Hey, I Remember That!: A look back at area sports 10, 25 and 50 years ago
50 Years Ago This Week – 1963 — Fifty years ago this week, the St. Marys Lakers baseball team showed some resiliency in a come-from-behind, 6-5 victory over Defiance at Memorial Field in St. Marys. Trailing by a run heading into the sixth inning, the Lakers knotted things at one, only to have Defiance plate four runs in the top half of the eighth. The Lakers responded with a run in the home half of that inning and trailed 5-2 going into their final at-bat. Cole Willoughby cracked a home run with two out in the ninth to get things going, followed by a triple from Pete Kahle. Fred Dray singled Kahle home a few moments later and was then plated by a double by Ed Purk to tie the battle at five. Don Miller quickly picked up the Lakers’ sixth consecutive hit, his second of the game, and his RBI proved to be the game-winner as the Lakers sent Defiance packing with the one-run defeat.
25 Years Ago This Week – 1988 — Twenty-five years ago this week, the Minster Wildcats and St. Marys Roughriders tangled in ACME baseball action at K.C. Geiger Park, with the visitors leaving town with the 7-2 victory. Minster wasted no time in getting things rolling in their favor, as they scored three unearned runs in the top of the first inning. The Orange and Black tallied single runs in both the second and third innings when Randy Stueve and Bryan Niemeyer each scored after reaching base on a walk and single, respectively. St. Marys answered in the bottom of the third with two runs after Todd Rion reached first base after getting hit by a pitch. A couple of batters later, Joe Sullivan smacked one over the centerfielder’s head and both Roughriders burned the base paths and beat the ball in for the two-run home run. As it turned out, that is all St. Marys managed to score, and Minster tacked on two more runs in the fifth inning to secure the win. Niemeyer tossed a complete game, three-hitter for Minster, while striking out 11 batters.
10 Years Ago This Week – 2003 — Thanks to a blend of aggressive base running and remarkable pitching, the New Bremen ACME baseball team remained unbeaten on the 2003 season with a 4-2 victory over the Delphos Jefferson Wildcats. The Cardinals got their scoring underway in the second inning when Jason Keller led off with a single. He advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Shane Imwalle before scoring a few minutes later when Scott McCollum connected for a single. The Cards put things out of reach in the next inning when Imwalle and Todd Keller both reached base. Imwalle scored on a sacrifice fly by McCollum, while Keller scooted over to third on the same play. Keller scored a few moments later, thanks to a double steal, to put his team in charge, 3-0. Although they allowed two runs, New Bremen added insurance with a run in the sixth to move to 6-0-2 on the young season.