Friday, July 12th, 2013
Hoying pitches Minster past Anna
ACME District Tournament
By Gary R. Rasberry
Compiled by Gary R. Rasberry
Hanover Street Park was not a hospitable place for top seeds on Thursday night in ACME district tournament action.
Minster got a complete-game four-hitter from Brandon Hoying and the host Wildcats defeated Shelby County champ Fort Loramie 6-0 in the nightcap of the opening round of play.
The Wildcats will face Shelby County runner-up Anna tonight in winner's bracket action around 8:15 p.m. The Rockets got a four-hitter of their own from Zack Zimpfer to beat Auglaize County champ St. Marys by an identical 6-0 score in the opening game of the evening.
St. Marys and Fort Loramie will play an elimination game tonight at 6 p.m. followed by the Minster-Anna matchup.
Minster 6, Fort Loramie 0
Hoying, who missed the Auglaize County tournament, walked just three batters while earning the win on the mound.
"He pitched for us against New Bremen coming off a week break," said Minster coach Mark Wiss via telephone. "I thought he might be a bit rusty, and he had 14 strikeouts. He was firm, at the knees and worked ahead."
Minster quickly put the game away with two runs in the top of the first, followed by single runs in the second, third, fifth and sixth innings.
Brad Walterbusch and Blake Ahrns each had doubles for Minster, which collected 13 hits.
"Offensively, we had a lot of baserunners and a lot of opportunities," said Wiss.
Anna 6, St. Marys 0
Zimpfer and St. Marys starting pitcher Brandon Coffey matched each other pitch-for-pitch in three scoreless innings to start the game. However, the Rockets struck for four runs in the fourth and then padded the lead with two more runs in the seventh.
"Every squad has a bad day, but I'll tell you what, if it went wrong, it went wrong today," said St. Marys coach Rob Coffey via the phone. "Don't take nothing away from (Zimpfer), he threw good."
Zimpfer scattered two hits and did not walk a batter while recording nine strikeouts. He retired the side in order from the second through the sixth.
"He threw a fastball, curveball and knuckleball," said coach Coffey. "That knuckleball fell right off the table."
Brandon Coffey scattered nine hits and walked four in his seven innings of work while striking out five.
Isaac Fitzgerald had a double to pace the St. Marys hitters while Luke Albers and Ryan Counts each had three hits for the Rockets.
Anna 000 400 2 - 6 9 0
St. Marys 000 000 0 - 0 4 2
WP - Zimpfer.
LP - Coffey.
2B - SM: Fitzgerald.
Record: St. Marys 13-8.
Minster 211 011 0 - 6 13 2
Fort Loramie 000 000 0 - 0 4 3
WP - Hoying.
LP - Braun.
2B - M: Walterbusch, Ahrns. FL: Olberding.
Record: Minster 10-6-1.