Niemeyer took a walk and moved to third on a Parkway error on a throw across the diamond. Niemeyer scampered home on a wild pitch. Wolf then delivered a two-out RBI hit to plate Poeppelman. Wolf came around to score after Clay Brown singled to the opposite field and another wild pitch was uncorked.

“I think I was most happy that after last night we hit the ball to the opposite field a few times,” Wiss said. “We got away from the ball getting deeper into the zone and trying to jerk it (last night). I asked us to scoot up in the box, take the same swing and it will go the other way.”

Minster scored twice in the sixth with an RBI single by Andrew Knapke and a double smoked over the left fielder’s head by Niemeyer.

Minster is scheduled to host Crestview tonight in its lone Wednesday game of the season at 5 p.m.