Big Play At Plate Give Cardinals Momentum, District Semi Win

Minster baserunner Lindsey Albers slides into home plate as New Bremen catcher Debbie Paul block home and tags out Albers for the final out in the inning on Tuesday in a Division IV district semifinal.
By: 
JAKE DOWLING
Sports Editor

Momentum is a powerful, underrated part of sports.

After scoring three runs in the top half of the sixth inning to pull within one, down 4-3, Minster regained that momentum, but only until New Bremen snatched it back.

On a hit that shot under the glove of shortstop Alyse Clune, Wildcats’ baserunner Lindsey Albers – representing the tying run – rounded third base and headed home.
As leftfielder Ali Howell fielded the ball and hit the cutoff player in Clune, the senior first-team All-Midwest Athletic Conference selection threw a missile to home plate, gunning down the would-be tying runner to keep the New Bremen lead intact.

What followed was a seven-run barrage by the Cardinals, catapulting them into a Division IV district final after defeating Minster 11-3 on Tuesday night.

The Cardinals will play the winner of Marion Local and Parkway at 5 p.m. on Friday in Wapakoneta in a district final.

Chloe Schwartz reached base safely four times, and Sophie Fox brought home four Cardinals to lead New Bremen’s offense s that big play at the plate lay large on a cloudy and chilling evening.

Minster entered the top of the sixth inning trialing 4-0 after a pair of RBI hits by Fox and another by Cassidy Smith.

With one out, Jessica Berelsman reached base on a single, then pushed to second on a Danielle Barhorst bunt to put two runners on.
After a 5-3 putout advanced the runners, Kayla Steger plated two with a single to make it 4-2. Lindsey Albers then plated Steger with an RBI double to left field.
Jenna Nixon grounded the ball past short in the next at-bat, allowing Albers to round third where she was thrown out for the final out.

New Bremen promptly took that big play and cashed in, nailing five hits, drawing three walks and scoring seven runs to put the game out of reach.

Fox recorded her fourth RBI with a bases loaded walk with no outs to begin the scoring.
Smith then plated two with a two-run double to push the lead to 7-3. Jenna Broerman got in on the scoring with an RBI single to plate Fox.

An error scored in another run and two more crossed home plate on RBI singles by Schwartz and Clune.

Fox also took the win in a complete game effort, allowing three runs on five hits. Jenna Poeppelman took the loss in six innings of work.