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NEW KNOXVILLE — It took an extra inning but the New Bremen Cardinals were able to outlast the New Knoxville Rangers in the opening MAC game for each team 3-2 in eight innings Tuesday in New Knoxville.
“We kept battling and battling,” Cardinals head coach Josh Bowersock said. “We hit a couple balls early right on the screws but they were hit right at their guys, but in the later innings were kept after them and I think they did a very good job of that.”
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In the eighth inning New Bremen started to put the runners on base that eventually scored the winning run. With one out, Clay Bertke laced a single past third base, but David Zirkle popped out for the second out.
Ty Overman singled to left putting runners at first and second. Luke Schwieterman drew a walk to load the bases and Morgan Sindelar singled over the shortstop scoring Overman with the third Cardinal run. Trey Naylor struck out looking to end the inning.
In the bottom of the eighth Trevor Kitzmiller came on to relieve Clay Bertke on the mound for New Bremen and he struck out Troy Siegel looking to begin the inning. Spencer Wolf reached on an error at third base. Shane Topp flied out to left for the second out and Kitzmiller struck out Wes Meyer looking to end the game.
It was a pitcher’s dual for the first three innings as neither pitcher gave any ground, but New Bremen came through with a pair of runs in the fourth inning.
Alex Feltz started the frame by drawing a walk and Bertke singled to right moving Feltz to third. After a steal by Bertke and a ground out by Zirkle, Ty Overman grounded back to the pitcher for the second out. Luke Schwieterman came through and reached on an error in center scoring both Feltz and Bertke and giving the Cardinals a 2-0 lead.
In the fifth inning New Knoxville started a comeback. Wes Meyer leads off and grounds out to short, but Cody Shaw singles and advances on an error. KV Mooney doubles to right to score Shaw.
“Once again our guys don’t quit," Rangers head coach Nick Schroer said. " No matter what the score is they never stop playing.”
They came back to tie the game in the sixth inning. Tyler Shreve led off and grounded back to the mound and Wolf grounded out to short, but Shane Topp singles to left and Wes Meyer reached on an error. Shaw hits a single past the shortstop to score Topp and tie the game at 2-all.
“Clay threw well tonight,” Bowersock said. “He didn’t have his best stuff and he was battling the elements a little bit with the rain, but he kept battling and making pitches when he had to. He didn’t let them errors get to him and Trevor Kitzmiller came on in the seventh and slammed the door shut.”
Bertke picked up the win pitching seven innings and giving up two runs on seven hits. He struck out five and walked four. Kitzmiller pitched one inning striking out two.
Jake Allen pitched the complete game for the Rangers and took the loss giving up three runs on eight hits and he struck out five and walked three.
“Both pitchers threw good games,” Schroer said. "Both pitchers really battled.”
The Cardinals (4-10, 1-0) will entertain St. Henry on Friday, while the Rangers (5-4, 0-2) will travel to Botkins on Saturday and next will play four MAC games in five days.
New Knoxville's Michael Porter takes a throw at first base.
(Staff Photo/John Zwez)