Wiler tosses no hitter as Wildcats overpower SMC foe St. Elizabeth

— Junior starter Brady Wiler tossed a no-hitter and junior designated hitter Sam Niedergerke’s three-run home run punctuated a six-run third inning Tuesday night as the New Bloomfield Wildcats demolished SMC foe St. Elizabeth 11-0.

New Bloomfield — improving to 8-9 overall and 2-4 in the Show-Me Conference — put up two runs in the bottom of the first, tallied three more in the second and wrapped up its scoring in the third. The game was called on the mercy rule after five innings.

Wiler struck out three and walked four.

“Brady threw well; he’s had some pretty good outings,” Wildcats head coach Brandon Talbot said. “He was keeping the ball down and going after people.

“He kept most of their hitters on the infield and we played defense behind him.”

Niedergerke went 2-for-3 with his three RBIs, scored twice and stole a base as New Bloomfield collected 12 hits. Senior right fielder Justus Zumbehl finished 2-for-3 with a triple and three RBIs, while senior first baseman Cam Edwards was 3-for-3 with a double, an RBI and two runs scored.

Senior left fielder Ethan Massman went 2-for-3 and senior third baseman Clark Philbert finished 1-for-1 with a run scored and two walks.

“We hit the ball well with two strikes,” Talbot said.

The Wildcats committed eight errors in a 12-6 SMC loss at Russellville on Monday night. Sophomore starter Clay Jensen was tagged with the loss for New Bloomfield, surrendering seven runs — only two earned — on 10 hits in just 2 1/3 innings. Jensen struck out one and issued a walk.

Sophomore shortstop Grant Nichols was 2-for-3 with a double, an RBI and a run scored for the Wildcats, while Edwards finished 2-for-3 with an RBI and scored once. Niedergerke went 2-for-4 with an RBI and Jensen was 1-for-2 with an RBI and scored a run.

New Bloomfield hosts South Callaway in an SMC clash at 5 p.m. Friday.

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