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  • New Baden's Mammenga headed to MacMurray
  • NB Southwest squad advances to title game
  • New Baden hosting American Legion 5th Division this week
  • MD grad named top freshman
  • Miners blank G-town

  • New Baden's Mammenga headed to MacMurray

    FORMER WESCLIN PLAYER Brett Mammenga has committed to play baseball at MacMurray College under Justin Fuhler.

    Brett Mammenga of New Baden plans to continue his career as a student-athlete while studying biology at MacMurray College next fall.

    Head Coach Justin Fuhler says, "Brett comes to MacMurray from a great high school program (Trenton Wesclin) and the coaches love the energy that he brings to the program. Brett can play all over the field and the coaches expect to utilize his versatility. We expect Brett to be an impact player for us immediately."

    NB Southwest squad advances to title game

    New Baden's Southwest Baseball Team advanced to the championship game of the Southwest League tournament recently. Front row, from left, Josh DeMage, Seth Nast, Joshua Madrid, Tyler Harbison, and Mason Drury; back row, head coach Andy Silva, Jr., pitching coach Andy Silva III, Brendon Killion, Caleb Kalmer, Spencer Bagwell, Shane Ganz, Drew Frederking, assistant coach Bryan Killion, and assistant coach Brian Nast. Not pictured, Luke Hensler and Daniel Savard.

    New Baden advanced all the way to the championship game of the Southwest League tournament this past weekend before falling to Breese to end the 2014 season. This was the second consecutive year the New Baden squad advanced to the tournament's title game under head coach Andy Silva, Jr., and assistant coaches Andy Silva III, Bryon Killion, and Brian Nast.

    The young New Baden squad placed fourth in the regular season, but improved on that performance once the tournament began. The two-pool tournament included Breese, Mascoutah, Freeburg, Piasa Southwestern, Salem, and Greenville.

    During Saturday's pool play, top seed Breese edged New Baden 4-3 in a pitchers' duel that featured excellent defense from both teams. Brendan Killion went the distance in a tough-luck loss for New Baden.

    New Baden re-grouped and defeated Piasa Southwestern 17-8 to advance to a semifinal matchup Sunday against Mascoutah, the tournament's number two seed. The teams played a see-saw battle that New Baden won 7-5 in extra innings. Pitcher Seth Nast smashed a double in the eighth inning to go with hits from Spencer Bagwell and Josh DeMage as New Baden seized a 7-5 lead. Mascotah put runners at first and third in the bottom of the inning, but DeMage's diving catch in left field preserved the victory for New Baden.

    Breese was waiting in the title game, and downed New Baden 7-1. New Baden finished their season with a 13-9 mark that included five one-run losses.

    New Baden hosting American Legion 5th Division this week

    American Legion Baseball's Fifth Division tournament started Monday at New Baden. The host club won their opener, 5-0 over Louisville. The Post 321 club plays this evening (Wednesday) against either Fairview Heights or Vandalia in the double elimination tournament.

    Other first-day winners included Carlyle, Fairview Heights, and Olney. Thursday's games start at 10:30 a.m. with four games scheduled. Two games are set for Friday, and possibly a Saturday game if a winner hasn't been decided.

    MD grad named top freshman

    by Daniel L. Chamness

    When Kari Wiegmann entered Maryville University she was not planning on running for the Saints, who now compete at the NCAA Division II level.

    But the former Mater Dei Knight and Trenton resident, who earned Maryville Freshman of the Year for the cross country team, quickly realized that something was missing from her life.

    "It felt very strange not to be running for them," said Wiegmann, who quickly decided to put on the red and black of Maryville's cross country team. "It took me a bit to get used to the longer distance of 6,000 meters at the college level. The coaches worked with me on pacing."

    She did have an opportunity to run the 5,000-meter race at times. She finished the cross country season with a best time of 20 minutes, 55 seconds, which she turned in at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. Her best effort in the 6,000-meter race was 25:14.

    "I am still learning the pacing a little bit," said Wiegmann. "Next year, I hope to break 25 minutes in the 6,000. In the 5,000, I would like to be in the 19's. We will be missing a couple of good runners next year and I will be needed more as a scoring runner. I did it in high school and I want to do it again."

    Wiegmann also ran during the indoor outdoor track seasons, although over much shorter distances, competing in the 800 and 1500 meter runs. She also ran the 5,000-meter on the track. The former Knight ran a season-best time of 2:35 in the 800 and a 5:18 in the 1,500. She ran a time of 20:13 in the 5,000-meter run.

    "We pretty much used the indoor track season as a training tool," said Wiegmann. "I really liked the indoor mile run and the 3,000-meter race. I have some plans for longer events like the 10,000-meter run on the track."

    To that end, she is running more mileage. The Maryville assistant coach (Maureen Conley) has been easing Wiegmann into the mileage change.

    "I am trying to find the college event that works best for me," said Wiegmann. "I like track for the speed and always enjoyed track more in high school. I like cross country for the scenery."

    Academically, the daughter of Kevin and Carol Wiegmann of Trenton is seeking a bachelor of science degree in nursing. Her goal is to be a nurse practitioner.

    Miners blank G-town

    The Trenton Miners romped over the Germantown Reds 9-0 in Clinton County Baseball League (CCBL) action Sunday at Schoendienst Field in Germantown.

    The win by the Miners stopped a two-game losing skid and leaves them with a record of 5-6 for the season. Trenton scored early and often in this one as they plated single runs in the first two innings and then added four in the fifth inning, two more in the sixth and a lone tally in the eighth.

    Trenton rode the shutout pitching of Justin Groennert and Mike Pagano to their first shutout of the season. Groennert allowed just four hits over eight innings, while recording five strikeouts and a walk. Pagano fanned two and didn't allow a hit in two innings of work.

    Trenton scored in the first when Paul Ritzheimer doubled, advanced to third on a passed ball, and then scored on another passed ball.

    In the second, Tim Paulk reached on a fielder's choice and scored on a single by Chase Klein.

    Trenton broke things open in the fifth inning. Paul Ritzheimer reached on an error and Chad Klein walked to start the rally. A double steal put them in scoring position for Jay Wellen, who lashed a two-run single to right field. Wellen later scored on a single by Jim Ritzheimer.

    Consecutive hits in the sixth from Paul Ritzheimer, Chad Klein and Jay Wellen, followed by a sacrifice fly from Zack Miller, scored two runs for the Miners, who tacked on the final run in the eighth on a sacrifice fly from Wellen.

    The Miners were lead at the plate by Paul Ritzheimer's three-hit day. Jay Wellen and Jim Ritzheimer added two hits each as Trenton tallied eleven safeties on the day. Wellen drove in three runs to cap off a big day at the plate.

    Trenton hits the road at Breese on Sunday, July 27th before finishing at home against Carlyle on August 3rd. A makeup game at Aviston is still being scheduled.

    Three Miners are CCBL All Stars

    The Trenton Miners will have three representatives at the Clinton County Baseball League vs. MonClair League all star game on Wednesday night, July 23rd, GCS Stadium in Sauget. Miners selected by the league managers are outfielder Paul Ritzheimer, utility player Jay Wellen, and pitcher Cale Johnson. Ritzheimer leads the Miners with a .471 batting average and four doubles. Wellen is hitting .355. Johnson with a record of 1-1 has an earned run average of 4.50.

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