Bremen ousted by Adams Central at Whiting Regional
WHITING — There’s not much you can do against a team that is hitting over .400 this season.
That’s what would ultimately be the Bremen Lions’ demise, as they came into the Class 2A Whiting Regional riding high after their Westview Sectional triumph with an 8-0 win over Churubusco and an 8-7 win over Westview in the final.
But unfortunately for Bremen, it ran into a finely-tuned hitting machine in Fort Wayne Luers Sectional winner Adams Central, who pounded out 14 hits on its way to an 11-1 six-inning rout of the Lions on Saturday afternoon in the first regional semifinal at Whiting.
“They’re a good hitting team and we knew that coming in,” said Bremen coach Bo Hundt.
Adams Central (25-3), who scored 23 total runs in its two sectional wins, struck right off the bat in the top of the first, scoring four runs in the frame, including an RBI double from junior third baseman Cooper Hill and an RBI single from junior catcher Kyle Baker.
Senior starting pitcher Bobby Cornett didn’t make it out of the first inning, as he allowed five hits and struck out one in the frame.
To make things worse for the Lions (20-10), they allowed two more runs in the second after Adams Central senior first baseman Dalton Combs knocked in right fielder Jaron Bittner and Combs was then plated by a single from junior second baseman Isaac Soldner.
Although he struggled in his sectional game, Bremen also ran into Jets senior ace Isaac Luginbill, who pitched a complete game, scattering four hits while striking out five against just one walk, as eight of Luginbill’s first 11 pitches were strikes.
Bremen threatened in that first inning after junior center fielder Eric Knepper — who led the LIons at the plate with his 2-for-3 performance — singled and stole second with two outs, but Luginbill retired the side after a Drew Coffel groundout.
The only blemish Luginbill had was in the sixth when pinch hitter Jacob Pierce scored on an RBI single from Coffel, who also grounded in to a tailor-made double play in the fourth.
“It seemed like every bounce went their way because we had four hits that went right to them, including the double play,” Hundt said. “But that’s a credit to them. They have a good ball club.”
After tallying just one run in innings three through five, the Jets tacked on four more in the sixth when two runs scored on a Bremen error and then Bittner drove in Brady Butler for the final run of the game to end it early.
The future looks bright for the Lions, however, as they lose just three seniors from a lineup that started four freshman.
“We’re very proud of what the seniors accomplished because in years past we didn’t have the leadership that this group showed us,” said Hundt. “But we have a good group coming back, and the kids are gonna be ready come this fall and next spring.”
• ADAMS CENTRAL 11,
BREMEN 1 (6 inn.)
At Class 2A Whiting Regional
Bremen: 000 001 — 1 4 2
AC: 420 100 — 11 14 0
Isaac Luginbill (W); Bobby Cornett (L), Jacob Bennitt (1), Bryce Cassel (5), Dillon Mullen (6)
2B: Conner Lengerich (AC), Dalton Combs 2 (AC), Cooper Hill (AC), Isaac Soldner (AC), Kyle Baker (AC).
Records: Bremen 20-10; Adams Central 25-3.