MINSTER — Minster played a tournament tune-up game Monday at home against Lima Bath, and it wound up being a day to remember.
The Wildcats trailed 1-0 after three-and-a-half innings, but got runs in the fourth and fifth to post a 2-1 victory over the Wildcats to give longtime head coach Mike Wiss his 400th career victory.
Wiss is in his 23rd season and the 400 wins gives him an average of 17.4 per season, a remarkable figure considering the annual strength of schedule his teams have had over the years.
His overall record now stands at 400-187, and included in that are back-to-back state championships in 2011 and 2012, four Midwest Athletic Conference championships, 17 sectional championships, six district championships and three regional titles.
In his latest win, the Wildcats got the tying run in the bottom of the fourth on Jack Heitbrink’s RBI single, and the go-ahead run an inning later on a sacrifice fly by Bryce Schmiesing.
Minster outhit the Wildcats 10-4, and threatened several more times. But they couldn’t come up with a two-out hit.
Isaan Dorsten was the winner, going the first five.
Jon Niemeyer had a big day at the plate, going 3-for-4 with all three hits being doubles. Heitbrink and Ben Stubbs were both 2-for-3.
Lima Bath`010 000 0—1`4`1
Minster`000 110 x—2`10`1
Frey (LP), Gross (6) and Bolon; Dorsten (WP), Knapke (6) (Save) and Shinabery, Stubbs (5).
Records: Minster 16-6, Bath 10-8.
Sidney 4, Fairborn 2
FAIRBORN — Sidney’s Yellow Jackets go into sectional tournament play Tuesday with a bit of momentum after upsetting Fairborn in Greater Western Ohio Conference action Monday, 4-2.
The win put Sidney at 7-19 heading into postseason play Tuesday at Beavercreek.
Fairborn is now 17-9 and has already clinched the GWOC American South title. The Skyhawks are also the No. 5-rated team in the Miami Valley according to the latest coaches’ poll.
AJ Brussell pitched all seven for the Jackets, scattering six hits while striking out two and walking three.
Sidney got all of its runs in the first two innings, including three in the top of the second.
Conor Beer and Austin McLain both had two hits for the Jackets, and Cole Hofmann drove in two runs.
Sidney`130 000 0—4`8`0
Fairborn`101 000 0—2`6`0
WP: Brussell; LP: Burnett
Records: Sidney 7-19, Fairborn 17-9.
Waynesville 7, Anna 4
WAYNESVILLE — Anna made the long trip to Waynesville for a non-league game Monday and came away 7-4 losers to Waynesfield in a battle of highly-seeded teams for sectional tournament play.
Anna is the No. 1 seed in its Division 3 Sectional, and Waynesville is the No. 3 seed in its D-2 Sectional.
Wayneville scored twice in the bottom of the first, but Anna held a 4-2 lead going to the bottom of the sixth. But Waynesville tied it up with two, then scored three in the seventh to pull out the verdict.
For Anna, Seth Stiefel had two runs and Aidan Endsley had a triple.
Anna`010 300 0—4`6`0
W’ville`200 002 3—7`6`2
Elliott, Cummings (LP) and White; Callahan, Linkous (3), Doeppel (4), Spiller (6), Oakes (6) (WP) and Moore.
Records: Anna 15-7, Waynesville 17-4.
St. Henry 4, NB 3, 8 innings
ST. HENRY — St. Henry scored twice in the top of the eighth and New Bremen could answer with just one, and dropped a tough 4-3 verdict in MAC action Monday.
The Cardinals, 12-10 now, host New Knoxville in tournament play today.
St. Henry got a run on a ground out and another on Nate Lefeld’s double to left-center in the top of the eighth.
In the bottom of the inning, Charlie Sailer singled, Luke Vonderhaar reached on an error and Ryan Bertke walked to load the bases with nobody out. But Casey Parker grounded into a double play to score one, and the game ended on a strikeout.
Grant Selby was 2-for-4 for the Cardinals.
SH`020 000 02—4`6`2
NB`002 000 01—3`4`1
WP: Parker; LP: Alig
Records: NB 12-10, SH 12-12.
Houston 14, Botkins 4
HOUSTON — Houston broke open a tight game with back-to-back five-run outbursts in the fifth and sixth, the second one ending the game in the sixth, 14-4 over Botkins in a Division 4 Sectional Tournament game Monday at Houston.
Houston goes to 8-15 overall and plays at third-seeded Triad on Wednesday. Botkins is 5-14 overall and still has three County games remaining.
Houston got three hits and two runs scored from both John Leist and Dominic Beaver, two doubles, two RBIs and two stolen bases from Howie Ludwig, and two hits and four RBIs from Jacob Trent.
Alex Bergman was 2-for-4 for Botkins.
Houston took advantage of four walks, two hit batsmen and a double by Ludwig to score five in the sixth. In the fifth, Houston had four of its hits.
Jutte (LP), Bergman (6), Heuker (6) and Buettner; Beaver (WP), Freistuhler (6) and Trent.
Records: Botkins 5-14, Houston 8-15.
Riverside 15, JC 1
DEGRAFF — Jackson Center was eliminated from postseason play after getting run-ruled by fifth-seeded Riverside in action at Riverside Monday.
The Tigers are now 4-14 with three County games remaining.
Riverside goes to 15-11 on the season and advances to play fourth-seeded Fort Loramie in the sectional semifinals Wednesday at Fort Loramie.
Riverside scored 13 times in the first two innings to put the game away early.
The Pirates got four hits in four trips from Trey Lane and two hits from Aaron Kean, both doubles.
Seth Barhorst, John Ritzma and Tyler Sanford all doubled for the Pirates and Hayden Robinson had a triple.
WP: Kean; LP: Wildermuth
Records: JC 4-14, Riverside 15-11.