Minster nips Russia for D-4 title


Wildcats score in the bottom of the seventh for 2-1 victory

Minster’s Isaac Schmiesing tags out Russia’s Dylan Cordonnier (3) st second on a stolen base attempt in the Division 4 state championship game Saturday in Columbus.

Minster’s Isaac Schmiesing tags out Russia’s Dylan Cordonnier (3) st second on a stolen base attempt in the Division 4 state championship game Saturday in Columbus.


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Minster's Isaac Schmiesing watches his bunt roll out of bounds during the State final Saturday.


Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Russia’s Jack Dapore catches a hit to right field during the State final Saturday. Russia’s Jack Dapore hauls in fly ball to right field during the Division 4 state championship game at Huntington Park in Columbus Saturday.


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Minster with their Division lV State Championship trophy.


Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Russia’s Dion Puthoff, left, reaches first base after the ball hit him in the shoulder, glanced off and hit Minster first-baseman Isaac Dorsten in the fact. Puthoff was called out for being inside the baseline.


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Minster players lift up their Division 4 state championship trophy after they edged Russia 2-1 in the championship game Saturday afternoon in Columbus.


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Catcher Ben Stubbs hugs Minster head coach Mike Wiss after their state championship win over Russia Saturday at Huntington Park in Columbus in Division 4 action. It was the third time in the last seven years that Wiss has guided a Minster team to a state championship.


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The Russia Raiders stand together after receiving their state runner-up trophy Saturday at Huntington Park in Columbus. Russia lost a 2-1 heartbreaker to Minster in the championship game.


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The teams shake hands after the game.


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Celebrating the winning run are, left to right, Bryce Schmiesing, Jared Huelsman and Alex Lehmkuhl in the Division 4 state championship Saturday at Huntington Park in Columbus.


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Minster players swarm over and around Jon Niemeyer after he drove in the winning run in the last of the seventh to give the Wildcats a 2-1 victory over Russia in the Division 4 state championship game.


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Minster’s Isaac Dorsten tags out Russia’s Kevin Drees as Drees tried for first in the state championship game Saturday afternoon in Columbus.


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Staff report

COLUMBUS — Minster coach Mike Wiss said after the game that all he was hoping for was to get No. 2 hitter Jon Niemeyer or No. 3 hitter Alex Lehmkuhl in the batter’s box in the bottom of the seventh inning Saturday in the Division 4 state championship game.

Lehmkuhl never got a chance to to go to the plate, though, because Niemeyer hit a fly ball that dropped near the line in left field just out of the reach of Russia’s Trenton Monnin, and it allowed Jared Huelsman to trot home with the winnig run in a 2-1 verdict at Huntington Park in Columbus.

It ended a dandy pitcher’s duel won by Minster sophomore lefthander Jack heitkamp, who went the distance and allowed the Raiders just five hits, while striking out five and walking only one.

Russia lefty Daniel Kearns went the first five for the Raiders, and though he had minor control problems, he didn’t allow a hit to the Wildcats until Adam Knapke singled to right in the bottom of the fourth to drive in Bryce Schmiesing, who had walked to open the inning.

Kearns had no strikeouts in five innings, while walking three and hitting two. He allowed just two hits before turning the ball over the Jack Dapore, who worked 12/3 innings and allowed two hits, with two strikeouts and no walks.

Minster finishes the season with 19 wins in its last 21 games, and a final 25-7 record. The state championship was the school’s third in baseball since 2011.

The Raiders, meanwhile, close out the campaign with a 24-7 mark.

Russia took the lead with a run in the top of the second when County Player of the Year Hunter Cohee got the first of his two hits, a single to right. He was sacrificed to second, then scored on a base hit to left field by Evan Monnier, who was cut down trying to take second on the throw home.

Minster threatened in the third inning when Huelsman coaxed a leadoff walk and Niemeyer was hit by a pitch. Lehmkuhl stepped in and hit a shot that was headed for center field. But Kearns caught the liner, dropped it, then picked it up and threw to third in plenty of time to force Huelsman. He then got cleanup hitter Ben Stubbs to fly to center.

The Wildcats broke through on Knapke’s sikngle in the fourth, however, to tie the game up, and after both teams went down 1-2-3 in the fifth, Heitbrink worked out of a jam in the Russia sixth.

Monnin led off with a single to right, but Minster got an out when the next hitter. Dion Puthoff, put down a bunt, but was called for being out of the basepath when the throw to first hit him in the shoulder. Monnin was sent back to first base.

Dylan Cordonnier then reached on an infield single, and a fielder’s choice cut down the runner at second.

But that still left runners on first and third with the dangerous Cohee coming to the plate. He swung at the first pitch he saw, however, and lifted a harmless fly ball to center field for the final out of the inning, leaving the game still deadlocked at 1-1.

Stubbs singled to right to open the bottom of the sixth, and Russia coach Kevin Phlipot pulled Kearns in favor of the hard-throwing Dapore.

He was greeted with a successful sacrifice bunt by Bryce Schmiesing, but he then struck out Isaac Dorsten on three pitches and got Heitbrink to ground out to second to end the threat.

Russia got a runner aboard in the seventh on a two-out Minster error, but Heitbrink struck out the next batter to put Minster in position for a walk-off state title.

After Dapore struck out the first batter in the bottom of the seventh, Huelsman hit a slow roller to third that went for an infield hit. Isaac Schmiesing grounded out, with Huelsman taking second, and that was all Niemeyer needed. With first base open, Russia still chose to pitch to the first-team All-Ohioan, and he sent a fly ball to no-man’s land to give Minster a hard-earned victory and the state title.

The linescore:

`R`H`E

Russia`010 000 0—1`5`0

Minster`000 100 1—2`4`1

Kearns, Dapore (6) (LP) and Drees; Heitbrink and Stubbs.

Records: Russia 24-7, Minster 25-7.

Minster’s Isaac Schmiesing tags out Russia’s Dylan Cordonnier (3) st second on a stolen base attempt in the Division 4 state championship game Saturday in Columbus.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2017/06/web1_SDN060517MinstChamps12.jpgMinster’s Isaac Schmiesing tags out Russia’s Dylan Cordonnier (3) st second on a stolen base attempt in the Division 4 state championship game Saturday in Columbus. Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Minster’s Isaac Schmiesing watches his bunt roll out of bounds during the State final Saturday.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2017/06/web1_SDN060517MinstChamps11.jpgMinster’s Isaac Schmiesing watches his bunt roll out of bounds during the State final Saturday.Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Russia’s Jack Dapore catches a hit to right field during the State final Saturday. Russia’s Jack Dapore hauls in fly ball to right field during the Division 4 state championship game at Huntington Park in Columbus Saturday.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2017/06/web1_SDN060517MinstChamps10.jpgRussia’s Jack Dapore catches a hit to right field during the State final Saturday. Russia’s Jack Dapore hauls in fly ball to right field during the Division 4 state championship game at Huntington Park in Columbus Saturday. Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Minster with their Division lV State Championship trophy.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2017/06/web1_SDN060517MinstChamps3.jpgMinster with their Division lV State Championship trophy.Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Russia’s Dion Puthoff, left, reaches first base after the ball hit him in the shoulder, glanced off and hit Minster first-baseman Isaac Dorsten in the fact. Puthoff was called out for being inside the baseline.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2017/06/web1_SDN060517MinstChamps9.jpgRussia’s Dion Puthoff, left, reaches first base after the ball hit him in the shoulder, glanced off and hit Minster first-baseman Isaac Dorsten in the fact. Puthoff was called out for being inside the baseline. Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Minster players lift up their Division 4 state championship trophy after they edged Russia 2-1 in the championship game Saturday afternoon in Columbus.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2017/06/web1_SDN060517MinstChamps4.jpgMinster players lift up their Division 4 state championship trophy after they edged Russia 2-1 in the championship game Saturday afternoon in Columbus. Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Catcher Ben Stubbs hugs Minster head coach Mike Wiss after their state championship win over Russia Saturday at Huntington Park in Columbus in Division 4 action. It was the third time in the last seven years that Wiss has guided a Minster team to a state championship.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2017/06/web1_SDN060517MinstChamps7.jpgCatcher Ben Stubbs hugs Minster head coach Mike Wiss after their state championship win over Russia Saturday at Huntington Park in Columbus in Division 4 action. It was the third time in the last seven years that Wiss has guided a Minster team to a state championship. Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

The Russia Raiders stand together after receiving their state runner-up trophy Saturday at Huntington Park in Columbus. Russia lost a 2-1 heartbreaker to Minster in the championship game.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2017/06/web1_SDN060517MinstChamps5.jpgThe Russia Raiders stand together after receiving their state runner-up trophy Saturday at Huntington Park in Columbus. Russia lost a 2-1 heartbreaker to Minster in the championship game. Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

The teams shake hands after the game.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2017/06/web1_SDN060517MinstChamps6.jpgThe teams shake hands after the game.Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Celebrating the winning run are, left to right, Bryce Schmiesing, Jared Huelsman and Alex Lehmkuhl in the Division 4 state championship Saturday at Huntington Park in Columbus.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2017/06/web1_SDN060517MinstChamps1.jpgCelebrating the winning run are, left to right, Bryce Schmiesing, Jared Huelsman and Alex Lehmkuhl in the Division 4 state championship Saturday at Huntington Park in Columbus. Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Minster players swarm over and around Jon Niemeyer after he drove in the winning run in the last of the seventh to give the Wildcats a 2-1 victory over Russia in the Division 4 state championship game.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2017/06/web1_SDN060517MinstChamps8.jpgMinster players swarm over and around Jon Niemeyer after he drove in the winning run in the last of the seventh to give the Wildcats a 2-1 victory over Russia in the Division 4 state championship game. Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Minster’s Isaac Dorsten tags out Russia’s Kevin Drees as Drees tried for first in the state championship game Saturday afternoon in Columbus.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2017/06/web1_SDN060517MinstChamps2.jpgMinster’s Isaac Dorsten tags out Russia’s Kevin Drees as Drees tried for first in the state championship game Saturday afternoon in Columbus. Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News
Wildcats score in the bottom of the seventh for 2-1 victory