The weather was good, baseball was good, and Minster took advantage of both to win the 24th annual Loramie invitational tournament.
Ft. Loramie – When the weather is good in Ft. Loramie you play baseball. Whoever, whenever, and the best competition you can find. After all, you don’t get to be state champions twice, as Loramie has, by taking a Saturday off.
So it was Saturday when Ft. Loramie hosted its annual baseball invitational tournament with Celina, Elida, and neighboring rival, Minster.
Of course, it’s even better when you can play a neighboring rival that’s won a couple of state titles of its own, as Minster has, and that has more than once set the stage for the championship game in this event.
It would again.
Minster jumped on Celina to win the morning’s first semi-final game, 9-4. Senior Peter Fulk had a pair of singles and pitched 4-hit baseball into the seventh inning to gain the win.
In the second semi-final, Loramie jumped all over Elida early to win in run-rule fashion, 10-0.
It set up the anticipated championship between to two former state champs. But long days of baseball can usually mean a shortage of pitching, and Minster jumped on Loramie starter Jared Middendorf early, scoring five runs.
Loramie came back with offense of its own, but in the end it was Minster who prevailed, 10-5, and took home the neighborhood trophy for another year.
Minster finished with 10 runs, 12 hits, committed three errors and left 10 on base.
Loramie had 5 runs, 7 hits, 3 errors and 7 runners on base.
They’ll play again next year.
Bet on it!