BATH TOWNSHIP — It was a nice tournament tune-up for the heart of the Minster order.
Minster’s two, three and four hitters combined to go 6 for 11 with six RBI.
That was enough to lead defending state champion Minster to a 7-3 victory Friday night over Bath.
For Minster, catcher Isaac Schmiesing, second baseman Alex Lehmkuhl and left fielder Jared Huelsman all started for last year’s Division IV state title team.
On Friday, Schmiesing was 3 for 4 with two doubles and an RBI.
Lehmkuhl was 2 for 4 with a double and two RBI.
Huelsman was 1 for 3 with a home run and three RBI.
“That’s a big three for us,” Minster coach Mike Wiss said. “Those are three guys who were on the field at the end of the year for tournament in Columbus and we expect a lot out of them. They are all three-year starters.’’
Minster is 15-7. Bath is 7-14.
Minster knocked out 10 hits on the day, including three doubles, a triple and a home run.
“I was happy with our approach at the plate,” Wiss said. “We had four opposite-field hits, off of last night’s six opposite-field hits. That’s a big thing in tournament play.’’
Bath led 3-2 after the first inning.
Minster scored two in the third to take the lead to stay 4-3.
Schmiesing’s RBI single tied the game at 3. Lehmkuhl followed with an RBI double to right-center field to give Bath a 4-3 lead.
Minster tacked on three runs in the seventh to make it 7-3 after Bath starter lefty Blake Goedde had left the game.
Goedde used an assortment of breaking balls and change-ups in his six innings of work. He gave up four runs, all earned, on six hits. He struck out five and walked two.
Goedde threw 95 pitches, 65 for strikes.
He settled in during the middle innings, as he retired final eight batters he faced, getting Minster to go 1-2-3 in the fifth and sixth innings.
“Blake threw well,” Bath coach Brian Jesko said. “In those middle innings he settled in and started throwing a lot more change-ups over for strikes, which kept them off-balance.’’
Minster right-hander Noah Enneking pounded the strike zone in his six innings to get the win. He gave up three runs, two earned, on eight hits. He struck out one and walked one.
Enneking threw 85 pitches, 52 for strikes.
“The best thing he does is pitch backwards,” Wiss said. “We throw curveballs in fastball counts to keep people off balance. His fastball is sneaky.’’
Lehmkuhl came on to pitch a shutout, no-hit seventh inning for Minster. He struck out two.
Huelsman also played stellar defense for Minster in left field. He made a diving catch on a sinking liner off the bat of Will Clark to lead off the third.
Huelsman also threw out Isaiah Bolon at third, who was trying to go from first to third on a double by his brother Jeremiah Bolon.
Bath freshman shortstop Lex Boedicker went 2 for 4. Goedde was 2 for 2 with a double and a walk.
Minster took a 2-0 lead in the first. Schmiesing doubled and came home when Huelsman launched a monster home run well over the left-center field fence.
Bath took a 3-2 lead in the home first.
Hunter IIames reached on an error and later scored on a wild pitch. Isaiah Bolon’s RBI single tied the game at 2.
Jeremiah Bolon’s RBI double down the left-field line gave Bath a 3-2 lead.
Bath opens Division II sectional play against Maumee at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Bath.
Minster has a first-round bye. The Wildcats will play the Marion Local/New Knoxville winner at 5 p.m. Thursday at Minster.
“Come tomorrow, our record is 0-0 and it’s tournament baseball and we have something to play for,” Jesko said.
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