New Bremen tops Coldwater in summer opener

Seth Kinker
Sports Editor

The New Bremen Cardinals baseball team opened their summer baseball schedule with a win on Jun. 22, traveling to Coldwater to take on the Cavs in a battle of Midwestern Athletic Conference (MAC) teams and winning 9-2 


“Area coaches have been talking thru this whole thing,” said New Bremen head coach Chad Jones when asked about the uncertainty of baseball this year. “We pretty much kept the same schedule we had set up originally. It was just a matter of getting the okay to do it and the blessing of everyone higher up at each district. It was a nice night, win lose or draw we were out here to complete.”


“The boys did a nice job, a quality team effort,” added Jones. “We hit 13 guys tonight and managed to put some runs on the board. Pitched it pretty well, had a couple hiccups that gave up a couple runs but overall the kids showed up to compete and that’s what we were asking them to do out there.”


New Bremen struck early and often. It began with leadoff hitter Mitchell Hays singling to right field to start off the contest. Hays stole second to get in scoring position and took third on a bad pitch.


Hays was brought home on a sac-fly to center by Patrick Wells to make it 1-0. 


After a 1-2-3 bottom of the first for their defense, New Bremen struck again in the second inning, adding two more runs to take a 3-0 lead. 


The first two Cardinal batters were walked and then advanced on an infield hit by Sam Sailer. Wyatt Dicke then hit a shallow bloop to centerfold score one run and two batters later, Dicke came home on a Cavs error for the 3-0 lead. 


After catching a Cavs runner looking to steal for the third out in the bottom of the second, the Cardinals struck again in the top of the third. 


Hays was walked, advanced to second on a balk, and stole third before being brought home by Kyle Tenkmen on a sac-fly to make it 4-0. 


Then, a standup double from Patrick Wells scored a runner from third to make it 5-0. Two batters later, Ben Blickle doubled to center field and drove in two more runs as New Bremen took a 7-0 lead after two and a half innings. 


The Cavs would get on the board in the bottom of the fourth inning, at triple to right field from Miles Blasingame scoring a runner from first to make it 7-1, followed by a New Bremen error at first that allowed Blasingamee to score from third to make it 7-2. 


Answering in the top of the fifth inning, Nolan Bornhorst led off with a deep double to center field. Ryland Ashley singled to left field through the infield gap and then Hays hit a bouncer to the short stop that scored Bornhorst and forced the out at second base to make it 8-2. 


In the top of the seventh inning, Dicke would add one more run, taking home plate on a bad pitch to give New Bremen the 9-2 lead which would be the final score. 


Spencer Alig had five strikeouts through five and a half innings before Archey came on to finish the game. 


“It’s great,” said Jones when asked about the feeling of waking up to gamely for the first time in awhile. “First game of the year, I was somewhat concerned I’d get a sunburn rather than a windburn or frostbite. From that standpoint it’s wonderful, the weather baseball is supposed to be played in. The kids enjoyed it, quality game.”